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Texas corrals Cardinal women in overtime hoops stunner

 

Three days after knocking off the nation's top-ranked team in overtime, Stanford's women's basketball team fell victim to No. 10 Texas, as the Longhorns topped the sixth-ranked Cardinal, 87-81, in overtime in a nonconference game Thursday night.

Everything that went right in Monday night's victory over Connecticut went wrong in the loss to Texas. The shots made late against the Huskies were missed against the Longhorns.

"Texas came out extremely aggressive, they had more energy than we did. They didn't back down," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "They had a lot of people contributing."

Bonnie Samuelson hit a 3-pointer to give Stanford (2-1) a 74-73 lead with 1:43 remaining to play in regulation. The Cardinal, which had a 28-game home winning streak snapped, were 1 of 4 from the foul line and 0 of 2 from the field the rest of the way, allowing Texas to tie the score on a jumper with one second left.

During the overtime period, Stanford was 3 of 4 from the foul line but just 1 of 7 from the field. The Cardinal missed its last six shots of the contest, five from 3-point range, as Texas ended a six-game losing streak against Stanford.

"Texas played very well and they were extremely motivated," VanDerveer said. "They got the better of us tonight."

The Cardinal made 14 of its first 27 long-range shots before going 7 of 27 against the Longhorns. Stanford shot 36 percent overall after shooting over 49 percent against the Huskies.

Lili Thompson led Stanford with a career-high 28 points after scoring 24 against UConn. Amber Orrange added 15 points but was in foul trouble through most of the contest, which limited her aggressiveness. She eventually fouled out in overtime.

Stanford freshman Kaylee Johnson matched her season best with 13 rebounds, though Texas won the rebounding battle, 44-37.

The Cardinal travels to New Mexico for a game Monday night at 6 p.m. and then plays three games at the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu over the Thanksgiving holiday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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