No. 4 Stanford women roll past Bakersfield 90-48
STANFORD, Calif. – Joslyn Tinkle had career highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocks and two steals, and No. 4 Stanford routed Cal State Bakersfield 90-48 on Thursday.
Freshman Bonnie Samuelson scored 14 points and Chiney Ogwumike added 10 on 5-for-5 shooting in 15 minutes as the Cardinal followed up a commanding victory against sixth-ranked Tennessee two days earlier and extended their school-record home winning streak to 69 games.
This was one of the few easy games in what has been another daunting, NCAA tournament-like non-conference schedule for 26th-year coach Tara VanDerveer's young group.
After Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way in Tuesday night's 97-80 victory over Tennessee with a career-high 42 points, her little sister helped take charge in this one.
VanDerveer has been calling for more of her players to contribute, and Tinkle did her part. She went 8 of 11 from the field with two 3-pointers as Stanford shot 51.4 percent, and helped the Cardinal to a 51-32 rebounding advantage.
Amber Williams scored 14 points and Brooklynn Hinkens added 13 to lead cold-shooting Cal State Bakersfield (3-12), which lost for the 11th time in 12 games. The Roadrunners are currently making the transition to Division I under first-year coach Greg McCall.
Nneka Ogwumike wound up with eight points, four rebounds and four assists while playing just 13 minutes for Stanford, which is dealing with the loss of freshman guard Jasmine Camp for the season because of a stress fracture in her left foot that will require surgery in early January.
Thursday's matinee hardly could live up to the raucous atmosphere from two days earlier, when a sellout crowd of 7,329 packed Maples Pavilion to cheer both the Cardinal and Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who has early onset Alzheimer's.
VanDerveer used this game to get all her players significant court time in the final tuneup before a holiday break and the start of Pac-12 play next Thursday at Southern California. The 11-time reigning Pac-10 champions, trying for a fifth straight trip to the Final Four come March, are favored to capture the inaugural Pac-12 crown.
Stanford made 10 of its first 14 shots, including two 3-pointers from Lindy La Rocque, and built a 23-5 lead at the 12:47 mark of the first half. The Cardinal led 47-17 at halftime on 53.8 percent shooting.
This marked the first meeting between the schools. The overmatched Roadrunners shot 10 for 32 from 3-point range and committed 20 turnovers, eight by Williams.
Camp played in the Cardinal's first eight games and started four before missing Tuesday's win over Tennessee. She averaged 3.6 points and 2.1 assists over 14.1 minutes per game, scoring a season-high 14 in a loss at Connecticut on Nov. 21.