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No. 5 Stanford Shows its Strength, Pulls Away for 86-51 Win

No. 5 Stanford Shows its Strength, Pulls Away for 86-51 Win

STANFORD, Calif. – The 5th-ranked Stanford Cardinal showed their depth and strength when they defeated the Cal Poly women's basketball team, 86-51, in a non-conference game in Stanford on Friday. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 0-3 on the season while Stanford improves to 1-2 overall.

The Mustangs will return to the court on Monday, Nov. 18 when the team will open the home season in Mott Athletics Center at 7 pm against New Mexico State.
 
Senior Molly Schlemer led the Mustangs with her second double-double of the season when she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Fellow senior, Jonae Ervin led the team with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists while junior Ariana Elegado added 13 points of her own.

Chiney Ogwumike led all scorers with a career-high 36 points when she connected on 15 of 19 shots from the floor. She was the lone Cardinal in double figures, but nine other players produced points.  Mikaela Ruef scored nine points and led the team with 14 rebounds.

Stanford converted 57 percent from the floor for the game and made five of 16 from long range while the Mustangs made just 29 percent from the floor and four of 18 from beyond the arch.

Stanford's height domination showed on the boards with the Cardinal outrebounding Cal Poly, 47-36. The Mustangs committed just 14 turnovers in the game with Stanford turning the ball over 15 times. The Cardinal dished out 27 assists with the Mustangs only credited with eight.

 In the first half the Mustangs stayed with the Cardinal and led midway through the period holding  a13-11 lead with 10:31 on the clock. Out of the media timeout, Stanford turned it on and went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes and held a 25-15 lead with 7:40 left in the half.

With 3:55 on the clock Stanford held a 34-19 lead with Ogwumike accounting for 19 points on her own. The Mustangs closed the half on a pair of three's by Elegado cutting into the Stanford lead, but the Cardinal went into the break with a 41-25 lead. In the half Stanford shot a blazing 67 percent and hit two of four from long range while the Mustangs shot 32 percent from the floor and made three of nine from long range. Schlemer and Elegado led the Mustangs with eight points each.  

In the second half the Cardinal kept the pressure on hitting 50 percent of their shots  from the floor and outscored the Mustangs 45-26 in the second half. In the half Cal Poly was limited to 26 percent from the floor and made just one of nine from long range.