By: Joe Lami
The Stanford Cardinal (19-1, 8-0) played host to the USC Trojans (14-7,7-2) on Monday night and defeated them by the final score of 86-59. USC was coming into the game with confidence after a win against California on Friday, but it wouldn’t be enough to get past the Cardinal.
USC had a good start to the game, as they lead 5-2 just 1:40 into the first half. However, it wouldn’t last long, as Stanford would take the lead just 50 seconds later. Once the Cardinal took the lead, they wouldn’t look back, as they controlled the Trojans the entire night.
The Cardinal shot 51% from the field. Leading the way for Stanford was Chiney Ogwumike notched 30 points and 12 rebounds in the 34 minutes she played. Also completing a double-double was Mikaela Ruef, as the Redshirt Senior added 11 points and ten rebounds. Guards Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange both added 12 for the Cardinal. Freshman, Karlie Samuelson came off of the bench to score ten points, with six coming from beyond the arc.
Stanford dominated the points in the paint, as well as they outscored USC 44-28. Stanford also dominated the battle of the boards 42-28, and holding the Trojans to only eight offensive rebounds. USC, however, torched the Cardinal on fast break points shutting them out 8-0.
Ariya Crook lead the Trojans in scoring with 18 points. Cassie Harberts was the only other Lady of Troy to get into double digits, as she added 17.
Stanford extends their winning streak to 18 games, and remains perfect in conference play. However, up next for the Cardinal is the toughest part of their schedule in the Cal Bears. The Big Game series is this coming up this weekend, as Stanford hosts the Bears on Friday, and travels across the bay for a Sunday contest.