January 5, 2014

Standing O’s for C.O.

Fans awarded senior forward Chiney Ogwumike two standing ovations during the Stanford women’s basketball team’s 96-66 victory over the University of Oregon on Jan. 3.

The first came with 12:20 to go in the home contest. That’s when she snared the 1,267th rebound of her collegiate career to move into first place on Stanford’s and the Pac-12’s all-time rebounding lists.

In so doing, she eclipsed former teammate Kayla Pedersen, ’11. Earlier in the game, she passed another Cardinal great, Jayne Appel, ’10. In a previous game she passed her older sister, Nneka, ’12.

Since the totals for the other three players came in their last games for Stanford, it seems possible that it will be a long, long time before anyone will equal or surpass Chiney’s eventual record.

The second standing ovation from the Maples crowd of 3,495 came with 5:34 to go, when she returned to the bench to cheer her teammates for the rest of the game.

Playing 33 minutes, she finished with a total of 33 points, the fifth time this season that she has scored 30 points or more, plus 14 rebounds to register her ninth double-double of the season. For her career, she has 2,112 points, 13 points behind Jayne’s 2,125 total, which is fourth-best for Stanford.

Hot-handed Bonnie shoots 66.6 percent from beyond the arc

Junior forward Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench for 17 minutes to score 21 points, a career high and the second-most points for her team. Most of her points came from 6 of 9 shooting from behind the arc. She also was fouled while making a layup and made the free throw for her other 3 points. She and Chiney were the only Stanford players in double figures.

Bonnie led the team’s rain of 12 3’s. Also contributing were junior forward Taylor Greenfield and freshman guard Lili Thompson with two each, while redshirt sophomore guard Jasmine Camp and freshman guard Karlie Samuelson had one each. Bonnie made one of her 3’s off an assist from younger sister Karlie.

All 15 players were available for action for only the second time this season. All 15 got into the game, and 12 scored. Bench players accounted for 47 of the team’s points, balancing 49 from the starters – Chiney, Lili, redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef, senior guard Sara James and junior point guard Amber Orrange.

Stanford defense holds Ducks to a season low

Oregon had come into the game with the nation’s best scoring average of 105.3 points per game. The Ducks left with their lowest total of the season.

Stanford dominated the Ducks in other statistics with a 28-10 advantage in assists, led by Amber’s eight, and a 49-42 advantage in rebounds. Other stats were closer. Stanford had 15 turnovers to Oregon’s 16, while blocks (four each) and steals (11 each) were even. The Ducks had the edge in fouls – 18 to Stanford’s 21.

Stanford had a slight edge in free throw shooting percentage – 53.3 percent to Oregon’s 52.2 percent. However, Oregon made more free throws -- 12 of 23 compared with Stanford’s 8 of 15.

With its run-and-gun offense, Oregon had kept the game fairly close in the early minutes, but Chiney and company kept pulling ahead, making the score 51-34 at halftime, By then the Cardinal already had nine 3’s.

After this conference-opening victory, the team returns Jan. 5 to host Oregon State. The new academic term starts the next day.

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