No. 4 Stanford women cruise past Oregon, 93-70
STANFORD, Calif. (AP)
Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 32 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Cardinal to a 93-70 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.
''I thought we did a terrific job on Nneka and she scores 32 points,'' Oregon coach Paul Westhead said. ''I'm being serious about that. It just goes to show you how good she is. It's her ability to get offensive rebounds that really hurts a defense.''
Ogwumike had an idea what the Ducks were thinking defensively.
''There are no secrets in this league,'' Ogwumike said. ''They know everything we do and we know what they like to do. Clearly our perimeter shooting opened it up for the posts.''
Bonnie Samuelson matched her season high with six 3-pointers, scoring 18 points for the Cardinal (12-1, 3-0 Pac-12), who won their 70th consecutive home game and their 60th straight over a conference opponent.
Taylor Greenfield added a season-best 17 points for Stanford, which attempted a team-record 42 3-point shots - making 14, two off the record. Chiney Ogwumike added 12 rebounds and nine points.
''I think we need to realize we have more strengths than we think we do,'' Nneka Ogwumike said. ''Clearly Bonnie and Taylor made the difference.''
Deanna Weaver scored 16 points to lead the Ducks (9-6, 1-2), who have lost five of their last seven. Nia Jackson added 13 points and Danielle Love had 11.
''I still think it was the right thing to do, forcing them to shoot from the outside,'' Westhead said. ''Nneka's eight offensive rebounds and Samuelson's six 3-pointers were the two things that really hurt us. If we take those away, who knows, we could still be playing.''
Ogwumike needed less than 11 minutes to secure her third straight double-double and her eighth of the season. She had 17 points and 11 rebounds by halftime.
''I wouldn't say that's her `A' game either,'' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. ''She got it going inside. If teams want to give us the outside shot than we need to find people who can make them.''
Samuelson was only too happy to oblige.
''I love going out and hitting 3s,'' she said. ''That is what I love to do the best.''
Samuelson is a 42 percent shooter (22 of 52) from long range, slightly better than her overall percentage.
Ogwumike needs three rebounds to become the fourth Stanford player with 1,000 career boards. That should occur when Oregon State visits on Saturday.
Stanford used the 3-pointer as a weapon against one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation. Oregon entered the contest having attempted 158 more 3-pointers than the Cardinal.
''They like to run and they like to shoot 3s,'' VanDerveer said. ''We were ready to run with them. We're comfortable with the up tempo game.''
The teams combined to make 63 of 149 shots, including 20 of 59 from long range.
Oregon averages 71 shots a game, 24.4 from beyond the arc.
The fast pace energized the Cardinal, who led by 21 in the first half before taking a 43-31 edge into the break.