Ogwumike and No. 6 Stanford women beat New Mexico

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: December 17, 2013

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike made the most of her playing time. She played just over half the game and was in reach of matching her career high in points.

Ogwumike scored 24 of her 32 points in the first half and No. 6 Stanford won its eighth straight, beating New Mexico 74-41 on Monday night.

"In this game I just felt it was better to rest her," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who recorded career win No. 903. "I wanted to give others a chance to play some minutes."

That was OK with Ogwumike, who had seven rebounds and continued her climb up the Cardinal's all-time lists in scoring and rebounding.

She became the fifth member of Stanford's 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club with her fifth point of the game and moved into sole possession of third place on the rebounding list with 1,227, one more than her older sister Nnemkadi.

"It's just about us as a team reading the defense," Ogwumike said. "If we know what they're doing, that's what counts."

Mikaela Ruef had 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Cardinal (9-1), who host No. 3 Tennessee on Saturday.

Bryce Owens scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, to lead the Lobos (4-5), who fell to 2-11 against teams ranked in the top 10.

New Mexico, which ranks second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense and first in rebounding margin, last beat a top 10 team eight years ago.

Ogwumike scored Stanford's first 10 points and 23 of its first 25 before she was replaced by Erica McCall with 9:52 left in the first half.

"She's my mentor," McCall said. "I look at everything she does and try to mimic the way she rebounds and plays defense."

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