No. 4 Stanford women easily down Oregon 86-62
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer turned to senior forward Joslyn Tinkle and marveled that she had just won her 400th conference game.
"It's amazing to me that I've really been coaching that long, and in that many games. Before Jos was born." said VanDerveer, in her 27th year at Stanford. "Scary."
No. 400 was an 86-62 victory over Oregon on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Chiney Ogwumike had 22 points and 13 rebounds for fourth-ranked Stanford, which won its fifth straight.
VanDerveer is the only coach in Pac-12 history with that many league victories.
"I think it means I've been here a long time," she joked.
But ever the perfectionist, the Hall of Fame coach was still picking apart her team's performance, even in the seemingly easy win over the Pac-12's last-place Ducks.
"We had some great play in spurts, and other times I was 'Who is that team out there?' she said.
Tinkle added 16 points for the Cardinal (19-2, 7-1), who led by as many as 29 points in their 12th straight victory on the road this season. Stanford, which had just 29 3-pointers in conference play going into the game, had 10 3s against Oregon.
"Before we left, the most important thing was 'Pack your shot.' We definitely knew there was going to be an opportunity to knock down shots on the perimeter," Tinkle said.
Ariel Thomas had 17 points for the overmatched Ducks (3-8, 1-7). Freshman Jillian Alleyne added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
"There were a half-dozen times, and that was probably six too many, that our players didn't get back and that was the first 10 minutes," Oregon coach Paul Westhead said.
The Cardinal are undefeated since a 67-55 loss to then-No. 7 California on Jan. 13 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford's only other loss came against then-No. 2 Connecticut in late December.
Stanford, the 12-time defending Pac-12 champion, leads the all-time series 46-8, including the last 16 straight. The Ducks haven't defeated Stanford since the 2005 season.
This one was pretty much a runaway.
The Cardinal grabbed a 23-6 lead on Tinkle's layup. Tinkle accounted for 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Ogwumike, the reigning Pac-12 women's player of the week, converted a layup to make it 31-11. But the Ducks responded with a 12-2 run, capped by Ariel Thomas' 3-pointer that trimmed Stanford's lead to 33-23 with 3:43 left in the half.
Stanford led 38-27 at the break, and extended its advantage to 51-29 on a 3-pointer from Toni Kokenis. Sara James' 3 made it 71-45 with 6:10 left in the game.
Oregon shot just 28.4 percent for the game.
"At the end of the day, you can't shoot in the 25 to 28 percent range and expect to win," Westhead said.
Ogwumike came into the game ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 22 points, and seventh with an average of 12 rebounds. Her double-double against Oregon was her 16th this season.
Alleyne leads the conference and is ranked 3rd in the nation with an average of 12.9 rebounds per game. She is the first freshman to lead the league in rebounding since Arizona's Shawntinice Polk in 2002-03.
"I'm working hard to get to No. 1 in the nation," Alleyne said.
The Ducks have struggled with injuries, and were even down to a seven-player rotation at one point earlier in the season. But they got a boost when Liz Brenner returned after missing most of the nonconference schedule while she helped Oregon's volleyball team reach the NCAA championship game.
The Ducks, sitting in last place in the conference, broke through for their first Pac-12 victory last week at Washington State. Oregon's only other wins came in nonconference play against Fresno State and Samford.
Westhead, who has coached in the NBA, WNBA and for men's and women's teams at the college level, praised VanDerveer and her team.
"I have the highest regard for her team and the way she presents them," he said. "Couldn't be much better."