The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal closed the game on a 16-8 run to finally put away the stubborn Washington State Cougars 77-69 Friday night at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.
The Cardinal (22-1, 11-0 Pac-12 Conference) won their 21st straight game, while the Cougars (12-11, 6-5) trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but doggedly battled back to get to within 28-24 at halftime.
Washington State battled back to take its lone lead of the game with 9:05 remaining when Dawnyelle Awa hit a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 55-54. Stanford scored the next seven points, though with Karlie Samuelson’s 3-pointer in between two free throws each from Chiney Ogwumike and Mikaela Ruef.
The Cougars fought back to tie it 61-61 on a Sage Romberg 3-pointer with 5:34 to go, but the Cardinal closed the game with a flourish. Ogwumike scored six of Stanford’s final 16 points to close out the win.
Ogwumike helped the Cardinal hold off the upset bid with 36 points and 17 rebounds. Amber Orrange and Taylor Greenfield scored 11 points apiece and Greenfield also handed out five assists.
Lia Galdeira led the Cougars with 21 points and five rebounds. Tia Presley added 20 points and Romberg scored 12 points. Awa had four assists and three steals.
Stanford was 29-for-61 (47.5 percent) overall, 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-16 (81.3 percent) at the free-throw line. Washington State was 26-for-62 (41.9 percent), 7-for-20 (35 percent) and 10-for-20 (50 percent).
The Cardinal dominated the glass 46-30, but committed 14 turnovers to just eight for the Cougars.
Stanford heads across the state now to visit the Washington Huskies on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Pacific.