STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike has seen all kinds of defenses and double teams as Stanford's primary scorer this season, and she's finding new ways to beat them all.
Ogwumike scored 17 of her 31 points in a dominating display of offense in the first 8 ½ minutes, and fourth-ranked Stanford overwhelmed Oregon State 89-67 on Sunday.
"She taught us a lesson," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.
Ogwumike's scintillating start powered the Cardinal (13-1, 2-0 Pac-12) to a 29-4 lead that put the game away in a hurry. She also finished with 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.
Stanford has won 12 straight since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Nov. 11, and the Cardinal can thank Ogwumike for leading the way in most of them. From inside and out, the senior center has carried the load.
"I wouldn't say I'm comfortable with my outside shot, because I love being by the basket. But I know I have to take it," Ogwumike said. "I don't think it's ever going to be comfortable until it's comfortable. But it's something I have to do for my team."
Stanford outshot Oregon State 48.5 to 38.3 percent, outrebounded the Beavers 43 to 35 and forced 16 turnovers while committing only six.
Most of Oregon State's production came after the game was well decided. The Beavers (8-6, 0-2) never got within more than 13 points after the opening minutes.
Sydney Wiese scored 15 points and Samantha Siegner had 11 points and eight rebounds for Oregon State, which has lost its last three games to ranked opponents. The Beavers fell to No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 29 and at No. 23 California on Friday.
"They definitely exposed a lot of weaknesses," Wiese said. "It was definitely an experience to go up against them, and I'm thankful for it because I'm going to learn and get better as a player and hopefully when I match up against them, whether it's in the Pac-12 tournament or next year, I'll be ready and we'll be stronger."
The latest contest was never close.
Lili Thompson added 19 points and Taylor Greenfield scored 13 for Stanford, which has won or shared the past 13 regular-season conference crowns and seems well on its way to extending that streak. Most of the heavy lifting still came from the Cardinal's unquestioned leader in the middle.
After becoming the conference's career leader in rebounds during Friday's home win over Oregon, Ogwumike eclipsed another milestone in her brilliant collegiate career.
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