LOS ANGELES (CBS SF / AP) — Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Toni Kokenis added 15 and No. 4 Stanford pulled away over the final 10 minutes to beat Southern California 61-53 Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Ashley Corral scored 21 points for the Trojans (5-6, 0-1), who returned home after nearly a month on the road to lose their eighth straight to the Cardinal (10-1, 1-1).
Stanford came into its league opener with wins over ranked Tennessee and Texas. The Cardinal rolled through conference play undefeated last season on their way to a Final Four appearance.
But the Trojans made them work for the win.
It was a three-point game for much of the second half. USC took its only lead of the half, 44-43, on a 3-pointer by Ariya Crook. Stanford struggled with turnovers and at the free throw line, making just 8 of 16 in the half.
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