By Joe Lami
The Stanford Cardinal returned to the court on Saturday, after a two-week long hiatus for finals. They took on the number 23 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, and defeated them by the score 73-45.
The Bulldogs came into the game with a record of 8-1, with their only loss coming to the 11 ranked Oklahoma Sooners by the final score of 82-78. The Zags were also riding a six-game winning streak coming into Maples Pavilion.
The first couple of minutes were going back and forth with a score of 9-8 in favor of Stanford, until around the 15-minute mark Stanford started to pull away from the Bulldogs. Stanford had gone on a 24-8 run to end the half to make the lead 33-19.
Stanford continued the dominance in the second as well, outscoring their opponent 40-26, to give them the 73-45 win.
Stanford was lead by Senior, Chiney Ogwumike who scored 19 points, just one point shy of recording her seventh 20-point game. However, she was held to only seven rebounds, a season low at home. Amber Orrange had anther strong outing for the Cardinal scoring ten points and three assists. Freshman, Kailee Johnson came off of the bench to score 11 points, a new career high. Johnson also led the Cardinal in rebounding with eight, another career high for her young career.
Sonja Greinacher led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18, all of them coming from the field. Greinacher also had six rebounds, with five of them coming on the offensive side. Elle Tinkle, younger sister of former Stanford player Joslyn, was held scoreless, but still had two rebounds.
With the win, Stanford ups their record to 8-1, seven of them have been consecutive. The Cardinal return to Maples on Monday, where they will host the New Mexico Lobos. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live in the Bay Area on Stanford radio, 90.1 FM KZSU, or online at kzsuive.stanford.edu.