The Stanford women’s basketball team wished their fans a happy new year in a terrific way by defeating Cal 78-45 in the Bears’ den on Jan. 2. There was no sign of a let-up after the decisive wins over Xavier and UConn that ended 2010 so well.
Of the nearly 5,200 spectators watching this Pac-10 opener in Haas Pavilion, a great many wore the Cardinal red. They included 45 who rode the booster bus driven by the genial man who called himself Dave, the friendly bus driver. Dave also made a most cogent observation as the trip began: “We’ve got a longer win streak than UConn.”
Once again the Cardinal dominated nearly every statistical category such as rebounds, 49-26; assists, 21-9; and 3-point baskets, 7-3. The Cardinal also presented a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures: senior guard Jeanette Pohlen with 15, junior forward Nneka Ogwumike with 14, freshman guard Toni Kokenis with 12 and senior forward Kayla Pedersen along with freshman forward Chiney Ogwumike with 11 each.
Leading the way in 3-point shooting was Toni with three. Kayla, Jeanette, freshman guard Sara James and sophomore forward Joslyn Tinkle had one each.
The only worrisome part of the game for Stanford was that Nneka left the game with what was reported as a shoulder injury in the second half.
On the other hand, fifth-year senior guard Melanie Murphy was in uniform for the first time this season. She had been sidelined while rehabbing from knee surgery after last season. Even though she was the only player in uniform who didn’t get into the game, Stanford fans have to be pleased that she’s made so much progress.
Next up, the Arizona teams come calling.