No. 6 Stanford women hold off No. 3 Tennessee
Bashaara Graves tried to keep Chiney Ogwumike off the boards on
both ends of the court any way she could to no avail.
For a Tennessee team so well accustomed to owning the rebounding
advantage against opponents, Ogwumike’s dominance on the glass made
all the difference in the third-ranked Lady Vols’ 76-70 loss to
sixth-ranked Stanford on Saturday for Tennessee’s first defeat.
Ogwumike had 32 points, a season-best 20 rebounds – 11 on the
offensive end – and three blocks as Stanford held off a late
”Everything I tried to do, I tried to box her out, it just
didn’t work,” Graves said. ”There’s no way she should have had
that many offensive rebounds.”
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer had one simple message for her
players before tipoff that rung true: ”If we rebound, we
Amber Orrange scored on a left-handed layin and was fouled with
25.8 seconds left and converted the free throw, helping seal the
Andraya Carter’s baseline 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining cut the
Cardinal’s lead to 70-68 but Stanford kept possession with 36
seconds to go on a jump ball in a big break, and Orrange came
Stanford (10-1) has its first three-game winning streak in the
rivalry between perennial national powers.
”It’s going to be a great teaching tape for us when we get back
from break,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said.
Ariel Massengale scored 17 points and Meighan Simmons 15 to lead
the Lady Vols (10-1), who were hurt 35.8 percent shooting.
Tennessee has lost its last four matchups at Maples Pavilion
since its last win on Stanford’s home floor on Dec. 4, 2005. The
Lady Vols have lost 13 straight road games against Top 10 teams
dating back to 2008.
The Cardinal held a 24-19 rebounding advantage in the first half
and wound up with a 43-40 edge on the boards – the first time all
season Tennessee has lost in rebounding. The Lady Vols had a 52.1
to 36.3 mismatch on the boards entering the game.
”We’re a very strong rebounding team but we can’t allow
somebody to dominate on the boards like we did Chiney,” Warlick
While Ogwumike did her part with a fourth 30-point game of the
season, she had plenty of support on both ends with teammates
crashing the boards and hustling for loose balls – just the kind of
balance and energy VanDerveer has been calling for from her young
”We didn’t bring that Tennessee pressure we know we’re capable
of playing,” Massengale said. ”We knew we would have to disrupt
them on the offensive end for us to win this game. We did that in
spurts but not for 40 minutes.”
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,” she said. ”It’s just being
aggressive. It’s those little things.”
After Graves scored to cut the Cardinal’s lead to 38-33 with
18:10 remaining, Orrange and Thompson hit consecutive 3-pointers
But Massengale then scored five straight points to keep
Ogwumike drove the lane for easy layins, converted athletic
putbacks or plain out-jumped Tennessee to catch high lob passes
into the paint before pivoting around to score.
”This game really boiled down to we had Chiney,” VanDerveer
said. ”Chiney had a monster game.”
The Cardinal, who haven’t lost since a 76-57 defeat at No. 1
Connecticut on Nov. 11, have won five of the last eighth meetings
and four of five.
Tennessee, facing just its second ranked team of the season,
missed a chance for its first win over a top-10 opponent since
beating No. 10 Georgia in the Lady Vols’ SEC home opener last Jan.
Stanford snapped Tennessee’s five-game winning streak here last
Nov. 20, 2012, 97-80 loss for the fifth-most points allowed in
Tennessee began the game 6 for 23 and never recovered despite
making things interesting down the stretch with Simmons taking
”I thought we got good looks,” Warlick said. ”You’ve got to
make free throws, layups and free throws. If you don’t make those
you’re not going to win games. At crucial times we didn’t make free
throws, and at crucial times we gave up the 3-point shot. Little
things for us got magnified today.”
After Tennessee jumped to a quick 4-0 lead, Stanford then scored
13 unanswered points for a 13-4 lead that forced a Lady Vols
timeout at the 14:54 mark of the opening half. Tennessee missed
seven straight shots over a nearly 3 1/2-minute stretch.
”We don’t give up,” Warlick said. ”We could have really
folded when we got down by 12. For that I’m extremely proud of