Oregon Women Fall To No. 2 Stanford, 77-72

Feb 7, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lindsey Yamasaki scored 24 points, and second-rankedStanford overcame an early deficit to defeat Oregon 77-72 Thursday night andremain unbeaten in the Pac-10 Conference.

The game was tied at 58, when a layup by Yamasaki put the Cardinal ahead forgood. That was the last field goal Stanford would make, but it converted17-of-19 free throws in the final 3:58 to hold off the Ducks. Nicole Powell,8-of-11 from the line for the game, added 20 points for Stanford.

'(Stanford) got some second efforts and converted on them,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'But in the second half, we were able to get some more boards and attack in transition.'

Oregon led 20-17 midway through the first half thanks to a 6-0 run, butStanford (23-1, 13-0) went on a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to pullahead 30-20. Oregon (12-11, 7-7) was 0-8 from the field and had five turnoversin that stretch.

Stanford led 38-31 at halftime. But Oregon, led by Shaquala Williams with 22points, hit its first seven shots of the second half to take a 45-44 lead with16:03 left.

A jump shot by Yamasaki, who also had five rebounds, gave Stanford a 46-45lead. Oregon's Alissa Edwards followed that with a 7-0 run of her own, hittinga layup, a 3-pointer and a jump shot to put the Ducks back in front at 50-46with 12:42 left.

'One of the things we talked about in practice was trying to give our maximum effort,' Smith said. 'I think everyone left the floor tonight with nothing left to give.'

Cathrine Kraayeveld added eight points and nine rebounds for Oregon.

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