Ogwumike scores career high 32, No. 4 Stanford drops OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jamie Weisner led the Beavers with 13 points and an Ali Gibson layup early in the second half pulled OSU within single-digits, but a career-high 32 points from Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike proved too much, as the Oregon State women's basketball team lost a 65-45 contest to the #4 Cardinal on Sunday afternoon.
Weisner and Gibson (12) led Oregon State (9-13, 3-7 Pac-12) in double figures and Gibson's two threes now give her 84 in her short career in Corvallis, tied for 10th all-time at OSU with Mandy Close (2003-06).
The Beavers trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, but closed to 35-26 when Gibson opened the second with a reverse layup.
Ogwumike then scored six straight points to help Stanford regain control. The junior forward had her sixth straight double-double, pulling down 18 rebounds to go along with her 32 points.
"She does everything for them. That's why they're who they are," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "If you have one or two of those in the middle, you're going to win a lot of games."
Amber Orrange and Bonnie Samuelson - who hit four 3-pointers - added 12 points apiece for the Cardinal (20-2, 9-1 Pac-12).
Samuelson made consecutive threes to stretch Stanford's lead to 49-28 before Oregon State chipped away, closing the gap to 54-42 on Gibson's 3-pointer with 6:53 left.
That was as close as the Beavers would get as Stanford answered with five straight points.
Stanford shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) overall, while Oregon State shot 35.8 percent (19-of 53) in a matchup of the Pac-12's top two field goal percentage defenses.
"I thought it was a great defensive effort," Rueck added. "We had several opportunities [in the second half] where we could cut this lead to single digits and we just missed shots. Those stops that [Stanford] got allowed them to relax and stretch it again."
Ogwumike and Orrange scored four points apiece in an early 13-3 Stanford run that put the Cardinal ahead 20-7. Stanford later scored eight straight, with Samuelson's second 3-pointer of the half giving the Cardinal a 28-12 lead.
Weisner's layup capped a 6-0 Oregon State run that closed the deficit to 32-22. The Beavers ended the first half by holding Stanford to just one field goal and three points over the final 5:45, helping OSU get back within shouting distance, down 35-24 at the break.
The freshman-sophomore tandem of Weisner and Gibson hit 11 of OSU's 19 field goals and combined for more than half of the team's points.
"We're still finding ourselves offensively," Rueck said. "We're developing big time players in this program, but they're young so we need this experience to grow."