No. 7 Women's Basketball Looks to Continue Its Dominance In Honolulu

Nov 24, 2001

Nearly unbeatable in Honolulu, Stanford will try to continue its dominanceover Hawaii as the teams meet in the second round of the Rainbow Wahine Classicon Saturday.

The seventh-ranked Cardinal (3-0) have won 11 of their 12 games in Honolulu,including Friday night's 96-65 victory over Minnesota in the opening round ofthe eight-team weekend tournament.

'We like playing here,' said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team ismaking its fifth trip to Hawaii. 'I think the people here really appreciategood basketball. They love sports and it's a fun place to play.'

Stanford has a good chance of continuing that success against Hawaii (2-0),a team it has defeated five times overall - four times in the Rainbow WahineClassic and in the 1990 NCAA tournament. The Cardinal's most recent win overthe Warriors came on Dec. 5, 1992, an 85-56 decision.

This is Stanford's fourth appearance in this tournament. The Cardinalknocked off Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Michigan en route to winning thetourney in 1996.

Stanford shot 54 percent (39-of-72) from the field on Friday. Nicole Powellhad 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Stanford. The sophomore was 7-of-10from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

'She's a player,' VanDerveer said of Powell, who had averaged 11.5 pointsper game heading into Friday. 'I was very pleased with how she played. Ireally liked how she stepped up and really helped our team.'

Like Stanford, Hawaii is bidding for its second tournament win in as manyweekends. The Cardinal captured their own Stanford Invitational basketballtournament with wins over Indiana and UC-Santa Barbara while Hawaii opened theseason by downing Washington State and Portland State to win the Waikiki BeachMarriott Resort Classic.

The Warriors picked up where they left off with a 69-61 win over Wyoming onFriday.

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