No. 2 Cardinal Cruise Past Huskies, 58-36
Feb. 13, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) -Jayne Appel scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 2 Stanford overcame a quiet night from leading-scorer Nnemkadi Ogwumike and rolled past Washington 58-36 on Friday night.
Jeanette Pohlen scored seven of her 10 points in the opening moments of the second half as the Cardinal never let Washington recover from shooting just 13 percent and scoring a season-low 12 points in the first half.
Stanford (22-1, 12-0 Pac-10) cruised to its 13th straight win since its late December loss at top-ranked Connecticut and its 25th consecutive regular-season conference victory.
Regina Rogers led Washington (9-13, 4-8) with 10 points, but the Huskies made just 4 of 31 shots in the first half and found themselves too far behind to seriously challenge in the second half.
Ogwumike, Stanford's sophomore star and the conference's leading scorer at 19 points per game, scored six of the Cardinal's first eight points before going silent for most of the evening. She was hampered by foul trouble and played just seven minutes in the first half.
Ogwumike went more than 25 minutes between baskets, before scoring with 11:40 left in the game. She finished with 12 points, her matching her second-lowest total in conference play this season.
But Stanford didn't need Ogwumike's points on this night, not with Washington's woeful shooting and Appel's inside presence. Despite getting constantly knocked around by a rotation of Washington posts, Appel made 7 of 12 shots and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first half - most of those coming off Washington misses.
Washington gave Stanford one of its toughest conference games this season, hanging around last month into the latter moments of the second half in a 66-51 loss to the Cardinal. It was a massive improvement over a year earlier when Washington suffered a record 112-35 loss at Stanford.
Those hopes were dashed early when Washington simply couldn't make any of its open looks. Holding Stanford to just 28 first-half points was an accomplishment, but Washington failed to stay close because of its offensive woes.
Sami Whitcomb scored half of Washington's points with a pair of 3-pointers - almost 10 minutes apart. The Huskies failed to make a shot the final eight minutes of the half, their only points coming on a pair of free throws by Mackenzie Argens. Washington missed its final eight shots of the first half.
Nine Washington players attempted shots in the first half. Only two made baskets, with six of the other seven missing two or more shot attempts. Washington finished at 26 percent for the game.
Whitcomb, the Huskies leading scorer at nearly 15 points, was 3 for 12 shots with eight points.