By Joe Lami
The Stanford Cardinal returned to action after their holiday break on Saturday with a successful trip to Fresno. The number four-ranked Cardinal were victorious by the score of 86-54.
Fresno State came into the matchup with a record of 6-4, with three wins in the last four. Saturday marks the second straight loss for the Bulldogs, as they were defeated last weekend by the Dons of San Francisco 76-47.
Fresno State kept it close in the first half and actually held the lead at two different points in the game. The Bulldogs kept within two baskets with the score being 22-18 until around the nine-minute mark, and that’s when the Cardinal were able to take over. Stanford started a two-minute 11-0 run with eight to go. Fresno State would eventually stop it with 5:42 to go in the first half, but not before the Stanford lead would be stretched to 33-20. Baskets were then being traded back and forth before the half would end with the Cardinal leading 43-31.
The second half would see the Cardinal scoring 43 points as well. This time, however, they were able to hold the Bulldogs to only 23 points. Stanford had an incredible start to the second half, as they were able to outscore the Bulldogs 16-2 to give them the big 69-33 lead. The Cardinal would not look back as they would coast for the win.
Chiney Ogwumike had yet another outstanding performance as she led the Cardinal in scoring, with 20 points. The All-American Senior added ten rebounds to record the double-double. Taylor Greenfield was right behind Ogwumike, scoring 18, a season high and tying her career high. Amber Orrange had 15 for the Cardinal and added six assists. Mikaela Ruef had an outstanding game, as she contributed in everyway, recording eight assists, seven rebounds, five points and adding a block and a steal.
Alex Sheedy, who recorded the double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, led the Bulldogs. Guard, Taylor Thompson also saw double digits in scoring with 14 of her own.
Fresno State ends their non-conference play with loss, as their record drops to 6-5. The Bulldogs are scheduled to start up Mountain West action on New Year’s Day, where they will travel to Las Vegas to take on the 3-9 Rebels.
With the win the Stanford Cardinal up their record to 11-1, as they end non-conference play. They will return to action after the New Year to start conference play, as they will host the Oregon Ducks on January 3.