No. 6 Stanford Gets By Pepperdine

Nov 21, 2003

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Nicole Powell's late-game heroics came in front of twoWNBA coaches and helped No. 6 Stanford avoid an upset in its opener.

Powell, a preseason All-America selection, scored 20 of her 28 points in thesecond half as the Cardinal (1-0) rallied to beat unranked Pepperdine 69-61Friday night.

Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper and Charlotte Sting assistant FredWilliams were in the crowd as Powell shot 10-for-20 from the field and finishedwith a game-high 12 rebounds.

But Powell did not start the game. She made her first appearance with 3:35gone and demonstrated her shooting versatility, making shots from close rangeand from 3-point range.

'I had the same opportunities in the first half as I had in the secondhalf,' Powell said. 'I just tried to attack more. I needed to take it to therim.'

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer views Powell as more than a scoring threat.

'She's capable of playing any number of different positions,' VanDerveersaid. 'She has ball-handling ability, can shoot inside, anticipates reallywell and rebounds.'

Chelsea Trotter added 15 points and Sebnem Kimyacioglu scored 12 points forthe Cardinal.

Shanell Law led the Waves (0-1) with 14 points.

Pepperdine rallied from a 27-25 halftime deficit by making its first fiveshots from the field in the second half to take a 36-32 lead. Kelli Spencerscored five of her 13 points in the rally.

But with the score tied at 41, Stanford used a 20-5 run to build a 61-46lead. Powell powered the surge with nine points.

The Cardinal shot 58 percent in the second half. But after rallying to beginthe second half, the Waves made only four baskets in the ensuing 13� minutes.

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