No. 5 Stanford 72, No. 24 Texas 59 foxsports Nov 11, 2011 at 11:42p ET A 3-pointer would have helped. Two or three might have made a difference. Any kind of scoring from the outside to relieve some of the Article continues below ... defensive pressure on center Cokie Reed could have helped No. 24 Texas stay close to No. 5 Stanford and maybe even pull off a big season-opening victory. Instead, the Longhorns shot just 1 of 11 from long range and the Cardinal pulled away for a 72-59 victory Friday night behind 16 points and 14 rebounds by Chiney Ogwumike. ”We are good shooters,” Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said. ”Today, it was not falling for us. So that is the part where they’ve got to be ready to shoot the ball. If people are going to double on Cokie, they are going to get wide-open looks.” Chiney Ogwumike shrugged off early foul trouble to post the double-double in an early clash of two powerhouse women’s programs. Chiney’s older sister, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, a preseason All-American forward, was held out of the game with an unspecified upper body injury, leaving Chiney to carry the load on the same court where the Houston-area natives won a pair of state Texas state high school championships. Reed took able to take advantage of the disruption to one of the nation’s most dominant frontcourts in the first half, bulling her way to eight points and five rebounds in her first game since missing last season due to surgery on her right foot. Stanford shut down Reed in the second with double teams that should have opened things up for Texas’ perimeter shooters. But even when Reed passed the ball out, the Cardinal hardly had to worry as shot after shot bounced around the rim. `I think I came up a little too hyped for this game,” said Texas guard Chassidy Fussell, who scored 17 points but was 1 of 5 from long range. ”Everybody on the team can be better than this game.” The Longhorns had several small rallies but never really threatened to overtake the Cardinal, who have won 11 consecutive season openers. The Longhorns dropped just their fourth home- opening loss in program history. ”I think this was an excellent test for our team,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. ”They gave us a great battle.” VanDerveer said she hopes to have Nnemkadi Ogwumike back in the lineup on Sunday when Stanford plays Gonzaga at home. Cardinal freshman guard Amber Orrange, another Houston native, scored 14 points Friday night and Joslyn Tinkle also scored 14. Orrange had a team-high five turnovers but also had three assists and was Stanford’s offensive spark in the first half when Chiney Ogwumike was on the bench with two early fouls. Orrange slashed her way to the basket for 12 points that carried Stanford to a 35-30 lead at halftime. ”We didn’t do a good job on Amber in the first half, letting her get to her left hand” for layups, Goestenkors said. Stanford quickly pushed its lead to 10 early in the second half behind Chiney Ogwumike’s 3-point play on a nifty spin over Reed and a drop-in runner by Taylor Greenfield. Texas trimmed the lead to 53-48 before Toni Kokekis made her second 3-pointer of the second half. Chiney Ogwumike had a putback and Orrange finished a block and steal from Cassie Peoples to coast in for an easy layup that put Stanford up 61-50 with just under 8 minutes to play. The Cardinal nursed that lead the rest of the way. The Longhorns got no offensive production from 6-foot-4 senior center Ashley Gayle, who had eight rebounds and four blocks but no points. Texas had just eight players available. Brady Sanders, Chelsea Bass and Tiffany Moore were held out because of various medical and injury problems and Ronisha Major was announced as out indefinitely for unspecified conduct unbecoming of a Texas student athlete.