Washington Falls To No. 4 Stanford, 82-60
Jan. 27, 2005
By TIM BOOTH
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Brooke Smith and the Stanford Cardinal took it right at theyoung Washington Huskies.
Smith scored 20 points, and No. 4 Stanford used an early second-half run topull away from Washington for an 82-60 victory Thursday night.
'She's tough to stop inside,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'Theywere physical against her, put bodies on her, and I thought she did a goodjob.'
Freshman standout Candice Wiggins scored 10 of her 12 points in the secondhalf to help Stanford (18-2, 9-1 Pac-10) win its ninth straight game.Stanford's last loss was Dec. 29 at Oregon.
Smith is in her first season at Stanford after transferring from Duke. Aformer California state player of the year, Smith has given Stanford an impactpresence inside, averaging 13 points. She was 9-of-13 from the field and alsohad seven rebounds.
Stanford has won four straight against Washington and seven of the lasteight in the series.
'They're huge and they're good,' Washington's Jill Bell said. 'We hadsome breakdowns defensively ... and they did a good job of taking it inside onus.'
Trailing by five at halftime, Washington scored the first six points of thesecond half, taking its only lead of the game at 37-36 on a 3-pointer fromCameo Hicks with 18:55 left.
From there, Stanford scored 23 of the next 30 points to take a 15 pointlead. The Huskies went more than 4 minutes without scoring.
'We turned it over too much in the first half,' VanDerveer said. 'At halfwe talked about executing on offense better and going inside.'
Wiggins played just 7 minutes and scored two points in the first half afterpicking up two early fouls. She scored 10 points in the first 8:30 of thesecond half, but still finished below her average of 17.4. Wiggins has twicebeen selected the Pac-10 player of the week.
'She was pressing a little bit and this was not one of her better games,'VanDerveer said. 'But she's persistent and still made some big shots for us.'
Bell led Washington with 14 points, but fouled out with 5:36 left. BreanneWatson added 10, but the Huskies shot just 36 percent. Washington (8-12, 4-6)had won its last two games, both on the road, after a four-game losing streak.
'We just didn't really recover from their run,' Bell said. 'They did agood job hitting their shots.'
The game played out in a similar fashion to the first meeting on Jan. 4between the two teams. In that game, Stanford led by four at halftime and useda run early in the second half to pull away.
'They've gotten better since the last time we played them,' Washingtoncoach June Daugherty said. 'They are a legitimate top two or three team in thecountry.'
Kelley Suminski made four 3-pointers for the Cardinal and finished with 14points. Suminski made three 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the game asthe Cardinal jumped out to a 16-8 lead.
Washington chipped away and tied it at 26 on a 3-pointer from leading scorerKristen O'Neill, her first points of the game. She finished with eight points.
Washington missed two opportunities to take the lead, and Stanford closedthe first half with a 10-5 spurt for a 36-31 lead.
The Huskies fell to 2-5 this season against Top 25 teams.
'With a team like this, if you make a mistake they seem to make you pay andit really stings when you do,' Daugherty said.