Stanford Cruises to 49th Straight Pac-10 Win, UCLA Ties Best Start in 34 Years



Refusing to underestimate their opponent, the Stanford Cardinals (3) cruised to their 49th straight Pac-10 victories when they dismantled the Washington State Cougars, 100-59, on Friday 11 February in front of their hostile home crowd in Stanford, California.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike paced the third-ranked Cardinals with her 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field, while Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen added 15 and 12 points apiece, with the latter adding eight rebounds, helping Stanford to improve their record to 21-2 this season.

Stanford, who has yet to win a National Championship since 1992, was challenged by the Cougars in the first half. Tied at 28 with only five minutes left in the opening half, the Cardinals unleashed an 18-4 blast to end the half with a 14-point advantage.

Picking off from where they left off before the half, Stanford pounced on the Cougars, opening the third period with a 13-0 blast, and they never looked back en route to their 12th Pac-10 win in as many games this season.

“The second half, we really took over,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I think our team might have come out a little casual. We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be early in the game. We had to make some adjustments offensively, which I thought we did.”

Meanwhile, Rebekah Gardner scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds to give UCLA (9) a convincing 75-48 home victory over the Oregon Ducks to tie their best start in 34 years.

Atonye Nyingifa also had an outstanding night as she scored 12 points, while Markel Walker also had her share of the spotlight, racking up nine points and 13 rebounds for the Bruins, who are now 20-2 this season, tying the record of the 1976-1977 UCLA squad.

Three other Bruins scored at least seven points, displaying their balance attack again this season that is giving them a lot of success, and UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell knows that their balance attack is one of their upsides this season.

“When you have a balanced attack, it's easier to be more efficient,” Caldwell said.

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