Cardinal's Season Ends In Norman

March 19, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - LaNeishea Caufield scored 18 points and Oklahoma,despite missing its first 14 shots of the second half, pulled away to beatStanford 67-50 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA West Regional.

The Sooners (28-5), seeded No. 2, will play sixth-seeded Washington in theregional semifinals Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Stanford (19-11) has not made itpast the second round of the tournament since 1997.

Caton Hill had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and her work inside helped theSooners outrebound the taller Stanford team 52-34. All-America Stacey Dalesalso had 14 points for Oklahoma before 11,050 fans, the largest women's homecrowd in school history.

Cori Enghusen tied her career high with 14 points and tied a school recordwith six of Stanford's 11 blocks. Nicole Powell also scored 14 for theCardinal.

Despite shooting so poorly to start the second half, Oklahoma didn't give upthe lead. Stanford had six of its 14 turnovers during that time and was onlyable to cut a six-point halftime deficit to two.

The score was 47-43 when Dales hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key tostart a 10-0 run that gave the Sooners their biggest lead.

Powell scored consecutive baskets to get Stanford within 10 with 4:57 toplay, but the Cardinal got no closer.

Stanford missed its first six shots while Oklahoma went 4-of-7, including3-pointers by Caufield and Hill, to take an 11-2 lead.

Stanford started getting the ball inside more effectively and got back intothe game. Enghusen, who at 6-foot-7 is five inches taller than any Oklahomaplayer, scored 10 in a seven-minute span in which Stanford cut the deficit to28-23.

A 7-0 Oklahoma run pushed the lead to 12 for the second time in the half,35-23, but Stanford got consecutive three-point plays from Bethany Donaphin andPowell to get within six at halftime.

By OWEN CANFIELD
AP Sports Writer

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