No. 7 Women's Basketball Try to Extend Perfect Start Against San Francisco

Nov 27, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford looks to continue the program's best start in five years Wednesdaywhen the seventh-ranked Cardinal play host to geographic rival San Francisco.

Stanford (5-0) won its second tournament title in as many weeks by defeatingPenn State 90-69 in the final of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday. TheCardinal, who won the Stanford Invitational last weekend, is 5-0 for the firsttime since the 1996-97 team opened with eight consecutive wins.

'This was a great trip for us,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'Weplayed three tough teams over here, including an excellent Penn State team. Ourdepth really helped us this weekend. We had a lot of great individual efforts,and several different people came through in clutch situations.'

Senior Lindsey Yamasaki led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds Sunday,while sophomore Nicole Powell added 18 points and nine boards as Stanfordposted its third win this season against a Big Ten opponent.

A 71-60 triumph over Hawaii on Friday was the Cardinal's closest decisionthis season. Their five wins have come by an average of 20.4 points.

Yamasaki is averaging a team-high 20.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, while Powelladds 14.8 points and a team-high 8.8 boards per game.

Wednesday begins a stretch of three straight games against West CoastConference opponents for Stanford, which visits Pepperdine on Friday beforereturning home Sunday to face Santa Clara. The Cardinal's first major testcomes Dec. 16 against second-ranked Tennessee.

San Francisco (0-2) has a difficult assignment as it tries to break into thewin column for the first time this season.

The Lady Dons are coming off a 69-67 loss to Nevada on Saturday. Freshmancenter Celeste Farmer scored 17 points and senior guard Lindsey Huff tallied 15points and six rebounds for poor-shooting San Francisco.

In two games, the Lady Dons have shot a dismal 34 percent (47-for-139) fromthe field, and just 54 (14-for-26) percent from the foul line.

Stanford has won five straight meetings with San Francisco. The Lady Dons'last win in the series came during the 1983-84 season.

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