No. 2 Cardinal Tops UCLA, 96-61, To Reach Semifinal Of Pac-10 Tourney
March 2, 2002
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman reserve Azella Perryman scored a career-high 17points as No. 2 Stanford won its 21st straight game Saturday night, routingUCLA 96-61 to reach the semifinals of the inaugural Pac-10 tournament.
The top-seeded Cardinal (29-1) showed they have more than enough talent tocompensate for the absence of leading scorer Lindsey Yamasaki, who is sittingout the four-day tournament after having her appendix removed this week.
Freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu started in Yamasaki's place at one of theforward spots and tied her season high with 14 points, all coming in the first12 minutes. Conference player of the year Nicole Powell had 15 points and nineassists, and reserve Enjoli Izidor added 12 points - eight above her average.
UCLA (9-20) was led by Gennifer Arranaga's 16 points. The Bruins, who shot28 percent, lost all three games to Stanford this season, by an average of 28points.
The Cardinal will play the winner of Saturday night's game between OregonState and Southern California.
Yamasaki, an All-Pac-10 forward averaging 17.4 points, began feeling ill onMonday and checked into Stanford Hospital the next day. She had theappendectomy Tuesday afternoon. The senior is missing out on playing in herhome state one last time, but she made the trip to Eugene and is expected toplay in the NCAA tournament.
Kimyacioglu averaged only 6.2 points during the regular season, but she wasthe focus on the offense from the start of Saturday night's game. She hit herfirst shot, a 3-pointer, then made a layup. Then she hit another 3, then onemore.
UCLA found few open shots against the bigger Cardinal players, missing 17 ofits first 22 shots. Stanford, running the floor and passing well with Powell incharge of the offense, led 28-15 before the Bruins ran off seven straightpoints. The Cardinal then went on a 14-0 run to end the half.
Izidor scored eight points during the stretch, capped by her driving fingerroll and foul with three-tenths of a second left. Her free throw made it 44-24.
Stanford built a 27-point cushion before UCLA tried a full-court press,which resulted in a string of turnovers and a 10-0 run for the Bruins. TheCardinal regrouped, however, going on a 22-3 spurt. Lauren St. Clair's3-pointer with 1:06 left made it 94-58.