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Top-seeded Stanford women beat S Carolina 76-60

By Janie Mccauley

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 11:40 p.m. MDT

FRESNO, Calif. — Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 39 points and had 10 rebounds in top-seeded Stanford's 76-60 victory over No. 5 seed South Carolina on Saturday night to in the NCAA regional semifinal.

Now, Duke is all that stands in the way of a trip to Denver and Stanford's fifth straight Final Four.

Ogwumike shot 14 for 22 and made 11 of 12 free throws, and Toni Kokenis added 12 points and seven boards as the Cardinal (34-1) ran their school-record winning streak to 31 games with a hard-fought victory.

Markeshia Grant scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers and La'Keisha Sutton had 18 for scrappy South Carolina (25-10), the No. 5 seed that hung tough in its first regional semifinals since 2002 despite a significant height disadvantage.

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