By: Joe Lami
The number three Stanford Cardinal returned to Maples Pavilion for the first time this season on Friday night, where they beat the Cal Poly Mustangs by the final score of 86-51. It was the first time that the Cardinal have played on their home floor since March 26th, where they hosted Michigan in a second round NCAA tournament matchup.
The Cardinal are coming off a two game east coast road trip which started the season with a record of 1-1. After a win against Boston College, the Cardinal went to take on number one Connecticut, a game where they would fall 76-57.
Friday night’s game was back and forth between Stanford and Cal Poly for the first ten minutes, seeing six different lead changes. It was a close game up until Stanford broke free and went on a 27-10 run to end the half. The halftime score was 41-27. Stanford continued to dominate the second half of play as well, outscoring Cal Poly 45-24.
For Stanford, they were led by, Chiney Ogwumike, who scored 36, a new career high. She also brought down 11 rebounds in Friday nights’ win. For Ogumike, its’ her third double-double in as many games and also the 61st in her career on the farm. Ogwumike was also the only Stanford player to get into double figures, as the next closest player was Mikaela Ruef with nine. Though Stanford only had one player in double digits, it was a complete team game for the Cardinal as ten different players got onto the scoring sheet. All of Stanford’s starters got on the scoring sheet as well, as Ruef scored nine, Ogwumike had 36, Kailee Johnson scored seven and Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange each had six.
Stanford continues to struggle with turnovers however, where Cal Poly forced another 15, totaling 46 in only three games. Luckily for the Cardinal, they were able to dominate the boards once again, outrebounding the Mustangs 47-37.
The Cardinal up their record to 2-1 in the win, and they will cap off their short two game home stand on Sunday against the UC Davis Aggies with a scheduled tip for 2 p.m. before they go back on the road to take on Texas.