No. 6 Stanford women lose 87-81 to No. 10 Texas in 1st game since victory over UConn



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Stanford forward Bonnie Samuelson, second from left, and guard Lili Thompson, right, watch as time runs out during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Texas defeated Stanford 87-81. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)


Stanford guard Lili Thompson, left, and Texas guard Ariel Atkins hit the ground after colliding during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Texas defeated Stanford 87-81.(AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)


STANFORD, California — No. 6 Stanford was feeling pretty good after its win over Connecticut. It was a little tired after Thursday night's loss to No. 10 Texas.

Lili Thompson scored 28 points, but the Cardinal lost 87-81 to the Longhorns in overtime.

"I think everybody — even the fans — was a little bit drained tonight," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Texas played very well and they were extremely motivated. They got the better of us tonight."

It was Stanford's first game since it beat the top-ranked Huskies 88-86 in overtime on Monday night, snapping UConn's 47-game winning streak. The Cardinal (2-1) had won 28 straight games at Maples Pavilion.

Nneka Enemkpali scored 18 points and Empress Davenport had 13 in the Longhorns' first win over a top-10 team in almost six years.

"I think this is the re-establishing of this program," Enemkpali said. "The feeling I had tonight is something I haven't experienced at all since being here."

Enemkpali's layup with 2:48 left in regulation lifted Texas to a 73-71 lead. But Bonnie Samuelson responded with a 3-pointer with 1:43 remaining, putting Stanford in front.

The Cardinal had a 75-73 lead when Davenport converted a bank shot in traffic with 1.3 seconds to play, sending the game to overtime.

"I just had to put my head down and go to the basket," Davenport said.

Ariel Atkins had a key 3-pointer in the extra period as Texas (2-0) outscored Stanford 12-6 in the extra period. Brady Sanders and Brooke McCarty each had a big jumper for the Longhorns in OT.

Amber Orrange scored 15 points for Stanford, and Kaylee Johnson had seven points and 13 rebounds.

"We don't like losing but this experience will be a really good learning tool for us," Orrange said.

Texas had four players score in double figures and enjoyed a 44-37 rebounding edge. Atkins finished with 16 points, and Kelsey Lang had 14 on 7-of-12 shooting.

The Longhorns led 43-37 at halftime.

"Stanford is a tough place to play," Texas coach Karen Aston said. "We are a much better shooting team than we were last year. We did a really good job making adjustments after our first game."

TIP-INS

Stanford: The Cardinal dropped to 489-85 in Maples since the 1974-75 season.

Texas: The last time Texas defeated a top-10 opponent was a 58-55 victory against then-No. 4 Baylor on Feb. 1, 2009 in Waco.

WORTH NOTING

Texas improved to 3-6 against Stanford. It was the first time in the series that both teams were ranked in the top 10.

KEY STAT

Texas shot 48.5 percent (33 for 68) from the field, compared to 35.9 percent (23 for 64) for Stanford. The Cardinals went 7 for 27 from 3-point range.

WHAT'S NEXT

Stanford travels to New Mexico on Monday.

Texas travels to UCLA on Sunday.

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