The fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal won for the ninth straight time in Tucson, Ariz., hammering the Arizona Wildcats Friday night at the McKale Center 96-52.
Stanford (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12 Conference) took control of the game in the first half after the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5) kept it close for the first six minutes or so. The win was Stanford’s 15th in a row.
Erica Barnes scored for Arizona to cut Stanford’s lead to 15-13 with 14:47 to go. The Cardinal then outscored the Wildcats 37-18 the rest of the half to open a 21-point halftime edge, 52-31.
Stanford shot a sizzling 66.7 percent in the first half and didn’t really cool off much after the break, hitting 60 percent in the second half, while holding Arizona to 31.8 percent shooting after intermission.
Chiney Ogwumike had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal. Karlie Samuelson added 16 points, hitting 4-of-8 from deep, and Lili Thompson had 12 points and six assists. Amber Orrange also played a big role on the offensive end with eight assists.
Kama Griffitts scored 12 points and had four rebounds and three assists for the Wildcats, while Barnes scored 10 points and grabbed four boards.
Stanford was 40-for-63 (63.5 percent) overall, 15-for-32 (46.9 percent) from 3-point range and 1-for-3 (33.3 percent) from the foul line. Arizona was 21-for-53 (39.6 percent), 5-for-13 (38.5 percent) and 4-for-8 (62.5 percent).
The Cardinal had a 35-21 advantage on the boards and forced the Wildcats into 13 turnovers while committing just nine.
Stanford goes to No. 19 Arizona State on Monday evening for a 4 p.m. Pacific tipoff in Tempe.