Ogwumike and No. 6 Stanford women beat New Mexico

Chiney Ogwumike scored 24 of her 32 points in the first half and

No. 6 Stanford won its eighth straight, beating New Mexico 74-41 on

Monday night.

Mikaela Ruef had 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the

Cardinal (9-1), who host No. 3 Tennessee on Saturday.

Bryce Owens scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, to lead the

Lobos (4-5), who fell to 2-11 against teams ranked in the top

10.

New Mexico, which ranks second in the Mountain West Conference

in scoring defense and first in rebounding margin, last beat a top

10 team eight years ago.

Ogwumike scored Stanford’s first 10 points and 23 of its first

25 before she was replaced by Erica McCall with 9:52 left in the

first half.

New Mexico’s 6-foot-4 freshman post player Kianna Keller made

her fourth start of the season and did everything she could to slow

down Ogwumike, who became the fifth member of Stanford’s

2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club with her fifth point of the

game.

Keller is in the lineup because of season-ending injuries to

three of the Lobos’ front line players, including sophomore Whitney

Johnson and junior Ebony Walker.

Ogwumike, who blocked four shots, was 10 of 15 from the field in

the first half as Stanford took a 40-21 lead.

Ogwumike, who had seven rebounds to pass her sister Neka into

third place on the school’s all-time list, left the game for good

with 10:30 remaining.

The Lobos, who had a two-game winning streak snapped, were

within 7-5 before the Cardinal went on a 20-2 run to open a

20-point lead midway through the first half.

New Mexico kept the game relatively close for the first 7

minutes of the second half by dominating the offensive boards and

getting second chance points.

Owens and Brooke Allemand hit3-pointers to cut Stanford’s lead

to 16, the closest the Lobos would get the rest of the way.

Looking ahead to Tennessee, Stanford owns consecutive wins over

the Lady Vols and will be looking for a third straight for the

first time in a series that dates to the early 1990s.