No. 6 Stanford women beat No. 14 UCLA 75-49

Updated at: 01/19/2013 2:37 PM
By RICK EYMER

(AP) STANFORD, Calif. - Chiney Ogwumike had 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 6 Stanford past No. 14 UCLA 75-49 on Friday night in a much-needed victory that throws the Pac-12 race wide open.

Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points and Amber Orrange had 15 for the Cardinal (15-2, 4-1), who ended a two-game losing streak at home.

Alyssia Brewer scored 14 points to lead the Bruins (14-3, 4-1), who had won six in a row. Thea Lemberger added 12 points and Atonye Nyingifa had 11.

Ogwumike made sure Stanford avoided its first three-game home losing streak in 26 years, energizing her team with her constant hustle all over the court.

The Bruins were within 15-13 midway through the first half when Mikaela Ruef hit a shot that sparked a 13-2 run and gave Stanford a double-digit lead it never relinquished.

The Cardinal shot 50 percent for the game and held the Pac-12’s top-scoring team to a season low in points.

Stanford held a 36-24 lead at halftime.

The Cardinal opened the second half on a 13-2 run to put the game away and force a four-way tie for the conference lead heading into Sunday’s game with co-leader Southern California.

The Bruins visit co-leader California on Sunday.

It has been an unusual week for the Cardinal, who had their nation-best 82-game winning streak at home snapped in a 61-35 rout by then-No. 2 Connecticut on Dec. 29, then lost another home game last Sunday, 67-55 to rival California.

Stanford had suddenly seemed vulnerable after the Huskies and Bears took advantage of poor shooting and rebounding and a sudden lack of ability to hang onto the ball.

The loss to the Golden Bears ended an 81-game unbeaten run against conference opponents.

Stanford hasn’t lost three straight home games since early January of the 1986-87 season, in coach Tara VanDerveer’s second season on The Farm.

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