No. 9 Women's Hoops Overwhelms Oregon, 77-51

Dec 29, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Azella Perryman showed signs she's returning to form after missing practice time and the first four games of the season.

Perryman had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and ninth-ranked Stanford won at home against Oregon for the 17th consecutive time, beating the Ducks 77-51 Monday night.

'I definitely need to get back into shape but I feel good,' said Perryman, who recorded her seventh career double-double. 'It seemed like I had some touch back.'

Susan Borchardt added 12 points for the Cardinal (9-2, 2-0 Pac-10), who got 10 each from Kristen Newlin and T'Nae Thiel.

Perryman suffered a stress reaction in her left foot and wasn't able to begin practicing with the team until late November. She's been a reserve in all seven games she's played.

'Azella came in and did a great job for us,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'She's a competitor and she's been around a championship team and knows what it takes.'

Brandi Davis scored 14 points for Oregon (8-4, 0-2), which dropped its third straight while being held to a season low in points. Eleanor Haring scored a season high 11 points and Andrea Bills had 10.

'In the first half they really got us on our heels,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We were never able to get into the flow offensively.'

Oregon missed Catherine Kraayeveld's presence inside. The 6-foot-4 senior was lost for the season after she partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during a practice in early December.

The Ducks are 3-4 without her, and have been outrebounded in both of their conference games.

'We got badly outrebounded, giving up 15 offensive boards,' Smith said. 'They are a great rebounding team and that hurt us.'

Stanford played its second game without senior All-American Nicole Powell, who sustained a severely sprained ankle against Texas Tech in mid-December. The Cardinal have been getting a balanced attack without Powell, and improved to 10-1 over the last two seasons without her in the lineup.

'When she plays, a lot goes through her,' Borchardt said. 'When she's out, we all realize we have to step up and fill in.'

Oregon drew to 43-30 when Carolyn Ganes made a layup with 16:59 remaining, but the Cardinal went on a 26-10 run over the next 11 minutes to take control.

Stanford took advantage of the Ducks' early shooting woes and scored the first 12 points of the game.

Oregon missed its first eight shots, a pair of free throws, and turned the ball over four times in the first seven minutes. The Ducks shot just under 28 percent in the first half.

The Cardinal led by as many as 22 points before settling for a 41-21 halftime lead.

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