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
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
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
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
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.