Arizona women routed 96-52 by No. 4 Stanford

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona tried to stop Chiney Ogwumike inside with no success. The Wildcats had trouble getting out to Stanford's shooters, too.

The result was predictably lopsided.

Arizona fell into a big early hole and faded even more down the stretch, leading to a 96-52 loss to the fourth-ranked Cardinal Friday night.

"They've got a lethal combination because they've got a player on the inside few people in the country can guard, but they've also got a perimeter full of people who can shoot the 3-ball and from deep, so that causes a lot of problems," Arizona coach Niya Butts said.

After allowing Arizona to keep it close early in the first half, Stanford (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12) blew it open with a big run to build a 21-point first-half lead. The Cardinal cruised from there, shooting 63 percent while hitting 15 of 32 from 3-point range for their 59th straight Pac-12 road win.

Ogwumike made 12 of 13 shots, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Karlie Samuelson added 16 points and Lil Thompson had 12 points and six assists. Stanford finished with 28 assists on 40 field goals to win its 23rd straight over the Wildcats.

"We're not really concerned about who plays, we want to play well," Stanford coach Tara VanDeveer said. "I think the best thing on this team is that people keep each other accountable. If someone's not playing well, there's someone right there who can come in a do well."

Arizona (4-12, 0-5) shot well early, but was no match for Stanford after the opening five minutes.

The Wildcats had a hard time stopping Ogwumike inside in the first half and finding Stanford's shooters all night to lose their fifth straight.

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