Jan 12, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Lili Thompson (1) shoots a free throw during the first half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Coors Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal Hold Off Colorado Buffaloes, 87-77


The fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal blew out to a big first-half lead and then held off No. 17 Colorado down the stretch for an 87-77 victory at the Coors Events Center in Boulder Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12 Conference) rung 55 points up in the first half and led 55-38 at the break. Colorado (11-4, 1-3) twice went down by 19 points in the second half before charging back, getting the game into single digits with 9-0 run that cut a 16-point Stanford lead to 82-75 with 1:01 to play.

But the Cardinal answered, with Mikaela Ruef hitting 3-of-4 from the line in the final minute and Chiney Ogwumike sealed it by canning a jumper with 14 seconds to go.

Ogwumike finished with 34 points and 16 rebounds for Stanford and Karlie Samuelson knocked down 5-of-8 from long range and scored 19 points. Ruef pulled down 10 rebounds and Lili Thompson handed out six assists.

Jamee Swan had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Buffaloes, Arielle Roberson added 19 points, five dimes and two blocked shots and Brittany Wilson scored 15 points. Lexy Kresl added 10 points.

Stanford was 28-for-62 (45.2 percent) overall, 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from 3-point range and 21-for-24 (87.5 percent) at the foul line. Colorado was 27-for-65 (41.5 percent), 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) and 19-for-25 (76 percent).

The Cardinal won the boards 40-35 but committed 18 turnovers to 15 for the Buffaloes.

Stanford visits Arizona Friday night for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

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