Stanford Starts Tournament With 79-47 Thumping Of UC Riverside

March 21, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 19 points and 11 rebounds and top-seeded Stanford rolled into the second round of the NCAA tournament's Sacramento Regional with a 79-47 victory over No. 16 seed UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Jeanette Pohlen added 16 points and the host Cardinal (32-1) won their 23rd straight game since losing to defending national champion Connecticut on Dec. 23.

Stanford's rout capped off a perfect night for the higher seeds, marking the third time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994 that they were unbeaten on the opening day of the tournament.

No repeat here of 1998, when Stanford was a No. 1 seed and lost to Harvard to become the only top seed ever in the men's or women's tournament to lose to the 16th seed.

TreShont Nottingham scored 10 points to lead overmatched Riverside (17-16).

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