Stanford Pulls Away From Colorado In Second Half
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford sister tandem of Chiney and Nnemkadi Ogwumike accounted for 41 points as the No. 2 ranked Cardinal improved their home court winning streak to 77 games with a 68-46 Pac-12 Conference win over Colorado Thursday evening at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus.
Stanford, which clinched its 12th straight conference title one week ago, improves to 25-1 overall and 16-0 in league play. Colorado has dropped three straight and falls to 16-10 overall and 5-10 in the Pac-12.
Colorado played a strong first half defensively, limiting Stanford to 32 percent from the field and forced 15 turnovers.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't back down," Colorado coach Linda Lappe said. "We weren't intimidated."
Despite their shooting woes, the Cardinal were able to get to the foul line and capitalized. The Buffaloes were called for 13 fouls in the first 20 minutes which resulted in 13 Stanford free throws. Nine of them alone came from Nnemkadi Oguwmike.
A Wilson layup with 11:12 remaining in the first half gave the Buffaloes a 12-11 lead. Chiney Ogwumike scored on a layup and older sister Nnemkadi hit three free throws to put the Cardinal up by four at 16-12. Jeffery cut Stanford's lead to two with a bucket, but Lindy La Rocque hit a 3-pointer and the Cardinal were able to widen their lead to 26-18 at the half.
Stanford hit their first five shots of the second half to spur a decisive 33-6 run, pushing its lead to 59-24 on pair of Joslyn Tinkle free throws.
Colorado stayed competitive though, getting 29 points from its bench with that crew closing the gap late. Kresl had seven of her nine points in that late run. Jasmine Sborov had six points and Rachel Hargis chipped in five.
Stanford had a sizeable advantage at the line, making 27-of-33 attempts. In contrast, Colorado was 8-of-12 on free-throw attempts.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Colorado remains in the Bay Area and plays its final regular season road contest on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the University of California in Berkeley. Tip off is at 3 p.m. MST and can be heard live on KKZN AM 760.