BOULDER, Colo. Chiney Ogwumike had 20 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 4 Stanford get back on track with a 57-40 win over No. 20 Colorado on Friday night in the Cardinal's first game since losing the top spot in the poll.
The Cardinal (12-1, 1-0 Pacific-12 Conference) never trailed as it rebounded from a 61-35 loss to Connecticut that not only snapped its nation-leading home winning streak but ended its six-week run at No. 1.
Stanford's swarming defense prevented Colorado (11-1, 0-1) from getting into an offensive flow, as the Buffaloes scored just 14 points in the first half the team's fewest ever at home. With Colorado's loss, UConn and Duke are the only undefeated teams in Division I.
Stanford began its quest for a 13th straight conference title on the right note. The Cardinal also ran its winning streak against league opponents to 79 straight.
Chucky Jeffery led Colorado with 17 points, while the team's leading scorer, Arielle Roberson, was held to 10.
No. 7 Cal 55, Utah 50 in Salt Lake City Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points, Afure Jemerigbe had 13, and the Bears (11-1) defeated the Utes (9-3) in the teams' Pac-12 opener.
Brittany Boyd added 11 points to help the Bears get the program's 600th victory and gain momentum entering Sunday's game at Colorado.
Michelle Plouffe scored 16 points to lead Utah, which trailed by 13 points with 6:10 remaining before pulling within three in the closing seconds.
Taryn Wicijowski's jumper with two seconds left cut the Utes' deficit to 53-50, but Jemerigbe was fouled and sank both free throws to seal the win.
No. 16 UCLA 89, Oregon 80 in Eugene, Ore. Atonye Nyingifa scored 18 points, leading five players in double figures, to help the Bruins (10-2) beat the Ducks (2-11) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
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