Women's College Basketball

         === Stanford holds off South Carolina to remain undefeated ===
 Columbia,  SC (Sports  Network)  - Chiney  Ogwumike posted  21  points and  15
 rebounds  as No. 1 Stanford held off No. 21 South Carolina, 53-49, in a battle
 of undefeated teams at Colonial Life Arena.
 Toni  Kokenis  followed with  15 points  while Amber Orrange  added 11 for the
 Cardinal  (10-0), who have  won their first 10 games of a season for the first
 time since the 1991-92 campaign.
 Aleighsa  Welch  paced South Carolina (10-1)  with 17 points and Ieasia Walker
 contributed  15 as the  Gamecocks failed to post the best start to a season in
 school history.
 Stanford  carried  a 24-19  advantage into the  second half with  the aid of a
 strong  defensive effort,  holding the Gamecocks to just 24.2 percent shooting
 over the opening 20 minutes.
 The  Cardinal shot 39.1 percent in the first half, but South Carolina was able
 to force 11 Stanford turnovers to keep the game within reach.
 The Gamecocks then opened the second half with a 6-2 push to cut their deficit
 to  26-25 on a  pair of Welch free throws, but they could not take the lead as
 Stanford scored five of the next six points to reopen a five-point edge.
 South  Carolina, however,  stayed within  striking distance  from there  until
 Walker  capped a 9-2 spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Gamecocks a 42-40 lead
 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the contest.
 Orrange  answered with  a jumper at the other  end to knot the game at 42, and
 the  score would be tied two more times from there as the teams traded baskets
 until  a  Mikaela Ruef  jumper put  Stanford on  top for  good, 47-45, with 53
 seconds remaining.
 Walker  had  a chance to  tie the game  on South Carolina's ensuing possession
 after  she was  fouled, but she went  just 1-of-2 at the line and the Cardinal
 were able to close out the game at the foul line.
 12/19 22:14:44 ET

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