No. 4 Stanford improves to 51-0 against Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Fifty-one times Washington State has taken the basketball court against Stanford and 51 times they have lost.

Sunday's 94-50 win by No. 4 Stanford was typical of this mismatched series.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 20 points to lead five Cardinal players in double figures. Stanford shot 57 percent while holding WSU to 24 percent and outscored them 48-16 in the paint.

"We are bigger than most teams and that posed a problem for Washington State," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Stanford (14-2, 5-0 Pac-10) has won eight straight games, including its historic win over No. 1 Connecticut that ended the Huskies' 90-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Washington State remains the only Pac-10 team that has never beaten the Cardinal.

"I don't care about that stuff, but I do think it puts pressure on people," VanDerveer said of the streak. "What I do know is having that out there does have significance."

Washington State (4-14, 2-4) is much more competitive this year and was coming off a rare two-game league winning streak. The Cougars got plenty of open shots, but sank just 17 of 70.

"We definitely had good looks tonight and unfortunately they did not fall," coach June Daugherty said.

The game turned on a couple of runs.

Stanford led 12-7 when Ogwumike scored three straight baskets to kick off a 13-2 run that gave the Cardinal a 25-9 lead. Washington State finally got going on Ireti Amojo's 3-pointer and outscored the Cardinal 15-13 the rest of the half to trail 38-24 at halftime.

Washington State trailed 44-32 early in the second half when Stanford scored 15 unanswered points in a 4-minute span to blow the game open at 59-32. Stanford made 7 of 8 shots during the run, including three baskets by Nnemkadi Ogwumike and two by her younger sister, Chiney.

Chiney Ogwumike, a freshman, finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, drawing the admiration of her sister.

"Not everyone gets to play with their sister," Nnemkadi said. "Just playing with her is fun because I have watched her grow. From the first game to now, she is so much better."

Nnemkadi, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 17 points per game, made 10 of 14 shots and added eight rebounds. Chiney made all five of her shots. Jeanette Pohlen had 14 points for Stanford, while Joslyn Tinkle came off the bench to score 12 and Sarah Boothe 10.

Stanford made 35 of 61 shots for 57 percent. They added 16 of 21 free throws.

Freshman Hana Potter led Washington State with nine points and nine rebounds. Jazmine Perkins had eight points.

The Cougars were coming off wins over Oregon State and California.

"Over the whole weekend we improved as a team," Potter said, adding that it was fun to play against a team as talented as Stanford.

The Cardinal have four players averaging in double figures, are third in the nation in shooting at 49 percent and are winning league games by an average of 22 points.

Washington State has not beaten a ranked opponent since 2001.