Cardinal Roll Over Tulane, 77-55, To Advance To Sweet 16
March 19, 2002
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell had her second straight triple-doublewith 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Stanford beat Tulane 77-55 Mondaynight in the second round of the NCAA West Regional.
Lindsey Yamasaki added 24 points for second-seeded Stanford (32-2), whichadvances to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1996-97 season. They willplay Colorado (23-9) in Boise, Idaho in the West Regional semifinals.
Teana McKiver had 16 points for 10th-seeded Tulane (24-11), making itseighth-straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Stanford is playing in its 15th consecutive tournament. The Cardinal haveadvanced to the Final Four six times, and won NCAA Championships in 1990 and1992.
Paced by McKiver, the Green Wave kept up with the taller and more athleticCardinal until midway through the first half when Yamasaki made a 3-pointerthat put Stanford ahead 23-14.
The home crowd at Maples Pavilion jumped to its feet when freshman guardKelley Suminski nailed a 3-pointer and got fouled with 3:36 left in the half.Although she missed the extra shot, her 3 put Stanford up 35-18. The Cardinaltook a 40-24 lead into the half.
The second half was all Stanford, but the attention was on Powell after hertriple-double led the Cardinal to a 76-51 victory in the first round Saturdayagainst Weber State. Powell, the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, had20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in that victory.
Powell had amassed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists by the halfMonday night en route to her sixth career triple-double. The 6-foot-2 sophomoreis the only player in Pac-10 history with more than one.
When she finally left the game with just under two minutes left, she pumpedher fist and grinned.
Yamasaki, the team's top scorer, missed the Pac-10 tournament after she hadan emergency appendectomy. She eased her way into the tournament, playing 18minutes in the first-round game.
The Cardinal, ranked as high as No. 2 this season, took the conference titlewith a perfect 18-0 record but lost in the Pac-10 tournament to Arizona State.
The Green Wave, who advanced to the second round with a 73-69 victory overColorado State, had won eight of nine with the only loss coming in theConference USA championship game against Cincinnati.