No. 3 Stanford women beat Washington State 77-69

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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Ogwumike sank a short jumper at the buzzer to give Stanford a 28-24 lead at halftime.

Washington State kept it close despite shooting just 28 percent (9 of 32) in the first half, while Stanford made 13 of 30 for 43 percent.

"We were rushing a bit in the first half," Daugherty said. "We got a lot of open looks."

Ogwumike made four quick baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, as Stanford took a 38-33 lead.

Washington State tried to deny her the ball, but Stanford excels at lobbing it inside, Daugherty said

Galdeira sank a couple of baskets to bring Washington State to 43-41, but Karlie Samuelson replied with a 3-pointer for Stanford. Ogwumike added a layup and two free throws as Stanford built a 50-41 lead.

Galdeira scored eight points as Washington State cut Stanford's lead to 54-52. Dawnyelle Awa's 3-pointer gave Washington State its first lead at 55-54.

Stanford scored the next seven points for a 61-55 lead.

But Presley and Sage Romberg hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Cougars tied it at 61 with 5:25 left.

Ogwumike sank a pair of baskets during an 11-4 run that put Stanford ahead 72-65 with 2:26 left.

Washington State could not make up the ground and had to foul.

"It wasn't different from what we expected," VanDerveer said about the game.

She praised Cougars guards Presley and Galdeira as "terrific."

"They attacked real well," she said.

As for Ogwumike, VanDerveer was effusive.

"She is a competitor and she puts the team on her back," VanDerveer said. "Chiney is so awesome."

"But some of the others were not on their game," she said. "We have to evaluate where we are as a team."

Ogwumike, the Pac-12 scoring leader, had her 18th double-double of the season

Washington State, enjoying its best season in more than a decade, has never beaten a team ranked in the top five.



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