|Stanford's Jasmine Camp looks to pass around Fresno State's Ki-Ki Moore in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)|
Fresno State women lose to No. 5 Stanford 93-59
FRESNO, Calif.—Fresno State hopes to use a lopsided loss to No. 5 Stanford as a learning experience.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cardinal used their decisive height and reach advantage to defeat Fresno State 93-59 on Sunday.
"We learned we need to push back and fight harder," center Veronica Wilson said. "But it's stuff we can fix."
The Bulldogs (5-3) better fix it quickly with another home game against a ranked opponent on the horizon. Fresno State hosts No. 18 Oklahoma on Thursday night in a rough stretch of back-to-back games.
"I can't fault our effort," coach Adrian Wiggins said. "It will be a healthy game later on, but it doesn't feel so good now."
Younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Cardinal, whose 67 total rebounds were one shy of the program's single-game record.
Stanford (6-1) turned 28 offensive rebounds into a decisive 37-6 edge on second-chance points while shooting 50.7 percent from the field.
Reserve Bonnie Samuelson sparked Stanford with a career-high 18 points, making 6 of 8 3-point attempts.
"Their greatest strength is our greatest weakness," Wiggins said. "Stanford is very long, athletic and strong. ... We tried to focus on the sisters, but other people hurt us, too."
Madison Parrish, Alex Sheedy and Wilson scored 11 points each for Fresno State (5-3), which has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Fresno State, shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range entering the game, went just 8 of 34 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc against Stanford's aggressive man-to-man defense.
The Cardinal coasted to a 56-27 halftime lead, taking advantage of a 24-2 edge on second-chance points. Stanford's 12 offensive rebounds were more than Fresno State's 11 total rebounds.
"Second-chance points are always a good way to imprint your stamp on teams," Nnemkadi Ogwunike said. "Getting those o-boards in the beginning really helped us."
Stanford's zone defense did not allow the Bulldogs to get the open looks they are accustomed to. Fresno State was coming off an 81-71 victory over Oregon in which it made a school-record 17 3-pointers.
But against Stanford, the Bulldogs missed their first 10 3-point attempts before Wilson finally connected with 6:26 remaining in the first half.
"They love shooting 3s, but you kind of live by the 3 and die by the 3," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Today we hit some 3s, too. But we're not geared totally toward 3s like they are."
While Fresno State struggled to make outside shots, the Cardinal went 8 of 12 in the first half from beyond the arc. Samuelson did most of the damage, hitting five 3-pointers in just 7 minutes off the bench.
Stanford's outside shooting broke the game open. Samuelson hit three straight 3s to fuel a 15-2 scoring run that ended with the Cardinal comfortably in front 39-13.
Two 3-pointers by Lindy LaRocque, sandwiching a backcourt steal and layup by Amber Orrange, put the Cardinal ahead 20-8 after Fresno State had closed to within six points.
Stanford jumped to out to an early 10-2 lead with eight of the Cardinal's points coming as a result of offensive rebounds by the Ogwumike sisters.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike grabbed three offensive rebounds during Stanford's first five possessions, leading to three putbacks and two free throws.
Stanford hopes to return to the Save Mart Center in March when the facility hosts an NCAA Regional.
"We dipped our toes in some water here and want to come back," Nnemkadi Ogwumike said.