No. 6 Stanford women rout No. 15 Arizona State

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm •  Published: February 14, 2014
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford returned home after a frustrating defeat with a single-minded focus to rediscover its stingy defense.

From the opening tip, the Cardinal found it, all right.

Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season and No. 6 Stanford bounced back from its first loss in nearly three months with a surprising 61-35 rout of 15th-ranked Arizona State on Friday night.

"Last week we weren't satisfied with our defense at all. I told our team it was like we were being reborn," Ogwumike said. "I like the direction we're going in starting today. We were anxious. We have something to prove. I haven't seen us this excited about playing defense in a long time. That's a good thing."

Amber Orrange added 14 points, three assists and matched her career high with five steals in the Cardinal's 16th straight win against Arizona State.

Stanford (23-2, 12-1 Pac-12), on track for the program's 14th consecutive regular-season conference title, jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged by the league's second-place team.

Nobody reached double figures for the cold-shooting Sun Devils (20-5, 9-4), who have their first two-game skid of the season after having a five-game winning streak snapped in a 68-49 loss to rival Arizona on Sunday.

Ogwumike, who played 27 minutes, and the rest of the Stanford starters got plenty of rest. Orrange's 30 minutes were the most by a starter.

"Amber got on a mission," coach Tara VanDerveer said. "This is the Amber we know and love, and it was really fun to see."

The Cardinal returned to their home court in Maples Pavilion on a mission coming off their first conference defeat, 87-82 last weekend at Washington in which they shot just 34.6 percent overall and 22 percent from 3-point range.

Stanford's smothering defense caused Arizona State trouble from the opening tip. VanDerveer thought the defense lacked intensity in the loss at Seattle that snapped a 62-game road conference winning streak for the Cardinal. It also ended Stanford's 14-game unbeaten run against the Huskies.

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