No. 4 Women's Basketball Holds Off Washington, 75-67
Jan 19, 2002
Seattle, WA (AP) - Cori Enghusen is finally showing the kind of dominance in games that her Stanford teammates have seen in practice.
The 6-foot-7 senior had her second strong game in a row, scoring 13 points - more points than minutes - and opening up the perimeter for the No. 4 Cardinal in a 75-67 victory over Washington on Saturday.
'I think that my team has kind of been waiting for me to play well in games,' said Enghusen, who has had a habit of getting into foul trouble.
'In practice, she cannot be stopped,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'Of course in practice we don't call fouls.'
Enghusen was 6-of-9 from the the floor, grabbed five rebounds and had one block in 11 minutes. She also had four fouls.
Lindsey Yamasaki scored seven of her 19 points in the final three minutes as Stanford held off a late Washington run. Sebnem Kimyacioglu hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Enghusen added 13 and Kelley Suminski 10 for the Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10).
Loree Payne scored 19 points, Andrea Lalum 17 and Giuliana Mendiola 11 for Washington (10-8, 5-4), which had not lost a conference home game in more than a year, but has lost 13 of its last 16 in the series.
The Cardinal are off to their best start since finishing the 1996-97 regular season with a 30-1 record.
'If Cori plays like that, it gives us a shot at winning big,' VanDerveer said.
'When she relaxes and just plays, she can be outstanding,' Yamasaki said.
Enghusen scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting in 24 minutes at Washington State Thursday.
A native of Bothell, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, Enghusen had not scored a single point during her three previous trips home to play the Huskies.
'I guess I do feel a little sense of urgency because this is my last year,' Enghusen said.
'We'd love to play Cori 30 minutes a game, but it's kind of a problem with the fouls,' VanDerveer said.
Washington, which went on a late 13-2 run to make it close, shot just 31.9 percent from the field - including 24.1 percent in the first half.
'Cori was a big difference-maker for them,' Washington coach June Daugherty said. 'It was very tough for us to extend the zone as far as we wanted on the three-point shooters with Enghusen on the inside 1-on-1.'
Payne made two 3-pointers to pull the Huskies to 68-63 with 2:11 remaining in the game, but Washington could get no closer.
Stanford took charge with an early 16-2 run led by Enghusen's eight points as the Cardinal jumped out to a 28-14 lead with 6:41 left in the first half.
Suminski and Kimyacioglu hit 3-pointers during an 8-0 Stanford run that closed out the half and gave the Cardinal a 40-23 halftime lead.
'The first half is what killed us,' Lalum said. 'We dug ourselves too big of a hole.'
Stanford led by five early in the second half, and Enghusen scored five points during a 16-7 run that gave the Cardinal a 14-point lead with 9:46 remaining.