As in, initial post-final exam action for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both teams won their Sunday contests. The men now hold a solid 5-2 record on the season, while the women remain perfect through their first 8 games of 2010-’11.
Women Defeat Fresno State, 77-40
Freshman Chiney Ogwumike led the scoring for the Cardinal with 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in her 26 minutes of play. Older sister Nnemkadi followed up with 17 points for the Card, while sophomore Sarah Boothe–who missed all of last season with a foot injury–came on strong off the bench with a double-double (10 points, 11 boards) in only 17 minutes on the floor. 4 players contributed double-digit scoring performances for Stanford, as the Card easily outscored a Fresno State team whose leading scorer, Rosie Moult, scored 11 points.
Stanford will travel to Chicago to play DePaul on Thursday night. The 24th-ranked Blue Demons boast an 11-1 record, and are tied for first place in the competitive Big East.
Men Defeat UC-Riverside, 55-48
Stanford held off a strong second half from the Highlanders to pull off the 7-point win at Maples Pavilion. Stanford guard Jeremy Green, upon whom the team will rely throughout the season as its primary offensive threat, scored all 22 of his points after halftime while accounting for 65% of Stanford’s second-half points. Josh Owens notched a double-double for the Card with 14 points and 10 boards.
Most troubling for Card fans is the lack of production from the freshmen class. Outside of Green and Owens, Stanford players scored only 19 points, and only 6 of those came from freshmen. Starting small forward Dwight Powell scored 1 point, walk-on guard Robbie Lemons scored 3, and forward Josh Huestis added 2.
Stanford enjoyed a fairly impressive attendance–a reported 5,025 people, or over 2/3 capacity–at Maples for a game that took place after students had left campus and against an unimpressive opponent.
Stanford will host North Carolina A&T on Wednesday in Maples Pavilion before traveling to Indiana to face the struggling Butler Bulldogs on Saturday in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.