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 Boulder in the Cardinal's first game since losing the top spot in the poll.
The Cardinal (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12) never trailed as it rebounded from a 61-35 loss to Connecticut last Saturday that not only snapped its nation-leading home winning streak at 82 games but also ended its six-week run at No. 1.
"We know what we're capable of," Ogwumike said. "We know what our expectations are. We're trying to meet that. But I think sometimes early success can make you complacent. We needed a wake-up call, a reality check."
UConn provided it, showing the Cardinal they still have work to do.
"Every team has a bad night, and we had a bad night. It just happened to be against UConn, so it was exposed," Ogwumike said. "I think it was good because it grounded us. This is a great starting point for us, a new chance to start a new season."
Stanford's swarming defense prevented Colorado (11-1, 0-1) from getting into any sort of offensive flow, as the Buffs scored just 14 points in the first half -- the team's fewest-ever at home.
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Cal 55, Utah 50: Layshia Clarendon scored 18 points, Afure Jemerigbe had 13 and No. 7 Cal defeated host Utah in the teams' Pac-12 opener.
Brittany Boyd added 11 points to help the Golden Bears (11-1) get the program's 600th victory and gain momentum heading into Sunday's game at No. 20 Colorado.
Michelle Plouffe scored 16 points to lead Utah (9-3), which trailed by 13 points with 6:10 remaining before pulling within three in the closing seconds. Taryn Wicijowski's jumper with 2 seconds left cut the Utes' deficit to 53-50, but Jemerigbe was fouled and sank both free throws.
"We struggled to score in the second half, and, honestly, that's a concern, but I knew it was going to be a tight game," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "I like the way we responded down the stretch."
Jemerigbe scored 11 points in the first half when she hit 5 of 6 shots.
"We feel like we're a team that has five threats to score at any time," Gottlieb said. "Afure really just took what was there. ... She's a big-time guard, and to have her be able to step up when we needed was important."
UCLA 89, Oregon 80: Atonye Nyingifa scored 18 points, leading five players in double figures, to help No. 16 UCLA (10-2) beat host Oregon (2-11) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.