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Stanford holds off Boston College

Associated Press

Stanford let a 20-point halftime lead dwindle to seven before coming away with a victory over No. 14 Boston College in Stanford, Calif.

Brooke Smith scored 17 points to lift the sixth-ranked Cardinal past Boston College 76-66 for their 15th straight home win on Saturday.

“I knew a 20-point lead wasn’t going to be enough,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I don’t know if I communicated that to the team very well. We had our hands full. We have to do the right thing or they make you pay.”

Kelley Suminski had 15 points and Candice Wiggins added 13 for the Cardinal (15-2). Stanford finished 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes.

Jessalyn Deveny led the Eagles (12-2) with 26 points and Brooke Queenan added 17. Boston College had its 11-game winning streak snapped, one short of matching the school record.

“We got a little rattled,” BC coach Cathy Inglese said. “I wasn’t pleased with our focus.”

Trailing 41-21 at halftime, Boston College opened the second half with an 18-9 run to pull to 50-39 with 10:29 left. The Eagles turned up the intensity on defense, applying full-court pressure and forcing the Cardinal into several turnovers.

(12) Texas 63, Oklahoma State 42: At Austin, Texas, Tiffany Jackson scored 20 points and the Longhorns (9-5, 2-2 ) used strong defense to snap a two-game Big 12 losing streak with a win over the Cowgirls (5-9, 0-4). … (13) Texas Tech 87, Colorado 41: At Boulder, Colo., Alesha Robertson scored 27 points and Chesley Dabbs had a career-high 22 to help the Lady Raiders (12-3, 4-0 Big 12) rout the Buffaloes (7-7, 0-3). … (16) Connecticut 73, Villanova 57: At Storrs, Conn., Charde Houston scored a career-high 20 points and Jessica Moore added 19 to lead the Huskies (10-4, 4-0 Big East) to a win over the Wildcats (9-6, 2-1). … (23) Kansas State 74, Nebraska 59: At Manhattan, Kan., Kendra Wecker had 25 points and six steals, leading the Wildcats (12-3, 3-1 Big 12) to a victory over the Cornhuskers (11-5, 3-1). … (24) Iowa State 65, Missouri 59: At Ames, Iowa, Mary Fox had 17 points and nine rebounds to help rally the Cyclones (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) to a win over the Tigers (7-8, 1-3).