STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford needed just one win to accomplish two goals, and the No. 2 Cardinal wasted very little time.
With a 99-60 victory over Oregon on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, Stanford clinched its 11th consecutive Pac-10 regular season title and set a new program record with 60 straight home wins.
Stanford (26-2, 17-0) won its 20th consecutive game this season and clinched its 20th Pac-10 championship led by senior Jeanette Pohlen’s game-high 20 points.
Five Stanford players finished in double figures as senior Kayla Pedersen recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike chipped in 10 points and eight boards, while Sarah Boothe poured in 11 points off the bench.
Melanie Murphy and Toni Kokenis also had 10 points apiece for Stanford.
The Cardinal will now have the top seed in the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament held March 9-12 in Los Angeles.
Oregon (13-14, 4-12) senior guard Kristi Fallin led the Ducks with 10 points off the bench, knocking down three 3-pointers.
Oregon’s 39-point margin of defeat was its largest this season.
The Ducks were outscored 44-14 in the paint, while Stanford scored 22 points off Oregon’s 18 turnovers. UO committed 32 fouls, sending Stanford to the line 45 times as the Cardinal converted 32 of its freebies.
Deanna Weaver, Ariel Thomas and Nicole Canepa each fouled out of the game for Oregon, while all 14 available players saw action.
Oregon shot a season low 24.4 percent (19-of-78) from the field, while Stanford shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68).
The Ducks surrendered a season-high 56 points in a first-half this year as Stanford entered the locker room leading 56-25.
Pohlen led all scorers with 17 points as the Cardinal shot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the floor compared with Oregon knocking down just 18.4 percent (7-of-38) of its attempts in the first 20 minutes.
Oregon committed 12 first-half turnovers, but the biggest discrepancy was at the foul line as Stanford was 20-of-24 from the charity stripe, while the Ducks made just eight trips to the line converting seven.
Victoria Kenyon led Oregon with seven points in the first half off the bench.
Weaver drained a 3-pointer to open the scoring for Oregon, but Stanford responded with 10 unanswered points.
Stanford continued to build its lead to double digits, but Oregon closed 19-10 after a Kenyon 3-pointer with 14:11 left in the first. The
Cardinal then held Oregon scoreless for a near five-minute stretch as Stanford executed a 12-0 run to lead 31-10.
Jasmin Holliday’s baseline jumper with 9:39 on the clock broke UO’s scoreless streak.
The Ducks return to Eugene next week and will host Arizona and Arizona State as Oregon closes out the regular season at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Sun Devils are in town Thursday, March 3 (7 p.m.) followed by the Wildcats on Saturday, March 5 (2 p.m.) as Oregon will honor its senior class prior to game time. The Ducks will be saying goodbye to Nicole Canepa, Kristi Fallin, Candyce Flynn, Ellyce Ironmonger, Victoria Kenyon and Tatianna Thomas.
Notes: Oregon has currently lost 21 consecutive games to top-10 teams...Oregon’s last win over a top-10 team was the Ducks 62-58 upset over Stanford on Dec. 29, 2004…the Ducks have lost 13 straight games to Stanford…Nnemkadi Ogwumike returned to the floor against Oregon after missing Stanford’s previous two games with an ankle sprain…the Ducks had three players: Deanna Weaver, Ariel Thomas and Nicole Canepa foul out of the game…Oregon is now 0-10 when allowing the opponent to score 80 points or more…Oregon’s 39-point margin of defeat was its largest of the season… Oregon shot a season low 24.4 percent (19-of-78) from the field…all 14 available Oregon players saw action.
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