STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Paul Westhead's Oregon players left him completely baffled. Even if Stanford had plenty to do with the coach's bewilderment.
Just when the much-improved, healthy-at-last Ducks seemed on a nice roll heading into Pac-12 Conference play, they ran right into powerhouse Stanford and All-American Chiney Ogwumike.
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.
After this blowout on both ends of the floor, Westhead was left to wonder how his team might respond going forward.
"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."
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 4½ 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."
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 Oregon (9-3, 0-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped and shot just 33.8 percent while converting only 12 of 23 free throws.
Ariel Thomas added 11 points and six rebounds for Westhead's typically fast-paced team, which came in averaging a nation's-leading 105.3 points — the only women's team averaging more than 100.
"My team's going to have to get better," Westhead said.
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.
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