Stanford Women Win 20th Straight At Home

AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 19 points and 12 rebounds and No.6 Stanford won its 20th straight game at home, defeating Washington 77-63 onSaturday.

The Cardinal won for the ninth straight time, and have beaten the Huskies inthe last three meetings and five of the past six.

Chelsea Trotter added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Azella Perryman had 12points and Susan King and T'Nae Thiel each scored 10 points for Stanford (14-1,6-0).

Giuliana Mendiola led Washington (13-3, 5-2 Pac-10) with 14 points and fiverebounds and Andrea Lalum also scored 14.

The Huskies had their four-game winning streak snapped. Their start was theprogram's best since they also opened the 1989-1990 season at 13-2.

Powell had four points and an assist during an 8-0 run that broke a 52-alltie. She also hit a 3-pointer with 6:57 left for a 66-57 lead. She had been0-for-10 from 3-point range this season.

The preseason All-America forward played her best game of the season. Shewas sidelined for the first nine games with a bulging disc in her back and onlypracticed for the first time Dec. 26.

After trailing the entire first half, the Huskies tied it at 41 with 17:59left and went ahead on Kristen O'Neill's 3-pointer at 17:12. Washington used a10-0 run to start the second half and Stanford missed its first five shots.

Loree Payne broke the Washington school record for career 3-pointers whenshe hit one 49 seconds into the second half. That shot gave her 212 career 3s,breaking Megan Franza's mark set from 1997-2001. She later made another andfinished with 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Washington was effective using a 3-2 zone that put pressure on Stanford'stalented perimeter shooters. But Washington was dominated on the boards, 53-26.

The Huskies also struggled early to get in sync offensively, rushingoff-balance shots and forcing things against the taller Cardinal defenders.

Stanford jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead and used a 14-4 run to build a37-22 lead late in the first half, but Washington stayed in the game with an11-2 run and was within 41-33 at halftime.

The Cardinal have won 27 straight Pac-10 games dating to March 3, 2001.

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