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The House Always Wins
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/28/2014

No. 5/4 Stanford had been chomping at the bit for Thursday’s return bout against Washington, the team responsible for the Cardinal’s only Pac-12 blemish this season. From the opening tip, the Cardinal overwhelmed the Huskies en route to an 83-60 victory at Maples Pavilion.

Chiney Ogwumike posted her 12th 30-point game and 21st double-double of the season with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow forward Mikaela Ruef grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go with four points and five assists as Stanford (27-2, 16-1 Pac-12) avenged its 87-82 loss to the Huskies in Seattle on February 9. Four Stanford players would go on to score in double figures in the win, as Bonnie Samuelson netted 14 points, Lili Thompson 11 and Amber Orrange 10.

The Cardinal held the Huskies (16-12, 9-8 Pac-12) to just a 37.3-percent figure from the field, and Washington was unable to replicate its success in the lane from its victory three weeks ago, going 10-for-34 on two-point attempts while going 12-for-25 from behind the arc.

“Our team played really well defensively, I was really excited about how hard people worked especially in the second half,” said Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer. “Our depth kicked in a little bit in the second half.”

Stanford used quick starts in each half to separate itself from Washington. The Cardinal made three of its first four 3-point attempts on a 13-2 run over the game’s opening 3:44, then, leading by 13 to start the second half, opened the period 3-for-3 from behind the arc to go up 20 at 56-36.

Bonnie Samuelson hit two of those second half-opening triples, and for the game went 4-for-7 from behind the arc. She and Thompson combined for seven of Stanford’s nine 3-pointers with Orrange and Karlie Samuelson each contributing one.

Washington’s Talia Walton used her own long-range shooting to get the Huskies within shouting distance, scoring all 12 of her points via the 3-ball, including making her first three attempts to close the Cardinal lead to single digits at 29-21 with 10:20 to go in the first half.

Kelsey Plum, Washington’s leading scorer with 21 points Thursday, hit a triple of her own while Jazmine Davis hit  pair of free throws the next time down to pull Washington to within six at 32-26 with 8:21 left in the opening period.

But that would be as close as the Huskies would get. Ogwumike scored four times along with a 3-pointer from Thompson to lead an 11-0 run that stretched the Cardinal’s lead to 17 at 43-26.
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