Ogwumike leads No 4 Stanford over UCLA
Stanford 's Chiney Ogwumike (13) grabs a lob pass in
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Chiney Owgumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, helping No. 4 Stanford hold off UCLA's upset bid in a 72-55 win Friday night.
Lili Thompson added 15 points for the Cardinal (18-1, 7-0 in the Pac-12), who won their 17th straight since losing at top-ranked Connecticut in November. Erica McCall added 11 points and Sara James had 10.
Atonye Nyingifa scored 18 points to lead the Bruins (10-10, 4-4 Pac-12), who had won three of their previous four games. Nirra Fields scored 13 points.
The game was tied at 39 early in the second half when James hit consecutive 3-pointers to ignite a Cardinal run that eventually led to a 66-51 advantage heading into the final five minutes.
UCLA harassed Stanford into 16 turnovers and stayed within striking distance much of the game. The Bruins, who dressed eight healthy players for the contest, finally seemed to run out of steam.
Stanford led at halftime, 36-35.
Ogwumike missed five of her six shots, mainly because the Bruins were making it difficult for her to even reach the basket.
The Cardinal extended their winning streak over UCLA to 17 games and have won 15 straight at Stanford. The Bruins' previous three losses were each by two points.
Nyingifa played in her 127th game, moving her into a tie for third in UCLA history.