Stanford 61 - Colorado 47
SEATTLE – A pesky Colorado squad tested top-seeded Stanford in Saturday’s Pac-12 Women's Tournament semifinal at KeyArena, but the Cardinal pulled away for a 61-47 win thanks to Chiney Ogwumike’s solid second-half performance.
Ogwumike achieved her 26th double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone, but finished the night one board shy of back-to-back 20-20s with 25 points and 19 rebounds. Amber Orrange contributed 13 points and four steals, while Mikaela Ruef added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Colorado senior Chucky Jeffery led the Buffs with 19 points.
The first half saw Stanford struggle to finish at the rim as it hit just nine of 32 attempts (.281) from the field. Colorado’s one-point lead at the half marked just the fourth time Stanford trailed at the break all season.
CU opened the second period with a quick three, but then managed just nine points over the next 14 minutes. Stanford put up 26 points in that same span.
"Clearly the ball didn't go in the basket as much as we'd like, but this is how March is," Ogwumike said. "The game is physical. You have to stay with things, and I think that was a big test today.
"We struggled at moments, but at the same time, I think we responded well," Ogwumike continued. "We just stayed together. And that's how teams win in the tournament."
When Stanford faces UCLA in Sunday’s championship game, the Cardinal will be in pursuit of its seventh consecutive tournament title and its 10th overall in the tournament’s 12-year history. The Cardinal handled UCLA by a combined 37 points in their two meetings this season. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
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