7:00 PM ET, January 20, 2014
Wells Fargo Arena (AZ), Tempe, Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Stanford knocked down its latest Pac-12 challenger with a thud. Just like the Cardinal just always do.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, leading No. 4 Stanford past No. 14 Arizona State 80-56 on Monday night, the Cardinal's 15th consecutive victory over the Sun Devils and 60th straight win in a conference road game.
The 6-foot-4 star made 13 of 18 shots. She scored 18 in the second half as Stanford (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12) turned the game into a rout against the Sun Devils (14-3, 4-2), who were coming off a win over then-No. 15 California.
"She's a great player," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's a great competitor. She's extremely intelligent. She plays really hard. She's a fabulous leader of our team, and I can be hard on her. I don't sugar-coat things for her. She's not sensitive. She wants to know what she needs to do better."
Much of the time, freshman Sophie Brunner was trying to guard Ogwumike, one of the best seniors in the country. It was a lesson well-learned.
"She's just really smart," Brunner said. "You take one thing away, she goes to the next. You take that away, she goes to the next thing. She's just really physical. It was a good test but she's the real deal."
Taylor Greenfield scored 14 and Lili Thompson and Karlie Samuelson 11 apiece for Stanford, which won in 16th in a row since a loss at No. 1 Connecticut in the second game of the season. Katie Hempen scored 13 and Sophie Bruner 12 for the Sun Devils, who shot just 32 percent to the Cardinal's 54 percent.
Arizona State led 8-6 when Stanford took control with a 16-2 run, one of Ogwumike's many layups putting the Cardinal up 22-10 with 10:58 left in the half. She got in foul trouble that allowed the Sun Devils to crawl back into it.
"A great opportunity," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said.
A 14-6 run sliced Stanford's lead to 28-24 when Deja Mann sank one of two free throws with 2:28 left in the half.
"It was very tough," Ogwumike said of having to sit and watch the lead dwindle.
"I know I need to play smarter and not jeopardize my position by fouling especially unnecessarily. It was tough to sit on the sidelines but I have full trust in my teammates."
But Oguwmike came back and scored 18 in the second half, and Arizona State wasn't in it for long. The Cardinal led 35-28 at the break, then Ogwumike came back and Stanford dominated.
The Cardinal cored the first nine points of the second half to take control. Lili Thompson's layup put Stanford ahead 44-28. Taylor Greenfield's three-point play had Stanford in command 53-32 with 12½ minutes to play.
"I think we like playing on the road," Ogwumike said. "We like adversity. It's an opportunity for us to dig deep and play. I think our No. 1 strength in Stanford women's basketball is our team chemistry, so I think being in an adverse situation really tests our team chemistry, and we always rise from that. We learn, we cherish those opportunities. I think today we were having fun, and I think people saw that."
Arizona State had won four in a row since its only other Pac-12 at Washington and had climbed five places to No. 14 in this week's rankings after Friday's victory over Cal. It equaled the Sun Devils best ranking since Dec. 14, 2009.
After matching the school record with 15 3-pointers Saturday at Arizona, Stanford was 3-for-6 on 3's Monday.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-57 (.544)||22-68 (.324)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-6 (.500)||2-12 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-20 (.750)||10-14 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|