No. 9 Cardinal Take Out Washington State, 90-69
Jan. 2, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Kelley Suminski's near-perfect shooting helped No. 9Stanford maintain its perfect record against Washington State.
Suminski missed just one shot and scored 22 points Friday night to lead theCardinal to a 90-69 victory which improved its all-time record againstWashington State to 37-0.
Kristen Newlin, a 6-foot-5 freshman, had a school-record eight blocked shotsfor Stanford (10-2, 3-0 Pac-10), while Krista Rappahahn scored 16 points andSebnem Kimyacioglu added 15.
Jessica Perry led Washington State (4-8, 0-3) with 18 points and BiancaMcCall had 16.
The Cardinal shot season bests of 57.4 percent from the field (31-for-54)and 65 percent from 3-point range (13-for-20) despite the absence of starforward Nicole Powell due to a sprained ankle.
'They're just that good,' Washington State coach Sherri Murrell said.'That's why they're the ninth-ranked team in the country.'
Suminski went 5-for-6 from the field; Rappahahn was 6-for-8; and Kimyaciogluwas 5-for-10. Suminski and Rappahahn both went 4-for-5 from 3-point range, andKimyacioglu was 5-for-8.
'I got a lot of great passes from our posts,' said Suminski, who wasaveraging 7.5 points and shooting 39 percent from the field, including 28percent on 3-pointers.
'We've won a lot of games shooting poorly from 3, so it was really nice toget some shots going down,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
In addition to their hot shooting, Suminski and Rappahahn set career highsfor assists with 10 and five, respectively. Stanford had a 23-10 advantage overWSU in assists and hit a season high for points, but the Cougars playedaggressively and matched their season high for points.
'I thought we did a good job attacking,' Murrell said.
'Washington State has really improved,' VanDerveer said.
The Cougars held brief leads early, but Stanford went ahead for good with a15-2 run that put the Cardinal ahead 27-18. Stanford shot 65 percent from thefield in the first half - Suminski went 3-for-3 from the field and 5-for-5 fromthe free throw line - and scored the last 10 points of the half to lead 45-30.
Stanford has won three straight games since losing to Texas Tech, whenPowell did not play in the second half after being injured. Washington Statehas lost six in a row.
Asked if three-time defending champion Stanford is the best team in thePac-10, Murrell said, 'Oh, by far ... they're just so deep.'
Van DerVeer said Powell, who leads Stanford with averages of 19.9 points and10.9 rebounds, should return Sunday at Washington. Starting point guard SusanBorchardt was limited to 8 minutes Friday due to illness.
Since March 2001, Stanford is 39-3 in the Pac-10, and Washington State is1-40. The Cougars have finished last in the conference two straight years.