No. 6 Stanford Too Much For Beavers
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 24 points, 10 rebounds and fourassists and No. 6 Stanford won its 23rd straight home game, defeating OregonState 71-46 on Saturday.
Kelley Suminski added 20 points and five assists for the Cardinal (19-2,11-1 Pac-10), who improved to 12-0 in Maples Pavilion this season and have won32 of 33 conference games.
Leilani Estavan was the lone Oregon State player in double figures with 10points. The Beavers (12-10, 6-7) missed too many easy shots and didn't takecare of the ball as they dropped to 0-18 at Stanford.
Stanford's home winning streak, which dates to Dec. 28, 2001, is second inDivision I behind Connecticut, which has 57 straight home victories. TheCardinal played their 400th home game, and have won 81 percent of those.
Stanford leads the Pac-10 by 2ï¿½ games over No. 20 Washington, which lost atArizona and Arizona State this weekend, including a 62-56 loss to the SunDevils on Saturday. Stanford plays the Huskies in Seattle on Thursday.
The Cardinal built their lead to 56-34 on a three-point play by ChelseaTrotter with 9:54 left. Until Trotter scored, Stanford's starters had accountedfor all of the team's 53 points. Suminski followed with a three-point play andKrista Rappahahn stole an inbound pass to score for a 61-34 lead. Suminski hita 3-pointer to give Stanford its biggest lead of 30 points.
Stanford beat the Oregon schools by a combined 56 points, including an 85-54win over the Ducks on Thursday.
The Cardinal hit three of their first four 3-pointers and started 8-for-12from the field on the way to their sixth straight victory over Oregon State,and 17th in 18.
The Beavers struggled to establish their offense against Stanford'sswarming, pressure defense and had 17 first-half turnovers and 30 total.
Oregon State managed only one shot in the first three minutes of the secondhalf, committing four quick turnovers.
Powell scored 14 of her points in the first half when Stanford shot 52percent to take a 35-22 halftime lead despite being outrebounded 17-11.
Stanford played without point guard Susan King for the second straight game.King has a broken little toe on her left foot. She had been playing with theinjury and is expected to play at Washington on Thursday.
The Cardinal had 15 steals.