Back on the court where she won two Texas state high school championships, Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was struggling to find the basket.
It was easy to see why: Ogwumike had a 6-foot-7 defender standing in her way.
So Stanford moved her outside, picked up the pressure on defense to force turnovers and transition baskets, and the No. 6 Cardinal fought back from poor first half to earn a 63-54 victory Saturday at Texas.
Ogwumike overcame a poor shooting start to finish with 18 points and keyed a second-half run for the Cardinal (4-1).
"This game forced me to be outside. It was a little uncomfortable," Ogwumike said. "This game really taught our team, and me in particular, how to be tough mentally."
Ogwumike scored just four points in the first half in a physical matchup with Texas center Imani McGee-Stafford but found space for open shots and scored several baskets after Texas turnovers in the Cardinal rally. Ogwumike scored 10 points in a 16-0 Stanford run in the second half.
Mikaela Ruef had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which earned coach Tara VanDerveer career victory No. 898, moving her closer to being just the fifth women's coach to reach 900.
Imani McGee-Stafford had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Texas (3-1) but scored just two points after halftime and was sitting on the bench with three fouls when Stanford took control.
After leading 37-30 at halftime, the Longhorns missed 24 of 29 shots in the second half.
"We stoked it up on defense, forced them to make mistakes and got some easy baskets in transition," Ruef said. "And Chiney was making shots. That always helps.
Saint Mary's 77, Cal Poly 69: Senior center Danielle Mauldin had 22 points and a career-high 22 rebounds and Kate Gaze scored 21 points to help the Gaels (5-0) rally for a win in Moraga. Saint Mary's trailed by 12 points at halftime before outscoring Cal Poly 53-33 in the second half.
San Diego 88, San Jose State 60: Jasmine Smith had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (4-2), but they couldn't overcome 35 percent shooting from the field in a loss to the Toreros (4-0) at the Event Center.
San Jose State 81, Cal State Fullerton 59: Rashad Muhammad and Dylan Alexander each scored 17 points, and the Spartans (2-4) opened with a 22-4 run on the way to a victory against the Titans (2-3) at the Event Center.
Muhammad scored 14 consecutive points during the opening run to help SJSU take a 49-19 lead at halftime. The Spartans hit 9 of 19 3-pointers in the first half, led by Devante Wilson with four and Muhammad with three.
Wilson scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half. Chris Cunningham added 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for San Jose State.
"Our guys understood their personnel," San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik said. "They locked in on whom they were guarding and limited them to one shot."
It was San Jose State's first Division I win of 20 or more points since a 79-59 victory against UC Davis in December 2011.
"It's nice to be on the other end of that," Cunningham said. "It felt good to have a team at our mercy."
Michigan State 87, Oklahoma 76: Keith Appling scored 27 points and the No. 1 Spartans (6-0) had all they could handle from the Sooners (4-1) before pulling away in the final minutes for a victory in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York.
Appling, who was 8 of 12 from the field, scored eight points in the final 3:04 after the Sooners got within 75-71.
Louisville 71, Fairfield 57: Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead the No. 3 Cardinals (5-0) to a victory in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in Uncasville, Conn. Louisville will face No. 24 North Carolina in Sunday's title game. The Tar Heels beat Richmond 82-72.