No. 4 Stanford 80, Washington 51

Since the last time Stanford left the Bay Area, a lot has
changed for the fourth-ranked Cardinal – no moment bigger than
ending the longest winning streak in Division I history with their
upset of Connecticut.

Out of the San Francisco area for the first time in a month, the
Cardinal showed off just what was different on Friday night: a more
assertive Nnemkadi Ogwumike and a healthy Kayla Pedersen doing a
little of everything.

Ogwumike led five Stanford players in double figures with 16
points and 11 rebounds, and the Cardinal scored the first 11 points
on their way to a 80-51 rout of Washington.

The Cardinal (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10) won their 10th straight over the
Huskies in their first game away from the Bay Area since their
upset of Connecticut that ended its record win streak at 90.

The Cardinal bolted to a big early lead Friday and never
trailed, their seventh straight win since dropping games on the
road at DePaul and Tennessee in the middle of December

”Going on the road, even though we haven’t been on the road a
lot, I had a lot of confidence in our team and we played well at
Cal and we played well at USF,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer
said. ”I know it’s still in the Bay Area but Seattle isn’t that
far away.”

Stanford better get used to being away from Maples Pavilion.
Friday was the first stop for Stanford in a stretch of playing six
of eight away from home, where the Cardinal are riding a 54-game
home win streak.

And there will be plenty for VanDerveer to dissect with her
team: tying a season-high with 18 turnovers, letting Washington
shoot 52 percent in the second half and letting the Huskies hang
around after bolting to an 11-0 lead.

But there’s plenty for the Cardinal to look at favorably. Their
balance was outstanding with Jeanette Pohlen adding 15 points and
Pedersen finishing with 14. Stanford also dominated the backboards,
outrebounding Washington 42-23, including 20 offensive
rebounds.

”I think we did a good job of containing their posts in the
second half,” Ogwumike said. ”It was a very physical game and we
did a good job of attacking them.”

Washington became the seventh straight opponent to lose by
double figures to Stanford, the closest margin being its 12-point
upset of UConn. Charmaine Barlow and Mackenzie Argens led
Washington (6-8, 1-4) with nine points each.

Stanford’s four Pac-10 victories thus far are by an average of
35.5 points.

The Cardinal play at Washington State on Sunday, and are 50-0
all-time against the Cougars. Stanford’s first conference test is
likely to come next Thursday when it hosts No. 10 UCLA.

Both Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle finished with 10 points
for the Cardinal, who haven’t lost to Washington since early in the
2005-06 season, a 77-72 setback in Seattle.

Stanford put this one out of reach early, holding Washington
scoreless until Regina Rogers’ basket more than four minutes into
the first half. But it was a 15-8 blitz late in the half that gave
the Cardinal a 15-point advantage at the break, highlighted by
Pohlen’s hard-driving three-point play and Tinkle’s 3-pointer at
the buzzer.

Then the Ogwumike sisters combined to score the first eight
points of the second half for Stanford, and the lead reached 19 on
Pohlen’s basket 4 minutes into the half. Stanford led by 18 with 4
minutes left and pulled away, just missing a fourth straight
conference win by at least 30 points.

”I thought our team battled tremendously and, if anyone
questions that, I don’t know if they really appreciate the game,”
Washington coach Tia Jackson said.

Washington leading scorer Kristi Kingma was harassed all night
by Lindy La Rocque, Pohlen and plenty of others, finishing with six
points on 3 of 11 shooting. But the Huskies also struggled with
foul trouble. Forward Marjorie Heard and Rogers were both on the
bench barely five minutes into the second half with four fouls.
Rogers fouled out with 6:03 remaining and finished with six
points.

”We couldn’t find our rhythm,” Jackson said. ”It was very
hard to do that with the whistles blowing and it was just
tough.”