Women's Hoops Falls To Sixth-Ranked Stanford, 78-66

Dec 30, 2001

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Lindsey Yamasaki was frustrated in the first half.Then, she frustrated Southern California in the second half.

Yamasaki scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half as No. 6 Stanfordbeat the Women of Troy 78-66 on Sunday in a battle of Pac-10 unbeatens.

'It's so tough when you get into foul trouble early because they werestupid fouls,' Yamasaki said. 'I just sat there on the bench wanting to putmyself in because I wanted to play so bad. It just made me angry andfrustrated. I had to take a step back and catch my breath.'

Nicole Powell recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 26 pointsand 10 rebounds as the Cardinal improved to 12-1 oevrall and 4-0 in the Pac-10. Kelley Suminski had 10 points.

'Against USC, rebounding and taking care of the ball are the keys,'Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'We did a good job of that. USC can makeyou look bad. Nicole and Lindsay are our big-time players and they madebig-time plays.'

Ebony Hoffman scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Tiffany Elmore added19 points for USC (7-6, 3-1), which had its season-high four-game winningstreak snapped.

Elmore became the 17th player in USC history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

The Women of Troy had to deal with a severe case of food poisoning inaddition to Stanford. USC sophomore Aisha Hollans, who finished with 10 points,did not start for the first time this season as a result.

She left the court suddenly during the first half, unable to shoot a freethrow. She went directly into the locker room.

Hollans, the team's leading scorer, has missed 15 consecutive three-pointattempts after making 13 of her first 25.

'It was horrible,' USC coach Chris Gobrecht said. 'It hit our assistantcoach, trainer and three players severely.'

Stanford, off to its best start since 1996-97, outscored the Women of Troy16-6 over the final five minutes.

'We just did not defend going down the stretch,' Gobrecht said. 'We weredragging. With a lot of kids sick, we ran out of gas. But Stanford also has somany weapons they can throw at you, you can't key on any one person.'

USC, also off to their best start since 1996-97, fell to 0-5 when trailingat the half.

Rachel Woodward's turnaround jumper with 5:11 remaining to pulled USC within62-60, but Lauren St. Clair's 3-pointer less than a minute later gave theCardinal some breathing room.

'They took the life out of us after St. Clair hit that 3,' Hoffman said.'After that it was downhill.'

USC missed 13 of its first 14 shots and fell behind 13-4.

St. Clair, who had 10 points, hit a jumper to give Stanford its biggest leadat 25-9 with 7:28 left in the half. USC rallied to within six before theCardinal took a 36-28 lead into halftime.

USC travels to Washington State on Friday, Jan. 4, and Washington on Sunday, Jan. 6. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

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