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No. 9 Stanford pulls off surprising rout of Xavier

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STANFORD, Calif. — Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 23 points and 11 rebounds and No. 9 Stanford pulled off a surprising rout of fourth-ranked Xavier with an 89-52 victory Tuesday for its 51st straight home win.

What a tuneup for Thursday's highly anticipated showdown with top-ranked Connecticut.

Jeanette Pohlen added 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Cardinal (8-2), who beat the third-seeded Musketeers in the Sacramento Regional last March when Pohlen drove the length of the floor in 4.4 seconds and scored the game-winning lay-in as time expired for a 55-53 victory. That win sent Stanford back to its third straight Final Four. The play was shown over and over again on the highlight reels.

This game lacked any such drama.

Amber Harris had 18 points and nine rebounds for cold-shooting Xavier (10-2), which lost its second straight game after a 10-0 start.