Pac-10 Champion Stanford Seeks 19th Straight Win
Feb 21, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - Winner of the Pac-10 regular-season title, No. 2 Stanford still has itssights set on a perfect conference record.
The Cardinal, winners of 18 straight games overall, play in Los Angeles onFriday against Southern California.
Stanford (26-1, 16-0), which clinched the Pac-10 title on Feb. 14, posted a76-50 rout of Washington State on Saturday.
'Today was significant in a different way,' Yamasaki said. 'Thissymbolized the beginning of the end. We'll have nothing but farewells from nowon.'
Stanford can clinch its fourth 18-0 Pac-10 season and first since 1996-97with wins against USC on Friday and UCLA on Sunday.
The Cardinal currently own the third-best regular season winning percentagein school history, and can move into second place with two wins this weekend.
Stanford has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 tournament, and will openplay on March 2 against the winner of Friday's California-UCLA game.
Yamasaki and Nicole Powell have provided a potent one-two punch for theCardinal all season.
Yamasaki averages a team-high 16.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists pergame. Powell has been stellar since taking over full-time at point guard onFeb. 7. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is scoring 15.4 points per game, with aconference-best 9.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
Yamasaki scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half to lead Stanford to a78-66 victory over Southern California on Dec. 30. The Cardinal have won 15 ofthe last 16 meetings and seven straight in Los Angeles.
With two games remaining in the regular season, USC (14-11, 10-6) isbattling for position in the Pac-10 standings. The Women of Troy are fourth,one game behind Washington and one ahead of Oregon and Oregon State.
Southern Cal's league record is its best since a 13-5 finish in 1997.
Sophomore Aisha Hollans had 19 points and six rebounds and freshman RachelWoodward added 17 and seven, as USC held on for a 71-64 victory at Arizona onSaturday.