STANFORD, Calif. – Tara VanDerveer had one simple message for her players before facing Tennessee: If we rebound, we win.
Chiney Ogwumike and Co. 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 seal No. 6 Stanford’s 76-70 victory against third-ranked Tennessee on Saturday that handed the Vols (10-1) their first loss.
Ogwumike had 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 (big sister) Nneka did.
Yet Ogwumike’s supporting cast is making noticeable strides as the Pac-12 season approaches.
Freshman Lili Thompson’s 12-footer with 8:09 to play put Stanford (10-1) ahead 63-51 and she finished with a season-best 14 points.
No. 7 LOUISVILLE 69, No. 11 COLORADO 62: In Louisville, Ky., Shoni Schimmel had a season-high 30 points and Bria Smith added 13 as the Cardinals handed the Buffaloes (9-1) their first loss of the season.
No. 13 OKLAHOMA STATE 68, GEORGIA TECH 60: In Carolina, Puerto Rico, Liz Donohoe scored 27 and Tiffany Bias added 15 to lead the Cowgirls (10-0).
No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 103, HIGH POINT 71: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Xylina McDaniel had 16 points and eight rebounds as six Tar Heels players scored in double figures in the win.
RUTGERS 61, No. 16 GEORGIA 58: In Piscataway, N.J., Kahleah Copper and Betnijah Laney each scored 18 points as the Scarlet Knights (9-2) handed the Bulldogs (11-1) their first loss.
No. 19 NEBRASKA 87, SOUTH DAKOTA 53: In Lincoln, Neb., Jordan Hooper scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Cornhuskers (9-2).
MARIST 76, No. 20 OKLAHOMA 69: In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Sydney Coffey and Casey Dulin each scored four points in the final 33 seconds to lift the Red Foxes.
No. 22 IOWA 73, DRAKE 51: In Iowa City, Iowa, Ally Disterhoft scored 17 points and gathered nine rebounds to pace the Hawkeyes (11-2). Melissa Dixon added 13 points for Iowa, and Samantha Logic had 12 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
No. 23 SYRACUSE 64, SAINT JOSEPH’S 62: In Syracuse, N.Y., Brittney Sykes scored six of her 20 points in the final 2:37, including the game-winning layup as time expired, to lift the Orange (10-1). Rachel Coffey’s 3-pointer with 3:32 to play gave Syracuse its first lead, 58-57, since the opening minute of the second half.
No. 25 GONZAGA 69, WASHINGTON STATE 62: In Pullman, Wash., Haiden Palmer scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs (10-2).