No. 1 Stanford women roll past UC Davis, 87-38

Updated at: 11/30/2012 10:35 PM
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN

(AP) DAVIS, Calif. - Chiney Ogwumike had a career high-tying 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 1 Stanford used a 17-2 run late in the first half to pull away for an 87-38 victory over UC Davis on Friday night.

Toni Kokenis added 11 points while Amber Orrange had six points and seven assists for the top-ranked Cardinal (7-0), who have won seven straight in what has become an annual matchup between these two non-conference opponents who also played in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season.

Ogwumike had 18 points and nine rebounds in that game but topped that in the first half when she had as many points (19) as the Aggies’ entire team. Ogwumike finished with her 34th career double-double, reaching the milestone more than three minutes before halftime.

Sydnee Fipps scored 14 points for Davis (2-3).

Stanford led by as much as 49 points and had little trouble scoring while holding a sizable height advantage over Davis.

The Aggies tried an aggressive zone defense in an attempt to disrupt the Cardinal’s quick-flowing offense early but Stanford shot 55.7 percent from the floor and outscored Davis 42-8 in the paint.

Ogwumike did much of the damage inside herself.

The junior forward grabbed six offensive rebounds, three coming during a stretch when Stanford missed five consecutive shots under the basket before Ogwumike’s layup gave the Cardinal a 31-17 lead.

She scored 11 more points, including eight of the last 10, during a 17-2 run before halftime then had eight more after the break before heading to the bench for good with more than 6:44 remaining.

Davis, coming off consecutive wins over Navy and Houston Baptist, couldn’t keep up.

The Aggies pulled to 62-33 on Heidi Johnson’s jumper with 11:50 remaining but did little else.

Stanford held Davis to just 18.2 percent shooting while forcing the smaller Aggies to settle for perimeter shots most of the night.

Fipps reached double figures for the fifth straight game but no other Davis player had more than six points. Cortney French, the Big West player of the week, scored six on 2 of 10 shooting.

Kokenis made three 3s in the first 3 1-2 minutes to help the Cardinal build an early 15-6 lead. The Aggies cut the gap to 19-12 before Ogwumike scored six consecutive points during an 8-0 run.

Stanford next plays at Gonzaga on Sunday before taking a 13-day break for final exams. The Cardinal return to host Pacific on Dec. 15 before a tough three-game stretch against South Carolina, No. 16 Tennessee and No. 2 Connecticut.

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