Published February 24, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. – Sarah Boothe scored 16 points, Kayla Pedersen had 13 and No. 2 Stanford clinched a share of its 11th straight Pac-10 title with a 73-37 win over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Playing their second straight game without leading scorer Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the Cardinal started slow but finished strong on the way to their 59th straight victory at Maples Pavilion, tying the school record for consecutive home wins.
Stanford (25-2, 16-0) can clinch the outright conference title by beating Oregon on Saturday.
Sage Indendi scored 12 points for Oregon State (9-17, 2-13).
Ogwumike has been out since spraining her right ankle in the first half of last Friday's win over Southern California. She could miss the game against Oregon as well.
The Cardinal didn't seem to miss her too much Thursday night.
Oregon State put together an 11-0 run early in the first half, but Stanford responded with a 17-0 surge and put the game away with a 33-4 blitz in the second half.
The win, Stanford's 19th straight since losing to then-No. 6 Tennessee on Dec. 19, guarantees the Cardinal the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament. No. 11 UCLA is three games behind Stanford in the win column with three games left but the Bruins were swept by the Cardinal this season.
The Cardinal are once again streaking toward the conference tournament and picking up steam after moving up one spot in The Associated Press rankings this week.
Oregon State, on the other hand, continues to sink further into the Pac-10 cellar.
The Beavers, who were coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over Oregon last week, shot just 23.2 percent (13 of 56) from the floor and trailed by as much as 40 while losing their 22nd straight to Stanford. They have never won in 25 trips to Maples Pavilion.