TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona State women's basketball team was riding high, fresh off a victory over then-No. 15 California.
They had climbed five spots to No. 14 in this week's rankings and hadn't swept the Bay Area schools since 2006. Then No. 4 Stanford came to town and spoiled the party, as they almost always do against any Pac-12 pretender.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, leading No. 4 Stanford past No. 14 Arizona State 80-56 on Monday night, the Cardinal's 15th consecutive victory over the Sun Devils and 60th straight win in a conference road game.
"Everybody was kind of struggling today," Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "... It seemed like we pressed."
Ogwumike made 13 of 18 shots. She scored 18 in the second half as Stanford (17-1, 6-0 Pac-12) turned the game into a rout against the Sun Devils (14-3, 4-2), who were coming off a win over then-No. 15 California.
Much of the time, freshman Sophie Brunner was trying to guard Ogwumike, one of the best seniors in the country. It was a lesson well-learned.
"She's just really smart," Brunner said. "You take one thing away, she goes to the next. You take that away, she goes to the next thing. She's just really physical. It was a good test but she's the real deal."
Taylor Greenfield scored 14 and Lili Thompson and Karlie Samuelson 11 apiece for Stanford, which won in 16th in a row since a loss at No. 1 Connecticut in the second game of the season.
Katie Hempen scored 13 and Sophie Bruner 12 for the Sun Devils, who shot just 32 percent to the Cardinal's 54 percent.
"You can't shoot in the 30s and beat a team like Stanford," Turner Thorne said.
Arizona State led 8-6 when Stanford took control with a 16-2 run, one of Ogwumike's many layups putting the Cardinal up 22-10 with 10:58 left in the half. She got in foul trouble that allowed the Sun Devils to crawl back into it.
"A great opportunity," Turner Thorne said.