The Cardinal Conquers 'Cats

March 8, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) scored a career-high 29 points to lead Stanford University (17-10 overall, 11-6 Pac-10) to a 74-66 road win over the University of Arizona (18-11, 8-9) on Thursday night at the McKale Center. Stanford has now won five of its last six road games, while Arizona suffered just its second home loss in 15 tries this season.

'Nicole had a great game tonight,' Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'She really came to play.'

Stanford led from start to finish, but had to hold off a late Arizona rally to post its second straight win in Tucson. The Wildcats cut the lead to four points on three occasions in the second half, but the Cardinal answered every time.

Arizona cut the lead to four for the last time at 70-66 with 1:15 remaining, but the Wildcats did not score again. The Cardinal went 4-of-4 from the foul line in the final 20 seconds - two each by Powell and Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) - to earn a season split with the Wildcats.

'Our free throws down the stretch really helped us,' VanDerveer said. 'We were able to answer all of their runs in the second half.'

Powell, who also had 12 rebounds and five assists, put the Cardinal over top with 15 points and four 3-pointers in the second half alone. She finished with a career-high six 3-pointers in just eight attempts and was also 7-of-8 from the foul line en route to her eighth double-double of the season. Stanford finished the game at at even 50.0 (10-of-20) percent from behind the 3-point line.

Yamasaki added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Cardinal, while Elizabeth Pickney had a game-high 30 points for Arizona.

The Cardinal opened the game with an 11-2 run, and held a comfortable advantage for the rest of the first half. Stanford opened the contest with back-to-back baskets by Powell and Carolyn Moos (Wayzata, MN/Blake School), and after an Arizona bucket, reeled off seven unanswered points for the nine-point lead. Yamasaki opened the run with a 3-pointer and Powell made four straight free throws for an 11-2 advantage just 3:20 in the contest.

After Stanford's opening spurt, Arizona got no closer than seven points the rest of the half. Stanford stretched the lead to as many as 15 before taking a 36-23 advantage into the locker room. The 23 points was the lowest total allowed by Stanford in the first half since Oregon scored 22 on Feb. 8 at Maples Pavilion. Powell had 14 first half points as the Cardinal shot 46.7 (14-of-30) percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to the Wildcats' 26.9 (7-of-26).

Stanford concludes the 2000-01 regular at Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (MT)/1:00 p.m. (PT) at Wells Fargo Arena. The game will be televised live nationally by the Fox Sports Network. The Cardinal will then return to the Bay Area, and await its post-season fate with the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN.

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