Stanford Stymies Old Dominion, 89-56
Nov. 13, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Stanford opened its season with an easy 89-56 victory against Old Dominion on Friday night.
The Cardinal, coming off back-to-back trips to the national semifinals and hoping to go further this year behind preseason All-American Jayne Appel, almost didn't need their 6-foot-4 center. Ogwumike dominated the game, nearly outscoring the Lady Monarchs for 17 minutes.
Her basket 3:49 before halftime gave her 15 points and the Cardinal a 43-17 lead.
Old Dominion (0-1) lost for just the 16th time in 108 games at the Ted Constant Convocation Center since it opened in 2002. Ten of those losses have been to ranked teams.
Appel added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jeannette Pohlen scored 15 with 10 assists, and Kayla Pedersen scored 14 for the Cardinal, who will play at 25th-ranked Rutgers on Sunday.
Jasmine Parker led Old Dominion with 16 points and Tia Lewis had 13. But both coaches emptied their benches early after Stanford took a 53-23 lead into halftime.
Stanford opened the game on a 29-4 run, scoring the last 22 in a row. Appel had seven in the 22-0 burst, which lasted 6 1/2 minutes, and J.J. Hones hit a pair of 3-pointers.
The Lady Monarchs made a brief flurry, scoring the next eight points to close within 29-12, but the Cardinal immediately scored 11 points in a row in a 19-5 run to lead 48-17. Ogwumike scored seven in that run and Pedersen had six, including her second 3-pointer.