Unbeaten Women's Basketball To Host Santa Clara

Dec 1, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford, enjoying its best start in five years, tries to head into anextended break with another victory when it plays host to geographic rivalSanta Clara on Sunday.

The seventh-ranked Cardinal (7-0) continued their perfect start Friday,earning a 75-63 road victory over Pepperdine despite committing a season-high23 turnovers. Stanford's Lindsey Yamasaki scored 20 points, while teammateNicole Powell added 20 points, 11 rebounds and six free throws in the final 89seconds.

'We showed a lot of character tonight,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveersaid. 'We started out well, and then came back to hit some big shots at theend.'

Stanford, off to its best start since opening the 1996-97 season with eightstraight victories, has won all its games by at least 11 points, including fourby more than 20 points.

Sunday's contest ends a stretch of six games in 10 days before the Cardinaltake two weeks off for final exams. They don't return to the court until Dec.16 when they play host to No. 2 Tennessee.

The Cardinal will be trying for their 13th straight win againstnon-conference teams at Maples Pavilion. They last lost a non-conference homegame on Dec. 18, 1999.

Stanford's No. 7 ranking is the program's highest since it entered the1997-98 NCAA tournament as the fifth-ranked team in the AP Top 25.

Yamasaki and Powell have developed into a potent one-two punch forVanDerveer's team. The duo has combined for 34.5 points and 14.8 rebounds pergame this season.

Santa Clara (4-1) made it three straight wins with a 73-58 victory over SanJose State on Tuesday, as senior guard Becki Ashbaugh collected 21 points, sixassists and five rebounds.

A win over Stanford would be the Broncos' third of the season against aranked opponent and would surely move them into the Top 25. They already havevictories over then-No. 24 Utah and then-No. 25 Washington.

Junior forward Julie Butler and Ashbaugh are the only Broncos scoring indouble figures. Butler is averaging 12.4 points per game while Ashbaugh adds11.8 points and 6.6 assists.

Stanford has won seven of the last eight and 23 of 27 total meetings withSanta Clara.

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