No. 6 Stanford Women Down Arizona in Pac-10 Opener.
Dec 20, 2001
No. 6 Stanford 81, Arizona 57
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Freshman Kelley Suminski is making her case as one ofthe best three-point shooters on a Stanford team loaded with players who liketo put the ball up from behind the arc.
Suminski made 4-of-5 three-pointers on the way to a career-high 24 pointsfor the No. 6 ranked Cardinal in an 81-57 victory over Arizona on Wednesdaynight in the Pacific 10 Conference opener for both teams.
'I was getting good passes. People were penetrating and then dishing itback out,' Suminski said. 'I felt confident with (the three).'
She made 9-of-12 shots overall.
Her teammates joined in from the perimeter by making a season-11 3s.Stanford hit for 10 3s twice earlier this season against Penn State and SantaBarbara.
'You hate to be dependent on the threes, but I sure like it when Kelley isshooting,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'I am really impressed withher poise. We talk that she is not a super athlete, but she does what you tellher and never gets flustered.'
Stanford (9-1) also received a trio of 3-pointers from Lindsey Yamasaki andNicole Powell.
Stanford even had a four-pointer as Sebnem Kimyacioglu converted a freethrow after being fouled from beyond the line to give Stanford a 52-37 lead.
The Wildcats' Dee-Dee Wheeler made a pair of 3-pointers to trim the lead to54-46 with 7:30 left, but Stanford's Nicole Powell halted the brief run withthe team's final 3 of the game.
'It was frustrating. We would come down and get a shot, and then they wouldcome back and score again,' Wheeler said. 'We had to get back on defensebetter, and we didn't.'
Stanford built a 35-25 lead at halftime as the Cardinal made five3-pointers. Suminski made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 in an 18-2 runafter Arizona took a five-point lead. Nicole Powell had two 3 in that stretchto give the Cardinal a 20-9 edge. Powell finished with 11 points.
The Wildcats (4-5) switched defenses, going from man to zone, with littlesuccess. Arizona couldn't equal Stanford's success from the perimeter, makingjust 7-of-25 3-pointers.
'They have so many people that can shoot it. It is hard to play zoneagainst them,' Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. 'We played zone for alittle bit, and I wanted to play more of it but they shot us out of it.'
Arizona settled for mostly points inside with Elizabeth Pickney scoring 13.LaKeisha Taylor added 12 points, and Aimee Grzyb had 10.
Stanford point guard Susan King fell to the floor just before halftime after trying to change directions to catch a pass. She was carried off the floor and did not return. King could fly home as early as today to undergo tests and be examined by doctors. VanDerveer did not speculate on the extent of King's injury.