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.