Scores

Final

(3) Stanford 78

(23-2, 14-0 Pac-12)

USC 64

(15-9, 7-6 Pac-12)

    10:00 PM ET, February 18, 2011

    1 2 T
    #3STAN 38 4078
    USC 36 2864

    Top Performers

    Stanford: J. Pohlen 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    USC: B. Gilbreath-Butler 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    Cardinal get 51st consecutive Pac-10 win; Nnemkadi Ogwumike injured

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- Southern California's attempt at an ambush came up short.

    After losing to Stanford by 44 points last month, the Trojans were hoping that a touch of overconfidence would creep into the minds of the Cardinal players.

    No such luck.

    The third-ranked Cardinal took a two-point lead at the break and rallied in the second half to beat the Trojans 78-64 on Friday night.

    The victory was the 51st in a row for Stanford (23-2, 13-0) in conference play. It also gave the Cardinal an automatic berth in the semifinals of next month's Pac-10 tournament.

    "We wanted to get the bye in the tournament," said forward Kayla Pedersen, who scored 17 points. "We wanted it to be a blowout. We focused on the little things."

    Even with their earlier victory over the Trojans, the Cardinal were smart enough to be wary as they prepared for Friday's second meeting. A quick reminder came last week when Stanford beat Washington 62-52 after beating the Huskies by 29 points in the first meeting.

    "We knew it was going to be tougher the second time around," Pedersen said. "Everybody scouts everybody and everybody talks to everybody."

    One thing that made it tougher for the Cardinal was the loss of forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Ogwumike sprained her right ankle early in the second half and left the game, forcing her teammates to make up for her 16.6 points per game.

    Fellow captains Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen responded. Pohlen scored 19 points and Chiney Ogwumike picked up some of the slack with 13 second-half points.

    Briana Gilbreath scored 17 points and Stefanie Gilbreath added 16 for USC (15-9, 7-6).

    "This was definitely an improvement," USC coach Michael Cooper said. "We're definitely getting better and I think it all started with the UCLA game (on Feb. 6) that we played here and learning what it takes to play the top-echelon teams."

    The Cardinal opened the second half with a 12-2 run, but the Trojans got back within five points.

    USC had a chance to get closer after Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer was whistled for a technical foul, but Jacki Gemelos missed the two free throws and the Trojans turned the ball over on their next possession.

    Stanford used a 21-8 spurt later in the second half to finally pull away.

    "USC came out and it looked like they wanted to slow the tempo a little bit," VanDerveer said. "They were more physical this time around."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    STAN
    USC
    Points 78 64
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 25-57 (.439)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 7-15 (.467)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-22 (.864) 7-9 (.778)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 6

    Game Leaders

     
    STAN
    USC
    PointsJ. Pohlen 19B. Gilbreath-Butler 17
    ReboundsK. Pedersen 8K. LaPlante 6
    AssistsK. Pedersen 5C. Marinacci 4
    StealsK. Pedersen 2B. Gilbreath-Butler 4
    BlocksC. Ogwumike 1K. LaPlante 1

    2010-11 Season

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