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Ogwumike leads Stanford over Colorado 87-77

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014

photo - Stanford's teammates celebrate a call that went in their favor, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Stanford went on to win 87-77. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Stanford's teammates celebrate a call that went in their favor, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Stanford went on to win 87-77. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Linda Lappe enjoyed success against Stanford as a player. She still hasn't found it as a coach.

Colorado's coach is winless in six games against No. 4 Stanford after the 17th-ranked Buffaloes' 87-77 loss Sunday night.

The last time the Buffs prevailed, Lappe was a key player on Ceal Barry's team as No. 12 Colorado upset the No. 5 Cardinal 62-59 in the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA tournament.

While Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has never lost to a Lappe-coached Colorado team, that hasn't stopped the legendary coach from noticing how Lappe operated from the opposing sideline.

"They battled." said VanDerveer. "Linda Lappe does a great job with her team. They are a very, very well coached team."

After trailing 55-38 at the half, Colorado cut the deficit to seven points with 1:01 left, but Stanford withstood the late rally thanks to Chiney Ogwumike.

The senior forward had 34 points and 16 rebounds to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinal to an 87-77 win over No. 17 Colorado on Sunday night. It was her sixth 30-point effort in the past seven games.

"We have a great player in Chiney, and she really battled in there tonight," VanDerveer said.

Karlie Samuelson had 17 of her 19 points in the first half for the Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-12), who improved to 11-4 all-time against the Buffs.

"I thought we had a good first half," VanDerveer said. "I think Colorado played really aggressively. They got us in some foul trouble, but we had some young people step up."

Jamee Swann had a career-high 20 points and 13 rebounds for her second career double-double for Colorado (11-3, 1-2). Arielle Roberson added 19 points.

"Jamee was fantastic," Lappe said. "She was aggressive, a tough rebounder and a physical player. At times she gave Stanford a lot of problems. I'm really proud of her stepping up and playing her best game of the year."

Stanford shot 51 percent (18-for-35) in the first half and finished 45 percent (28-for-62) for the game. Stanford led throughout but the Buffaloes hung around to the end.

Colorado got within seven points with just over a minute to go, but the Cardinal held on with Mikaela Ruef hitting 3 of 4 foul shots before two free throws by the Buffs' Lexy Kresl. Ogwumike added a jumper with 14 second left to cap the scoring.

The Cardinal took over the game when Samuelson entered in the first half and hit two straight 3-pointers leading to a 10-2 run.

"We knew she was a great shooter," said Roberson of Samuelson, "but we continued to let her get her shots off."

Samuelson and Roberson were assessed technical fouls at 1:27 in the first half.

Colorado was without Jasmine Sborov because of a broken right foot. Sborov had started all 14 games for the Buffs.

Colorado has now lost four of its last six games after starting the season 9-0, going 0-3 against ranked teams.

Brittany Wilson had 15 points to surpass the 1,000-point career mark, becoming just the 25th Buff to do so.