TEMPE, Ariz. – Stanford knocked down its latest Pac-12 challenger with a thud, which has become a tradition.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, leading No. 4 Stanford past No. 14 Arizona State 80-56 on Monday night, the Cardinal’s 15th consecutive victory over the Sun Devils and 60th straight in a conference road game.
The 6-foot-4 standout made 13 of 18 shots. She scored 18 in the second half as Stanford (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12) turned the game into a rout against the Sun Devils (15-3, 4-2), who were coming off a victory over then-No. 15 California.
“She’s a great player,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said of Ogwumike. “She’s a great competitor. She’s extremely intelligent. She plays really hard. She’s a fabulous leader of our team, and I can be hard on her.
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“I don’t sugar-coat things for her. She’s not sensitive. She wants to know what she needs to do better.”
Much of the time, freshman Sophie Brunner was trying to guard Ogwumike, one of the best seniors in the country.
“She’s just really smart,” Brunner said. “You take one thing away, she goes to the next. You take that away, she goes to the next thing. She’s just really physical. It was a good test, but she’s the real deal.”
Taylor Greenfield scored 14 for Stanford, which won its 16th in a row since a loss at No. 1 Connecticut in the second game of the season.
Katie Hempen scored 13 for the Sun Devils, who shot 32 percent. Stanford shot 54 percent.
Arizona State led 8-6 when Stanford took control with a 16-2 run, one of Ogwumike’s many layups putting the Cardinal up 22-10 with 10:58 left in the half.
No. 19 California 79, at Arizona 64
Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray did it all for California, scoring 24 and 20 respectively, as the Golden Bears (13-4, 5-1) beat the Wildcats (4-13, 0-6).
Gray grabbed 12 rebounds and Boyd had seven assists and four steals.
At UCLA 66, Oregon St. 63
Nirra Fields scored 18 points and Atonye Nyingifa added 17 to help the Bruins (10-9, 4-3) edge the Beavers (10-8, 2-4).
Ruth Hamblin led Oregon State with 19 points.