It was an early start for the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal and it showed, as they trailed the Texas Longhorns 37-30 at halftime and Chiney Ogwumike had just four points.
Ogwumike scored 10 points in a decisive 16-0 run in the second half and the Cardinal woke up from the 10:30 a.m. Pacific tipoff in time to top the previously unbeaten Longhorns 63-54.
It was career win No. 898 for Tara VanDerVeer and it was Stanford’s sixth win in a row over Texas—a traditional powerhouse in women’s basketball.
Ogwumike finished with 18 points for the Cardinal (4-1), who shot just 21-for-64 (32.3 from the floor). But Stanford’s defense was better, holding Texas to just 26.2 percent shooting (16-for-61) on their home floor in the Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin.
Amber Orrange added 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the Cardinal and Mikaela Ruef had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ogwumike logged three steals and two blocked shots.
Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns (3-1) with 15 points and had eight rebounds. Imani McGee-Stafford finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Nneka Enemkpali had 11 boards for Texas.
Next up for the Cardinal will be the Hardwood Tournament of Hope next week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Stanford will play No. 18 Purdue (4-0) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pacific, Florida Gulf Coast (3-0 pending tonight’s game at Southern Miss) on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Pacific and finish up the event against South Dakota State (3-2) at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.