Strong Second Half Leads Cardinal to Victory

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By: Joe Lami

The number six-ranked Stanford Cardinal traveled to Austin, Texas where they played the unranked Longhorns on Saturday.  Stanford defeated Texas by the final score of 63-54.  The Cardinal extend their record to 4-1 with the nine-point victory.

It was a very impressive win for the Cardinal, as they were able to come back from the seven-point deficit they faced going into halftime.  Texas was able to get on the board first with Nneka Enemkpali’s bucket and the foul to put the Longhorns up 3-0.  Mikaela Ruef then knocked down her first of many on the night.  Texas answered when Imani McGee-Stafford hit her only three-pointer of the night.  Scoring changes would go back and forth until there was 4:23 to go in the first half, where Texas would hold the lead going into the half.  The halftime score was 37-30.

Coming out of the half, Texas would get the two points off of free throws.  Stanford would then go on a 22-5 run to take over the game, giving them a 52-44 lead with 7:25 to go in the game.  The Cardinal would not loose the lead, as they carried it out for the victory.

It was a strong performance from the redshirt senior, Ruef, who picked up her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and picking up ten rebounds.  Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal in scoring with 18 points, however she was held to only six rebounds.  Saturday was Ogwumike’s first game this season without recording a double-double.  Amber Orrange had yet another fantastic game scoring 13 points.  Though the bench for Stanford had some trouble only notching 8 points total, Sara James was impressive as she led the team in assists with four.

Texas was led by Guard Chassidy Fussell scoring 15 points, with six of them coming from the charity strike, from which she was perfect.  McGee-Stafford was right behind Fussell with 12 points of her own on the way to a double-double with the 14 rebounds that she brought down.

Stanford next travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they will take on Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  In Mexico, head coach, Tara VanDerveer expects to pick up win number 900, which she is now only two-wins away from the historic feat.