No. 2 Women's Basketball Beats Oregon State, 89-67

Feb. 9, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Stanford was playing for more than a share of thePac-10 title. The Cardinal needed redemption on Oregon State's home court.

After being embarrassed 81-65 in Gill Coliseum last season, Nicole Powellscored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the second-ranked Cardinal clincheda share of their 11th conference championship by defeating Oregon State 89-67Saturday.

Lindsey Yamasaki added 14 points for the Cardinal (24-1, 14-0 Pac-10). TheOregon native remembers last year's embarrassment all too well.

'That was one of the low points of Stanford basketball,' Yamasaki said.'To see where we've come and see how we've evolved over the past few years isamazing.'

Powell, who had 16 points but 11 turnovers in last year's game, also hadseven assists Saturday in recording her eighth double-double of the season.

Stanford can clinch the Pac-10 title outright with a win over second-placeWashington on Thursday.

With a sweep at the Oregon schools for the first time since 1998, theCardinal move four games away from going undefeated in conference play for thethird time in school history. But this year, the Cardinal will face an extrahurdle with the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament.

'We can't celebrate because you've got to turn around and play thetournament,' said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.

Juleen Smith scored 18 points and Leilani Estavan added 14 for the Beavers(13-12, 9-6), whose win last year remains their only one in 14 tries againstStanford.

'If we didn't step up in the second half, we would have lost by 40 or 50points,' Smith said.

Stanford jumped out to a 22-12 lead, and then held the Beavers scoreless for6:50 before going into the half with a 40-21 advantage.

The Cardinal put the game out of reach early in the second half with a 17-0run that put them ahead 65-28 with 14 minutes remaining.

The run featured nearly flawless basketball, as Stanford made 7 of 8 shots,including two 3-pointers.

'We tried all of our defenses, and it didn't matter what we were playing,'said Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra.

The game was reminiscent of the teams' first meeting this season, whenStanford routed the Beavers 91-54 on Jan. 10. This time, the Cardinal shot 54percent, including 48 percent from the 3-point line.

'We weren't getting out on their 3-point shooters. We just let them comeout and shoot, and they weren't missing,' Smith said.

Oregon State guard Felicia Ragland, the conference's leading scorer, washeld to 12 points and played only 21 minutes before fouling out with 4:54 toplay.

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