No. 2 Stanford 76, Washington 57

A second quick win in the Pac-12 tournament, this against one of

the nation’s top teams, was too much for Washington to do.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 points to help second-ranked

Stanford beat Washington 76-57 Thursday and advance to the

semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

The Huskies defeated Oregon in the tournament opener Wednesday

but weren’t able to muster a second win a day later, leaving a

potential Women’s NIT bid as their only hope for postseason

play.

”Obviously, it was a quick turnaround, but that’s the advantage

they get for being a No. 1 seed,” first-year coach Kevin McGuff

said. ”They had a great game plan. Defensively, they really forced

us into a lot of tough shots and they were also really efficient on

the offensive end.”

Regina Rogers, Mackenzie Argens and Aminah Williams each scored

12 points for eighth-seeded Washington (17-13), which dug itself a

hole by shooting 25.8 percent and committing eight turnovers in the

first half.

The Huskies, who have not been to the NCAA tournament since

2007, made great strides under McGuff with a six-win improvement

from last season. McGuff thinks there are more games in the team’s

future.

”I am really hopeful we have a chance to play,” he said.

”They deserve to be in postseason play. It would be a great reward

for this team.”

Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Bonnie

Samuelson scored 11 points on three 3-pointers for the top-seeded

Cardinal (29-1), who pulled away after halftime in their first game

following a first-round bye.

”Washington came out and played really hard. They gave us

challenge inside with Regina Rogers,” Stanford coach Tara

VanDerveer said. ”I thought it was a very good first game. But we

have some things to work on for next game.”

Stanford is looking for a ninth straight conference tournament

title. The Cardinal will play Friday against the winner of

Arizona-Arizona State.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike shook off a bloody nose and showed why she was

the Pac-12 player of the year. The senior forward made eight of 13

shots and keyed a second-half run that resulted in the game’s

largest lead.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had her hands full with the imposing Rogers, a

first-team all-conference center. But she relished the opportunity

of the physical matchup.

”It’s always good to (play) a good post because it’s a

challenge, both defensively and offensively,” said Nnemkadi

Ogwumike, who has scored in double figures all but once this

season.

After the Huskies pulled within 45-33 on Mollie Williams’ layup

and subsequent free throw, Nnemkadi Ogwumike hit a jumper on the

other end to start a string of 12 unanswered points. Samuelson then

nailed a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which put the Cardinal

ahead 57-33.

The win was Stanford’s 26th in a row since a November loss to

Connecticut.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike briefly left the court early in the first half

after taking an errant elbow across her face. The senior forward

was bloodied, but after being checked on by the training staff

showed no ill effects of the injury upon re-entering.

”When she went up for that basket my face was just where her

elbow was,” Nnemkadi Ogwumike said. ”I don’t think she tried to

flagrantly foul me or anything, she just made her move.”

Jazmine Davis, the team’s second-leading scorer and conference

freshman of the year, struggled to eight points on just 2 of 18

shooting.

Stanford has won 76 consecutive games against conference

opponents since Jan. 22, 2009. It was also their 13th straight win

over Washington.