STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — First-year Southern California coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has lofty goals for her team. She's not going to let a lopsided defeat discourage her — or them.
All-American Chiney Ogwumike had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to an 86-59 victory over USC on Monday night in a game between the Pac-12's top teams.
"We're starting to get on the same page as a staff and program," Cooper-Dyke said. "The team understands what we want on both ends. One of the big changes is on defense. We didn't show it tonight, but for the last month or so we have been playing solid team defense."
Ariya Crook scored 18 points and Cassie Harberts added 17 for USC (14-7, 7-2), which had won four straight and nine of its last 10. The loss was in overtime at then No. 23 Arizona State.
"It always tough to come here and play the No. 4 team in the country on their home court," said Harberts, a senior. "But I do like the way things are going."
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has noticed the Trojans' progress.
"I think SC should be ranked. They earned it," said the Hall of Fame coach with 913 career victories. "They are a tournament team. They have a lot of talented players and Cynthia is doing a great job."
VanDerveer was in the early stages of her coaching career when Cooper-Dyke helped the Trojans win back-to-back NCAA championships in 1983-84.
"Pace is essential. It gets you going immediately," Cooper-Dyke said. "Stanford came out right away. We hung with them for a while. We're not used to practicing or playing at that speed and it got the better of us. It's our goal to play at an elite pace."