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.

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 giveitself a chance for the comeback.

Kimyacioglu was the main spark in the second half for Stanford, 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.

The Golden Gophers built a 37-29 lead on Andersson's three-point play with16:47 left . 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 of6-foot-2 Minnesota center Janel McCarville, who forced the Cardinal to takeperimeter shots.

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

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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