The game was back and forth until the final minute when Tinkle and Chiney Ogwumike gave Stanford the lead for good.
Ogwumike was one of four Stanford players to score in double digits. Taylor Greenfield had 16 points, Kokenis had 15 and Tinkle had 11.
Mulkey said the team will use the loss as motivation.
"You don't ever want to lose. You're in Hawaii, you're not under the normal circumstances of a regular practice schedule. You're enjoying the beach and not having as much time to prepare," Mulkey said. "We played Kentucky and had a quick turnaround to come here. It's a great schedule for us to prepare for another national championship."
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