No. 5 Stanford 72, No. 24 Texas 59

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

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.