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Old Dominion no match for No. 5 Stanford

November 18, 2011

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STANFORD, Calif.—Old Dominion was late getting its lineup to the scorer's table and got hit with a technical foul before the game with Stanford even began.

It didn't get much better after that for the Lady Monarchs.

The inexperienced team fell behind by 32 points at halftime and never recovered, getting overwhelmed by the fifth-ranked Cardinal 97-48 on Thursday night.

"We're young, and when you have a young group this is a great learning experience," Old Dominion first-year coach Karen Barefoot said following her team's second straight blowout loss and third overall. "With a team like (that) you can't let them start off strong. They were in a zone and they were hitting shots constantly."

Old Dominion, on the other hand, rarely put two consecutive scores together. The Lady Monarchs (0-3) shot 30.3 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 52-34.

They also missed their first 13 3-pointers and didn't make one until 10:02 was left in the game.

Barefoot, who replaced longtime Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry, wasn't too surprised by all of it. At times Barefoot had four freshmen on the court together.

Playing in Maples Pavilion, where Stanford hasn't lost in four years, proved too much for the young Lady Monarchs.

"We tried to prepare them for what they were going to come into, but it's really hard to prepare them for something like this," Barefoot said. "It definitely was an eye-opener for a lot of our kids. They were shaking in their shorts during the first media timeout and I could tell they were rattled."

Apparently so was the Old Dominion coaching staff, which failed to get the starting lineup turned in on time.

"My assistant said she went up there right before the 10-minute mark," Barefoot said. "But they said it was a few seconds behind, so I guess she didn't put it in."

Tia Lewis had 11 points and six rebounds to lead Old Dominion while Mairi Buchan added nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 14 points and six rebounds, Lindy La Rocque added a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers to help Stanford extend its winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 65 games.

Ogwumike, playing in her second game after sitting out the opener with an upper body injury, wasn't as sharp as she had been four nights earlier when she had 33 points and 18 rebounds against Gonzaga. Then again, she didn't need to be.

La Rocque bested her previous career high before halftime and finished 5 of 7 from the floor to pick up the scoring slack. Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka's younger sister, added 13 points and nine rebounds for Stanford, which hasn't lost at home in more than four years.

The Cardinal (3-0) now head to Connecticut to face the fourth-ranked Huskies on Monday.

"What we've been stressing most importantly is our collective effort," Nneka Ogwumike said. "It's not about individual statistics. It's about our journey together being successful. I know I have a really great support system."

Unlike in 1997, when Stanford and Old Dominion played an overtime thriller in the NCAA tournament semifinals, there was little doubt about the outcome of this one.

The Cardinal built a 32-point by halftime, made a season-high 12 3-pointers then coasted over the final 15 minutes when coach Tara VanDerveer emptied her bench.

Despite their numbers, neither Nneka (5 of 11) nor Chiney (4-for-7) shot particularly well against Old Dominion early. Instead, La Rocque and point guard Toni Kokenis carried the scoring load for Stanford until the sisters got going after halftime.

That's an encouraging sign heading into Monday's game. The Cardinal ended the Huskies record 90-game winning streak last year with a 71-59 victory at Maples on Dec. 30.

After playing Connecticut, Stanford plays at Xavier on Friday. The Cardinal also host No. 3 Tennessee in December, a rough non-conference schedule VanDerveer hopes pays off.

Her team has a little momentum going now after struggling with its perimeter shooting in the first two games.

Stanford made only seven 3-pointers in its first two games but had that many in the first eight minutes against Old Dominion. Six came during a 23-5 run in the first half when the Cardinal opened a 20-point lead.

La Rocque and freshman Taylor Greenfield had three 3s apiece during the run, and La Rocque later added two more to make it 42-17.

Old Dominion couldn't keep up.

Joslyn Tinkle added 12 points and seven rebounds for Stanford.