By: Joe Lami
Chiney Ogwumike enjoyed her final regular season game at Maples Pavilion. As she led her team to victory over the Washington State Cougars by the final score of 84-64. Ogwumike finished her Cardinal career with a new career high 37 points, 21 of them came in the first half. Ogwumike also added 13 rebounds to achieve her 22nd double-double of the season. She also achieved her 30th double figure scoring game of the year and later achieved her 13th 30-point game of the season. She stated after the game “I really don’t care about points and statistics, all I care is that I do enough for us to win, even if I only score two points.” She later added on her feelings of Saturday’s game “It just felt like another game. I just care that we won, and that we are playing better basketball going into the post season. We are growing as a team and that’s what matters.”
The Cardinal started the first half strong, getting the first five points of the game and forcing Washington State to call an early timeout. Stanford led the entire first half, but did have struggles shooting from beyond the arc. Stanford went 3 for 13 from three-point range in the first half with Bonnie Samuelson knocking two of them down. Brianna Roberson drained the other.
Roberson, a freshman, had her most impressive half of her young Cardinal career. She finished the first half with eight points, a new career high. Roberson also added a rebound and an assist in the seven minutes that she played. She finished the game with eight points, as she didn’t see much playing time in the second half.
The Cardinal shot the lights out from the free throw line, as they finished the first half going 14 of 15, for a 93%.
Stanford came out of the second half strong, as they went on a 10-0 run to start things up in the first 4:47. The Cardinal defense came to play in the second half only allowing 23 points, forcing the Cougars to shoot a dreaded 28%.
Even though the Cardinal held Washington State to 64 points, three different Cougars got into double figures. They were led by Lia Galdeira, who finished with 16 points. Both Tia Presley and Sage Romberg finished the game with ten points each.
Amber Orrange went under the radar once again, but had one of her best performances of the year. The Junior Point Guard finished just two points shy of her career high, scoring 20 points. She also finished the game with eight rebounds. “This was one of Amber’s best nights she’s ever had for us” stated head coach, Tara VanDerveer. VanDerveer also pulled Orrange aside and congratulated her on a great performance. The key to Orrange’s night “I was being a lot more aggressive.”
The Cardinal finish the year undefeated at home going into the Pac-12 tournament next week. They will be ranked the first seed and will get a first round bye, and will play their first game on Friday, March 7.