Stanford Downs Rice 72-62

Dec 18, 2003

HOUSTON (AP) - Nicolle Powell and the Stanford Cardinal needed a little timeto get warmed up against Rice.

Powell scored all 16 of her points in the second half and had 13 rebounds tohelp No. 7 Stanford rally for a 72-62 victory over Rice on Thursday night.

'I decided to try to come back slowly,' Powell said. 'In the first half Iwas handling the ball a lot and they were putting a lot of pressure on me.'

Powell was 0-for-6 in the first half and 6-for-15 overall.

'I never worry about her not showing up. She will always show up and shecan carry us,' teammate Chelsea Trotter said.

After trailing by as many as 10 early in the second half, Stanford (7-1)outscored Rice 15-5 to take a 51-49 lead with 8:34 left. Powell had six of the15 points.

'They were the best team in the first half. They came out running and wewere a step slow,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. 'We have been afast-starting team all year. I don't know why we weren't tonight.'

Trotter and Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 13 points each, and Susan Borchardt added10 for the Cardinal.

Rosyland Jeffries led Rice (2-5) with 12 points, Michelle Woods had 11 andAnne Peck 10.

'We quit moving the ball in the second half and we missed some good shotswhen they made that run,' Rice coach Christy McKinney said. 'Also,defensively we weren't quite as aggressive in the second half. ... They cameout in the second half and stepped it up a notch. We have to learn to matchthat.'

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