Monday, January 20, 2014

Stanford Easily Handles Arizona State

So C and R thought, “Finally, this is going to be a competitive game in the Pac-12.” Stanford was playing Arizona State, who is in the top 25. ASU just beat Cal 68-59 last game. Stanford will have to work for this Pac- 12 win. Spoiler alert, same old results (not that C and R are complaining, mind you).

The Stanford Women’s Basketball team beat ASU 80-56. Last game Stanford shot the three ball and occasionally threw it to the best inside player in the country in Chiney Ogwumike. This time they just threw to Chiney.
Karlie Samuelson Mikaela Ruef, left, and Chiney Ogwumike are tall trees for Stanford. (Photo by: Michael Schennum/azcentral sports)

Chiney scored 30 to post her ninth 30-point game of the season, and grabbed 16 boards, and she did it in only 30 minutes (a point a minute, now that’s production). She spent most of the first half on the bench with two fouls. She would make up for lost time scoring18 in the second half. And yes, you are right, that was another double-double, make that 13 for the year for #13. 

Chiney had some help, of course. Fellow senior Mikaela Ruef scored nine points with 11 rebounds and five assists. Freshies Lili Thompson and Karlie Samuelson had 11 apiece and Taylor Greenfield added 14. Wow, four Stanford players in double figures, even with Chiney’s monster game, now that is some good news.

Funny after bombing all those threes last game, where Stanford matched the school record with 15 made 3-pointers Saturday at Arizona, they only attempted six this game and made three. One from KSam, one from BSam, the swinging Samuelson sisters Karlie and Bonnie, and one from Greenfield.

Finally, Stanford is back at Maples, facing UCLA and USC this weekend. Again, on paper, it looks like a good match up, and both teams should give Stanford a game. That’s what they said about all the other Pac-12 games so far this year.

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