STANFORD — Chiney Ogwumike scored a career-high 36 points, Mikaela Ruef grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds, and No. 3 Stanford pulled Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer closer to the 900-win club with a 86-51 victory over Cal Poly on Friday night.
Amber Orrange added six points and four assists, and Ogwumike also had 11 rebounds and three assists as the Cardinal bounced back from a 76-57 loss at top-ranked and defending champion Connecticut on Monday to win its home opener at Maples Pavilion.
VanDerveer, in her 28th season at Stanford and 35th coaching overall, moved within four victories of becoming the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins.
The Cardinal (2-1) overcame a slow start to shoot 66.7 percent in the first half — 18 for 27 — and 57.1 percent for the game.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Jonae Ervin had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Cal Poly (0-3), which won the Big West Conference Tournament last season to earn an NCAA tournament berth. Molly Schlemer added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Ariana Elegado 13 points as the Mustangs were outrebounded 47-36.
Ogwumike proved too much to handle on both ends. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year notched her 61st career double-double and third in as many games this season.
Ogwumike made nine of her 10 first-half field goals and wound up 15 for 19 from the field and 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in 30 minutes. VanDerveer was able to mix and match to try different combinations as she continues to get to know her young team.
The teams played for the first time since Stanford’s 78-72 win on Dec. 12, 1980. The Cardinal lead the series 6-1.
Earlier Friday, Cal Poly announced the signing of five high school players to National Letters of Intent.
The players include twins Geralynn and Geraldynn Leaupepe from Camarillo, Zonyia Cormier from Sacramento, Nicole Fausey from Snohomish, Wash. and Emily Anderson from Clovis.
NCAA West Regionals
Laura Hollander and Chris Frias both earned top-10 finishes for Cal Poly in Sacramento as they await possible bids for the NCAA meet a week from today in Terre Haute, Ind.
Frias finished the 10K Haggin Oaks Course in ninth place with a time of 29 minutes, 55 seconds, leading Cal Poly to a seventh-place team finish. The Mustangs had 191 points, a distant finisher behind Stanford, which won with 53 points.
Sean Davidson (25th, 30:25) and Mitch Moriarty (30th, 30:34) followed Frias for Cal Poly, which will learn of its NCAA fate Monday when the at-large bids are announced.
There are nine NCAA regional meets, and the top two teams from each region automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. There will be 13 at-large teams selected for that meet.
Hollander completed the women’s 6K race in 19:37 and took home seventh place in what was only her third race of the season.
Despite her strong performance, the Mustangs could only earn an eighth-place team finish, posting 259 points as winner Arizona had 84.
Diana George (54th, 20:47) was the second Cal Poly finisher. Like the men, the women await the results of the at-large selections.
In the case that their teams are not selected, Frias, Hollander and Davidson all have a chance to qualify as individuals. From teams not advancing, the top four runners in each region move on, as long as they finished in within the top 25 at the regional race.
Cuesta 74, Fullerton 63
The Cougars opened their season by beating the Hornets at the Santa Barbara Crossover Tournament.
Cuesta jumped out to an early 30-5 lead, and had four players score in double figures.
Courtney Chadwick, a returning all-league guard, put up 26 points while guard Miriam Zabinsky, who also earned all-league honors last season, scored 19.
Katie Rodriguez scored 12 points in her first action since the 2011-12 season. She had been sidelined with an ACL injury. She was an all-league guard two years ago.
Forward Kaylee Williams, a Mission Prep graduate who was a redshirt at Point Loma last season, scored 10 points for Cuesta.
Cal Poly signs Abrams, Silvestri earns scholarship
Big man Aleks Abrams, from Oaks Christian High School signed a National Letter of Intent to join Cal Poly for the 2014-15 season.
The Mustangs also awarded senior walk-on Anthony Silvestri with a scholarship for his final year of eligibility.