No. 6 Stanford women rout No. 15 Arizona State
- Article by: JANIE McCAULEY
- Associated Press
- February 14, 2014 - 11:00 PM
STANFORD, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season and No. 6 Stanford bounced back from its first loss in nearly three months with a surprising 61-35 rout of 15th-ranked Arizona State on Friday night.
Amber Orrange added 14 points, three assists and matched her career high with five steals in the Cardinal's 16th straight win against Arizona State.
Stanford (23-2, 12-1 Pac-12), on track for the program's 14th consecutive regular-season conference title, jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged by the conference's second-place team.
Nobody reached double figures for the cold-shooting Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4), who have their first two-game skid of the season after having a five-game winning streak snapped in a 68-49 loss to rival Arizona on Sunday.
Ogwumike, who played 27 minutes, and the rest of the Stanford starters got plenty of rest. Orrange's 30 minutes were most by a starter.
The Cardinal returned to their home court in Maples Pavilion on a mission coming off their first conference defeat, 87-82 last weekend at Washington in which they shot just 34.6 percent overall and 22 percent from 3-point range.
Stanford's smothering defense caused Arizona State trouble from the opening tip. Coach Tara VanDerveer thought the defense lacked intensity in the loss at Seattle that snapped a 62-game road conference winning streak for the Cardinal. It also ended Stanford's 14-game unbeaten run against the Huskies.
That marked Stanford's first loss since Nov. 11 at No. 1 Connecticut.
The Cardinal avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 16 and 19, 2010, at No. 22 DePaul and at No. 6 Tennessee. They didn't hit a 3-pointer (0 for 4) for the first time since Jan. 8, 2013, in a win at California.
Arizona State scored one point total over its first 11 possessions, missing its first 10 shots before Promise Amukamara's jumper on the Sun Devils' 13th possession with 11:51 left in the half. Amukamara and Sophie Brunner scored nine points apiece.
The Sun Devils were 1 for 20 and fell behind 20-3 before Brunner's bank shot from close range with 6:58 left before halftime. They shot 17.2 percent (5 for 29), missed all four of their 3-point tries, committed six first-half turnovers, shot 2 of 7 from the free-throw line and trailed 32-12 at intermission.
The Sun Devils' 12 points matched an all-time low by a Stanford conference opponent in the first half, last done by Washington on Dec. 30, 2007. Arizona State went 1 for 12 from 3-point range and shot 24.2 percent overall.
Stanford's opponent-low for points came in a 60-34 win against Washington State on Feb. 8, 2007.
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