AUSTIN, Texas — Stanford’s stay atop the women’s college basketball rankings is over.
The Cardinal lost 69-64 Sunday to unranked Texas, which got 20 points and 19 rebounds from Charli Collier, a 6-foot-5 sophomore.
Stanford (10-1), which hadn’t been ranked No. 1 since 2012, took the top spot Dec. 2 after Oregon’s loss to Louisville. It would seem that Connecticut (10-0) will be No. 1 when the updated rankings are announced Monday.
Texas (7-4) scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed until the final minute of the third quarter when Stanford went ahead 47-46 on a layup by Lacie Hall. With Stanford leading 60-58, Collier evened the score with a tip-in, broke the tie with a free throw, and then hit a jumper for a 63-60 lead. Stanford pulled within 65-64 with six seconds to play, but Sug Sutton made two free throws to ice it for Texas.
Sutton finished with 12 points, and Celeste Taylor added 10. Jada Underwood had 10 rebounds, including seven of Texas’ 19 offensive boards.
“They were more aggressive than we were,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
Lexie Hull led Stanford with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Kiana Williams added 15, and Nadia Fingall had 14.
The Cardinal shot 31.7%, by far its worst percentage of the season, but its defense continued to excel. The Cardinal began the game ranked No. 6 nationally in field goal defense, limiting opponents to 31.1% accuracy. Every team that faced Stanford shot less than 40%. Texas hit 38.6%, including 22.2% in the second half.
Stanford’s next game is Saturday at home against UC Davis.