No. 6 Stanford Overpowers Pacific, 86-25
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Nicole Powell scored 17 points despite sitting outthe final 12 minutes, and sixth-ranked Stanford defeated Pacific 86-25 Fridaynight.
Krista Rappahahn also had 17 points and Kristen Newlin 12 as the Cardinal(6-0) prepared for their national showdown with No. 2 Tennessee on Sunday byallowing their fewest points since giving up a school record 23 to Santa Claraon Feb. 21, 1976.
The Lady Vols are the highest-ranked team to play at Stanford since No. 2Kansas State lost 63-57 last Nov. 30.
Nancy Dinges scored eight points to lead the Tigers (0-6), who have lostfive straight to Stanford.
The 61-point margin of victory was the third-largest in school history, andthe largest since a 64-point win over San Diego State on Dec. 10, 1990.
The Tigers, coming off a 61-point loss to fourth-ranked Texas Tech four daysprevious, were playing their fourth of five consecutive road games.
Stanford holds a 14-3 lead in the leads the all-time series, and hasn't lostto Pacific since Nov. 29, 1983.
Stanford forward T'Nae Thiel, who has started 55 games over the past twoyears, made her season debut after missing the first five games with a stressfracture in her left foot.
The Cardinal held Pacific to two points through the first 12:30 of thesecond half, holding a 66-16 lead before Nancy Dinges hit a 3-pointer with 7:14remaining to play.
Pacific missed 10 of its first 11 shots and fell behind 19-2 in the first 10minutes of the game. The Tigers, who've spent a total of four days at home inthe past two weeks, shot just over 17 percent for the half while Stanford shotover 51 percent.
Rappahahn's 3-pointer with 3:55 left in the half put the Cardinal up 40-10,and they went on to take a 43-14 halftime lead.
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