The Stanford women’s basketball team took the first step on the road to a Pac-12 conference tournament championship last night, defeating Washington 76-57. Senior All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 18 points, while her younger sister Chiney added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Ogwumikes were joined in double figures by freshman Bonnie Samuelson, who nailed a trio of three-pointers and tallied 11 points.
Four years ago, Nnemkadi Ogwumike arrived on the Farm as a highly touted recruit out of Texas. Over the course of her career she has played in four Final Fours, won four conference championships, and sits in the top five in several career statistics. On Sunday, Ogwumike will play in the final regular season game of her historic career, as the Cardinal takes on archrival California on the road.
Senior All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the No. 2 Cardinal with 23 points, and in the process passed former Stanford great Kate Starbird for second on the all-time scoring list. Nneka’s career total now stands at 2,230, trailing only Candice Wiggins at 2,629. Nnemkadi’s younger sister, Chiney, joined her in double figures with 18 points.
The conference changed names, but the champion stayed the same, as the Stanford women’s basketball team clinched the inaugural Pac-12 championship with an 81-46 rout of Oregon on Saturday.
Stanford didn’t let OSU hang around in Thursday’s rematch, scoring early and often en route to a 78-45 waxing of the Beavers in Corvallis. National Player of the Year candidate Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal brigade with 27 points.
Free throws were key down the stretch for the Cardinal. The team hit five of six over the final three minutes to ice the game. Just as crucial was the stifling Cardinal defense that limited USC to 29 percent shooting on the night.
After struggling to a win against a tough Arizona State team on Thursday, the Stanford women’s basketball team completed its sweep of the Arizona schools with a 91-51 blowout over Arizona on Saturday.
Sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike tallied career highs with 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Cardinal to a 74-71 overtime victory against rival California on Saturday