Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and No. 1 Stanford held on to beat No. 21 South Carolina 53-49 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinal (10-0) came cross-country to face the rising Gamecocks (10-1) and found themselves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45-all with 1:14 to go after Aleighsa Welch's foul shot. That's when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.
South Carolina had a chance to tie on its next possession, but Ieasia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left pulled the Gamecocks to 51-49 but that was as close as things got
Tami Kokenis had 15 points for Stanford, including six foul shots in the final minute to keep control.
Amber Orragne scored 11 points and Joslyn Tinkle had seven blocks for Stanford.
Welch had 17 points to lead the Gamecocks, who fell to 0-9 all-time against No. 1 opponents. Not that South Caro...