Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 of her 29 points in the second half and added 16 rebounds to help No. 6 Stanford beat USC 75-66 on Sunday at Maples Pavilion.
She was limited to six shots, making two, in the first half.
"I think they were extremely physical in the first half with a lot of big bodies in there," Ogwumike said. "Coach told me not to dribble because that just draws the defense and to be patient with the ball."
Following that advice led to several easy baskets as the Cardinal (16-2, 5-1 Pac-12) won its second straight since its 81-game winning streak against conference opponents ended with a loss to Cal a week earlier.
"My teammates did a great job of finding me," Ogwumike said. "We also had better ball movement and got it inside."
Joslyn Tinkle had 15 points while Sara James and Amber Orrange each added 13 for the Cardinal, which has won five of six overall to retain a share of the conference lead with the Bears.
Cassie Harberts scored 21 points to lead the Trojans (7-10, 4-2), who lost their 11th straight to Stanford. Ariya Crook added 18.
"Stanford is still the team to beat in this conference," Trojans coach Michael Cooper said. "I know they had that tough loss, but until they prove otherwise, they're the team."
Stanford opened a 19-point edge in the first four minutes of the second half and had to stave off a fierce Trojans rally.
Crook's reverse layup with 2:42 to play pulled USC within
Notre Dame 74, St. John's 50: Skylar Diggins scored 18 points, Natalie Achonwa had 16 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season and No. 2 Notre Dame (16-1, 5-0 Big East) beat visiting St. John's (9-7, 3-1).
Kentucky 97, Auburn 53: A'dia Mathies scored a season-best 24 points to help No. 5 Kentucky (18-1, 6-0 SEC) rout visiting Auburn (13-6, 2-4). Forward DeNesha Stallworth logged her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The junior transfer from Cal has scored at least 10 points in 16 straight games.
Colorado 79, Arizona 36: Arielle Roberson scored 12 points and No. 21 Colorado (15-2, 4-2 Pac-12) cruised past visiting Arizona (11-6, 3-3).
Indiana 67, Northwestern 59: Cody Zeller scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 2 Indiana beat host Northwestern (11-8, 2-4 Big Ten). Jordan Hulls added 15 points, and the Hoosiers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) hung on after things got tense down the stretch.
They led by as much as 17 in the first half and were up 31-17 at intermission, but Northwestern pulled within five three times.