Stanford can always count on a win over Washington State. The 10th-ranked Cardinal improved to 41-0 against the Cougars by opening conference...

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PULLMAN — Stanford can always count on a win over Washington State.


The 10th-ranked Cardinal improved to 41-0 against the Cougars by opening conference play with a 76-56 victory Tuesday night.


Brooke Smith led Stanford (6-2) with 17 points, and Candice Wiggins and Krista Rappahahn both added 14.


Kate Benz led Washington State (6-3) with 12 points. Amanda DuRocher of Bethel High School in Spanaway scored 11 points for WSU.


“I thought we played an uninspired first half,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We came out in the second half and got things going.”


Smith scored eight points during a 10-0 run that gave Stanford the lead for good midway through the first half.


The Cardinal led 40-25 after scoring the last eight points of the first half, then Wiggins made two three-pointers to start a 10-0 Stanford run that opened the second half.


“You have to play a flawless game against Stanford, you really do — and we didn’t,” Washington State coach Sherri Murrell said.


Other games


At UCLA 82, Oregon 63


Noelle Quinn scored 16 points and Nikki Blue had 15 as the Bruins (5-4) beat the Ducks (8-2) in the conference opener for both teams.


Quinn went 7 of 14 from the field and Blue was 6 for 8, leading the Bruins to a 51.5 percent shooting performance from the floor.


Oregon had a seven-game winning streak snapped.


Carolyn Ganes led the Ducks with 15 points on 7-for 10 shooting.


Chelsea Wagner had 11 points, and Cicely Oaks and Gabrielle Richards had 10 apiece.


At USC 72, Oregon St. 62


Brynn Cameron tied her career high with 20 points and matched her school record with six three-pointers to lead the Women of Troy (7-3) over the Beavers (6-2) in another conference opener.


USC trailed 38-36 at the half, but went on a 7-0 run to start the second half.


Anita Rivera led Oregon State with 19 points. Kim Butler, from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, had 14 points.