Stanford to Face Minnesota In Hawaii

Nov 22, 2001

Stanford will look for its first 3-0 start in five years when it takes onMinnesota in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on Friday.

Last week, the seventh-ranked Cardinal (2-0) captured their own StanfordInvitational Basketball Tournament with wins over Indiana and UC-Santa Barbara.

Lindsey Yamasaki scored 21 points to lead Stanford to an 87-64 victory overSanta Barbara in the championship game and to earn tournament MVP honors lastSaturday.

Yamasaki also scored 27 points in the win over Indiana. She averaged 12.4points and 4.4 rebounds last season to earn All-Pac 10 honorable mention.

'Lindsey's playing great at both ends of the floor,' Stanford coach TaraVanDerveer said.

Through two games, sophomore guard Nicole Powell, who was named the Pac-10Freshman of the Year last season, is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 assists.

Powell also had four steal against Santa Barbara, leading a Stanford defensethat forced 30 turnovers.

The Cardinal will be looking for a repeat of past success in Hawaii thisweekend, as they have won 10 of their previous 11 meetings on the islands.

First, they'll have to deal with a Minnesota team that is also coming off asuccessful showing in its own tournament. The Golden Gophers (2-0) won theMinnesota Basketball Classic with victories over Butler and Santa Clara.

Sophomore guard Lindsay Whalen averaged 21.0 points in the two games to earntournament MVP honors and to give first-year Golden Gophers coach BrendaOldfield her first two wins. Whalen was also named the Big Ten Player of theWeek.

However, Whalen is getting plenty of help with the scoring. Freshman forwardJanel McCarville is averaging 17.5 points, and sophomore forward KadidjaAndersson is scoring 14.5 per game for a high-powered Minnesota offense that isaveraging 103.0 points per game.

After setting a school record by shooting 71 percent from the floor againstButler, Minnesota connected on 56 percent of its shots versus Santa Clara.

The Cardinal and Golden Gophers have met just once previously, with Stanfordwinning an 87-64 contest in 1987.

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