Chiney Ogwumike scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting with 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford (16-1, 5-0 Pacific-12) to a 96-52 win at Arizona (4-12, 0-5) Friday, its largest margin of victory this season.
The 44-point win eclipses the 34 in Stanford’s 75-41 win over New Mexico Dec. 16, and it equaled the 96 points it poured on Oregon during its 30-point win Jan. 3. Stanford shot 63 percent for the game, compared to 40 percent for the Wildcats, and 47 percent from long range (15-for-32).
“They share the ball well, it’s hard to say what you’re most impressed with when they do so well in every statistical category,” Arizona coach Niya Butts said. “They don’t just have an interior player who not a lot of players in the country can guard, but they have players who can shoot.”
It was the 23rd win in a row for Stanford over Arizona, dating back to Feb. 5, 2004, and breaking the previous string of 22 victories the Cardinal established over the Wildcats from 1986 to 1998.
“You have to have great players and keep people healthy,” Stanford’s Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer said of her success.
The Wildcats stayed tight early. Kama Griffits cut an early seven-point lead to four with a three pointer, and Erica Barnes brought Arizona within 11-9 on the next possession. Barnes would close the Cats to 15-13, as well, but that would be the end of the upset bid. Taylor Greenfield answered Barnes with a three, and after another Griffits three made it 20-16, a 21-4 Cardinal run ensued.
Stanford scored threes on four-consecutive possessions, three coming from the Samuelson sisters (Bonnie and Karlie) and the final from Amber Orrange. Stanford was ahead at halftime 52-31, with Ogwumike already scoring 16 on 8-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds.
Griffits led the Wildcats with 12 points, Barnes scored 10, and they both grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
“The first half, we felt we were there, but mentally we weren’t there in the second half,” Griffits said. “The guards needed to pressure the wings, we didn’t give Chiney easy buckets."
Karlie Samuelson added 16 for Stanford with four treys, Lilli Thompson scored 12, and Orrange had eight points and eight assists. Fifteen players saw action for Stanford, while the Cats only dressed eight.
“It was a great team effort,” VanDerveer said. “Chiney’s very unselfish, she knows she needs other people around her, and she gets excited when they do well. The best thing about this team is people keep each other accountable.”
On the season, Stanford’s only loss came at Connecticut, 76-57, Ogwumike’s highs were 36 points and 20 rebounds, and she also passed former teammate Kayla Pedersen as the conference’s all-time leading rebounder. She is about 400 points shy of Candice Wiggins for the school record, as well.
Arizona will host No. 15 California at 3 p.m. Monday, while Stanford is at No. 19 Arizona State at 5 p.m. The Sun Devils defeated the Golden Bears earlier in the day Friday, 68-59.