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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
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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.

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