HONOLULU – Stanford snapped defending national champion Baylor’s 42-game winning streak Friday, winning 71-69 when player of the year Brittney Griner missed a short turnaround at the buzzer.
Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. But her shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Stanford (3-0) celebrated the win.
Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinal, who lost to Baylor in the national semifinals last season by 12 points.
Baylor went 40-0 last year, and its streak was the fifth-longest in NCAA women’s history.
USM 73, UM-FARMINGTON 45: Nicole Garland was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points to lead the Huskies past UM-Farmington in the season opener at the UMass-Dartmouth Tip-Off Classic in North Dartmouth, Mass.
Haley Jordan and Mariah Callender each added 10 points, and Rebecca Knight had seven points and 10 rebounds for Southern Maine.
Holly Oliver scored 14 points for UM-Farmington.
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 61, BOWDOIN 54: Ashley O’Dell had 14 points as the Anchormen beat the Polar Bears in an opener at Babson Park, Mass.
Megan Phelps had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Kaitlin Donahoe tossed in 13 points for Bowdoin. Freshman Shannon Brady scored 10 points with six boards for the Polar Bears.
USM 4, NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 4: Maggie Lane scored twice and Liz Bergstrom made 35 saves to help the Huskies (1-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC East) forge a tie against the Pilgrims (2-1-2, 1-1-1) at Henniker, N.H.
Lane scored a power-play goal with 6:13 remaining to even it after Kate Kellar gave New England College the lead earlier in the third.
Katie Davis and Sarah Timmons also scored for the Huskies, who were outshot, 39-18.
FRANKLIN PIERCE 6, UNE 1: Michaela Faia had two goals and one assist to lead the Ravens (1-4) over the Nor’easters (0-2) at Biddeford.
The win was the first in the history of the program for Franklin Pierce.
Jenni Poulin scored for UNE.
MIDDLEBURY 3, COLBY 2: Madeline Joyce tallied with three minutes remaining to lift the Panthers over the Mules in a NESCAC opener at Middlebury, Vt.
Samantha Slotnick put Colby up 1-0 at the end of the first period. After consecutive Panther goals, Meredith Reynolds tied the game for 38 seconds until Joyce scored the winner.
Mules goalie Brianne Wheeler made 40 saves.