No. 2 Women's Basketball Easily Defeats Washington State, 76-50

Feb 16, 2002

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - With the Pac-10 Conference title already secured,Lindsey Yamasaki and her second-ranked Stanford teammates are looking ahead,though not too far ahead.

Yamasaki scored 18 points in her final home game as Stanford defeatedWashington State 76-50 on Saturday for its 18th consecutive victory.

'Today was significant in a different way,' Yamasaki said. 'Thissymbolized the beginning of the end. We'll have nothing but farewells from nowon.'

Azella Perryman added a career-high 13 points and 16 rebounds for her secondcareer double-double as the Cardinal (26-1, 16-0 Pac-10) improved to 34-0against the Cougars.

'This was Senior Day and we already clinched the title, so I think we werea little out of rhythm,' said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. 'The regularseason was for a seed in the tournament. Now we'll play the tournament for aseed in the NCAA tournament.'

Brittany Hawks led Washington State (2-24, 0-16) with 16 points and 10rebounds for her 11th double-double. The Cougars lost their school-record 21ststraight.

'Brittany has been a big key for us,' Washington State coach JennyPrzekwas said. 'She's been one of our most consistent players.'

Washington State's last victory - Przekwas' 150th - came on Nov. 29.

The Cardinal's winning streak is the fifth-longest in school history. Theyclinched the Pac-10 title, their 11th, with a victory over Washington onThursday.

Sebnem Kimyacioglu hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to give Stanforda 49-27 advantage and the Cougars never got any closer.

Washington State has lost 14 games by more than 20 points.

'They just took advantage in the size department,' said Przekwas.'They're bigger than we are. That's a great team, and there's a reason they'reNo. 2 in the country and Pac-10 champs. You saw today they started fivedifferent people and they started well. It shows they have a heavy bench.'

Stanford, attempting to go unbeaten in conference play for the first time infive years, used a 22-6 run to open an 18-point lead en route to a 42-25halftime lead. The Cardinal were whistled for one foul in the first 20 minutes.

Nicole Powell, who recorded a triple-double against Washington on Thursday,was poked in the eye going for a loose ball with 3:38 left in the first half.She returned at 15:52 of the second half, but left for good four minutes later.She finished with 10 points.

'It was scary when Nicole went down, but that gave others a chance toplay,' said VanDerveer, who added Powell was fine.

Since Stanford started its five seniors, Powell, the Pac-10's leadingrebounder, missed just her second start in two years. She entered the contestafter three minutes.

The seniors - Yamasaki, Cori Enghusen, Enjoli Izidor, Bethany Donaphin andLauren St. Clair - have a 55-15 four-year conference record with two gamesremaining.

'We have come a long way,' said Yamasaki. 'I feel like we're part ofsomething special.'

Washington State will try to avoid becoming the first team to go winless inthe 16-year history of the Pac-10 when it plays host to Oregon and Oregon Statein its final games.

Washington State will also compete in the inaugural Pac-10 tournament.

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