Women's Basketball Rolls Over Love & Basketball

Nov. 11, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Stanford University women's basketball team to an easy 98-49 exhibition victory over Love & Basketball on Sunday evening at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal, who opened the two-game exhibition season with a 106-59 victory over KSC Szekszard of Hungary on Wednesday night, open the 2001-02 regular season on Friday night when it hosts the Stanford Invitational Basketball Tournament at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will open the tourney against Indiana at 8:00 p.m., while UC Santa Barbara and Western Kentucky meet at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, the consolation game will be played at 6:00 p.m. and the championship game at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday's exhibition game was a story of shooting percentages. The Cardinal connected on an impressive 57.1 (40-of-70) percent of its shots, including a red hot 63.6 (21-of-33) percent clip in the second half. Love & Basketball, meanwhile, finished at 26.4 percent (14-of-53) from the field and was 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) in the first half alone.

Yamasaki made 8 of her 11 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range to lead the Cardinal in scoring for the second consecutive game. Freshman Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, en route to 18 points and sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Freshman T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) added 12 points and six rebounds for the winners, while senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) chipped in 10 points and seven boards. Stanford out-rebounded Love & Basketball 49-24, and also enjoyed a 25-6 assist advantage.

Stanford took control of the game with a 27-7 run that spanned the final 5:02 of the first half and the first 4:59 of the second half. The decisive run turned a 28-18 Cardinal lead into a commanding 55-25 advantage with 15:01 remaining.

Akia Hardy led Love & Basketball with 16 points.

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