No. 4 Stanford was expected to easily defeat the Oregon Ducks team yesterday, and Stanford’s women’s team came through in a 93-70 rout of the Ducks. Nnemkadi Ogwumike was unstoppable and had 32 points, 15 rebounds, two steals, three blocks, and went 15-21 from the floor overall without a single turnover. Her sister Chiney also added 12 boards and had two blocks and steals apiece. Despite eight assists, Toni Kokenis shot just 1-10 from the floor and missed six of the seven three-pointers she took. The Cardinal were never really threatened in this game, but a couple of performances from the Ducks were very promising.
Deanna Weaver continues to impress, and she led the team with 16 points in this game after hitting a clutch three-pointer to complete the comeback victory against Washington on New Year’s Eve. In this contest, Weaver went 7-10 in 23 minutes off the bench and had seven rebounds. The Ducks, however, shot just 36.8% from the floor and received two awful shooting nights from Jasmin Holliday (2-16) and Ariel Thomas (2-12). Shooting like that isn’t going to help your cause, and this is especially true when your opponent is hitting nearly 47% of their attempts and generating more rebounds.
However, sophomore Danielle Love was more accurate than her counterparts and went 3-5 from downtown. She added 11 points in total, and both of her rebounds were on the offensive glass. The Ducks hauled in 36 boards as a team, but they were bested by Stanford and the Ogwumike sisters who continue to haul in rebounds at a record pace with 44 as a team on the night.
The young Liz Brenner was slated to start, and she had a very solid game. Brenner corralled eight rebounds- four offensive rebounds- and knocked down 50% of her shots for seven points. Oregon committed just seven fouls, Stanford’s total was double that, and Weaver was the only player with more than one foul on the team. However, the Ducks were only able to force seven turners, but they committed just seven of there own.
This game was one and lost on defense, and Oregon’s defense was simply awful in this game, while the Cardinal made plays on the defensive side of the ball. The Ducks were not able to overcome the difference in shooting, and Stanford comfortably won the game because of this. Oregon wasn’t awful in this game, but they didn’t play well enough to keep this game within 20 points. However, Stanford is obviously one of the best teams in college basketball and this loss should be treated accordingly; as a building point for future success. Just check out what Nia Jackson had to say about this game below, the Ducks should be happy that they scored 70 points without their best player.
“I wanted to keep pushing it,” said the senior guard who now has 900 career points. “We had good energy and we played them tough. I think we can build off this and continue to get better.”