No. 5 Cardinal Women Survive Rutgers, 50-46
Jan. 2, 2002
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - T'Nae Theil scored 14 points to lead fifth-rankedStanford to a 50-46 victory Wednesday night over Rutgers, which was without twostarters.
Stanford (13-1) opened a 22-6 lead with 11:03 left in the first half, butRutgers turned up the defense as the Cardinal went cold.
With only two players on the bench, the Scarlet Knights (4-7) got aseason-high 12 points from point guard Saona Chapman and 12 from DawnMcCullouch. Rutgers played without Davalyn Cunningham, who has a sprainedankle, and Mauri Horton, out with a bruised heel. They average a combined for25 points.
The Scarlet Knights went on a 12-0 run behind four points from MariotaTheodoris and extended the run to 20-3 to take a 26-25 lead with 3:26 left inthe first half.
Stanford's Enjoli Izidor was the only player to score in the final minutesof the half, giving the Cardinal a 27-26 lead at the break.
Stanford averaging 83.1 points, made just 4-of-13 3-pointers in the firsthalf and was outrebounded 24-16.
Both teams struggled offensively in the second half until Stanford broke itopen with another run. The Cardinal scored seven straight points on a 3-pointerby Sebnem Kimyacioglu and layups by Nicole Powell and Bethany Donaphin for a44-37 lead with 6:19 left.
Theil finished 6-for-9 while the rest of Stanford's starters went 8-for-20.Rutgers fared worse, shooting just 28 percent on the night but outreboundedStanford 50-43.
Kimyacioglu finished with nine points and freshman Kelly Suminski had seven.