Dec 21, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) celebrates with guard Amber Orrange (33) after a basket and foul against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the second half at Maples Pavilion. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Tennessee Lady Volunteers 76-70. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chiney Ogwumike Helps Stanford Hold Off No. 3 Tennessee, 76-70

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Amber Orrange converted a three-point play with 25.8 seconds left and Chiney Ogwumike had 32 points, 20 rebounds and three blocked shots as the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal held on to hand the No. 3 Tennessee Lady Volunteers their first loss of the season 76-70 at Maples Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

Dec 21, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Amber Orrange (33) scores a basket while being fouled by Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Isabelle Harrison (20) during the second half at Maples Pavilion. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Tennessee Lady Volunteers 76-70. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Eleven of Ogwumike’s rebounds came on the offensive end as the Cardinal (10-1) broke out to a big early lead and were able to hold off Tennessee (10-1) down the stretch.

Stanford led 22-11 midway through the first half and took a 37-29 lead into halftime when Taylor Greenfield canned a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

Tennessee got as close as two with 1:05 to go when Andraya Carter made a 3-pointer, but Orrange made a layup and was fouled on the other end to make it a five-point game.

It was the Lady Vols’ fourth straight loss at Maples Pavilion and it was Stanford’s ninth straight win since a 76-57 loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11.

Lili Thompson scored 14 points for the Cardinal and Greenfield added 11. Orrange finished with nine points and five assists.

Ariel Massengale led Tennessee with 17 points and four assists. Meighan Simmons added 14 points, Bashaara Graves tossed in 14 and Isabelle Harrison scored 10 points to go with 13 rebounds.

Stanford was 28-for-66 (42.4 percent) overall, 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from the foul line. Stanford won the rebounding battle 43-40—the first time Tennessee has been outrebounded this season—and both teams committed 14 turnovers.

Tennessee was 24-for-67 (35.8 percent), 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) and 18-for-25 (72 percent).

The Cardinal will host Fresno State (6-4) next Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific in their final non-conference game of the season.

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