Feb. 5, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Jeanette Pohlen made five 3-pointers, all five Stanford starters reached double figures scoring and the fourth-ranked Cardinal routed Arizona 91-61 on Saturday to match their conference record of 48 consecutive Pac-10 victories.
The Cardinal (20-2, 11-0) tied the Pac-10 mark they set from Feb. 9, 1995, to Jan. 12, 1998. Stanford's last Pac-10 loss was 57-54 at California on Jan. 18, 2009.
Pohlen was 5 of 9 from 3-point range and scored 17 points with eight assists. Lindy La Rocque and Kayla Pedersen added 14 points apiece. Nnemkadi Ogwumiki had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Younger sister Chiney Ogwumiki added 11 points.
Ify Ibekwe scored 19 for the Wildcats (13-9, 4-7), who loss their fourth in a row overall and 19th straight to Stanford. Davellyn White added 16 points but made just 4 of 16 shots.
Stanford was coming off its "closest" Pac-10 game of the season, a 72-54 win at Arizona State on Thursday night. The Cardinal didn't put that one away until well into the second half.
There was no such struggle on Saturday at the mostly-empty McKale Center.
The Cardinal scored the first 11 points of the game and the smaller Wildcats never mustered a serious challenge. Consecutive 3-pointers by La Rocque made it 25-8, and Stanford led 55-32 at the half. The Cardinal led by as many as 32 in the second half.
Pohlen made five of her first six 3-point tries and finished 5 of 9. La Rocque was 4 of 8.
The smooth-operating Cardinal had 20 assists on 30 field goals. Eight players had at least one assist. Stanford shot 50 percent overall to Arizona's 30 percent and was 12 of 30 on 3s to the Wildcats' 7 of 23.
Since consecutive losses at DePaul and Tennessee in mid-December, Stanford has won 14 in a row, including a 71-59 victory over then-No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 30 that ended the Huskies' 90-game winning streak.
Stanford will be an overwhelming favorite to break its consecutive Pac-10 win mark when the Cardinal play at home against Washington State next Thursday night.