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A Tinkle double-double leads Stanford past Roadrunners

 

The holiday season brought much fa-la-la-la-la to the Stanford women's basketball team, with more to follow after exchanging the spirit of Christmas.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal heads into the holiday break with a six-game winning streak following Thursday's 90-48 nonconference victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

Joslyn Tinkle scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinal. Freshman Bonnie Samuelson added 14 points while Erica Payne had 12 points and nine rebounds.

"Obviously we soaked up that win Tuesday night and were very excited about that," Tinkle said. "We talked yesterday in practice that we're up there and want to stay there. We came in today and didn't let up. My job was to help set the tone."

Sophomore Chiney Ogwumike added 10 points, making all five of her shots. Cardinal senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike was limited to eight points, four rebounds and four assists after scoring a career-high 42 against Tennessee on Tuesday.

Stanford (9-1) opens Pac-12 play at USC next Thursday night at 7 p.m. after winning its 69th consecutive game at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal's next home game is Thursday, Jan. 5 when Oregon's running Ducks come to town.

Stanford grabbed control against the Roadrunners and just never let up, opening up a double-digit lead early and taking a 47-17 lead at halftime.

The holiday news wasn't all good. Stanford learned it would be without freshman guard Jasmine Camp, who had started four games, for the rest of the season. She'll join freshman guard Alex Green on the sidelines.

The loss of Camp, who averaged 14 minutes a game and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1-1, cuts into Stanford's depth at the position, but there's still plenty of guards available.

Freshman Taylor Greenfield did not play against Cal State Bakersfield because of a sore hamstring. She had started the first nine games. Chiney Ogwumike is the only Cardinal to make all 10 starts.

Tinkle made her second start of the season and she took advantage with her third double-figure scoring game, shooting 8-of-11 from the field.

"We have a utility player in Joslyn," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She stepped in and did a really nice job and was the glue to our team."

VanDerveer substituted liberally throughout the contest, with 11 players seeing action in both halves.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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