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Women’s Basketball: Stanford defeats Arizona, 100-71, and advances to Pac-10 tournament final

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Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and her younger sister, Chiney, added 21 points and 13 rebounds as the top-seeded Cardinal routed Arizona, 100-71, to advance to the championship game of the Pacific 10 Conference women’s basketball tournament at Staples Center.

Stanford (28-2) had a bye into the semifinals and looked plenty rested en route to scoring the most points in tournament history. It was the third time this season that the Cardinal scored 100 points.

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Stanford, which has won 56 consecutive games against conference opponents, plays the winner of Friday afternoon’s semifinal between UCLA and California.

Arizona had advanced to the semifinal with victories over Oregon and USC. But the Ogwumikes and the Cardinal were too big and too strong for the Wildcats.

Senior forward Kayla Pedersen added 16 points and six rebounds for Stanford. The Cardinal made 59% of its shots.

Soana Lucet scored 17 points for Arizona (21-11).

More later at latimes.com/sports

-- Gary Klein


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