STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — All-American Chiney Ogwumike gets all the attention. Fellow senior Mikaela Ruef is just fine with that, even when her own performance nearly goes unnoticed.
Ogwumike had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to an 86-59 victory over Southern California on Monday night in a game between the Pac-12's top teams.
Ruef added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (19-1, 8-0), who won their 18th straight to open a two-game lead at the top of the conference standings.
"I think what happened last year was that we depended on Chiney too much," said Ruef, one of five Cardinal players to score in double figures. "If other people are scoring, they can't double off me or the guards and that means we can find Chiney even more."
Ogwumike, third in the nation in scoring, had at least 30 points for the 10th time this season, adding to her Stanford record. She also recorded her 15th double-double.
"I keep telling people this," Ogwumike said, "my teammates are the No. 1 reason I can finish."
Amber Orrange and Lili Thompson scored 12 points apiece, Karlie Samuelson had 10 and Stanford beat the Trojans for the 13th straight time.
"I thought we did a good job on defense," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "This is a team that focuses on defense. I like to say we are a scouting report team. We try to take away another team's strengths."
Ariya Crook scored 18 points and Cassie Harberts added 17 for USC (14-7, 7-2), which had won four straight and nine of its last 10. The loss was in overtime at then No. 23 Arizona State.
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