Women: Stanford 76, Washington 57
No. 1-seed Stanford (29-1, 18-0 Pac-12) won its first game during the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament by playing its style of basketball and beating No. 8-seed Washington (17-13, 8-10) 76-57.
"They had a great game plan defensively which forces us into a lot of tough shots and they were efficient on the offensive end," said Washington coach Kevin McGuff.
After Washington was able to play Stanford close for much of the first half, the Cardinal turned on the heat and with 4:50 left in the half, used a layup by Chiney Ogwumike to pull away for good. The Cardinal used a 13-5 run from there to head into halftime with a sizable 37-24 lead.
"They prepare well and will take you out of the actions you want to run," said McGuff, who now waits to see if the Huskies get a WNIT bid. "They have tremendous length, tip a lot of balls and disrupt with that length. They play hard and keep you off the glass. They finish off possessions with tremendous rebounding."
The second half picked up where the first half left off for Stanford as the Cardinal played in their own zone and Washington could never get into a rhythm. Stanford's stingy defense was just too much for Washington to compete with.
"It's not underrated from the coaches, we recognize how important it is," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "Our team focuses well on scouting reports and emphasized things. During the game we had to make some adjustments to our focus. They are a tough team to defend as they are well coached, tough inside and their perimeter players hit some shots that kept them around for a while."
Washington shot 50 percent from the field for the game and was led by Regina Rogers' 13 points. Mackenzie Argens and Mollie Williams both had 12 points.
"I think Washington came out and played hard," said VanDerveer. "They gave us a good challenge with Rogers who is physical and talented. I thought our team did a good job on Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12 Freshman Player of The Year."
Stanford shot 66.7 percent for the game and was led by the double-double performance of Chiney Ogwumike's 16 points and 11 rebounds. This double-double performance was complemented by 18 points by Nnemkadi Ogwumike and 11 points by Bonnie Samuelson.
The Cardinal advance to the third round of the tournament tomorrow at the Staples Center and will face the winner of the second game today between No. 12-seed Arizona (4-15, 14-16 Pac-12) and No. 4-seed Arizona State (19-10, 10-8 Pac-12).