The Stanford women’s basketball team is expected to be at full strength tonight in its second-round NCAA Tournament matchup against No. 8 West Virginia, after sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike participated in a light workout Sunday and is expected to play despite a bruised right knee.
Ogwumike suffered the injury in Stanford’s first-round 73-51 against Hampton.
West Virginia (24-9), which knocked off No. 9 Texas 68-55 in the opening round, finished fourth in the Big East this season and is expected to provide Stanford (32-1) a much stiffer test with its physical brand of play. The Mountaineers’ scoring defense (51.3) ranks seventh-best in the country, while its defensive field-goal percentage (32.7) is the fourth-best nationally.
“We have watched a lot of their games, and they have a strong inside game with [Aysa] Bussie and [Ayana] Dunning and have some great outside shooters,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “They execute well and I think this game will be one of those grind-out games.”
The Cardinal will once again look to standout Nnemkadi Ogwumike to carry the load. She scored 28 points in the win against Hampton and is averaging 22 points per game on the season.
“You always watch Stanford on television and they are even better in person,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said.
Stanford has reeled off 29 straight wins and has reached the Final Four in four consecutive seasons.
WHEN: Today, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Va.
RADIO: KZSU (90.1 FM)