Women's Basketball Falls At No. 1 Stanford

Women's Basketball Falls At No. 1 Stanford

Palo Alto, Calif. - Gena Johnson led Pacific with 13 points at No. 1 Stanford, but the Tigers fell to the Cardinal 78-43 Saturday in Palo Alto.

A 17-2 run late in the first half enabled the Cardinal to seize control of the game and steadily pull away. Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike hit 14 of 18 field goals for a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Cardinal improved to 9-0.

Pacific falls to 7-2 after opening the season with seven straight wins.

Johnson connected on five-of-10 from the field, and added four rebounds and a block of Ogwumike. Erica McKenzie scored seven points, while Claire Conricode chipped in six on a pair of three-pointers. Kendall Kenyon led Pacific on the glass with nine rebounds, while adding four points.

Stanford's height advantage inside was evident as the Cardinal out-rebounded Pacific 52-32 and held a 40-22 advantage in points in the paint. The Cardinal also owned a 28-7 advantage in second-chance points.

The Tigers drew first blood, forcing a turnover and opening a 2-0 lead on a jumper by Erica McKenzie. Stanford hit on five of their first nine shots to build a 11-4 lead before Gena Johnson answered with a drive to the bucket.

Kenyon tallied inside and Sam Pettinger forced a turnover and scored in transition as the Tigers drew within 13-10 with 11:59 to go in the first half.

Stanford responded with an 8-0 run, posting a pair of blocks on defense and finishing inside twice.

But Claire Conricode drained a pair of threes, with two defensive stops and a Johnson lay-up in between as Pacific matched the 8-0 run to close within 21-18.

Ogwumike scored inside while being fouled to kickoff a 17-2 Cardinal run as the Tigers came up empty on six straight possessions.

Brianna Johnson's steal and lay-up ended a 4:35 scoring drought. The Tigers trailed by as many as 18, before a three-pointer from McKenzie just before the buzzer cut the mark to 42-27 at the half.

Stanford shot 52 percent in the first half, while Pacific connected at a 32 percent clip. The Cardinal owned a 22-17 rebounding edge, and a 26-12 advantage in points in the paint in the first half.

Gena Johnson's slice to the hoop resulted in an and-one, but Stanford held the Tigers to 16 second-half points as the lead grew to as many as 36.

The Tigers are back in action on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Saint Mary's for a 7 p.m. tip-off with the Gaels.