Ogwumike helps No. 1 Stanford beat Pacific 78-43
- Article by: RICK EYMER
- Associated Press
- December 15, 2012 - 10:56 PM
STANFORD, Calif. - Chiney Ogwumike scored a career-high 31 points to go with 13 rebounds, and No. 1 Stanford beat Pacific 78-43 on Saturday night.
Mikaela Ruef added career bests of 13 rebounds and five assists for the Cardinal (9-0), who won their 82nd consecutive home game — the longest active streak in the nation. Joslyn Tinkle had 10 points.
Gena Johnson scored 13 to lead the Tigers (7-2), who lost their second straight after opening the season with seven consecutive wins. Kendall Kenyon added a team-high nine rebounds.
Stanford matched the third-best start in school history and could improve on that when it travels to play No. 24 South Carolina and No. 13 Tennessee next week. The Cardinal host No. 2 Connecticut in two weeks.
Ogwumike scored Stanford's first eight points of the second half to give the Cardinal a comfortable margin.
The Tigers pulled to 21-18 when Claire Conricode hit a 3-pointer with 8:15 left in the first half. The Cardinal responded with a 21-6 run that put Pacific in a hole from which it never recovered.
Conricode hit another 3 at the buzzer to end the drought and bring the Tigers within 42-27 at halftime.
The Tigers had no answer for Ogwumike, who was 14 of 18 from the floor and dominant in the paint on both ends of the court. She pulled down seven offensive rebounds, which led to many easy baskets and allowed Stanford to outscore Pacific 21-2 in second-chance points.
She was on the bench for the final 9 minutes of the game. The Cardinal held a 46-29 advantage on the boards and limited the Tigers to 28 percent shooting.
Stanford forward Taylor Greenfield hit the floor hard midway through the second half after being fouled. She was checked by a pair of trainers, who seemed to be working on her neck. Greenfield walked off the court and into the locker room under her own power.
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