- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Stanford easily defeated UCLA 73-47 in a semifinal game at the Pac-10 tournament Saturday night.

Stanford (28-4) started the second half on a 20-3 run and led by 35 points when Rosalyn Gold-Onwude scored on a layup with 11:55 remaining. Jayne Appel, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, sparked the run with six consecutive points. Ogwumike also added six during that stretch.

Gold-Onwude, who had 12 points, finished the spurt to give Stanford a 59-24 lead. Sarah Boothe added 12 and Jillian Harmon 10 for the Cardinal, the top seed in the tourney.

Other than a 12-2 run toward the end of the game, the fourth-seeded Bruins couldn’t get things going on offense.

UCLA (19-12) shot 23 percent in the first half and didn’t have a basket in the second until Antonye Nyingifa hit a jumper with 12:22 remaining.

Nina Earl led the Bruins with eight points, and Darxia Morris added seven.

Doreena Campbell had a 3-pointer for the Bruins during their late run and Allison Taka also added a 3 to make it 61-36.

Stanford, winners of 15 straight, will face USC in the title game Sunday. The Trojans (17-14) upset No. 12 California 69-67 in a semifinal Saturday.

The Bruins, who lost three straight to Stanford, couldn’t get going offensively from the start and had trouble scoring buckets. Campbell, a starter, had three points, all from the foul line, while going 0-for-4 from the field.

Nyingifa, also a starter, had zero in that half and was also 0-for-4.

The Cardinal got into foul trouble early with 12, and two starters had two each before halftime. But Stanford’s reserves stepped in to make key shots and help take a 39-21 halftime lead.

The Cardinal shot 59 percent during the first half.

Gold-Onwude hit two 3s during an early 10-2 run and Boothe, a freshman, had two easy baskets in the paint during a 13-4 scoring span to end the half.

UCLA tried shifting things on defense, but had no answer for Stanford’s bigger post players. Ogwumike had eight in the first and the Cardinal outscored the Bruins 18-6 in the paint in the first.

Stanford is looking for its seventh conference tournament title.

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