No. 4 Stanford outlasts No. 18 Colorado 61-47
Ogwumike did most of her damage after Colorado's Rachel Hargis got into first-half foul trouble. Ogwumike had just two points when Hargis collected her second foul midway through the first half, then the Stanford star erupted for 23 points over the final 30 minutes.
"Obviously, she's a great player," Hargis said. "She's going to score, no matter what. There's not much you can do."
Ogwumike had her usual double-double recorded well before halftime, despite missing her first four shots. But the Buffaloes held a 28-27 lead at the break because no one was helping Stanford's star. Ogwumike scored seven straight during one stretch and 13 of her 14 first-half points over the final 10 minutes of the half.
"Colorado is a fantastic team, definitely deserving of their ranking," Ogwumike said. "I'm just really happy that our team responded well to the adversity."
The Buffaloes held Ogwumike down for 10 minutes, and they pulled off the rare feat of leading Stanford at halftime, but it wasn't enough to end the Cardinal's 12-year run in the tournament final.
"We're not happy, and we're not satisfied. We're not into moral victories," Lappe said. "We're happy we were ahead at halftime, but we wanted to win the game."
Stanford swept the season series against the Bruins, beating them by 26 at home and by 11 in Los Angeles. The Cardinal have won the past six conference tournaments, their last loss coming to UCLA in the 2006 final.
"Playing against UCLA we know they have a very big, very physical team, but we have a big physical team too," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I think we match-up well with them and we know we have to play very well."