Ogwumike leads No. 3 Stanford women to win

Chiney Ogwumike attracts so much attention both on and off the

court and deservedly so. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer would like

to see other players step up and help out.

Ogwumike had 28 points and 15 rebounds in helping No. 3 Stanford

beat UC Davis 66-48 Sunday.

”We’ve been spoiled with Chiney,” VanDerveer said. ”We need

more help and more people doing it. We need to see what we can do

to help her.”

Ogwumike, who missed her first two shots, recorded her fourth

double-double of the year and has 62 for her career. The

All-America senior had her way with the shorter Aggies. Stanford

missed its first five shots, though the Aggies were only slightly

more successful.

Amber Orrange added 10 points for the Cardinal (3-1), who beat

the Aggies for the eighth straight time and even the series, dating

to 1971, at 9-9.

VanDerveer continues to search for a supporting cast around

Ogwumike and Orrange, inserting Erica McCall into the starting

lineup for the first time. McCall became the third freshman to get

a start. Karlie Samuelson, the younger sister of junior Bonnie

Samuelson, may become the fourth. She was the first off the bench

and played 33 minutes.

”She did a great job defensively and we can play her at the 2

or 3,” VanDerveer said. ”Whoever gets the job done, I don’t know

who it is, we need more help.”

Karlie Samuelson had eight points and six assists and defended

Aggies’ top scorer Sydnee Fipps, who had 13 of her 14 points for

the Aggies (0-3) in the first half.

Fipps was 5 of 9 from the field in the first half and 0 of 5 in

the second half.

”I was trying to take away her shot and drive,” Samuelson

said. ”When she drove, I had a lot of help from my team. When she

drove to the basket, Chiney was always there to help.”

UC Davis coach Jennifer Gross saw the same thing.

”They clogged up the paint on her drives,” she said. ”Sydnee

usually does a good job of finding the open player but we needed

her to get us going. They keyed on her a little more.”

VanDerveer, in her 35th season and 28th at Stanford, earned her

897th career win, three shy of becoming the fifth women’s

basketball coach to record at least 900 victories.

”We have a lot of young players on a steep learning curve who,

frankly, don’t know what they are doing,” VanDerveer said. ”Those

are players who, in five months, will help us more.”

Stanford led 34-20 at the half.

It was tied at 6 when the Cardinal scored 11 unanswered points

and continued to pull away.

The Cardinal scored 11 points as a result of 11 Aggies turnovers

in the first half.

”We try to focus on the improvement,” Gross said. ”Every game

has provided a different challenge. We started with a difficult

schedule and we feel like we can get some momentum.”

The Aggies will travel to top-ranked UConn in early

December.

UC Davis’ Brianna Salvatore made her second start since

returning from last year’s season-ending injury. She hit both of

her 3-point attempts and is 6 of 7 from long range for her

career.

Kelsey Harris had nine points and seven rebounds for the Aggies

while Mikaela Ruef had eight points and eight rebounds for the

Cardinal.