- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 15 points and Lindy La Rocque added a career-high 12 to lead No. 2 Stanford past Arizona 77-46 in a quarterfinal game of the Pac-10 tournament Friday night.

La Rocque, a freshman, matched a career high with four 3-pointers for the Cardinal (27-4), who beat Arizona for the third straight time this season.

Baskets were tough to come by for the Wildcats (12-19), who couldn’t overcome a 21-point halftime deficit. Stanford led by as many as 33 in the second when Ogwumike hit a layup with 2:23 remaining.

Ify Ibekwe, Arizona’s leading scorer with 16.1 points per game, was held to five on 2-of-7 shooting by Stanford’s aggressive zone defense. Courtney Clements led Arizona with 14 points.

Stanford, the top seed in the tourney, will face the winner of the UCLA-Oregon State game in a semifinal Saturday.

The Cardinal didn’t trail from the start and went on a decisive 18-3 run late in the first half. Jeanette Pohlen, who finished with 14 points, sparked the run with a 3-pointer at the 7:05 mark. La Rocque hit three consecutive 3s in that six-minute span and Pohlen capped it with a 21-footer to make it 37-14.

The Wildcats shot 28 percent from the field in the first and their starters put together 10 points in that half. That included three points from Ibekwe, who had her first bucket with 11:06 remaining.

The Cardinal had trouble getting production from their post players, but their long-range shooting helped give them a comfortable 37-16 lead that they never relinquished.

Jayne Appel, Stanford’s leading scorer with 15.4 per game, was held to four points on 2-for-7 shooting. Appel rarely played in the second as coach Tara VanDerveer turned the game over to her bench.

They didn’t disappoint.

Freshman Sarah Boothe had a jumper at the 6:56 mark to give the Cardinal a 27-point lead and redshirt sophomore Melanie Murphy added a 3-pointer a minute later to make it 65-38.

Besides Appel, every starter but Kayla Pedersen scored in double digits. Pedersen finished with nine points and 14 rebounds while Jillian Harmon had 11.

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