Stanford Routs Princeton, 95-39

Nov 30, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - It was a record-setting night for Azella Perrymanand her Stanford teammates.

Perryman matched her career high with 17 points and grabbed a career-best 18rebounds as No. 7 Stanford beat Princeton 95-39 Friday night in the openinground of the Stanford Invitational.

It was Perryman's second consecutive double-double, and the fourth of hercareer. The Cardinal (3-0) recorded their largest margin of victory since a58-point win over Sacramento State in 1995.

Katie Denny added a career-high 18 points for Stanford. Clare Bodensteinerhad 14, followed by T'Nae Thiel with 12 and Chelsea Trotter with 10.

'I thought we took care of business,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.'We established the tone early with our aggressive defense. Katie beinghealthy allowed us to rest some people. I really liked Azella's rebounding.'

Denny, who was out for five weeks with a broken hand, made her debut againstthe Tigers.

'It was a lot of fun being able to play,' she said. 'I'm just working toget back into things, so it was nice to stay in there and work some stuffout.'

Allison Cahill led Princeton (2-2) with 10 points.

Perryman's 18 rebounds was the seventh-best single-game effort in schoolhistory. She also helped Stanford tie a school mark for rebounding margin asthe Cardinal outboarded the Tigers 62-27.

Stanford plays No. 2 Kansas State in Saturday's championship game. TheWildcats beat Temple 72-65 in an earlier first-round game.

Princeton, which did not play a ranked opponent last season, faces the Owlsin the consolation game.

'What we haven't seen before is that kind of athleticism,' Princeton coachRichard Barron said. 'I told the girls that coming here is like a class fieldtrip. It's like to going to Wall Street if you're in a finance class. We cameout here to see how it's done at the highest level.'

Stanford didn't need any last-minute heroics in this one. VanDerveer, onewin away from 400 at Stanford, was able to clear her bench in the game's first10 minutes. She has 551 career wins.

The Cardinal, who won their first two games by six points combined, heldPrinceton scoreless for over 10 minutes and scored 31 straight points to take a35-3 lead at 7:53 of the first half.

Princeton was 0-for-11 from the field, 0-for-2 from the foul line andcommitted 11 turnovers during the Cardinal run. The Tigers shot 19 percent fromthe field (5-for-26) in the first 20 minutes.

Stanford held a 47-17 lead at halftime.

Stanford All-American Nicole Powell is still recovering from a bulging discin her back and is yet to suit up for a game. She's expected back for theCardinal's Dec. 14 game against Pacific.

It was the first meeting between the schools. Stanford lost to Harvard inthe first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament in its last meeting against an IvyLeague school.

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