No. 2 Stanford Crushed DePaul, 96-60

Dec. 13, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points, Jeanette Pohlen added 17 and No. 2 Stanford showed no signs of rust following a two-week layoff for final exams, beating DePaul 96-60 on Sunday for its 33rd straight home win.

Jayne Appel added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Cardinal (7-0), who used a 19-0 running spanning halftime to turn the game into a rout in the first meeting between the schools.

Appel grabbed her 1,000th rebound 1:27 into the game. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year ranks third on the school's all-time list and became the third player in program history to pull down 1,000 rebounds, joining Nicole Powell (1,143) and Val Whiting (1,134).

The game kicked off a tough three-game stretch this week for Stanford at Maples Pavilion, where the Cardinal will host No. 7 Duke on Tuesday night and fourth-ranked Tennessee on Saturday. After that, Stanford plays No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 23 in Hartford.

Stanford, playing for the first time since a 105-74 victory over Gonzaga on Nov. 29, is off to its best start since beginning the 2004-05 season with eight straight victories.

Kayla Pedersen, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 20.5 points per game, had 11 points but the Cardinal had plenty of punch on offense from others. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Stanford held a 44-33 rebounding advantage and shot 59.3 percent.

Anna Martin was held to six points for the Blue Demons (7-3), who began a tough five-game trip that ends with their Big East opener at Rutgers on Jan. 2. Martin had scored in double figures in her previous four starts this season.

DePaul, most recently ranked 21st, fell out of the Top 25 with a 79-68 loss at Wis.-Green Bay on Dec. 2.

Keisha Hampton scored 19 and Sam Quigley had 10 points and five assists to lead the Blue Demons, who played their fifth game since losing leading scorer Deirdre Naughton for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. DePaul is 6-11 all-time against the Pac-10, but this marked the school's first appearance against the conference since an 86-82 loss to Oregon in 1999.

After Hampton opened the game with a 3-pointer, Stanford answered with an 11-0 run and the Blue Demons missed their next six shots before Hampton's layin at 15:41.

Pohlen scored eight straight points with consecutive 3s during one stretch late in the first half as the Cardinal closed with a 16-5 run - 9-0 over the final 2:24 - for a 45-25 halftime lead.

The Blue Demons shot 24.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes and went 3 of 13 from 3-point range. They had a tough time establishing any rhythm in the paint against Stanford's talented front line of Appel, Ogwumike and Pedersen.

Michelle Harrison was held out of the game for Stanford after sustaining a concussion during Thursday's practice when she took an elbow to the head from Appel. Coach Tara VanDerveer said she expects Harrirson to be cleared to play Monday, meaning she could be available Tuesday night.

Stanford freshman Joslyn Tinkle was in uniform after missing four games with a stress reaction in her left foot. VanDerveer hopes to have guard Melanie Murphy back from a knee injury in another week.

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