No. 5 Stanford 72, No. 24 Texas 59

Even with half the Ogwumike frontcourt on the bench, No. 5

Stanford was still too strong and powerful for No. 24 Texas to


Chiney Ogwumike shrugged off early foul trouble with 16 points

and 14 rebounds to lead the Cardinal to a 72-59 win on Friday,

dominating the Longhorns with her rebounding on the offensive end

in a season-opening 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.

Nnemkadi was on the bench to cheer for her team but was not in

uniform. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, would not detail the

injury but said her star player could return to the court in time

for Stanford’s next game on Sunday at home against Gonzaga.

”I think it would have been nice to play with her on this court

… We have a great history here,” Chiney Ogwumike said. ”It was

a great mental check for me. Our motto is do whatever it


Chiney Ogwumike had 10 offensive rebounds, many of them leading

to easy putbacks, as Stanford built a 10-point lead early in the

second half.

Texas, which got 17 points from guard Chassidy Fussell, had

several small rallies but never really threatened to overtake the

Cardinal, who have won 11 consescutive season openers. The

Longhorns dropped just their fourth home- opening loss in program


”I think this was an excellent test for our team,” VanDerveer

said. ”They gave us a great battle.”

The Cardinal also got 14 points from freshman guard Amber

Orrange, another Houston native, and Joslyn Tinkle 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.

”We saw some real poise from Amber,” VanDerveer said.

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.

Chiney Ogwumike picked up her first foul in in the first minute

and spent much of the first half of the bench.

That opened up the floor for Texas center Cokie Reed, who bulled

her way to eight points and five rebounds in the first half. Reed

missed last season due to surgery on her right foot, but was nimble

and agile in the post when she got the ball and kept the Longhorns


The Longhorns couldn’t contain Orrange, who slashed her way to

the basket and 12 points that carried Stanford to a 35-30 lead at


”We didn’t do a good job on Amber in the first half, letting

her get to her left hand” for layups, Texas coach Gail Goestenkors


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.

”(Ogwumike) just sat on the weak side and dominated the boards

for layups,” Goestenkors said.

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


Stanford held Reed in check in the second half, allowing her

just three points as the Cardinal defense collapsed on her with

double teams in the post. Even when Reed could pass the ball back

out, Texas shot just 1 of 11 on 3-pointers.

The Longhorns also got no offensive production from 6-foot-4

senior center Ashley Gayle, who had eight rebounds and four blocks

but no points.