Stanford Defeats USC, 89-75

Feb. 4, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Stanford University women's basketball team (12-7overall, 6-3 Pac-10) raced to a 26-point halftime lead, and never looked backin an 89-75 victory over USC (8-11, 3-6) on Sunday afternoon at the LosAngeles Sports Arena. Stanford has now won five in a row, and completed itsfirst Pac-10 weekend road sweep since Feb. 12 and 14 of 1999, also at USC andUCLA.

The Cardinal built the 55-29 halftime lead by shooting a blistering 72.7(24-of-33) percent from the field in the first half. Senior Sarah Dimson(Norman, OK/Norman HS) was 6-of-6 to lead the charge, while junior EnjoliIzidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) was 5-of-6. Stanford's starters made 12 oftheir 14 shots in the first 20 minutes, while USC, which shot 29.4 (10-of-34)percent in the first half, received just two baskets in 16 attempts from itsstarting five.

The Cardinal jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the opening 4:12 of the contest, andbuilt on the advantage throughout the first 20 minutes. Stanford then used a9-2 run over the final 2:00 of the half to extend the lead to 55-29 at thebreak.

'The first half was beautiful to watch,' Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveersaid. 'The first half really set the tone for the game. This was a big tripfor us, and a lot of people stepped up big.'

Stanford continued to build the lead with an 8-2 run at the start of thesecond half for what would be its biggest lead of the game at 63-31 with17:15 remaining. USC scored the next 11 points, however, to get within 63-42with 13:56 remaining. The Cardinal stayed in control the rest of the way,however, letting the hosts get no closer than 12 points (82-70 @ 3:09).

Junior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) had a game-high 28points for the Cardinal, including 8-of-13 from the field and eight rebounds.Freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) added 18 points, sixasssists and five rebounds, while Dimson added 15, Izidor 13 and juniorBethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) 10. Stanford shot 56.9(33-of-58) for the contest, while holding USC to just 31.2 (24-of-77) percent.

Stanford now returns home for the consecutive games, beginning on Thursday,February 8 against the University of Oregon at 7:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.The homestand also includes game against Oregon State (February 10 @ 7:30p.m.) and California (February 16 @ 7:30 p.m.).

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