Women's basketball: Stanford battles way past Tulsa for first-round win
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.
Ogwumike 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 on 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), who 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. The game was tied 24-24 at halftime.
Conference Player of the Year Ogwumike took charge in Stanford's quest for a sixth straight Final Four after her big sister, Nneka, became the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft and the league's rookie of the year with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Up next for Stanford is a second-round date Tuesday night with No. 8 seed Michigan, which beat Villanova 60-52 in Sunday's second game at Maples.
Dayton 96, St. John's 90 (2OT) • In New York, Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points and seventh-seeded Dayton outlasted No. 10 St. John's in a double overtime thriller. The Flyers (28-2) will face Kentucky in the second round Tuesday night. The Red Storm (18-13) trailed by 13 with 5:30 left in regulation before rallying to force overtime.
Delaware 66, West Virginia 53 • In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried sixth-seeded Delaware past No. 11 seed West Virginia. Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the sixth-seeded Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.
Women's tournament schedule
Monday's second-round games
• No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 1 Connecticut, 5:05 p.m.
• No. 10 Creighton vs. No. 2 Tennessee,
• No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 UCLA, 5:15 p.m.
• No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Maryland, 5:20 p.m.
• No. 12 Kansas vs. No. 4 South Carolina, 7:35 p.m.
• No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 6 Nebraska, 7:40 p.m.
• No. 5 South Florida vs. No. 2 California, 7:45 p.m.
• No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 4 Georgia, 7:50 p.m.
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