Mar 30, 2014; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Mikaela Ruef (3) celebrates ahead of forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) and guard Lili Thompson (1) as a timeout is called against the Penn State Lady Lions during the first half in the semifinals of a women

Stanford Cardinal Pull Away From Penn State Late In First Half, Roll Into Elite Eight


The Stanford Cardinal closed the first half by outscoring the Penn State Lady Lions 25-7, taking a 14-point halftime lead and rolling into the Elite Eight with an 82-57 win in a Stanford Regional semifinal Sunday at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (32-3) advance to face the winner of Sunday’s other semifinal between fourth-seeded North Carolina and the region’s top seed, South Carolina, on Tuesday.

Despite being the No. 2 seed in the region, Stanford has home-court advantage and used it Sunday to win for the ninth straight time in NCAA tournament play at Maples Pavilion.

Chiney Ogwumike made another bit of history, scoring 29 points to go with 15 rebounds and becoming the first player in Pac-12 history to score 900 points in a season.

Mikaela Ruef had a huge day as well, finishing with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists after recovering from being poked in the eye early in the game.

The third-seeded Lady Lions (24-8) were hampered by their leading scorer, Maggie Lucas, being neutralized by the Cardinal defense. Lucas scored six points in the game, none in the second half, and finished just 3-of-14 from the floor.

Amber Orrange finished with 18 points for Stanford and Lili Thompson added 11. Ariel Edwards ledd Penn State with 22 points, Dara Taylor scored 11 and Talia East had 10 points and three steals. Tori Waldner and Lucas had five rebounds apiece.

The Lady Lions were 21-for-58 (36.2 percent) overall, 4-for-12 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range and 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) from the free-throw line. The Cardinal were 30-for-64 (46.9 percent), 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) and 17-for-21 (81 percent).

Stanford had a 41-33 rebounding advantage and forced 15 turnovers while committing just nine.

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