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Stanford tops Oregon to win another Pac-10 title

Jeanette Pohlen scored 20 points, Kayla Pederson had 13 points and 10 rebounds and second-ranked Stanford clinched its 11th straight Pac-10 title with a 99-60 victory over Oregon on Saturday.

The Cardinal (26-2, 17-0) dominated in every phase to set a new home record with their 60th consecutive win at Maples Pavilion. They haven't lost at home in more than four seasons.

Stanford also got a boost with the return of Nnemkadi Ogwumike. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year had four points and four rebounds after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle.

Kristi Fallin had 10 points and Deanna Weaver added eight for the Ducks (13-14, 4-12), who were held to 24 percent shooting and outscored 32-14 on free throws. Three Oregon players also fouled out.

Stanford just overwhelmed Oregon from the opening tip.

Pohlen anchored a crisp Cardinal offense that often went end-to-end without the ball even touching the floor. She scored six points during a 10-0 run early in the first half that put Stanford ahead 31-10 and made the final 30 minutes feel more like a formality.

Then again, conference championships have practically become an annual tradition on The Farm.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has led more than a decade of dominance in the conference — and much longer than that in overall victories — for the program, with so many league titles the school simply combines every one of them on a single banner. After this year's regular-season championship is added, the 20th overall for the program, they'll be only one spot left before a new banner will have to be raised.

The Cardinal left no doubt they still reign supreme.

They had another 10-0 spurt late in the first half to take a 50-19 lead, and Stanford's starters hardly even played in the second half. There was so much offense that Oregon coach Paul Westhead — the king of the relentless run-and-gun system when he was at the helm of the Los Angeles Lakers, Loyola Marymount and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury — and his running Ducks couldn't keep pace.

Not many teams can at Stanford.

The Cardinal's incredible home-winning streak dates back to the 2007 opener and includes victories over a pair of top-ranked teams, most notably stopping Connecticut's unprecedented 90-game winning streak earlier this season. Stanford also beat No. 1 Tennessee in 2007 at Maples Pavilion.