Ducks Drop Decision To No. 4 Stanford, 91-76

Jan 13, 2002

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell set a school record with 21 reboundsand added 23 points as No. 4 Stanford defeated Oregon 91-76 on Sunday in a gamebetween the Pac-10's top teams.

Lauren St. Clair added a season-high 17 points and T'Nae Thiel had acareer-high 19 as Stanford (16-1, 6-0 Pac-10) won its eighth in a row.

Edniesha Curry, in her third game back from a left foot injury, and ShaqualaWilliams each scored 19 points for Oregon (10-7, 5-3), which lost for the 15thconsecutive time at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford has won five of its conference games by 10 points or more, and isoutscoring Pac-10 teams by an average of 20 points.

Powell recorded her second straight double-double, the eighth of the seasonand the 15th in 47 career games at Stanford. She had 12 points and 11 reboundsby halftime.

Powell, as comfortable playing the point as she is the post, already ranksfirst in school history in career rebounds per game (8.89 entering Sunday'sgame) and averages a double-double this year.

The previous school rebounding record of 20 was last reached by Kathy Murphyon Jan. 6, 1978, against Division III Cal Poly Pomona.

Williams moved ahead of Jessica Schutt and into third place on the Ducks3-point career list - with 109 - when she made her second long shot with 16:35remaining in the game, tying the score at 51.

Oregon led 56-54 before Lindsey Yamasaki, who finished with 12 points,sparked a 12-0 run for the Cardinal with a 3-pointer. Sebnem Kimyacioglu had a3-pointer and sank two free throws during the run.

Oregon jumped to a 15-4 lead in the first four minutes on the strength ofmaking four of its first five shots, while limiting the Cardinal to one basketin their first eight tries.

Curry made all five of her 3-point attempts in the half.

Stanford outscored the Ducks 13-7 over the final four minutes to take a46-40 halftime lead.

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