Posted December 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike each posted double-doubles for the second straight game to lead No. 4 Stanford past UCLA 77-50 Saturday, handing the Bruins their 12th consecutive loss against the perennial Pac-12 women's powerhouse. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds, her sister Chiney had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Toni Kokenis added 11 points for the Cardinal (11-1, 2-0), which won their eighth in a row and extended their league winning streak to a record 59 games. UCLA's Rebekah Gardner scored 17 points and Markel Walker added 11 for the injury-riddled Bruins (6-7, 1-1). They were without leading scorer and rebounder Atonye Nyingifa, who tore her right ACL in a loss to Tennessee on Dec. 17 and is out for the season. They had already lost Jasmine Dixon, who ruptured her Achilles tendon in September. The Bruins gave Stanford all it could handle in the game's opening nine minutes, when they led by one point in front of a full house at the John Wooden Center. But the Cardinal eventually found a rhythm behind the Ogwumike sisters and forced UCLA into shooting a season-worst 28 percent from the floor. Ahead by 17 points at halftime, Stanford quickly extended its lead to 25 midway through the second half. Chiney Ogwumike scored eight of the Cardinal's first 17 points before she and her sister, along with Kokenis, sat down for good with 10 minutes remaining. The Cardinal completed a sweep of the Los Angeles schools on opening weekend of Pac-12 play, having beaten Southern California 61-53 on Thursday. They were forced to rally in the final 10 minutes of that game in which they shot 38 percent from the floor. This time, Stanford shot 51 percent and hit 70 percent from the free throw line. The Ogwumikes helped the Cardinal dominate the boards, 49-27. Their only weaknesses were from 3-point range, where they hit 15 percent and had 14 turnovers. With UCLA ahead by one, the Cardinal went on a 25-7 run to end the first half ahead 40-23. Chiney Ogwumike, whose sister carried the early offensive load, had 10 points and Kokenis added eight in the spurt. The Cardinal stepped up their defense too, mixing in full-court pressure that resulted in a sequence of airballs, missed shots and Walker getting stripped on her way to the basket.
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