Cardinal Take Care of Wildcats, 83-62

Jan. 30, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored eight of her 27 points during a 10-0 run to open the second half and No. 2 Stanford overcame a second straight halftime deficit to beat Arizona 83-62 on Saturday.

Kayla Pedersen added 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinal (19-1, 9-0 Pac-10), who won their 40th straight home game and finished the first half of the conference season with a perfect record for the second time in the past eight years.

But for the second straight game it took the Cardinal some time to get going. After struggling on the offensive end early in Thursday's win over Arizona State, Stanford's problems in the first half against Arizona (9-10, 3-6) were defensive.

With freshman Davellyn Whyte leading the way, the Wildcats made eight 3-pointers in the first half - one shy of their season high for a game - and stayed right with the more talented Cardinal. White's pullup jumper from the baseline with 26 seconds left in the half gave Arizona a 42-40 lead heading into the break.

Stanford quickly seized control in the second half when Ogwumike scored on the Cardinal's first possession. Arizona missed its first eight shots of the half and didn't score a single point until Ify Ibekwe's layup with 14:23 to go. But Ogwumike had scored two more baskets and two more free throws by that point and Stanford led for good.

Ogwumike was coming off a season-low eight points against Arizona State, but took control when Stanford needed her against the Arizona. She made 11 of 16 shots.

Jayne Appel added eight points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Stanford, which closes a four-game homestand next weekend against its two closest competitors in the conference, UCLA and Southern California. The Bruins are the only team other than No. 1 Connecticut to stay closer than 15 points to the Cardinal. The Huskies beat Stanford 80-68 last month. Stanford has won 10 straight since then.

Whyte scored 24 points, Soana Lucet added 15 and Ibekwe had 12 for the Wildcats, who have lost three straight since a 119-112 victory over Oregon. Arizona has lost 15 straight games against Stanford.

The long-range shot deserted the Wildcats in the second half, as they didn't make a 3-pointer until Whyte's jumper with 1:26 to go cut the lead to 81-61. Without the hot shooting, they had no chance against the bigger and more powerful Cardinal, who outrebounded Arizona 52-22.

Stanford struggled from the outside, shooting 8-for-35 from 3-point range, including a 1-for-10 performance from Jeanette Pohlen. But Pedersen, Appel and Ogwumike controlled the offensive glass, leading to 26 offensive rebounds and 25 second-chance points.

Stanford wore its cardinal-colored road uniforms for the game to raise awareness for earthquake victims in Haiti.

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