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Cardinal defense too much for Buffs in conference play

  • Colorado guard Ashley Wilson, left, fights or control of a loose ball with Stanford forward Mikaela Ruff in the second half of Stanford's 57-40 victory in an NCAA college basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER, Colo. — Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 4 Stanford get back on track with a 57-40 win over No. 20 Colorado on Friday night in the Cardinal's first game since losing the top spot in the poll.

The Cardinal (12-1, 1<WC>-0<WC1> Pac-12) never trailed as they rebounded from a 61-35 loss to Connecticut that not only snapped their na<CL9.9>tion-leading home winning streak, but ended their six-week run at No. 1.

Stanford's swarming defense prevented Colorado (11-1, 0-1) from getting into any sort of offensive flow, as the Buffaloes scored just 14 points in the first half<NO1><WC>,<WC1> the team's fewest-ever at home<NO>. <NO1>With Colorado's loss, UConn and Duke are now the only undefeated teams in Division I.<NO>

Stanford began its quest for a 13th straight conference title on the right note. The Cardinal also ran their winning streak against league opponents to 79 straight. <NO1>Chucky Jeffery led Colorado with 17 points, while the team's leading scorer, Arielle Roberson, was held largely in check and finished with 10.

The Cardinal didn't allow altitude or aggravation to play a factor in this game, putting any thoughts of the thrashing by UConn out of their minds. Then again, Stanford hasn't lost back-to-back games since December 2010.


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