Dec 14, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Mikaela Ruef (3) battles for a rebound during the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Rolls In Return From Break, Routs Gonzaga


The Stanford Cardinal emerged from a 16-day break for finals and didn’t miss a beat, taking control of the game with a 12-0 run in the middle of the first half and routing the No. 23 Gonzaga Bulldogs 73-45 Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

If was the Cardinal’s first game at home since coach Tara VanDerveer joined the 900-victory club last month with a win over Florida Gulf Coast in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Cardinal, ranked No. 6 in the nation, improved to 8-1.

Chiney Ogwumike paced Stanford with 19 points. Kailee Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench and Amber Orrange notched 10 points and three assists. Mikaela Ruef and Sara James also had three dimes each.

Sonja Greinacher was the only player in double-figures for Gonzaga (8-2) with 18 points. She also had six rebounds and four blocked shots. Jazmine Redmon had four assists for the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga was just 21-for-61 (34.4 percent) from the floor, 0-for-14 from 3-point range and 3-for-12 (25 percent) from the line.

Stanford was 27-for-60 (45 percent), 8-for-16 (50 percent) from deep and 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the line and out-rebounded Gonzaga 46-36.

The Cardinal will be in action again on Monday when they host New Mexico (4-4) for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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