USC Stymied by Stanford, 82-62
Jan. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kayla Pedersen had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 2 Stanford beat Southern California 82-62 on Friday night.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 21 points and 12 boards for the Cardinal (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10), who has won 15 of its last 17 games against the Trojans. Stanford outrebounded USC 54-27 and shot 46.6 from the field.
Ashley Corral led the Trojans (8-6, 2-1) with 18 points. Brianna Gilbreath had 10 points and six assists.
USC trimmed Stanford's lead to 43-34 after Corral scored four straight points on a jumper and a layup. The Cardinal responded with four 3-pointers during a 15-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Under first-year coach Michael Cooper, the Trojans have beat three Top 25 teams this season. But they got off to a slow start against the Cardinal and never recovered.
USC made just three of its first 17 shots as Stanford raced out to a 30-7 lead. The Cardinal converted 14 of 22 field goals during that stretch and outrebounded the Trojans 17-3.
The sparse crowd applauded when former Trojans star and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie showed up in the first half. USC certainly could've used the 6-foot-5 Leslie to contend with Stanford bigs Ogwumike and Jayne Appel, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.