No. 9 Women's Basketball Downs Indiana, 87-72
Nov 16, 2001
Yamasaki scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as No. 9 Stanford beatIndiana 87-72 in the first round of the Stanford Invitational on Friday night.
Powell, last season's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, had 11 points, 12rebounds and 11 assists for her second career triple-double, and fourth inCardinal history. Bethany Donaphin added 15 points for Stanford.
Yamasaki took the spotlight, making nine of her first 12 shots and finishing11-of-19 from the field.
'I was just taking shots I've been talking in practice,' said Yamasaki,who helped the U.S. Women's University Games team to a gold medal in Beijingover the summer. 'I'm just more confident and comfortable in my game, and I'mnot holding back.'
Meanwhile, Powell recorded as many assists as Indiana did as a team.
Powell, who also played internationally over the summer with the U.S. JuniorOlympic team, became the first player at Stanford to record more than onetriple-double. She also accomplished the feat at Washington State last Feb. 22.
'She's a great player and real steady,' Yamasaki said. 'When someone toldme about the triple-double, I couldn't believe it. I didn't have any clue shehad done it. She's just very unselfish and versatile. She's a great passer andrebounder and she showed that tonight.'
Erin McGinnis led Indiana with 20 points, Jill Chapman added 18, HeatherCassady 15 and Kristen Bodine 14.
Indiana made it 52-50 with 12:40 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Lauren St.Clair sparked a Stanford run and the Cardinal never trailed by fewer than 11 inthe final five minutes.
'We had it to two and Jill missed a shot and didn't get back,' saidIndiana coach Kathi Bennett, the daughter of former longtime Wisconsin coachDick Bennett. 'I thought that took us out of it. We defended well, but theygot a ton of offensive boards and that was the difference. Too manysecond-chance shots.'
Stanford's 27 offensive rebounds matched Indiana's total. The Cardinaloutrebounded the Hoosiers 50-27.
The Cardinal will play UC Santa Barbara, which beat Western Kentucky 90-78,in the championship game.
Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, a 1971 graduate of Indiana, was coaching againsther alma mater for the first time since leaving Ohio State in 1985.
'We got a couple of great individual efforts from Lindsey and Nicole,'VanDerveer said. 'I thought we also rebounded very well, and that's a key forus.'
Indiana and Stanford met one previous time, when the Hoosiers won 73-63 onDec. 21, 1979, in the second round of the North Carolina Invitational.
Indiana, which enjoyed a renaissance under Bennett last year, opens theseason with four games on the West Coast.
The Cardinal led 43-35 at halftime.