Stanford Downs Oklahoma 73-66 in First Semi-Final

Second ranked Stanford, the Pac-10 champions, led wire to wire in the first NCAA Women's Semifinal game, taking a 34-17 lead, before settling for a 34-21 halftime advantage.

But Oklahoma cut an 18 point Cardinal lead with 6:53 left down to 4 points with 1:29 left, and Danielle Robinson, who finished with 23 points, hit a mid-range jumper with 45 seconds left, to pull the Sooners within one possession.

But Nnemkadi Ogwumike had the Cardinal's last six points, and a steal with six seconds left, to seal the win for Stanford. Ogwumike, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, was just too much for the Sooners, scoring 24 of her career high 38 points in the second half, and completed a double double, with 16 rebounds. Ogwemike was 12 of 13 from the free throw line.

Coupled with another double double by All-American Jayne Appel, 13 points and ten rebounds, and almost another by Kayla Pedersen, who had 12 points and nine rebounds, the Stanford front line was able to overwhelm Oklahoma.

Ogwumike, despite taking a hard tumble late in the second half, Appel, and Petersen also combined for seven assists, three steals, and a pair of blocked shots.

Stanford also held Abi Olajuwon to just six points, and allowed Amanda Thompson only two made three point baskets.

The Cardinal improved to 36-1, and are 56-2 of late, with both losses coming to top ranked Connecticut. Stanford was the last team to beat the Huskies, before they started their now 76 game winning streak, longest ever by a women's team, and second only to UCLA's all-time record of 88 straight wins.

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