Stanford Women Stay Perfect In Pac-10

Jan 11, 2002

No. 4 Stanford 91, Oregon St. 54

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer thought she sawsomething familiar while watching her team sprint to a fast start.

'I told Nicole (Powell) this looks like old times,' VanDerveer said afterNo. 4 Stanford beat Oregon State 91-54 Thursday night to remain the onlyundefeated team in the Pac-10. 'She said that was the ultimate compliment.'

The 6-foot-2 sophomore, one assist shy of a triple-double, scored 20 pointsand grabbed 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season and the14th of her career as the Cardinal resemble the Stanford teams of the mid 90swhich reached the Final Four three consecutive years (1995-97).

'That start remained me of three or four years ago of Stanford teams thatreally got up the floor,' said Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra. 'WithPowell, it's nice having a taller guard, and she really does see everythingwell.'

Stanford led 19-2 after the first five minutes as Oregon State missed eightof its first nine shots and never got closer than 12 points the rest of thenight.

The Cardinal, who made 10 of their first 11 shots, led by 20 points a minutelater as they executed a crisp transition game and got several easy baskets asa result. They eventually built a 36-11 edge with 8:46 left in the first halffollowing a jumper by Lauren St. Clair.

'Nothing against Oregon State, but it was easy to run,' Powell said. 'Itwas all effort and we were all on the same page. That's a lot of fun.'

Freshmen T'Nae Thiel and Kelley Suminski added 13 points apiece as theCardinal (15-1, 5-0 Pac-10) won their seventh straight game. They added totheir best start in conference play since finishing the 1996-97 seasonunbeaten.

Felicia Ragland, the conference's leading scorer, had 20 points for OregonState (8-8, 4-3), which had won two in a row. The Beavers were off to theirbest conference start since 1988-89.

Stanford, which hasn't been ranked as high nationally in five years, alsoimproved to 16-0 against Oregon State at Maples Pavilion.

'We were running the ball and pushing it and creating good shotopportunities,' VanDerveer said. 'I like the way we played.'

Oregon State fell to 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 10 and 3-5 on theroad.

Stanford has beaten its opponents at home by an average of more than 20points, and has played just three games decided by nine points or less overall.

'That's a good Stanford team,' Spoelstra said. 'We were very tentative tostart and non-aggressive on offense. I thought we were watching the whiteuniforms more than looking for the orange uniforms. Their transition game wason.'

Oregon State's Leilani Estevan made her first free throw, but missed hersecond to end her consecutive streak at 12.

The Beavers rallied somewhat behind Ragland, who scored seven of her pointslate in the first half to draw within 48-34 by the break.

Lindsey Yamasaki scored 12 points and Bethany Donaphin added 11 forStanford.

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