No. 5 Stanford Survives Scare From USF, 59-57

Nov. 24, 2002

San Francisco, Calif. - Stanford is finding out in a hurry just how scary the nonconference schedule can be.

The Cardinal nearly blew it against San Francisco, enrollment 7,800. And that was two days after a narrow win over Rutgers.

Kelley Suminski scored the winning basket with 17.7 seconds left as the No. 5 Cardinal survived against San Francisco for a 59-57 victory Sunday.

Chelsea Trotter scored 14 points for Stanford (2-0), which overcame 21 turnovers. Azella Perryman added 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 11 points and five assists.

Joy Hollingsworth made 5-of-6 3-pointers on the way to 18 points for San Francisco (1-2), which has not beaten Stanford since the 1984-85 season, a string of 11 straight losses.

'We were fortunate to leave with a win,' Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'They played us very tough.'

After Suminski's basket, the Lady Dons got the ball back and Stanford committed two quick fouls. That left San Francisco with 3.8 seconds to get off a shot. After getting the pass inbounds, Toni Russell lost control of the ball while trying to drive to the hoop and time expired.

Carey Sauer added 16 points, and Russell had 13 points and six assists for the Lady Dons. They stayed in the game in the second half behind torrid shooting from long range, finishing 10-for-18 for the game and 6-of-9 after halftime. Hollingsworth had three 3s in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Russell added another and Sauer even banked one in.

Russell's 3 with 8:25 left put the Dons up 48-46 and the teams traded baskets most of the way after that.

San Francisco's Mary Jane Krueger rebounded a miss by Russell with 6:42 left and scored the putback to make it 52-50, and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but blocked Perryman the next time down the floor. Krueger scored another putback on a miss by Russell at 5:26 for a four-point lead, before a three-point play by Sebnem Kimyacioglu.

Stanford missed some key free throws in the final 5:52 and did not get a perimeter shot in the second half until the final 3 minutes.

Perryman made a free throw for Stanford at 4:32 to tie it at 54, then Sauer's 10-foot jumper at 2:20 put the Dons up 56-54.

Krueger made 1-of-2 free throws at 1:32 for a three-point lead, then Kimyacioglu hit a tying 3 at 1:12 and the Lady Dons called timeout. Krueger then lost the ball while trying to drive to the hoop on San Francisco's next possession, giving Stanford the ball with 40 seconds left.

The scrappy Dons nearly pulled off the big upset for their modest but excited home crowd of 2,543. San Francisco played inspired defense, often outhustled the Cardinal, and went harder to the boards most of the game despite being outrebounded.

Hollingsworth, a freshman, was only 1-for-6 from 3-point range coming into the game.

'I just felt great this game,' she said. 'It was really fun.'

The set play for the 5-foot-9 Suminski down low was one that worked for the Cardinal last season, but for different players.

'I love to post up,' Suminski said. 'It's something I did in high school a lot, but of course when you get to the college level it's so much different. Everyone is so much bigger. If I get an opportunity, I definitely want to take it.'

The Cardinal shot 53.8 percent in the first half, but committed 11 turnovers - two fewer than their total in Friday's 64-60 win over Rutgers. San Francisco had only 11 turnovers. Stanford led by six points several times in the first half, but couldn't pull away.

Stanford's Nicole Powell, a preseason All-America candidate, watched nervously from the end of the bench in sweats. She is out indefinitely with a bulging disc in her back, which she hurt during the summer.

Both teams only dressed eight players because of injuries.

'We worked hard for our win,' Suminski said. 'A lot of things didn't go our way, but it shows how tough our team has played. We didn't give up. We didn't want to walk out of there with a loss.'


AP Sports Writer

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