No. 9 Women's Basketball Downs Indiana, 87-72

Nov 16, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - While Lindsey Yamasaki was busy taking care of mostof the offense, Nicole Powell was quietly putting together another all-aroundgame.

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.

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