Cardinal shake off rusty start, roll over ArizonaJan 7, 2011 - 5:48 AM Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 24 points and Jeanette Pohlen chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists as fourth-ranked Stanford rolled past Arizona, 87-54.
In its second game since an historic upset of then top-ranked Connecticut, the Cardinal (11-2, 2-0 Pac-10) struggled some in the first half but turned up the defensive effort and pulled away in the early stages of the second half. Chiney Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen each posted 11 points and 11 rebounds, as Stanford record its customary dominating edge on the backboards, 50-35.
Shanita Arnold led Arizona with 13 points and Ify Ibekwe added eight points and eight rebounds in defeat. The Wildcats (11-3, 2-1) were undone by a 28.1 percent shooting effort in the second half and a 4-of-13 effort from the charity stripe overall.
Stanford held just a 40-33 edge at intermission, but started the second half with a flurry, scoring 13 points in just under six minutes. The Ogwumike sisters were responsible for nearly all of a 10-0 spurt with Chiney Ogwumike's layup pushed the home team in front, 53-35.
The margin first reached 30 points at 74-44 on the first of two Sara James free throws, and the rout was on from there.
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