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Ogwumike reaches new heights in Pac-12 hoops opener

 

Chiney Ogwumike led fourth-ranked Stanford in nearly every significant category Friday night during a 96-66 victory over visiting Oregon in the Pac-12 women's basketball opener for both teams.

Ogwumike scored 33 points, grabbed 14 rebounds on her way to becoming the conference's all-time rebounding leader, made 79 percent of her shots and even managed to block a couple of shots, make a pair of steals and record two assists.

She did not, however, set a career high in points the way Bonnie Samuelson did, with 21 points on six 3-pointers and a 70 percent success rate from the field.

Ogwumike, who has scored at least 30 points five times this year, gladly shares the limelight and seemed happier for Samuelson than for herself, even as she gained another milestone.

"We have such a great sisterhood at Stanford," Ogwumike said. "I just love playing with our team."

Ogwumike has 1,271 career rebounds, with a full conference and postseason awaiting her. That's five more than former teammate Kayla Pedersen recorded while in a Cardinal uniform, and which was the Pac-12 standard until Friday night. Jayne Appel (1,263) was also surpassed during the contest.

"I just have great teammates. I love playing for my team so every night," Ogwumike said. "I just go out there and play to the best of my ability. I just try to be consistent. It's exciting to hear about these things, but I always have the bigger picture in mind."

Ogwumike also broke a tie with Nicole Powell for third place all-time in points per game. She now averages 17.6 points a game, while Powell finished her career averaging 17.3. That matches Jeanne Ruark-Hoff for second.

With 2,112 points, Ogwumike is within 13 points of matching Appel for fourth on the all-time scoring list. She's already Stanford's career leader for rebounds per game and field goal percentage.

Ogwumike's next chance to move up the ladder comes Sunday when the Cardinal (1-0, 12-1) host Oregon State at 2 p.m. in a game to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

The 96 points are a season-high for Stanford, and the 66 points were a season-low for the Ducks, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Oregon entered the game as the top offensive team in the country, averaging over 105 points a contest.

Stanford recorded its 18th straight win over the Ducks and 48 of 56 overall. The Cardinal has won the past nine meetings by an average of 31.7 points. The Cardinal last scored 100 points three years ago.

Ogwumike and Samuelson became the first teammates to score more than 20 points in the same game since Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle each scored 25 points against Tennessee-Martin Nov. 18, 2012.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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