No. 4 Stanford 90, CS Bakersfield 48

With her two biggest stars on the bench in a rare opportunity to
rest, Tara VanDerveer watched Joslyn Tinkle put on a show from
every spot on the court. Inside, outside, on the boards.

VanDerveer has been calling for someone not named Ogwumike to
pick up more of the load for No. 4 Stanford.

Tinkle delivered, recording career highs of 20 points and 11
rebounds to go with three blocks and two steals, and the Cardinal
routed Cal State Bakersfield 90-48 on Thursday.

”I took that to heart and I do that every game,” Tinkle said
of responding to her coach’s challenge.

Freshman Bonnie Samuelson scored 14 points and Chiney Ogwumike
added 10 on 5-for-5 shooting in 15 minutes as the Cardinal followed
up a commanding victory against sixth-ranked Tennessee two days
earlier and extended their school-record home winning streak to 69
games.

”Obviously we soaked up that win Tuesday night and were very
excited about that,” Tinkle said. ”We talked yesterday in
practice that we’re up there and want to stay there. We came in
today and didn’t let up. My job was to help set the tone.”

This was one of the few easy games in what has been another
daunting, NCAA tournament-like nonconference schedule for 26th-year
coach VanDerveer’s young group.

”This is in a lot of ways a really hard game when you come off
the Tennessee game Tuesday night and it’s so emotional and
exciting,” VanDerveer said. ”We have a utility player in Joslyn.
She stepped in and did a really nice job and was the glue to our
team.”

After Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way in Tuesday night’s 97-80
victory over Tennessee with a career-high 42 points, her little
sister also helped take charge in this one.

”When you have two excellent players like that, it gets the
whole team going,” Tinkle said. ”You can’t rely on them every
game.”

VanDerveer has been calling for more of her players to
contribute, and Tinkle did her part. She went 8 of 11 from the
field with two 3-pointers as Stanford shot 51.4 percent, and helped
the Cardinal to a 51-32 rebounding advantage.

Amber Williams scored 14 points and Brooklynn Hinkens added 13
to lead cold-shooting Cal State Bakersfield (3-12), which lost for
the 11th time in 12 games. The Roadrunners are currently making the
transition to Division I under first-year coach Greg McCall at his
alma mater.

McCall has five players out with serious knee injuries and
recently recruited a senior volleyball player Tika Smith, who
hadn’t played formal basketball since high school to give Cal State
Bakersfield seven players. Smith played in her third game against
Stanford.

”I thought our girls came out a little bit nervous, looking at
the height,” McCall said. ”Once we calmed down and settled down I
thought we played with a lot of effort. Playing a team of this
caliber we want to make sure we keep our mental edge. If we play
with some heart and effort you never know what the outcome
is.”

Nneka Ogwumike wound up with eight points, four rebounds and
four assists while playing just 13 minutes for Stanford, which is
dealing with the loss of freshman guard Jasmine Camp for the season
because of a stress fracture in her left foot that will require
surgery in early January.

Stanford also played without starting freshman forward Taylor
Greenfield, who sat out as a precaution because of a sore
hamstring.

Thursday’s matinee hardly could live up to the raucous
atmosphere from two days earlier, when a sellout crowd of 7,329
packed Maples Pavilion to cheer both the Cardinal and Lady Vols
coach Pat Summitt, who has early onset Alzheimer’s.

VanDerveer used this game to get all her players significant
court time in the final tuneup before a holiday break and the start
of Pac-12 play next Thursday at Southern California. The 11-time
reigning Pac-10 champions, trying for a fifth straight trip to the
Final Four come March, are favored to capture the inaugural Pac-12
crown.

Stanford made 10 of its first 14 shots, including two 3-pointers
from Lindy La Rocque, and built a 23-5 lead at the 12:47 mark of
the first half. The Cardinal led 47-17 at halftime on 53.8 percent
shooting.

This marked the first meeting between the schools. The
overmatched Roadrunners shot 10 for 32 from 3-point range and
committed 20 turnovers, eight by Williams.

”It’s a great honor, our girls looked at it as a great honor
and privilege,” McCall said. ”To play a team like this is really
good for our program, our university and the city of
Bakersfield.”

Camp played in the Cardinal’s first eight games and started four
before missing Tuesday’s win over Tennessee. She averaged 3.6
points and 2.1 assists over 14.1 minutes per game, scoring a
season-high 14 in a loss at Connecticut on Nov. 21.