STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Oregon State coach Scott Rueck knew he'd learn a lot about his team facing three consecutive ranked opponents. Three losses later, he's pleased with the progress.
Just not the results.
Chiney 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 at the start to hand the Beavers an 89-67 loss Sunday.
"I'm extremely proud with the courage we played with considering the youth," Rueck said. "I don't think maybe until today that we cared about the name on the front of the jersey."
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.
"She taught us a lesson," Rueck said.
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 also lost 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.
She passed Jayne Appel (2,125) for fourth place on Stanford's career scoring list. By season's end, Ogwumike also could overtake Kate Starbird (2,215), older sister Nneka Ogwumike (2,491) and possibly even Candice Wiggins' conference record of 2,629 points.
The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year showed off an array of skills on the offensive end to lead another Stanford rout.
Ogwumike scored 17 points to give the Cardinal a 29-4 lead with 11:31 remaining in the first half. While most of the work came inside, she also made three mid-range jumpers.
Ogwumike shot 8 for 13 from the floor during the opening stretch — and three of the five misses she put back for a layup. She finished 13-for-28 shooting in 33 minutes.
"Stanford set the tone tonight. They came out and punched us in the face basically for the first 10 minutes of this game," Rueck said. "For whatever reason, we came out a little soft, I thought. And they came out on fire and they played perfect basketball. I don't know how you execute better than they did."
The Beavers got within 76-63 late in the second half, a run that began after Stanford started to substitute some of its regulars. Ogwumike returned and restored order, keeping Oregon State off the boards — and keeping the Cardinal well ahead in the process.
The Beavers have not beaten Stanford since 2001.
"We just have to stay together and continue to grow," Wiese said, "I definitely think in the coming games and hopefully the next few years we're going to be a force to be reckoned with."