#8 Stanford easily did away with #4 Xavier in Maples Pavilion this afternoon, downing the Musketeers 89-52. The Cardinal advance to 8-2 on the year and a perfect 5-0 in Maples, while Xavier drops just its second game of the season. The win also represents a much-needed victory over a top-notch opponent, following Stanford’s difficult two-game losing stretch to top-25 opponents Tennessee and DePaul before the Christmas break.
Stanford got its best performance from the starting lineup of the season. The starting 5 scored 72 of the team’s 89 points, and 4 starters had double-digit afternoons. Forward Nneka Ogwumike turned in the best performance of the game in accomplishing a double-double. Ogwumike scored 23 points to go with her 11 boards and 3 steals.
Stand-out Xavier forward Amber Harris uncharacteristically started the game on the bench before leading the Musketeers with 18 points. Harris also chipped in 9 rebounds for the visitors, but her effort wasn’t enough to make up for the team’s lackluster performance. Xavier shot just 30% from the field and turned the ball over nearly once every other minute.
With Ogwumike and Stanford forward Kayla Pedersen (14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block) shutting down the block, Xavier did not even have a strong perimeter scoring option, and shot a putrid 11% from behind the arc. Stanford jumped out to a 7-point lead before Xavier even scored at the beginning of the game, and the Card never trailed. Against a Stanford offense that scored in bunches and without a prolific shooting day from three, the Musketeers never had a legitimate chance to cut down the Cardinal lead.
Stanford scored as many points in the second half as Xavier scored in the entire game.
Stanford has one day to rest before hosting #1 UConn on Thursday, a game that Examiner reporter Jake Curtis believes Stanford “just maybe” could win. ESPN2 will broadcast the game nationally beginning at 6:00 PM Pacific.