Women's NCAA tournament: Ogwumike helps Stanford shake off slow start in win

Junior scores 29 as Cardinal beats Tulsa in opener
2013-03-25T00:00:00Z Women's NCAA tournament: Ogwumike helps Stanford shake off slow start in winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

STANFORD, Calif. - Tara VanDerveer had a simple message for her struggling Stanford team at halftime: The season could be over in 20 minutes.

Chiney Ogwumike took it to heart, along with all the others.

The junior forward is plenty accustomed to doing a little bit of everything for Stanford - and the Cardinal needed all she had to get past the first round of the NCAA tournament, especially the spark she brings on both ends of the floor.

Ogwumike scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds and top-seeded Stanford pulled away in the second half to survive a hard-fought effort by 16th-seeded Tulsa for a 72-56 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

"We are not a team that overlooks anyone," VanDerveer said. "We can beat anyone and we can get beaten by anyone."

Amber Orrange added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Cardinal (32-2), which needed more than a half to get rolling while playing at home in Maples Pavilion coming off final exams and a two-week layoff since winning the Pac-12 tournament.

Up next for Stanford is Michigan on Tuesday night.

Taleya Mayberry scored 18 points and Kelsee Grovey added 12 for Tulsa (17-17), back in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Tulsa, riding a five-game winning streak, pulled within 32-30 on a basket by Loren McDaniel with 16:38 remaining, but couldn't keep up against the talented Cardinal the rest of the way.

• No. 8 Michigan 60, No. 9 Villanova 52: In Stanford, Calif., Kate Thompson hit a key three-pointer down the stretch and another late jumper to finish with 17 points as Michigan overcame a cold-shooting first half.

Jenny Ryan added 13 points, three assists and two steals as the Wolverines extended their season for another game by shooting 61.9 percent in the second half.

• No. 6 LSU 75, No. 11 Green Bay 71: In Baton Rouge, La., Danielle Ballard capped a 16-point performance by hitting a key free throw with 4 seconds to go, and LSU held off Green Bay.

Theresa Plaisance also scored 16 for LSU (21-11), which saw an 18-point lead nearly evaporate in the second half.

• No. 3 Penn State 85, No. 14 Cal Poly 65: In Baton Rouge, La., Maggie Lucas scored 19 points, Alex Bentley added 18 and Penn State overwhelmed tournament newcomer Cal Poly.

Norfolk Regional

• No. 2 Duke 67, No. 15 Hampton 51: In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and Duke pulled away to beat Hampton.

Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (31-2).

They watched Hampton trim their 19-point lead to six before recovering with a 23-8 run that gave them their 20th straight NCAA tournament-opening victory.

• No. 7 Oklahoma State 73, No. 10 DePaul 56: In Durham, N.C., Toni Young scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma State beat DePaul.

Liz Donohoe added 14 points for the Cowgirls (22-10), who blew nearly all of a 16-point lead before taking back control with a 13-0 run. Young also grabbed 13 rebounds.

• No. 1 Notre Dame 97, No. 16 Tenn.-Martin 64: In Iowa City, Iowa, Jewell Loyd scored 27 points as Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin.

Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight.

• No. 9 Iowa 69, No. 8 Miami 53: In Iowa City, Iowa, Samantha Logic had 23 points with 11 rebounds and Iowa beat Miami to snap a two-game losing streak in the tournament.

Bridgeport Regional

• No. 2 Kentucky 61, No. 15 Navy 41: In New York, DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O'Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky over Navy.

The Wildcats (28-5) trailed by one at the half before O'Neill, who grew up in New York, took over. She hit a quick three-pointer to start a 12-2 run. The sophomore guard had seven points, a steal and an assist during the burst.

Kentucky had been off for 14 days since losing in the SEC tournament title game and looked rusty early on. Two-time SEC player of the year A'dia Mathies didn't have a field goal for the first time in her career.

• No. 3 North Carolina 59, No. 14 Albany 54: In Newark, Del., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 30 points, and North Carolina squeezed past Albany.

The Tar Heels trailed 28-23 at halftime and 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of UNC's final 21 points.

• No. 6 Delaware 66, No. 11 West Virginia 53: In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Delaware past West Virginia.

Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.

• No. 7 Dayton 96, No. 10 St. John's 90, 2 OT: In New York, Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and Dayton outlasted St. John's.

It was the first double- overtime game in the tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt beat Kansas.

Oklahoma City Regional

• No. 1 Baylor 82, No. 16 Prairie View A&M 40: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the tournament with an easy victory.

Griner's record 15th dunk was the first of several plays that drew big roars as the Lady Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed, won their 31st straight game since an early-season loss to Stanford.

• No. 8 Florida State 60, No. 9 Princeton 44: In Waco, Texas, Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points as Florida State won its 10th straight first-round game.

• No. 4 Purdue 77, No. 13 Liberty 43: In Louisville, Ky., Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from three-point range, and Purdue routed Liberty. The Boilermakers (25-8) improved to 19-1 in the first round with their 16th straight victory to open the tournament.

• No. 5 Louisville 74, No. 12 Middle Tennessee 49: In Louisville, Ky., Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and Louisville beat Middle Tennessee for its fifth straight opening tournament win under coach Jeff Walz.

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