No. 1 Stanford beats Gonzaga 69-41
Posted at: 12/02/2012 5:05 PM
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
(AP) SPOKANE, Wash. - Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Stanford beat Gonzaga 69-41 on Sunday.
Taylor Greenfield added a career-high 18 points, hitting six 3-pointers, for Stanford (8-0). Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points.
Taelor Karr and Haiden Palmer led cold-shooting Gonzaga (6-2) with 10 points each.
The Bulldogs shot just 25 percent in the game, in which Stanford looked every bit the top team in the nation while Gonzaga bore little resemblance to the team that has made three straight trips to the round of 16.
Greenfield, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, made 6 of 8 3-point attempts in the game.
Stanford held Gonzaga to 1-of-14 shooting in the opening seven minutes, and Greenfield made three 3-pointers, as the Cardinal built a 17-5 lead.
Greenfield hit her fourth 3-pointer with 8:12 left in the first to lift Stanford to a 23-5 lead. Gonzaga was 2-of-22 from the floor at that point, while Stanford was 9-of-17.
Palmer scored a pair of baskets for Gonzaga to cut Stanford’s lead to 25-9.
Stanford’s shooting cooled off and a basket by Karr cut the Cardinal advantage to 14. Ogwumike scored and Tinkle hit a 3-pointer to lift Stanford of a 32-16 halftime lead.
Gonzaga shot just 17.9 percent (7-of-39) in the first half, and did not attempt a free throw.
The teams traded baskets through the first 10 minutes of the second half, and Stanford gradually extended its lead. Greenfield’s sixth 3-pointer gave the Cardinal a 52-28 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Gonzaga did not threaten after that.
The game featured a matchup of sisters Joslyn Tinkle, a senior at Stanford, and Elle Tinkle, a freshman at Gonzaga. Their father is Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle.
Stanford is coming off an 87-38 win at UC Davis in which they held the Aggies to 18 percent shooting.
Stanford improved to 5-0 against Gonzaga.
Stanford’s last loss was in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament last year to Baylor.
Gonzaga’s only other loss this season was to No. 7 Louisville. This is the second time they have played the No. 1 team in the nation, losing at Tennessee in 2007.
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