Washington State has taken the floor 56 times against Stanford in women’s basketball, and 56 times the Cougars have lost.
But No. 3 Stanford’s 77-69 win Friday night in Pullman was one of the closest in the series, which began in 1983.
“We’re going to keep building on our confidence,” WSU coach June Daugherty said. “We’ve got a lot of weapons.”
The Cougars tied the score with less than six minutes left. But in the end, they had no answer for Chiney Ogwumike, who finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds for Stanford (22-1, 11-0 Pac-12 Conference).
“She’s got amazing hands,” Daugherty said. “We were trying to force them not to get it inside.”
The Cougars (12-11, 6-5) got big games from guards Lia Galdeira (21 points) and Tia Presley (20).
“I think if we had played better defensively, it would have been a different game,” Ogwumike said. “But they were scoring left, right and center.”