The Stanford Cardinal, ranked third in the preseason Associated Press poll, found itself in an unfamiliar position in the first half at Boston College on Saturday—trailing.
But the Cardinal rolled out to a 28-0 run late in the first half to take a 20-point lead at the break and held off the host Eagles for an 83-71 win in their season opener.
Chiney Ogwumike started her senior season with a bang, scoring 30 points on 11-of-12 shooting and yanking down 14 rebounds—including 10 on the offensive glass—for Stanford. Amber Orrange added 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Cardinal and Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to toss in 15 points.
Stanford’s epic run began with the Cardinal trailing 18-13 in the first half. By the time Boston College scored again, Stanford led 41-18 and the rout was on.
Mikaela Ruef also had a big game on the glass for the Cardinal with 10 boards as Stanford won the rebounding battle decisively, 44-26. Stanford shot 30-for-54 for the game (55.6 percent) and held the Eagles to 39 percent shooting (23-for-59), although BC shot 52 percent after halftime.
That was the warm-up on Stanford’s two-game East Coast swing to open the season. The headliner is Monday night when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on No. 1 and defending national champion Connecticut. Tipoff is 4 p.m. Pacific.