No. 11 Stanford Hammers Washington, 112-35
Jan. 9, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Jayne Appel had 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in only 19 minutes, Jeanette Pohlen added 16 points and eight assists and No. 11 Stanford made 14 3-pointers on the way to the largest margin of victory in conference history, 112-35 over Washington on Thursday night.
Jillian Harmon scored 14 points in 16 minutes of action as the Cardinal (12-3, 3-0 Pac-10) topped a 73-point win over Long Beach State from Dec. 8, 1993 (122-49) with their fourth straight victory since losing at two-time defending national champion Tennessee on Dec. 21 in a rematch of last season's NCAA title game.
Sarah Morton scored seven points to lead Washington (5-7, 1-1), which couldn't keep up from the opening tip and fell behind big right away to fall to 0-3 against ranked opponents this season.
It was Stanford's sixth consecutive win in the series, 10th in a row at home against the Huskies in Maples Pavilion and 10th in 11 overall dating to Jan. 4, 2004. Coach Tara VanDerveer was able to use several different combinations on the court and get plenty of playing time for her deep, talented bench.
Stanford, picked to win its ninth straight Pac-10 regular-season title, shot 65.6 percent in the first half (21-for-32) on the way to a 47-point lead. The Cardinal shot above 60 percent in a first half for the second time this season and finished the night at 57 percent.
The sloppy Huskies beat rival Washington State 71-58 in their conference opener last weekend but were way overmatched by Stanford. And it doesn't get easier Sunday at Berkeley against No. 13 California in a nationally televised game.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit four 3-pointers and freshman Lindy La Rocque added three of Stanford's 3s, helping the Cardinal score a season high in points and reach the 100 mark for the second time. The school record for 3-pointers is 16, accomplished twice.
Once her work was done, Pohlen sat down and needed an ice pack on her right hand. Stanford also forced 22 turnovers and held a 55-27 rebounding advantage.
The Cardinal could have another lopsided game Saturday when they host Washington State - 11 of the last 14 games with the Cougars have been decided by more than 20 points.
In this one, Stanford jumped out to a 31-4 lead and started the game 10-for-12 with five 3-pointers in the opening 8 1/2 minutes, while Washington began the game by missing its first seven shots before Heidi McNeill's basket at 16:02. The Huskies were 3-for-18 at one point and trailed 62-15 at halftime.
Washington is 4-20 all-time at Stanford, where the Huskies have lost their last four contests by 26 or more points. The team's last win at Maples came on Feb. 18, 1999.