Jan. 30, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - A 52-22 rebounding advantage paved the way for #2-ranked Stanford in a 83-62 win over visiting Arizona, Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford evenly split its 52 rebounds between the offensive and defensive ends, leading to 18 more field goal attempts. Though the Cats made just 5 less than the Cardinal, Stanford posted a 17-5 edge in made free throws.
Arizona looked to push the tempo early on and its energetic play was rewarded with a 42-40 lead at halftime. The Wildcats were 16-of-28 (.571) from the field in the first half, hitting on 8-of-13 (.615) from three-point range while committing just five turnovers.
The Cardinal dominated the boards early on, using their massive front line to post a 27-14 advantage on the glass that included 14 offensive rebounds. Despite the disadvantage, Arizona still limited Stanford to just 14-of-40 shooting (.350) and a 5-for-22 clip (.227) from three-point range.
Thoughts of an upset quickly dissipated as the shots stopped falling for the Wildcats while the Cardinal began to better execute their offense. While the Cats converted just 8-of-24 after the break, the Cardinal were 15-of-30 from the field and forced 8 Arizona turnovers.
Stanford scored the first 10 points of the second half as Arizona missed its first 8 field goal attempts. The Cardinal outscored the Wildcats, 15-6, over the opening seven minutes of the final period to turn the two-point Arizona lead into a 55-46 advantage.
Ify Ibekwe converted a put-back at the 12:21 mark, but Stanford put together a 11-0 run as the Stanford front line of Kayla Pedersen, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Jayne Appel accounted for all of those points over the next 4:25 for a 66-48 lead.
Pedersen posted game-highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds for Stanford (19-1, 9-0) while Ogwumike shared game-high scoring honors with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting while also adding six rebounds.
Arizona (9-10, 3-6) opens up the second half of Pac-10 play at home in McKale Center on Thursday, February 4 with a visit from Washington State at 7:00 p.m.