Cardinal Eliminated From NCAA Tournament By Golden Gophers

March 25, 2003


AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Corrin Von Wald scored 19 points, including six freethrows in the final minute, as Minnesota defeated third-seeded Stanford 68-56in the second round of the West Regional Monday night.

The Cardinal were the third No. 3 seed to lose Monday, along withMississippi State and North Carolina.

The sixth-seeded Golden Gophers (22-11) ended Stanford's 26-game homewinning streak, including 15 straight this season. The Cardinal hadn't beenbeaten in Maples Pavilion since losing to Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.

Stanford (27-5) couldn't overcome sloppy ballhandling, long shootingdroughts and the foul trouble of star forward Nicole Powell, who only played 31minutes and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and twosteals. She also committed five turnovers.

Lindsay Whalen added 13 points and six assists, Shannon Schonrock 12 pointsand Kadidja Andersson 11 for Minnesota, which overcame a slow start on offenseto shoot 42 percent.

Sebnem Kimyacioglu made a 3-pointer and was fouled by Whalen with 2:32 left,converting the free throw for a four-point play that brought Stanford within58-53. But the Cardinal couldn't hit key shots the rest of the way to givethemselves a chance for the comeback.

Kimyacioglu was the main spark in the second half for a struggling Stanfordoffense, scoring seven straight points to bring the Cardinal within 48-46 with8:09 to play. She finished with 14, including three 3-pointers. T'Nae Thiel's3-pointer at 7:23 pulled Stanford within 50-49 before Minnesota scored eightunanswered points.

Even once Powell returned to the game with 4:45 left after sitting for sixminutes with her fourth foul, the Cardinal threw the ball away and missedcrucial chances.

The Golden Gophers built a 37-29 lead on Andersson's three-point play with16:47 left and they outhustled the Cardinal on the boards and to the floor forloose balls. Minnesota led by 10 at one point before Thiel's jumper with 15:06left ended a 10-minute span without a field goal by Stanford going back to thefirst half.

A big reason for Stanford's offensive woes was the presence of bulky6-foot-2 Minnesota center Janel McCarville, who forced the Cardinal to takeperimeter shots. She ferociously blocked a shot by Chelsea Trotter with 5:56left.

McCarville finished with 11 rebounds, seven points, three steals and theblock.

Powell forced many shots early, missing three straight at one point and thentaking a break on the bench midway through the first half.

Stanford went 5:06 without a score before Powell came back in and scorednine straight.

The Golden Gophers held the Cardinal without a field goal over the final4:46 of the first half and used a 6-0 run to take a 31-29 halftime lead.

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