Stanford extends winning streak, advances to Elite EightMar 27, 2011 - 6:13 AM Spokane, WA (Sports Network) - Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead the top-seeded Stanford Cardinal to a 72-65 victory over the fifth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
Chiney Ogwumike added 16 points for Stanford (32-2), which has won 26 straight contests. Stanford will try to advance to its four straight Final Four when the Cardinal take on Gonzaga on Monday night in the regional final.
Italee Lucas registered 22 points for North Carolina (28-9), while Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Chay Shegog finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the loss.
It wasn't a pretty first half by any stretch of the imagination, but the Cardinal managed to take a 39-35 lead into the break, despite putting up mediocre numbers offensively.
The two teams remained close throughout the second stanza and with less than a minute remaining in regulation the Cardinal held just a two-point lead. However, Stanford stepped up its play defensively in the final moments of the contest, forcing the Tar Heels into four turnovers over their last five possessions.
Stanford was simply too tough defensively, as the Cardinal held North Carolina to just 33.8 percent shooting on the night.
- NORTH CAROLINA: 65
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- NORTH CAROLINA: 35
Mar 27 12:14 AM
- NORTH CAROLINA: 0
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