Stanford Routs Oregon State, 83-45
Dec. 27, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - After a loss to Tennessee, fifth-ranked Stanfordregained its focus with a balanced rout of Oregon State.
Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 10 points and 10 assists to lead Stanford to an 83-45victory Monday night in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.
The Cardinal (9-1) were coming off a 70-67 loss to then-No. 9 Tennessee onDec. 21. As a result of the loss, Stanford lost dropped in the rankings fromNo. 2.
'Our team is very steady,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'I likethat out team doesn't get too excited when we win or too down when we lose.'
Stanford's Brooke Smith led all scorers with 18 points.
'I thought the loss gave us more confidence,' Smith said. 'We have a goodteam. We have great players and we'll work it out.'
Oregon State (4-6) had a two-game winning streak snapped. Shannon Howell,who was leading the conference with an average of 22.4 points, was held to just2, a career low at Oregon State.
Beavers coach Judy Spoelstra said she impressed on Howell to go harder, butthe senior guard was being thwarted by Stanford's Candice Wiggins.
'We just had to sit her down and go with other players for a while,'Spoelstra said.
'Candice got on her right away and just got the ball away from her,'VanDerveer said. 'That was really disruptive.'
The experienced Cardinal cruised to a 41-26 lead at halftime. Kimyacioglu's3-pointer made it 57-30 in the second half and Stanford went on to lead by asmany as 38 points, the final margin.
Kelley Suminski had 14 points for the Cardinal. Mandy Close led the Beaverswith 13.
'It was a good experience and we're going to learn from it. We're going tohave bumps in the road and we're going to have to keep our heads up.'
Stanford travels south to Eugene on Wednesday to Oregon.
The Cardinal also won their conference opener last year - an 88-65 rout ofOregon State at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford has won nine straight games against the Beavers and leads theseries 33-6. The Beavers' last victory over the Cardinal came Jan. 11, 2001,when Oregon State won 81-65 in Corvallis.
Overall, it was the most lopsided margin of victory for Stanford on the roadsince January, 2002, when the Cardinal routed Washington State 104-57 inPullman.
Susan King Borchardt returned for the Cardinal, after missing thenon-conference schedule with an injury to her left foot.