No. 3 Stanford beats Xavier 80-64 behind Ogwumike
CINCINNATI—Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a season-high 34 points and opened the second half by dominating under the basket Friday, leading No. 3 Stanford to an 80-64 victory over Xavier.
The Cardinal (4-1) shook off a 10-point loss at No. 2 Connecticut on Monday and a slow first half against Xavier (1-3), which trailed by only a point at the break.
Ogwumike powered inside for bank shots and putbacks during a 19-5 run that put Stanford in control early in the second half, when she scored 11 of Stanford's first 15 points. She also finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Lynette Holmes led Xavier with 18 points.
The schools have played in each of the last three seasons, with Stanford winning all three. The series started with a memorable moment for both programs -- Jeanette Pohlen's layup at the buzzer giving Stanford a 55-53 win in the NCAA tournament regional finals in 2010.