Stanford Advances To NCAA Sweet 16 With 77-55 Victory Over Tulane

March 18, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Nicole Powell wouldn't call her second triple-doublein as many games impressive, so her Stanford teammates - and the opposition -did.

Powell had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Stanford beat Tulane77-55 Monday night in the second round of the NCAA West Regional.

'I don't know what to say. It's incredible,' said Lindsey Yamasaki, whohad 24 points for second-seeded Stanford (32-2). 'Needless to say, she's risento this occasion.'

The Cardinal advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1996-97season. They will play Colorado (23-9) in Boise, Idaho in the West Regionalsemifinals.

'Good luck to Colorado - finding someone to stop her and Yamasaki,' Tulaneguard Sarah Goree said.

Teana McKiver had 16 points for 10th-seeded Tulane (24-11), making itseighth-straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Stanford is playing in its 15th consecutive tournament. The Cardinal haveadvanced to the Final Four six times, and won NCAA Championships in 1990 and1992.

Paced by McKiver, the Green Wave kept up with the taller and more athleticCardinal until midway through the first half when Yamasaki made a 3-pointerthat put Stanford ahead 23-14.

The home crowd at Maples Pavilion jumped to its feet when freshman guardKelley Suminski nailed a 3-pointer and got fouled with 3:36 left in the half.Although she missed the free throw, her 3 put Stanford up 35-18. The Cardinaltook a 40-24 lead into the half.

The second half was all Stanford, but the attention was on Powell after hertriple-double led the Cardinal to a 76-51 victory in the first round Saturdayagainst Weber State. Powell, the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, had20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in that victory.

Powell amassed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists by the half Mondaynight en route to her sixth career triple-double. The 6-foot-2 sophomore is theonly player in Pac-10 history with more than one.

When she finally left the game with just under two minutes left, she pumpedher fist and grinned.

'It's just so fun to play with her,' Cardinal forward Bethany Donaphinsaid. 'The sky's the limit. Two triple-doubles in a row. I think that speaksfor itself.'

Yamasaki, the team's top scorer, missed the Pac-10 tournament after she hadan emergency appendectomy. She eased her way into the tournament, playing 18minutes in the first-round game.

The Cardinal, ranked as high as No. 2 this season, took the conference titlewith a perfect 18-0 record but lost in the Pac-10 tournament to Arizona State.

The Green Wave, who advanced to the second round with a 73-69 victory overColorado State, had won eight of nine with the only loss coming in theConference USA championship game against Cincinnati.

AP Sports Writer

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