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      Gamecocks fall short of upset against No. 1 Stanford

      Mikaela Ruef and Chiney Ogwumike teaming up on Aleighsa Welch in the paint during the second half.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and No. 1 Stanford held on to beat No. 21 South Carolina 53-49 on Wednesday night.

      The Cardinal (10-0) came cross-country to face the rising Gamecocks (10-1) and found themselves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45-all with 1:14 to go after Aleighsa Welch's foul shot. That's when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.

      South Carolina had a chance to tie on its next possession, but Ieasia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left drew the Gamecocks within 51-49 but that was as close as things got

      Tami Kokenis had 15 points for Stanford, including six foul shots in the final minute to keep control.