Colorado Women Fall To Stanford 69-56
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 6 Stanford to a 69-56 victory over No. 20 Colorado on Sunday.
Joslyn Tinkle added 16 points for the host Cardinal (18-2, 7-1 Pac-12), which closed out its season-long five game homestand with its fourth consecutive win and seventh victory in eight games.
Colorado (15-4, 4-4) was led by Jamee Swan with 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Stanford got a scare when Ogwumike collided with a Colorado player with 8:09 left. Both players fell to the ground and Ogwumike came up hobbling on her left leg. She remained in the game after having her left ankle taped but had a visible limp at times in the final minutes running the floor.
Stanford led at halftime 35-26 and came out strong to start the second half. The Cardinal went on a 16-2 run in a span of five minutes and increased the lead to 51-30 with 14:26 to play after Tinkle hit a mid-range jumper. Bonnie Samuelson made consecutive 3-pointers for the Cardinal during the stretch.
Colorado didn’t go away, however, scoring the next 12 points in a three-minute stretch to narrow the Stanford lead to 51-42 with 10:47 to play after Chucky Jeffery stole a Cardinal pass and converted a fast-break lay-up.
With the score 55-46 in favor of Stanford, Toni Kokenis hit a 3-pointer for the Cardinal and was fouled with 6:18 to play. Kokenis missed the free throw but Ogwumike grabbed the rebound and scored. The five-point play for Stanford was the key sequence late in the game and gave the Cardinal a 60-46 lead.
The Cardinal swept the two-game season series with the Buffaloes. Stanford won the first meeting 57-40 at Boulder on January 4th.
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