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February 9, 2013

Takeaways: Stanford 73 - Arizona 43

For the first 11 minutes of Stanford's blowout 73-43 win over visiting Arizona, the Cardinal offense stalled, unable to consistently navigate the Wildcats' aggressive pressing defense.

Once Stanford (21-2, 10-1 Pac-12) got in rhythm, however, the Cardinal dominated. Stanford outscored Arizona (11-11, 3-8 Pac-12) 59-30 over the game's final 29 minutes and coasted to an easy victory.

Chiney Ogwumike led all scorers with an 18-point, 12-rebound effort, Joslyn Tinkle added 15 points on 6-11 shooting, and Cardinal forward Mikaela Ruef posted the first double-double of her Stanford career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Alli Gloyd led Arizona with 13 points. Wildcat star Davellyn Whyte was held to six points on 1-11 shooting. Whyte also committed eight turnovers.

"I thought this was a great team effort," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "A lot of different people stepping up. Mikaela getting a double-double. She scored really well for us. She rebounded really well. She had some nice assists and gave us some great minutes."

"I thought Sara James did a great job defensively for us. Davellyn Whyte's a terrific player. And different people just really stepped up. Jasmine Camp came in and did a good job for us handling the ball. Just a lot of different contributions."

Ruef's scoring a major story: Though she scored plenty in high school, Mikaela Ruef has never been a major point producer at Stanford. But on Friday night, Ruef provided a critical third scoring option for the Cardinal to complement Ogwumike and Tinkle.

"It's weird because I never thought I would score 11 points in a game. That's like, way too much," Ruef quipped.

Ruef added that while she considers herself more of a distributor than a scorer, she's tried to round out her offensive game to take some of the burden off of Ogwumike.

"I guess as of late we've needed more people to score and take more pressure off of Chiney so that's what I've been trying to do and I've been working on in practice," Ruef said. "I've felt like normally and in the past it hasn't been my job to score. I like passing more, but I'm making a concerted effort to try and score."

Missing Kokenis: Several Stanford players helped compensate for the loss of starting guard Toni Kokenis, who was out of action because she "was not feeling well," according to the official Stanford women's basketball Twitter account.

"We missed Toni a lot," VanDerveer said. "It wasn't just the press but we didn't have a second guard that really looked to help handle. It really kind of threw us out of whack a lot. But I think it was a great opportunity for Jasmine (Camp). She came in and did some really nice things. Other people had to make some plays for us including Sara James and Taylor (Greenfield)."

2 assists not enough for Arizona: Arizona coach Niya Butts was pleased with her team's defensive effort, but frustrated with the Wildacats' sloppiness on offense.

"We just couldn't score the ball," Butts said. "19 turnovers is maybe the most they've had ll season long or somewhere around there. We didn't finish very well. We turned the ball over way too much and didn't take advantage of our easy opportunities to score. We missed a lot of wide-open 15-foot shots, layups that were right in the paint. You can't beat a Stanford team when you don't score and we don't have an opportunity to set our defense."

Registering only two assists all game didn't help the Wildcats, either.

"I don't know that it was anything they did," Butts said. "We dropped passes. We didn't finish all of the passes that we did connect on. We didn't make those layups or make those shots. I didn't think they were bad shots, I thought we shared the ball pretty well. Obviously our assist total doesn't indicate that, but I think a lot of that was missed opportunities just that we missed in general as a team."

Stanford will next host Arizona State at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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