Senior Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and freshmen posts Kailee Johnson and Erica McCall combined for 27 points and 13 rebounds as No. 3 Stanford’s size was too much for Vanguard in a 79-47 exhibition win at Maples Pavilion.
The contest was the Cardinal’s final tune-up for the 2013-14 campaign, which gets underway next Saturday, Nov. 9 with a 10 a.m. PT tip at Boston College. Stanford closes the opening weekend Monday at 4 p.m. against No. 1 Connecticut on ESPN2.
Stanford out-rebounded Vanguard, the top-ranked team in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, by a 53-35 margin Sunday and outscored the Lions 40-6 in the paint. The Cardinal’s 22 offensive rebounds also led to 31 second-chance points.
Ogwumike was 13-for-19 from the field and played just 21 minutes. Johnson, who started in the small forward role, scored 13 points with nine rebounds while McCall played 28 minutes off the bench, going 5-for-11 shooting and scoring 14 points.
Redshirt senior Mikaela Ruef grabbed nine rebounds and scored four points, and junior point guard Amber Orrange passed out six assists.
Vanguard was led by 25 points from 2013 NAIA All-American Nicole Ballestero, who went 8-for-21 from the field. Samantha Doucette was the only other Lion to score in double figures, going for 10 points with six rebounds. The Lions shot just 27.3 percent (15-for-55) from the field.
Stanford struggled from the field at some points of the contest, and only shot 40.5 percent (30-for-74) overall. Ogwumike buoyed the offense for much of the first half, and her 20 first-half points were nearly equal to the Lions, which trailed the Cardinal 41-21 after 20 minutes.
The consensus national player of the year candidate scored 12 of Stanford’s first 16 points as the Cardinal built a 16-7 advantage after nearly eight minutes. From there the Cardinal took off, going on a 23-11 run that was capped by Karlie Samuelson’s 3-pointer which made it 39-18 with 2:05 left in the half. Ogwumike capped the half’s scoring with a 16-footer with 54 seconds on the clock.
Stanford stretched its lead to 27 at 54-27 following a jumper from McCall, and a minute later Ogwumike came out of the game for good. Head coach Tara VanDerveer went with a mix of veterans and youth for a stretch, as Jasmine Camp and freshman Lili Thompson ran a crew that included McCall, Karlie Samuelson and Ruef.
Johnson would re-enter the contest minutes later and team up with McCall and sophomore Tess Picknell to dominate the paint against the Lions. The shadow-casting trio would combine to score Stanford’s final 17 points over the game’s last 9:30.