Stanford Faces Arizona State In Second Conference Matchup

Dec 21, 2001

Stanford had little trouble in its first Pac-10 game of the season, and willlook for a similar effort in its second league game at Arizona State onFriday.

On Wednesday, the sixth-ranked Cardinal (9-1, 1-0) opened conference playwith an easy 81-57 win over Arizona, which followed a 68-62 loss to No. 2Tennessee on Sunday.

Freshman guard Kelley Suminski did much of the damage against Arizona,scoring 24 points and connecting on four of her five 3-point attempts. On theseason, Suminski is shooting 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from 3-point range.

'Kelley played a fabulous game,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.'She was so poised, and just stepped up big time.'

Lindsey Yamasaki, who averages a team-high 18.1 points, added 18, and NicolePowell had 11 for the Cardinal.

Since her squad features numerous scoring threats, VanDerveer is preparingher players to deal with the zone defenses she feels other teams will useagainst the Cardinal.

'We have a better understanding how teams will play us, she said. 'I thinkthat we'll see more zones this year, maybe not with Arizona State on (Friday),but with other teams. Teams may have a tough time matching up with us, whichmay lead to us playing against zone defenses.'

Arizona State (9-2, 0-0) should provide a tougher challenge than Arizona.Last season, the Sun Devils tied Stanford and Washington for the Pac-10championship. Each finished with a 12-6 league record.

The Sun Devils have won seven straight, and have not lost since 77-63 defeatto Western Michigan at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 24.

Last week, Arizona State guard Amanda Levens earned her second consecutivePac-10 player of the week award after averaging 23.5 points, five assists andfour rebounds in wins over Chicago State and Northern Illinois.

Levens leads the Sun Devils with 19.8 points per game.

Stanford holds a 31-8 lead in the all-time series with Arizona State.

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