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Ogwumike sisters double trouble in win over UCLA

 

Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumuike each recorded a double-double and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's basketball shook off some early doldrums to beat host UCLA, 77-50, in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday.

Nneka scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds while Chiney added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (2-0, 11-1), which won their 59th consecutive conference contest.

"It was a matter of who got tired first," said Nnemkadi Ogwumike. "UCLA is known for denying. What really helped us was our depth and pace. This was a hard weekend."

Toni Kokenis scored 11 points for Stanford, which hosts Oregon in a Pac-12 game Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Cardinal, coming off a tough win over USC on Thursday night, dominated action over the final 27 minutes after struggling in the beginning.

"We want to play a physical game. We're excited about that," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "It was a great game for some of our young players."

UCLA took advantage of a stagnant Stanford offense in the early going and held a 16-15 edge midway through the first half.

The Bruins were still within 23-20 with 7:02 remaining before the Cardinal went on a 17-3 run the rest of the first half and took a 40-23 advantage into the intermission.

Stanford shot over 53 percent (17 of 32) in the half while UCLA, which missed five shots and turned the ball over twice in the final 3:30, was just 8 of 29.

Ahead by 17 points at halftime, Stanford quickly extended its lead to 25 midway through the second half. Chiney Ogwumike scored eight of the Cardinal's first 17 points before she and her sister, along with Kokenis, sat down for good with 10 minutes remaining.

The Cardinal completed a sweep of the Los Angeles schools on opening weekend of Pac-12 play, having beaten Southern California 61-53 on Thursday. They were forced to rally in the final 10 minutes of that game in which they shot 38 percent from the floor.

This time, Stanford shot 51 percent and hit 70 percent from the free throw line. The Ogwumikes helped the Cardinal dominate the boards, 49-27. Their only weaknesses were from 3-point range, where they hit 15 percent and had 14 turnovers.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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