No. 7 Cardinal Handles Cal, 63-53
Jan. 16, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 25 points and 11 rebounds and No.7 Stanford remained unbeaten in Pac-10 play, sending rival California to itsthird straight loss with a 63-53 victory Friday night.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first meeting of the season betweenthe schools, but Stanford (14-2, 7-0) did enough late in the game to win ugly.
Susan Borchardt added 19 points for the Cardinal, including 16 in the secondhalf.
Olga Volkova came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points and grabseven rebounds for the Golden Bears (9-7, 2-5) before leaving with 27 secondsleft following a hard hit in the face. Cal has lost five of its last six - butthe team's two defeats to the Arizona schools last weekend came by a combinedsix points.
Nihan Anaz, Cal's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game, scored with 11:53left to keep Cal within five, 38-33, before Powell scored five quick points.Anaz had 15 points and nine rebounds.
When the Bears made another threat late in the game, Powell immediatelyanswered with a three-point play with 6:26 remaining.
Powell, the conference's scoring and rebounding leader at 20.5 points and11.0 boards, made 10 of 25 shots, but Stanford finished 20-for-53 from thefield.
The Cardinal swept Cal in three meetings last season, including in thePac-10 tournament in San Jose. But, just like this year, the Bears made theirhome game at Haas Pavilion competitive, losing 53-50 only three days after a72-48 defeat at Maples Pavilion.
Powell made a pretty spin move in the first half and hit a short fallawayjumper, but Stanford started slowly on offense, making only 6 of its first 14shots. The Bears weren't any better, going 5-for-18 to start the game.
Stanford led 21-20 at halftime, matching its fewest points in a half thisseason. The Cardinal's lowest total in a game came in a 55-46 loss at TexasTech last month.
Stanford is 18-10 on Cal's home court, where the Bears haven't beaten theCardinal since Feb. 12, 1993. Cal set a school home attendance record forwomen's basketball with a crowd of 3,712.
The Cardinal's 6-foot-3 center Chelsea Trotter missed her third straightgame with sore knees.