Ogwumike leads No. 6 Stanford women past USC
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — After a sluggish first half, Chiney Ogwumike took over.
Ogwumike scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half and added 16 rebounds to help No. 6 Stanford beat Southern California 75-66 on Sunday night.
She was limited to six shots, making two, in the first half.
"I think they were extremely physical in the first half with a lot of big bodies in there," Ogwumike said. "Coach told me not to dribble because that just draws the defense and to be patient with the ball."
Following that advice led to several easy baskets as the Cardinal (16-2, 5-1 in the Pac-12) won their second straight since having their 81-game winning streak against conference opponents end against California last Sunday.
"My teammates did a great job of finding me," Ogwumike said. "We also had better ball movement and got it inside."
Joslyn Tinkle had 15 points while Sara James and Amber Orrange each added 13 for the Cardinal, who have won five of six overall to retain a share of the conference lead with the Bears.
Cassie Harberts scored 21 points to lead the Trojans (7-10, 4-2 Pac-12), who lost their 11th straight to Stanford. Ariya Crook added 18 points.
"Stanford is still the team to beat in this conference," Trojans' coach Michael Cooper said. "I know they had that tough loss, but until they prove otherwise, they're the team."
Stanford opened a 19-point edge in the first four minutes of the second half and had to stave off a fierce Trojans rally.
"Before it's all said and done we're going to make some noise in the Pac-12," said Cooper, whose team slipped into a four-way tie for third with UCLA, Colorado and Washington.
Crook's reverse layup with 2:42 remaining to play pulled Southern California within 66-61, but that was as close as the Trojans would come.
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