Jan 27, 2014; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Mikaela Ruef (3) shoots the ball against USC Trojans forward Cassie Harberts (11) during the second half at Maples Pavilion. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans 86-59. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Stanford Cardinal Blows Out USC For 18th Straight Win

The Stanford Cardinal went on a 14-0 run late in the first half to take an 18-point lead at the break and cruised to an 86-59 win over the USC Trojans at Maples Pavilion Monday night.

The Cardinal (19-1, 8-0 Pac-12 Conference) opened up a two-game advantage in the loss column over the rest of the league with the win over the Trojans (14-7, 7-2) and won their 18th straight game in the process.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 30 points and had 12 rebounds for Stanford, including 12 during a second-half surge that put the Cardinal up by 28 points, their largest lead of the game. Amber Orrange had 12 points and six assists, Lili Thompson also scored 12 points, Mikaela Ruef finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Karlie Samuelson tossed in 10 points.

Ariya Crook led the Trojans with 18 points and Cassie Harberts had 17 points and six rebounds.

USC was 21-for-56 (37.5 percent) overall, 2-for-15 (13.3 percent) from 3-point range and 15-for-22 (68.2 percent) from the free-throw line. Stanford was 32-for-63 (50.8 percent), 7-for-20 (35 percent) and 15-for-19 (78.9 percent).

The Cardinal had a big advantage, 42-28, on the glass and committed just seven turnovers to nine giveaways by the Trojans.

Stanford hosts No. 21 Cal Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the first of a weekend home-and-home series with the Golden Bears.

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