P12: Stanford women beat Washington 76-57

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 points to help second-ranked Stanford beat Washington 76-57 Thursday and advance to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

Younger sister Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Bonnie Samuelson scored 11 points on three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Cardinal (29-1), who pulled away after halftime in their first game following a first-round bye.

Stanford is looking for a ninth straight conference tournament title. The Cardinal will play Friday against the winner of Arizona-Arizona State.

Regina Rogers, Mackenzie Argens and Aminah Williams each scored 12 points for eighth-seeded Washington (17-13), which dug itself a hole by shooting 25.8 percent and committing eight turnovers in the first half.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike shook off a bloody nose and showed why she was the Pac-12 player of the year. The senior forward made eight of 13 shots and keyed a second-half run that resulted in the game's largest lead.

After the Huskies pulled within 45-33 on Mollie Williams' layup and subsequent free throw, Nnemkadi Ogwumike hit a jumper on the other end to start a string of 12 unanswered points. Samuelson then nailed a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which put the Cardinal ahead 57-33.

The win was Stanford's 26th in a row since a November loss to Connecticut.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike briefly left the court early in the first half after taking an errant elbow across her face. The senior forward was bloodied, but after being checked on by the training staff showed no ill effects of the injury upon re-entering.

Washington beat Oregon in the tournament opener Wednesday but wasn't able to muster a second win. The Huskies, who have not been to the NCAA tournament since 2007, made great strides under first-year coach Kevin McGuff with a six-win improvement from last season.

Jazmine Davis, the team's second-leading scorer and conference freshman of the year, struggled to eight points on just 2 of 18 shooting.