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.
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“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.
• 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.