No. 9 Stanford Rolls Over Oregon St.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Sebnem Kimyacioglu never lost confidence in hershooting. She just needed to get more comfortable.
Kimyacioglu scored 16 of her career-high 24 points in the first half to helpNo. 9 Stanford beat Oregon State 88-65 in a Pac-10 opener Saturday.
Kimyacioglu missed 31 of her last 39 shots in her previous five games beforegoing 7-of-13 against Oregon State.
'I've been confident of my shooting and now I'm getting more comfortable,'Kimyacioglu said. 'Thankfully they are starting to go down. I've been cominginto the gym early and working on repetition and getting back into the flow.'
Kristen Newlin added 16 points to help the Cardinal (8-2) improve to 19-0 athome against the Beavers. Chelsea Trotter scored 13 points and Azella Perrymanhad 12.
'That was a breakout game for Sebnem,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveersaid. 'She really got it going. I'm glad she was looking to be more offensive.We also went inside well and scored from there.'
Stanford also had a significant advantage on the boards, outreboundingOregon State 47-22.
Junior transfer Shannon Howell, playing in her first game for the Beavers(6-4), scored a career-high 32 points. Howell transferred from Nebraska in thewinter of 2002.
'She was a great player at Nebraska and it was kind of a surprise we gother eligible for this game,' Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra said. 'We'reglad to have her.'
Leilani Estavan had seven points and two assists to became the first playerin Oregon State history with 500 assists and 900 points.
'She's a great person and I'm happy when great people do great things likethat,' Spoelstra said. 'She's been sick all week and we weren't sure we wouldhave her today but she's a trooper.'
Stanford played without All-American senior forward Nicole Powell, whoseverely sprained her left ankle in a loss to Texas Tech a week ago.
'It's interesting without Nicole that a lot of different people step up andscore,' Spoelstra said. 'That makes them even more dangerous in a lot ofways.'
Oregon State sophomore guard Ebony Young missed the game after tearing theanterior cruciate ligament in her left knee against Cincinnati.
Stanford held the Beavers scoreless for nearly six minutes of the first halfand scored 20 straight points during a 28-2 run that made it 36-9 with 7:56left in the half.
'It looked good, especially in the first half,' VanDerveer said. 'It wasa big game for us to come out and have a convincing win, especially with ourinjury situation.'