No. 7 Cardinal Rolls Past Minnesota
Nov. 23, 2001
HONOLULU - Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS)became just the 22nd player in Stanford University women's basketball historyto score 1,000 career points as the seventh-ranked Cardinal (3-0) rolled to a96-65 victory over the University of Minnesota (2-1) on Friday evening in thefirst round of the Panda Travel Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University ofHawaii. Yamasaki finished with 17 points, while sophomore Nicole Powell(Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) led Stanford with 19 points and eightrebounds.
The Cardinal, which is off to its first 3-0 start since 1996-97, nextplays the winner of Friday night's Hawaii-Wyoming game in Saturday'ssemifinals. The contest will be played at 11:10 a.m. (HT) on Saturday ifWyoming wins, and 1:20 p.m. (HT) if Hawaii is victorious.
Stanford took the lead for good at 12-11 on a Yamasaki baseline jumperwith 13:44 remaining in the first half. Just 1:14 later, Yamasaki made a pairof free throws to become the first Cardinal to reach the 1,000-point barriersince Vanessa Nygaard in the 1997-98 campaign.
Stanford broke the game open with an 11-4 run at the end of the firsthalf that gave it a 46-32 lead at the intermission. Freshman T'Nae Thiel(Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS), who finished with 14 points on 7-of-9shooting, had four points in the run while Powell had three.
Minnesota scored the first five points of the second half to cut it to46-37, but Stanford quickly broke the game open with a 9-1 run on three3-pointers in a 45-second span. Powell hit back-to-back treys and freshmanKelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) followed with a 3-pointer of her ownfor a 55-38 advantage with 17:34 to play.
After a Minnesota basket cut the lead to 15, Stanford put the game out ofreach with an 11-0 run. Freshmen Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View,CA/Pinewood School) and T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford TX/Weatherford HS) combinedfor all but two of those points to put Stanford ahead 66-40 with 12:52remaining. The Golden Gophers, who were held scoreless for 4:42 in thatstretch, didn't threaten again and the Cardinal was able to clear its benchand play no one more than 27 minutes.
'Everyone contributed tonight, and this was a nice win for us,' Yamasakisaid. 'We got by on our size and athleticism.'
The margin of victory was Stanford's largest since an 85-50 home win overMassachusetts on December 3, 2000.
Stanford, which shot 54.2 (39-of-72) percent from the field and held theGolden Gophers to 35.7 (20-of-56) percent), also received 10 points fromsenior Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) and nine assists and eightpoints from Kimyacioglu.
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