Oregon Defeated By No. 6 Stanford

By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. - Nicole Powell hit pair of free throws with 1.3 secondsleft as No. 6 Stanford held off a late rally to beat Oregon 75-74 Saturdaynight for their 25th straight Pac-10 Conference win.

A pair of free throws by Carolyn Ganes gave the Ducks a 74-73 lead with 3.3seconds left. Powell then caught a long 75-foot inbounds pass and was fouled byKedzie Gunderson as she drove for the basket.

'The first one (free throw), I felt pressure,' Powell said. 'You're at Mac Court -- I couldn't hear anything.'

T'Nae Thiel led the Cardinal (12-1, 4-0), who have won seven straight, with18 points.'Certainly we would want that one over,' Oregon second-year coach Bev Smith said. 'We're going to look at that 3.3 seconds, but there are a lot of other things we're going to look at as well. It was a fun game to be a part of, a fun game to coach.'

Powell, playing in her fourth game of the season after missing Stanford'sfirst nine games with a back injury, had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Alissa Edwards had a career-high 17 points for Oregon (6-9, 2-4). Ganes had14 points.

Stanford, led by as many as 15 points in the second half. But a wide-open3-pointer by Edwards and a leaning jumper by Gunderson pull the Ducks within66-63 with 5:27 to go.

After Thiel hit a 3-pointer for the Cardinal, Edwards nailed another 3 forOregon and Andrea Bills added a long jumper to close to within 69-68 with 3:56to go.

'We fought hard ... we did everything we could,' said Edwards, who hit 5-of-6 from 3-point range. 'We had people step up on offense and our fans were loud. All thos helped us a lot.'

Powell hit a pair of foul shots before Gunderson's turnaround layup pulledOregon to 71-70 and she added a steal at the other end that led to YadiliOkwumabua's layup to put the Ducks ahead 72-71.

Chelsea Trotter put Stanford back up 73-72, but then fouled Ganes with 3.3seconds left. Ganes made both her shots to give Oregon back the brief lead.

Oregon kept up with the faster and stronger Cardinal through much of thefirst half and trailed 25-24 when Ganes made a 3-pointer with 5:50 to go.

But then Stanford started to pull away, wrapping up the half with a 14-4 runthat gave the Cardinal a 39-28 lead.

Gunderson had her best game in an Oregon uniform, scoring a career-high 13 points to go with six rebounds. Bills was Oregon's fourth double-figure scorer with 16 on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Overall, the Ducks had a season-high 21 assists, six by Edwards, and tied a season-low with only eight turnovers.

'I give real credit not only to Oregon's team, the crowd coming out, it's exciting,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'I admire their loyalty. Their kids played with a lot of heart and so did ours.'

The Ducks remain without top scorer Cathrine Kraayeveld, who has a staphinfection in her right knee. Kraayeveld was hospitalized for five days afterthe infection appeared Dec. 26.

She is expected to miss at least five more weeks.

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