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Stanford will meet UCLA for Pac-10 tournament title

Sat., March 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points, her younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 21 and No. 2 Stanford routed fourth-seeded Arizona 100-71 in the Pac-10 tournament women’s basketball semifinals on Friday.

Chiney had 13 rebounds and Nemkadi had 10 to help the top-seeded Cardinal (28-2) win their 22nd in a row overall and 56th consecutive league game.

The Cardinal reached the 100-point mark for the third time this season.

Stanford advanced to today’s championship game at Staples Center against UCLA. The Cardinal are seeking their fifth straight Pac-10 tourney title and eighth overall.

Kayla Pedersen added 16 points and Sarah Boothe 12 as the only other Cardinal players in double figures. The Ogwumike sisters helped Stanford dominate the boards, 41-29, and own a 64-18 edge in the paint.

Soana Lucet scored 17 points and Ify Ibekwe added 15 – making all nine of her free throws – for Arizona (21-11), which lost its 20th straight to the Cardinal. The Wildcats had their five-game winning streak end.

Stanford shot 53 percent in the first half, when the Cardinal led 45-24. Only two players other than the Ogwumike sisters scored, with Pedersen getting seven and Joslyn Tinkle two.

The Cardinal opened the game on a 13-3 run and later scored nine in a row as part of a 19-5 spurt that ended the half.

The only suspense occurred after Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored the game’s first two baskets and her left contact lens came out. The game stopped while she went to the bench to put it back in.

( 7) UCLA 63, California 50: Atonye Nyingifa had a season-high 17 points and nine rebounds, Darxia Morris added 14 points, and the second-seeded Bruins (27-3) easily advanced with a win over the sixth-seeded Bears (17-15).

Doreena Campbell scored 12 points as the second-seeded Bruins controlled almost every minute of yet another lopsided Pac-10 women’s basketball matchup.

UCLA will meet No. 2 Stanford in today’s final, the seemingly inevitable end to a conference season in which the two schools thoroughly dominated play.

Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 points for the rebuilding Bears, who beat Washington and third-seeded Arizona State to reach the semifinals.

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