No. 7 Stanford Blows By Arizona
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 15 points, 12 rebounds and sevenassists and No. 7 Stanford made 15 3-pointers, turning an expected close gameinto an 84-62 blowout of Arizona in a matchup of Pac-10 unbeatens Saturday.
Krista Rappahahn hit 4 of 6 3s for 16 points. Powell, Sebnem Kimyacioglu andKelley Suminski all had three 3s for the Cardinal, who missed a team record byone 3-pointer.
This was close to the kind of complete game coach Tara VanDerveer has beenlooking and hoping for from the Cardinal (13-2, 6-0 Pac-10), who improved to20-3 lifetime against Arizona in Maples Pavilion and 9-1 at home this season.
They struggled at times in a 14-point win against Arizona State on Thursdaynight.
Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 19 points for a cold-shooting Arizona team that wenton a late 24-5 run that hardly mattered. The Wildcats (12-4, 4-1), 4-for-12from long range, came in as the conference's No. 2 scoring team at 74.1, behindWashington and ahead of Stanford. It was just the second time they were heldbelow 65 points.
Stanford shot 8-for-13 from behind the arc in the first 13ï¿½ minutes and keptup the torrid shooting after halftime. Seven of the Cardinal's first eightfield goals in the second half were from long range on the way to their biggestlead, 69-22.
Arizona center Shawntinice Polk hurt her right knee during the first shot ofthe game, a miss by Wheeler. Polk, the Wildcats' second-leading scorer at 16.7points, limped back down the court to play defense, then grimaced in painbefore a timeout was called and she left the game with help at the 19:32 mark.She returned a few minutes later but wasn't effective, scoring six points on2-for-7 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds before fouling out with 51.3seconds left.
Arizona started the game 1-for-9 with four turnovers while Stanford hit 6 ofits first 11 shots to jump out to a 17-2 lead. The Wildcats didn't score untilthe 15:22 mark of the first half on Wheeler's steal and lay-in. The team's nextbasket didn't come until 3ï¿½ minutes later on another steal and breakaway byWheeler.
The Wildcats, who went to a full-court press late in the first half to tryto fluster the Cardinal, were 4-for-20 and fell behind 36-9 with 4:32 beforehalftime and trailed 44-12 at the break. They shot 20.8 percent in the firsthalf (5-for-24).
Stanford allowed its fewest points in a half this season.
The Cardinal's 6-foot-3 center Chelsea Trotter missed her second straightgame with sore knees.
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