Stanford Looks for Third Conference Win Against UCLA

Dec 27, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - The Pac-10 schedule has treated Stanford fairly well so far. Thesixth-ranked Cardinal will look for their third straight conference win whenthey entertain UCLA on Friday.

After blowing out Arizona in the league opener on Dec. 19, Stanford (10-1,2-0) fell behind early before rallying past Arizona State 75-66 last Friday.

Last season, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington tied for the conferencetitle.

'This is a great win for us,' said Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer,whose team opened with back-to-back conference wins for the first time since1997-98. 'It gives us confidence on the road, and high expectations for thePac-10 season.'

Sophomore Nicole Powell and senior Lindsey Yamasaki did much of the damageagainst Arizona State, combining for 47 points. Powell scored 25 points on10-of-15 shooting, as the Cardinal shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the field.

While Stanford was happy with the results of its first two Pac-10 games, theCardinal did receive some bad news as sophomore guard Susan King re-injured herright knee against Arizona. She had an MRI the next day, but the results wereinconclusive. She will be re-evaluated on Jan. 2.

King averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 assists and three rebounds in the first ninegames of last season before being lost for the rest of the year with a tornright ACL. She also missed the first eight games of this season after havingthe knee scoped on Nov. 8.

UCLA (3-7, 0-2) has not been as successful in early Pac-10 play, falling toOregon and Oregon State. Overall, the Bruins have lost six straight sinceopening the season with wins in three of four.

Much of the Bruins' troubles can be attributed to the loss of leading scorerMichelle Greco, who will miss the rest of the season because of an undisclosedmedical condition. Greco averaged 23.6 points through the first five games.

With their marquee weapon sidelined, the Bruins now turn to forward KristeePorter as their primary offensive threat. However, Porter, who is averaging12.3 points, has played in only four games.

Porter, who averaged 13 points last season, did not play until Dec. 8because she was competing for the Bruins in the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Stanford holds a 23-19 lead in the all-time series against UCLA, winning 23of the last 26.

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