Tara VanDerveer welcomed a game that pushed her players out of their comfort zone. She just doesn't want too many of them.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points and nine rebounds and No. 3 Stanford overcame one of its worst performances of the season to beat Washington, 62-52, on Saturday for a 16th straight victory.
Freshman Chiney Ogwumike added a career-best 21 points and 10 boards for the cold-shooting Cardinal (22-2, 13-0 Pac-10) as they held on for their 58th straight home win at Maples Pavilion, one shy of matching the school record set from Nov. 25, 1994, to March 14, 1998. Stanford is trying for a third straight undefeated home season for the first time since 1994-96.
Kristi Kingma scored 22 points for Washington (10-12, 5-8), keeping her team close in the second half with clutch 3-pointers. Her 3 with 6:09 left trimmed Stanford’s lead to 47-45.
Washington State 68, at California 66: Jazmine Perkins came off the bench to score 14 points and sank two critical free throws in the last 34 seconds as the Cougars (8-17, 6-7) held off the Golden Bears 14-10, 6-7).
April Cook also scored 14 points for Washington State, and Carly Noyes and Sage Romberg added 10 apiece.
Cal’s DeNesha Stallworth led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
No. 9 UCLA 58, at Oregon State 48: Markel Walker scored a season-high 18 points, and Jasmine Dixon added 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Bruins (21-2, 11-1), who led by as many as 21 points in the second half before Oregon State (8-16, 1-12) got as close as seven in the closing minutes.
Oregon State’s Earlysia Marchbanks had 17 points and four rebounds.
USC 85, at Oregon 63: Jacki Gemelos scored 18 points off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack, and and Briana Gilbreath had 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as the Trojans (15-8, 7-5) handled the Ducks (12-12, 3-10).