Ogwumike becomes all-time Pac-12 rebounding leader

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sure, Chiney Ogwumike has checked off some big-named former Stanford stars on her way to becoming the Pac-12 and school's all-time rebounding leader.

There's Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen, and even big sister, Nneka. Not that she's keeping track.

Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 boards to become the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder, and No. 4 Stanford beat Oregon 96-66 on Friday night in the conference opener for both schools.

Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to match her career best of six 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 21 points as the Cardinal (12-1, 1-0) kicked off the conference schedule with a dominant win at Maples Pavilion after another impressive preseason.

Ogwumike has 1,271 rebounds and moved past Pedersen's previous conference and Stanford record of 1,266. Ogwumike scored eight points in the initial 4 1/2 minutes of the second half and sat down for good to a standing ovation with 5:34 remaining. She was three points shy of her career high.

"Honestly, there are few times when I'm speechless," Ogwumike said. "Records, I just have great teammates and I love playing for my team. I think they're great headlines or something. Having Bonnie out there go and hit 6 for 9 from 3, I'm more excited about that. ... I just try to be consistent. It's exciting to hear about these things but I always have the bigger picture in mind."

Ogwumike shot 15 for 19 in her team's 11th straight win since losing at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11, an unbeaten run that includes a 76-70 victory against then-No. 3 Tennessee on Dec. 21.

Jillian Alleyne had 26 points and 13 rebounds for much-improved Oregon (9-3, 0-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

The Cardinal produced the kind of balanced performance Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer has hoped to see as Stanford began its chase for a 14th consecutive conference regular-season crown with the program's 18th straight victory over Oregon dating to a win on Feb. 24, 2005.

"I like the fact so many people contributed," VanDerveer said. "We need consistent play. We need to figure out who's going to be out there and get things done."

Ariel Thomas added 11 points and six rebounds for coach Paul Westhead's fast-paced team, which came in averaging a nation's-leading 105.3 points — the only women's team averaging more than 100.

After this blowout, Westhead was left to wonder how his team might respond now.

"I have no idea, but I can tell you right now I flat out didn't expect this," Westhead said. "Tardy defense to mediocre offense and you get 60-some points. It's a joke."

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