03/07 16:13 CST Stanford outlasts Colorado 69-54 in Pac-12 tourney
Stanford outlasts Colorado 69-54 in Pac-12 tourney
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) --- Chiney Ogwumike scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half,
and No. 4 Stanford overcame its worst scoring first half of the season to knock
off pesky Colorado 69-54 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference
Ogwumike, the conference player of the year, gave Stanford the lead for good
with a rare 3-pointer early in the second half that was part of a 16-2 run by
the Cardinal to take control.
Stanford, the top seed in the tournament, was held to a season-low 21 points in
the first half. The Cardinal (29-2) will face either No. 5 seed USC or
fourth-seeded Arizona State in the semifinals Saturday night. Stanford has won
seven straight conference tourney titles.
Colorado (17-14) was led by 16 points from Brittany Wilson.
Stanford outscored Colorado 48-31 in the second half, starting to knock down
perimeter shots. Bonnie Samuelson and Lili Thompson both added 15 points.
Haley Smith was the only other Colorado player in double figures with 10. After
using the 3-pointer to hang around in the first half, the Buffaloes made just 2
of 10 in the final 20 minutes.
Ogwumike, who had attempted only nine 3-pointers all season and made two,
knocked down an open 3 to give Stanford the lead for good at 30-28. Thompson
then scored the next eight points for the Cardinal, including a fallaway while
being fouled. The three-point play gave the Cardinal a 38-30 lead with 15:12
Samuelson added a 3 that touched every part of the rim, and the Cardinal led by
11, nearly matching their entire first-half scoring output in the opening 5
minutes of the second. The Cardinal lead reached 19 before a late Colorado run.
Colorado did its best to deny Ogwumike open looks on the inside and also did a
good job in the first half of not letting her dominate the offensive boards.
Ogwumike was 2 of 6 shooting and had just one offensive rebound. Meanwhile,
none of the Cardinal outside shooters could get going to open up space for her.
Samuelson was 1 of 6 shooting and missed all four 3-point attempts. Stanford
was 1 of 10 from behind the 3-point line in the first half and shot 24 percent
But Colorado couldn't create separation because the Buffaloes were having their
own shooting woes.
Brittany Wilson's 3 with 38 seconds left gave Colorado a 23-21 lead, and
Stanford trailed at halftime for the fifth time this season and third time in
the last month.