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Stanford women take care of business in win over Sun Devils

 

Apparently last week's loss at Washington woke up the sixth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team.

Chiney Ogwumike needed just 27 minutes to collect her 19th double-double of the season. She scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, all in the first half, as the Cardinal roared past visiting Arizona State, 61-35, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference game.

"I think our team showed they're really competitive," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "They didn't like what happened last week and it got our attention."

Stanford (12-1 in the Pac-12, 23-2 overall) hosts Arizona in a noon contest on Sunday as it looks to finish the regular season strong.

The Cardinal holds a three-game lead over the rest of the conference, with six teams within two games of second place as the jockeying continues for seeding in the Pac-12 tournament.

Amber Orrange added 14 points, three assists and matched her career high with five steals as Stanford picked itself up after the Huskies' surprising 87-82 win last Sunday.

"Amber got on a mission," VanDerveer said. "This is the Amber we know and love, and it was really fun to see."

Ogwumike now has 2,443 points to her credit, 48 points short of matching her older sister, Nnemkadi Ogwumike for second on Stanford's all-time scoring list.

She also continued to add on to her Pac-12 rebounding record, with a current total of 1,428.

Ogwumike was 10 of 12 from the field and Stanford shot nearly 54 percent, a game after shooting under 35 percent in the loss to Washington.

The Sun Devils opened the game missing 18 of their first 19 shots as the Cardinal raced to a 20-3 advantage in the first 12:17 of the contest.

"Last week we weren't satisfied with our defense at all. I told our team it was like we were being reborn," Ogwumike said. "I like the direction we're going in starting. We were anxious. We have something to prove. I haven't seen us this excited about playing defense in a long time."

Stanford took a 32-12 lead into halftime.

Arizona State's 12 points at halftime matched the lowest first-half point total by a Stanford Pac-12 opponent.

The previous time a Pac-12 opponent had managed just 12 points by halftime was by Washington on Dec. 28, 2007.

Stanford went 0-for-4 from behind the arc, the first time it had failed to hit a triple in a game since a 62-53 win at California on Jan. 8, 2013.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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