Ogwumike leads No. 6 Stanford women past USC

  • Article by: RICK EYMER
  • Associated Press
  • January 20, 2013 - 8:13 PM

STANFORD, Calif. - Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half and added 16 rebounds to help No. 6 Stanford beat Southern California 75-66 on Sunday night.

Joslyn Tinkle had 15 points while Sara James added 13 for the Cardinal (16-2, 5-1 in the Pac-12), who won their second straight since having a long conference streak end against California last Sunday. Amber Orrange added 11 points.

Cassie Harberts scored 21 points to lead the Trojans (7-10, 4-2 Pac-12), who lost their 11th straight to Stanford. Ariya Crook added 18 points.

Stanford opened a 19-point edge in the first four minutes of the second half and had to stave off a fierce Trojans rally.

Crook's reverse layup with 2:28 remaining to play pulled Southern California within 66-61, but that was as close as the Trojans would come.

Ogwumike was brilliant in the second half, making nine of 12 shots.

Southern California's only senior and second leading rebounder, Christina Marinacci, missed her fourth straight game because of an injury sustained in the Trojans' victory over Oregon two weeks ago.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first half but the Cardinal took advantage of its rebounding advantage and Trojans' turnovers to forge a double-digit edge.

Ogwumike, who entered the game shooting 58 percent, made just two of six shots. She made up for it with seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.

The Cardinal were held scoreless for nearly five minutes of the first half, with Southern California inching within 20-18 with just over five minutes to play in the half.

Stanford outscored the Trojans 13-2 the rest of the half, with Joslyn Tinkle hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cardinal a 33-20 edge into intermission.

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