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No. 6 Stanford women defeat 3rd-ranked Tennessee

Chiney Ogwumike collected 32 points and a season-best 20 rebounds to lead No. 6 Stanford to a 76-70 victory over third-ranked Tennessee.


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STANFORD, Calif. – Tara VanDerveer had a simple message for her players before facing Tennessee: “If we rebound, we win.”

Chiney Ogwumike and teammates delivered in that department and on offense, too.

Amber Orrange scored on a left-handed layin and was fouled with 25.8 seconds left and converted the free throw, helping secure No. 6 Stanford’s 76-70 victory against third-ranked Tennessee on Saturday that handed the Vols their first loss.

Ogwumike collected 32 points, a season-best 20 rebounds — 11 on the offensive end — and three blocks as Stanford held off a late Tennessee rally.

“This game really boiled down to we had Chiney,” VanDerveer said. “Chiney had a monster game. She’s a warrior for us. She doesn’t have as much help around her as (older sister and ex-Stanford standout) Nneka did.”

Yet Ogwumike’s supporting cast is making noticeable strides as the Pac-12 season approaches.

Freshman Lili Thompson’s pullup 12-footer with 8:09 to play put Stanford (10-1) ahead 63-51 and she finished with a season-best 14 points.Taylor Greenfield made a trio of three-pointers in the first half on the way to 11 points off the bench.

Ariel Massengale scored 17 points and Meighan Simmons had 15 to lead the Vols (10-1), who were hurt by 35.8 percent shooting.

Stanford had a 43-40 rebounding advantage.

Ogwumike had 18 points and 11 rebounds by halftime and shot 15 for 25 overall for outsized Stanford, which needed a big second half to hold on for its ninth straight victory.

“I have a great support system,” Ogwumike said. “It’s just being aggressive. It’s those little things.”

Louisville beats Colorado

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Shoni Schimmel had a season-high 30 points and Bria Smith added 13 as seventh-ranked Louisville beat No. 11 Colorado 69-62 to rise to 12-1.

Lexy Kresl led Colorado (9-1) with 17 points.

The setback ended the Buffaloes’ run of 33 consecutive victories in nonconference regular-season games.

Jen Reese, who is wearing a protective mask after breaking her nose in practice this month, added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Colorado.

Schimmel scored four points in the last 24 seconds.

Notes

Adrianne Thomas scored 14 points, all on free throws, as host Arizona State beat Miami 75-73 to improve to 10-1.

Kelsey Moos, a freshman who is a graduate of Reardan High, added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Sun Devils.

Jamie Weisner, who is from Clarkston, scored a game-high 17 points as Oregon State routed Clemson 74-41 in Las Vegas.

• In other games involving Pac-12 teams, Auburn beat UCLA 66-60 in Minneapolis; Utah defeated visiting Samford 69-49; host USC downed Hawaii 66-55; and Arizona beat visiting UC Riverside 75-59.



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