Stanford Starts Pac-10 Play With Win

Dec 28, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Azella Perryman got into foul trouble early andspent most of the first half on the bench. She made up for it in the secondhalf.

Perryman had six of her career-high 23 points during a 9-0 run to start thesecond half, and sixth-ranked Stanford defeated Arizona State 80-63 Fridaynight in the Pac-10 opener for both.

'I had a chance to sit and watch their post play,' said Perryman, 8-of-9from the field in the second half. 'I saw where I could go in and make adifference.'

Perryman also had seven of her nine rebounds in the second half.

'Azella had an excellent second half,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveersaid. 'She got us going. She's a big-time player and she made big plays.'

Kelley Suminski scored 18 of her career-high 25 points in the first half forStanford (7-1), which won its 22nd straight conference game. It was theCardinal's 19th consecutive victory at home over the Sun Devils.

'We're looking to come out strong in the Pac-10,' Suminski said.

Amy Denson scored a career-high 18 points for Arizona State (8-2), 2-15 inconference openers. The loss ended the Sun Devils' three-game winning streak.

'Stanford was more aggressive in the second half,' coach Charli TurnerThorne said. 'Perryman has made an immense offseason improvement. We knew thatwould be a tough matchup.'

Stanford's opening burst in the second half established a 41-28 lead. TheCardinal made 11 of their first 16 shots in the half, eventually building a20-point lead.

The Sun Devils never got closer than 11 points thereafter.

Suminski made eight of her first 11 shots, including all three 3-pointtries.

'Kelley is so consistent she just comes out and plays,' VanDerveer said.'She played smart and took what the defense gave her.'

The Cardinal outrebounded Arizona State 43-26.

'That was the difference,' Thorne said. 'You can't win gettingoutrebounded like that.'

Katie Denny snapped a 24-24 tie with less than five minutes left in thefirst half, and the Cardinal held a 32-28 lead at the break.

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