Friday, January 10, 2014

Stanford, Ogwumike Beat Utah

Rushed home from work to see the Stanford Women’s Basketball team beat Utah 87-61  in Pac-12 Play. Not that there was any doubt, mind you. And C and R appreciate that the Pac-12 networks are showing these games, but we hate the earlier start to try and fit in two women’s basketball games a night.

And not to sound like whiners (well, we are whiners a little bit) but seeing it on TV just doesn’t compare to seeing Stanford play live. And we are sure the Cali girls of Stanford hated traveling to Utah, as the temperature was zero degrees. Twitter showed several photos of coaches and players bundled up against the cold. So without further ado, here are the highlights.

Lili Thompson
Chiney Ogwumike drives to the basket. (Kim Raff -AP Photo)

All-everything Chiney Ogwumike kept her scoring average up and campaign for Player of the year average up by scoring 30 points. This was her seventh 30-point game of the season and fifth over the past six games. The post player even made a three, her first of the year and 2nd of her career! The only thing she did wrong “only” getting nine rebounds, so we can’t say she got a double-double. Chiney also played great defense on Utah’s Michelle Plouffe, who would finish with 14 points. 

Mikaela Ruef grabbed a career high-tying 14 rebounds and contributed eight points. Guard Amber Orrrrange scored 14 points with six assists and made two 3-pointers. Everybody else had about one 3-pointer. In a run midway through the first half, Lili Thompson, Bonnie Samuelson, Karlie Samuelson and Amber Orrange hit four 3-pointers in a row during a 14-0 run that put Stanford ahead 35-13 with eight minutes left. Sara James also had two 3-pointers in the game. Stanford as a team was 8-14 from the three-point line.

Scary moment of the game when freshie guard Lili Thompson took her usual one charge per game. She was knocked backwards hard and stayed down. Lili is tough, so you know if she stays down, something is wrong. Twitter told us it was her jaw and her return was questionable. She did come back in the second half. Hope she recovers fully. Colorado is on Sunday.

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