Stanford Defeats UCLA, 60-52
Feb. 2, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/MountainPointe HS) had 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead StanfordUniversity (11-7 overall, 5-3 Pac-10) to a 60-52 road win over UCLA (3-16,2-6) on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion.
The Cardinal has now won four straight, and has moved within just onegame of Pac-10 leader Arizona State (14-6, 6-2), whom Stanford defeated92-64 on Jan. 4 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford, which won for the sixth timein its last seven tries at Pauley Pavilion, has won two straight on the roadafter losing its first six games away from home this season.
It was a game of streaks.
Stanford started the trend by scoring the first 14 points of the game. A3-pointer and jumper by Powell, as well as two buckets inside from seniorSarah Dimson (Norman, OK/Norman HS), helped give Stanford the 14-0 advantagejust 4 minutes and 7 seconds into the contest. The Bruins did not get on thescoreboard until Pac-10 scoring leader Michelle Greco made a jumper at the14:26 mark.
'The key for us was coming out so strong tonight,' Stanford head coachTara VanDerveer said. 'The early run put them on their heels a little bit.This was a big win for us, and keeps us in the hunt in the Pac-10 race.'
The Bruins later cut the lead to nine at 27-18, but the visitors scoredthe final seven points of the first half for a 34-18 lead at the break.Powell had a 3-pointer to highlight the run, and finished the first halfwith 12 points and eight rebounds.
UCLA came right back, however, scoring 12 of the first 15 points of thesecond half to cut the lead to five (37-32) with 14:29 remaining. Then thestreaks continued. Stanford scored the next eight points to stretch the leadto 13 (45-32 @ 9:18), but the Bruins answered with 12 straight points oftheir own to cut the lead to one (45-44 @ 5:46).
The Cardinal then put the game away with one last run. Stanford scoredthe next seven points on two free throws by Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City,OR/Oregon City HS), a 3-pointer by Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt.St. Joseph's Academy) and a lay-up by Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas,CA/Brea-Olinda HS) that stretched the advantage to 52-44 with 3:36remaining. UCLA could get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
In addition to Powell's fifth double-double in eight Pac-10 games,Yamasaki added 12 points and Trotter a career-high 10 for the winners. TheCardinal also out-rebounded the Bruins 45-34, and has now outrebounded itsopposition five straight games and eight of the last nine.
Defensively, Stanford held Greco ï¿½ the conference's leading scorer ï¿½ to12 points on 6-of-18 shooting. She came into the game averaging 20.1 pointsper contest. As a team, the Bruins shot just 34.4 (21-of-61) percent fromthe field.
'We worked really hard defensively tonight,' VanDerveer said.'Rebounding and defense are the reasons we have been successful lately.'
The Cardinal concludes its two-game trip through Los Angeles when ittakes on USC (8-11, 3-5) on Sunday afternoon at the L.A. Sports Arena at3:00 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally by the Fox SportsNetwork.