No. 1 Stanford women roll past UC Davis, 87-38By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press Saturday, Dec 1, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. (AP)—Two misses under the basket weren’t enough to disrupt Chiney Ogwumike. It’s going to take a lot more than that to throw Stanford’s leading scorer off her stride this season.
The same could be said of the top-ranked Cardinal.
Ogwumike had a career high-tying 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Stanford used a 17-2 run late in the first half to pull away for an 87-38 victory over UC Davis on Friday night.
“Chiney just does whatever we need her to do,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “She’s an All-American player for a reason because she plays like one every night. She’s got a beautiful perimeter shot, which she didn’t have when she came in as a freshman.”
Ogwumike scored a handful of points on short jumpers but did the majority of damage in the paint while helping Stanford outrebound Davis 62-24.
The junior forward grabbed six offensive rebounds, three coming during a stretch when Stanford missed five consecutive shots under the basket before Ogwumike’s layup gave the Cardinal a 31-17 lead. Two of the misses were by Ogwumike.
“I wasn’t frustrated in that possession,” Ogwumike said. “Misses are misses. The good thing about offensive boards is if I miss it I’m in position to get the rebound again. I’m just glad we were able to finish the possession and that was able to spark some momentum.”
Toni Kokenis added 11 points while Amber Orrange had six points and seven assists for the top-ranked Cardinal (7-0), who have won seven straight in what has become an annual matchup between these two non-conference opponents in the Bay Area who also played in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season.
Ogwumike had 18 points and nine rebounds in that game but topped that in the first half when she had as many points (19) as the Aggies’ entire team. Ogwumike finished with her 34th career double-double, reaching the milestone more than three minutes before halftime.
“They’ve got weapons in every single spot and they have one of the best players in the country in Chiney Ogwumike,” Davis coach Jennifer Gross said. “We were going to have to play a near-perfect game to be right there with them. But it’s a win-win for us. We get to compete against the best and see what that looks like.”
Sydnee Fipps scored 14 points for Davis (2-3).
Stanford led by as much as 49 points and had little trouble scoring while holding a sizable height advantage over Davis.
The Aggies tried an aggressive zone defense in an attempt to disrupt the Cardinal’s quick-flowing offense early but Stanford shot 56 percent from the floor and outscored Davis 42-8 in the paint.
Ogwumike did much of the damage inside herself.
She scored 13 points, including eight of the last 10, during a 17-2 run before halftime then had eight more after the break before heading to the bench for good with more than 6:44 remaining.
Stanford held Davis to just 18 percent shooting while forcing the smaller Aggies to settle for perimeter shots most of the night.
“We are bigger but we had to focus and stay with things,” VanDerveer said. “(The Aggies) give you fits with what they do. They forced us into the most turnovers (17) of any team this year.”
Fipps reached double figures for the fifth straight game but no other Davis player had more than six points. Cortney French, the Big West player of the week, scored six on 2-of-10 shooting.
Kokenis made three 3s in the first 3 1/2 minutes to help the Cardinal build an early 15-6 lead. The Aggies cut the gap to 19-12 before Ogwumike scored six consecutive points during an 8-0 run.
Stanford next plays at Gonzaga on Sunday before taking a 13-day break for final exams. The Cardinal return to host Pacific on Dec. 15 before a tough three-game stretch against South Carolina, No. 16 Tennessee and No. 2 Connecticut.