Stanford 79 - Washington State 60
SEATTLE – Sentiment within KeyArena was with Washington State and coach June Daugherty who returned to the team following an emergency appendectomy, but it could only carry the Cougars so far against No. 1 seed Stanford.
Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike put up 23 points and 21 rebounds as the Cardinal rolled past Washington State 79-60 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament on Friday.
Daugherty sat behind the bench during game action to protect from being jostled but came out onto the court for timeouts to participate in team huddles. She underwent emergency appendectomy surgery Thursday night in a Seattle hospital while the Cougars were beating Arizona State. It was the first game Daugherty has missed in her 24-year coaching career.
The spirited Cougs stuck around early against Stanford, but went to the locker room trailing 35-23. Ogwumike’s 17 first-half points included a steal and coast-to-coast layup at the buzzer that felt like a knockout blow. Stanford opened up a 21-point lead out of halftime with an 18-9 run and cruised to the finish.
Stanford’s Sara James dropped five three-pointers on her way to a 17-point contribution, while Joslyn Tinkle added 10 points for the Card. Lia Galdeira led Washington State with 16 points.
Ogwumike meanwhile shrugged off her 20-20 night.
"It's awesome. It's cool," she said. "But they don't really matter to me in the scheme of things. I'm smiling about how Sara James got that huge offensive board when the pressure was inside and how she hit five threes and spotted up really well. And Joslyn, how she responded in the second half. Those things got me going."
Stanford now has won 18 consecutive Pac-12 Tournament games over a span of seven seasons. Their last tournament loss was to UCLA in the 2006 tournament finale.
Stanford plays the winner of Friday night’s Washington-Colorado matchup Saturday at 8:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
WSU and Daugherty, meanwhile, have some time off to heal.
"[I'm] really proud of our program," Daugherty said. "We're competitive now, and that's something that when we walked into Pullman six years ago, we couldn't say that."