So much for a letdown. I thought the Stanford women might be a little hungover from Thursday's win against UConn, but they wasted little time building a big first half lead against Cal en route to a 78-45 win at Haas Pavilion. Jeanette Pohlen led five Stanford players in double figures with 15 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points and seven rebounds before leaving the game early in the second half after a collision left her with concussion-like symptoms. Stanford held Cal's leading scorer, DeNesha Stallworth, to two points.
In the nightcap, Stanford's freshmen were the difference in an 82-68 win at Maples Pavilion. One of those freshmen, Dwight Powell, came off the bench to pour in a career-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Powell added seven rebounds and was 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Fellow freshmen Anthony Brown and Aaron Bright combined for 21 points for Stanford, which improved to 7-0 at home. Jeremy Green led all scorers with 21 points.
I caught a few minutes of the women's game, but didn't see any of the men's team's win. The Daily Axe posted a more detailed recap here. Did the freshmen look as good as the box score would suggest? My next post will be from sunny South Beach.