Jan. 21, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike took an awkward spill and slightly injured her left leg. When she returned to the court less than two minutes later, she was at her best.
Ogwumike scored eight of her 17 points in the final seven minutes, Chiney Ogwumike had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford beat Washington 65-47 on Saturday.
"I was pushed into a screen and kind of fell over someone's leg," Ogwumike said. "It T-boned my leg."
She returned to hit a pair of free throws, three quick buckets and recorded a pair of steals.
Taylor Greenfield came off the bench to score 12 points and spark a late rally for the Cardinal (17-1, 8-0 in the Pac-12), who won their 73rd consecutive home game and 65th straight against a conference opponent.
"The discussion at halftime was about coming in and hitting open shots," said Greenfield, who was 4 of 5 from long range, while the rest of her teammates were 3 of 19. "Thankfully my shot was going today. They were too focused on Nneka and Chiney, like they should be. I tried to find the right spot at the right time. I was noticing they were flocking inside and they totally forgot about us half the time."
Jazmine Davis scored 16 points to lead the Huskies (10-7, 2-5), who lost their 12th straight against Stanford. Mercedes Wetmore added 11 points.
"Stanford is so good and the Ogwumike sisters are unbelievable," Washington coach Kevin McGuff said. "You have to try to do something, so we wanted to crowd around the basket and make them shoot from the perimeter. It worked for a while."
Nneka Ogwumike moved into fifth place on Stanford's career scoring list with 2,082 points. She is five points shy of moving into fourth.
Washington went on an 11-6 run to end the first half, closing within 27-20 of Stanford heading into the intermission.
Both teams had trouble finding open looks at the basket against swarming defenses and were both held below their season field-goal percentage averages.
"We played hard in the first half but they played great defense too," McGuff said. "Their depth and athleticism wore on us."
Washington, coming off its worst loss of the season at California on Thursday, made it uncomfortable for the Cardinal, who started to pull away only when Regina Rogers, the Huskies' leading scorer and top rebounder, was called for her third foul early in the second half.
"Taylor came in and knocked down big shots for us," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's an extremely intelligent player and she understands what we need from her."
Wetmore hit a free throw with 16:46 remaining to play to bring the Huskies within 32-25.
Greenfield sparked a 17-3 run with four 3-pointers over an eight-minute span that put Stanford ahead 49-28 with 8:45 remaining.