The fact that Chiney Ogwumike led No, 4 Stanford in scoring again was not the main story of the Cardinal's 69-45 victory over Arizona State at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.
After all, Ogwumike has led the Cardinal in scoring for 18 consecutive games, so her 26 points and 14 rebounds Sunday are hardly news.
No, the most intriguing aspects of the easy victory, which improved Stanford's record to 22-2 overall and 11-1 in the Pac-12, were provided by two players off the bench, Bonnie Samuelson and Alex Green.
The Cardinal again played without Toni Kokenis, who was sidelined with an undisclosed ailment that apparently will be an issue throughout the season.
But Samuelson had a career-high 19 points, hitting 5 of 11 three-point attempts. The Cardinal desperately needs an outside shooting threat, and Samuelson is the most likely candidate. She hit three of her three-pointers in the first half when the outcome was still in doubt, so her scoring did not consist only of garbage-time points.
Green played just three minutes and did not score, but the mere fact that she was on the floor was news. She redshirted last season as a freshman after tearing her Achilles tendon on Nov. 18. She did play in two games last season -- Nov. 13 against Gonzaga and Nov. 17 against Old Dominion -- but totaled just 10 minutes in those games and failed to score. In fact, her field goal attempt on Sunday was the first shot of her career. Sunday was her first game action since the Nov. 17, 2011, game against Old Dominion.
Whether Green, who was noted for her speed before her injury, is ready to contribute meaningful minutes this season remains to be seen. The Cardinal certainly could use some help in the backcourt. Jasmine Camp played 14 minutes for the Cardinal, which committed just seven turnovers on Sunday despite the absence of Kokenis. It was a vast improvement from Friday, when the Cardinal committed a season-high 19 turnovers against Arizona in another game in which Kokenis was sidelined.