Updated at: 02/28/2013 10:08 PM
By TIM BOOTH
(AP) SEATTLE - Chiney Ogwumike scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Bonnie Samuelson scored 12 of her 15 during a first-half blitz of 3-pointers and No. 4 Stanford raced past short-handed Washington 71-36 on Thursday night.
The Cardinal rolled to their 13th straight victory and remained on course for their 22nd regular season conference title _ shared or outright. Stanford (27-2, 16-1 Pac-12) can claim at least a share of the conference crown with California if it wins at Washington State on Saturday.
Ogwumike scored 14 in the second half after the Cardinal used their outside shooting to take control in the first 20 minutes.
Aminah Williams led Washington (19-9, 11-6) with 10 points. The Huskies played without leading scorer Jazmine Davis and third-leading scorer Talia Walton. The pair, along with Deborah Meeks, were suspended earlier this week for one-game by coach Kevin McGuff for violating team rules.
McGuff said the violation did not involve academics, drugs or alcohol, but robbed Washington of its best chance at getting a needed victory to try and save an NCAA tournament resume that’s become much weaker in the last two weeks.
Samuelson, who averages just five points, immediately took advantage of Washington’s zone defense. Unable to mark all of Stanford’s perimeter shooters, Samuelson became the beneficiary. She missed her first 3-point attempt, but knocked down the next four as Stanford turned an early six-point deficit into a comfortable lead.
The Cardinal went on a 23-2 run, including six 3-pointers, to completely take a 26-11 lead. Joslyn Tinkle also knocked down a pair of early 3-pointers to help Stanford, but the Cardinal’s second-leading scorer was just 5 of 17 shooting and 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. Tinkle finished with 12 points.
Stanford made seven of its nine 3-pointers in the first half. They attempted a season-high 39 3s.
While it wasn’t Stanford’s best shooting night, the Cardinal were dominant defensively. Washington shot just 17 percent and Stanford allowed a season low in points.
Washington dressed just seven players and only six were on scholarship. Playing without Davis and Walton took away more than 33 points per game and put a significant amount of the scoring onus on Kingma.
Stanford knew that, as well, and harassed the Huskies senior with multiple players rotating on her defensively. The result was a miserable night for Kingma, who made just 1 of 11 shots and finished with six points. Equally off was point guard Mercedes Wetmore, who missed her first 10 shots before making a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer.
Washington shot just 15 percent in the first half and had nine shots blocked by the Cardinal. The Huskies then went scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half until Heather Corral banked in a runner. By that point, the Cardinal lead had ballooned to 28.
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