Stanford topples Lady Vols, 73-60

Stanford topples Lady Vols, 73-60

December 23rd, 2012 by Associated Press in Sports - College

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons, left, drives against Stanford guard Toni Kokenis (31) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Knoxville.

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KNOXVILLE - Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and top-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten with a victory over No. 10 Tennessee on Saturday.

Ogwumike, who entered the game averaging 21.9 points and 12.2 rebounds, also had a career-high five assists for the Cardinal (11-0).

Amber Orrange scored 14 points, Toni Kokenis and Bonnie Samuelson each added 11 points and Joslyn Tinkle had 10 points for the Cardinal, who host No. 2 Connecticut in their next game Dec. 29.

Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Tennessee (7-3). Meighan Simmons added 12 points, while Ariel Massengale and Cierra Burdick had 11 points each.

Facing a national title contender for the second straight game, Tennessee again struggled to make shots.

In a 76-53 loss at No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday, Tennessee missed its first 11 shots to fall behind 17-0 and trailed 41-16 at the intermission, its largest halftime deficit in school history.

The Lady Vols shot 31.9 percent (22 of 69) against Stanford and missed their first 12 attempts from 3-point range.

Stanford grabbed a 33-21 halftime lead by relying on Ogwumike and capitalizing on Tennessee's cold shooting.

Ogwumike had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the first half.

After a Burdick jumper tied the score 8-8 with 14:44 left in the first half, Stanford went on a 13-2 run. Tennessee missed 12 consecutive shots at one point during that Stanford run.

Tennessee cut the lead to 10 early in the second half, but Stanford answered with an 11-2 run.

The Lady Vols chipped away at the 19-point deficit and got the lead down to nine when Burdick made one of two free throws with 8:43 left.

Ogwumike answered with a putback on Stanford's next possession, and the margin didn't drop below 10 points again.

Ogwumike's older sister, Nneka Ogwumike of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, had scored 42 points in Stanford's 97-80 win over Tennessee last year.

Tennessee was seeking its first home win over a top-ranked opponent since a 77-72 victory over Louisiana Tech on Jan. 22, 1996. The Lady Vols are 14-32 against top-ranked opponents, and they're 2-11 when facing No. 1 teams at home.