No. 6 Stanford Defeats Cal, 72-48

AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Even Nicole Powell's Stanford teammates get caught up watching the star forward.

So much that they stood around in a loss to Southern Cal over the weekend. The Cardinal were determined not to let that happen again.

Chelsea Trotter led an active offensive attack with a career-high tying 17 points and five rebounds, and No. 6 Stanford remained perfect at home by defeating rival California 72-48 Wednesday night.

Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 14 points and five assists, T'Nae Thiel 13 points and Powell nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Stanford (16-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-10), which has won three straight against Cal and 18 of the last 19.

'We came out this game feeling we had something to prove,' Thiel said. 'Not just to the Pac-10, but to ourselves. (Nicole) is an amazing player. Sometimes it's easy to sit there and watch her, but she can't do it herself.'

The Cardinal is 10-0 at home this season and has won 21 straight in Maples Pavilion dating to Dec. 28, 2001. The streak is tied for the third-longest in Division I behind Connecticut and Duke.

This game turned into a rout early.

Timea Ivanyi was the only player to score in double figures for the Golden Bears (7-11, 3-6), who couldn't manage any kind of offensive efficiency against Stanford's pressure player-to-player defense. Ivanyi had 10 points and six rebounds.

'I thought we followed our game plan and were more aggressive,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'Nicole did a great job distributing the ball, and the key was on defense.'

The Bears used 15 players and committed 25 turnovers.

The Cardinal breezed to the easy victory three days after its first conference loss, a 75-72 defeat at Southern Cal on Sunday that snapped a 10-game winning streak and ended its string of 28 straight Pac-10 wins.

Stanford used a 16-0 run in the second half to pull away Wednesday night.

'Tara had to challenge them, and she did,' Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer said. 'They responded. That might be the best defense I've seen a Stanford team play in a long time.

'When I say challenged, Tara challenged them (to) a blowout. Tara knows the right buttons to push, and she pushed them.'

Stanford shot 42 percent Wednesday, and limited Cal to 32 percent. Leading scorer Nihan Anaz, averaging 10.6 points per game, shot 1-for-11 and scored two points.

The Bears couldn't overcome their early shooting woes - and they were just as poor on offense in the second half.

Cal missed eight of its first 10 shots, and Stanford used an early 10-0 run to build a 17-4 lead. Stanford's aggressive defense limited Cal to 31-percent shooting in the first half - 9-for-29 - and forced 13 turnovers to take a 40-21 lead at the break.

After Ivanyi opened scoring in the second half for Cal, Stanford scored 16 straight points.

The teams meet again Saturday afternoon in Berkeley. Stanford has won 28 of the past 31 games in the rivalry that began in 1975.

'Saturday, it's a whole new day,' Cal's Renee Wright said.

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