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Ogwumike helps Stanford women stomp the Buffaloes

Sometimes it only seems like Chiney Ogwumike is doing all the scoring and rebounding for the fourth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team.

Ogwumike scored 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Cardinal (4-0, 15-1) topped host Colorado, 87-77, in a Pac-12 game Sunday.

Freshman Karlie Samuelson, the younger sister of Bonnie Samuelson, recorded her best game with Stanford, finishing with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.

Karlie recorded her first career double-digit scoring game a week after Bonnie set a career high with 21 points in a win over Oregon.

"I just went in there and tried to go hard," Karlie Samuelson said. "The adrenaline kept me going."

Ogwumike has 2,207 career points, eight behind No. 3 Kate Starbird for third all-time. She could surpass that total Friday when Stanford plays at Arizona.

Mikaela Ruef followed her career high in rebounds against Utah with 10 more against the Buffaloes. Freshman Lili Thompson added nine points and a team-best six assists.

Stanford has won 44 consecutive road games against Pac-12 competition, 58 including neutral-site contests.

The Cardinal got the lead up to 19 at 71-52 with 8:56 to play but the Buffaloes took advantage of streaky shooting and Stanford's foul trouble to get as close as seven with 1:01 left before the Cardinal's defense and free-throw shooting iced the game.

"Colorado got us into foul trouble, but we had some young people step up and really helped us," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "But I wasn't impressed with our overall team effort. We looked a little tired and we weren't as sharp as we needed to be. I credit Colorado, they're a top-20 team and they battled."

Women's gymnastics

No. 9 Stanford delivered multiple highlight performances in its home opener Sunday, earning an impressive 196.325-196.150 victory over No. 8 Georgia.

In front of a crowd of over 2,000 fans in Maples Pavilion, Stanford (5-0) grew stronger throughout the meet and claimed top scores in the final two events to earn the victory.

Taylor Rice won the individual title on floor with a collegiate best 9.900 and is quickly establishing herself as a top all-arounder, claiming today's individual honor with a 39.325. Amanda Spinner earned her second individual title on beam this season, tying three Georgia gymnasts with a 9.875.

Kristina Vaculik continued to be a major contributor and delivered big scores on bars (9.875), beam (9.850) and floor (9.875). Vaculik has scored 9.800 or higher on all three events in two meets this season and her floor performance today was a collegiate best.

"Kristina has been doing a phenomenal job on all three events for us," Smyth said. "There just aren't that many athletes out there right now that are as beautiful and technical as she is. Her artistry and lines are beautiful and stunning. She also brings veteran confidence and leadership with her performances."

Melissa Chuang led the way for the Cardinal on vault for the second week in a row, scoring 9.800. Rice, Daum and Hanset delivered consecutive scores of 9.750 to open the meet.

Vaculik and Samantha Shapiro posted top marks on bars, both scoring 9.875 in the fifth and sixth positions. The duo's strong performance to close out the event helped give Stanford the momentum it needed to complete the first half of competition and prepare for beam. Rice also had a good day on bars, notching a collegiate-best 9.850.

Led by Spinner's 9.875, the Cardinal recorded five scores on 9.800 or higher on beam. Rice and Vaculik earned scores of 9.850, while Morgan went 9.825 and Nicolette McNair posted a 9.800.

Stanford will remain at home next week, playing host to Arizona and Sacramento State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Fencing

The Stanford men's fencing team went undefeated in dual matches at the Western Invitational on Saturday while the women's team won four of its five contests.

The men's team ended up 4-0 after the first weekend of the season with victories over Cal Tech (25-2), Florida (22-5), UC San Diego (18-9) and Air Force (21-6). Not only did the team win all four contests, each weapon group went undefeated at 4-0 as well.

Of the three weapon groups the epee looked the strongest, winning 30 of its 36 matches. The foil, despite missing one of the top fencers in the nation in senior Turner Caldwell (he's the defending NCAA champion), put together a 29-7 record. The sabre group was 27-9 on the day.

Leading the way individually for the Cardinal were junior Paul Riviere and sophomore Alex Massialas. Both fencers went undefeated on the day. Riviere posted a perfect 12-0 record in the epee while Massialas, the reigning NCAA National Champion in the foil, recorded a mark of 9-0.

"We fenced really well," said junior Paul Riviere. "It was a wonderful way to start the season. These are the guys that we are going to have to go against to go to Nationals. These are guys we lost to last year so knowing that we all can consistently beat those opponents gives us confidence going forward."

Freshman Ben Riviere, the younger brother of Paul, had an outstanding start to his collegiate career. He was undefeated until his last match of the day, finishing with an 11-1 record. Sophomore David Beam was also impressive for the sabre team, notching 10 wins in his 12 bouts.

The women's team improved to 4-2 in dual matches this season after going 4-1 on Saturday. They started off with a tough 19-8 loss to Northwestern, but came back strong to rattle off victories over Cal Tech (22-5), Florida (23-4), UC San Diego (17-10) and Air Force (15-12).

Despite the team's loss to Northwestern, the epee weapon group went through the day undefeated. They edged Northwestern, 5-4, and swept three other opponents 9-0. The epee finished the day with a 39-6 record.

"I think the freshmen were a little nervous coming into the weekend, but after they fenced against Northwestern last night they came back today and fenced much better," said sophomore Avery Youngblood. "Our only loss was to Northwestern so we are confident that we will have a great outlook going against the same competition at NCAA Regionals this year."

Francesca Bassa and Vivian Kong were each very impressive for the Cardinal in leading the epee squad. They each went 14-1 on the day.

Bassa's only loss came on a coin flip after time expired with the bout tied 4-4. Kong lost her second match of the day but won 13 straight after that. Freshmen Eliza Klyce and Alexa Rohan each rebounded from a tough set of matches versus Northwestern. Klyce won 10 of her next 12 while Rohan went 9-1 the rest of the way.

"I thought we did really well, especially after coming back from break and not having much time to fence together," said Youngblood. "We came together as a team this weekend and fenced well."

Stanford will be off from competition the remainder of the month. Their next set of matches will be at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. February 1-2.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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