No. 7 Women's Basketball Gets Penn State In Rainbow Championship

Nov 25, 2001

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    Seventh-ranked Stanford looks to remain unbeaten and win its second straighttournament title as it plays Penn State in the championship game of the RainbowWahine Classic in Honolulu.

    The Cardinal (4-0) opened their season by beating Indiana and UC-SantaBarbara in the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

    Coach Tara VanDerveer's squad has not experienced much difficulty during itsholiday weekend off the mainland.

    After blowing past Minnesota 96-65 on Friday, the Cardinal knocked off hostschool Hawaii on Saturday, cruising to a 71-60 semifinal triumph that ended theRainbow Wahine's 11-game home winning streak.

    Tied at 50 with a little less than 10 minutes to play, Stanford pulled awayfor good as senior Lauren St. Clair buried a pair of 3-pointers to fuel adecisive 13-0 run.

    St. Clair scored all 12 of her points in the final 11 minutes as Stanfordsilenced the raucous crowd at the Stan Sherrif Center.

    'Lauren came in and stepped up big for us,' VanDerveer said. 'She alsoreally helped us with her passing in the paint.

    'In the second half, we started rebounding better and hit a couple of big3-pointers. I was proud of the run we made at the end.'

    With a victory over Penn State (3-1) on Sunday, VanDerveer will have evenmore to be proud of as Stanford will claim its second Rainbow Wahine title, andfirst since its last visit to Hawaii in 1996.

    The Cardinal have lost just once in 12 all-time games in Honolulu.

    Stanford has outscored its first four opponents by an average of 20 pointsper contest.

    Penn State, which suffered a season-opening 74-58 loss to Villanova on Nov.16, has won three in a row, including Saturday's 73-54 semifinal victory overOklahoma State.

    Kelly Mazzante, who scored 21 points in Friday's 88-66 first-round win overFlorida Atlantic, poured in 25 points to lift the Lady Lions into the titlegame.

    This is just the second meeting between Penn State and Stanford. The LadyLions beat the Cardinal 73-63 on Jan. 4, 1984 in the seventh-place game of theDial Classic in Miami.

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