No. 7 Stanford Rolls Over Sun Devils, 60-46
Jan. 8, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Nicole Powell is still annoyed with all the shotsshe missed in an overtime loss to Tennessee last month. She forced it onoffense and fell short on her final 10 attempts in regulation.
Powell was cool in the clutch Thursday night.
She scored 11 straight points in the second half and finished with 29 andnine rebounds, and No. 7 Stanford remained undefeated in Pac-10 play with a60-46 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
'Tennessee was a really good lesson for me,' said Powell, who went8-for-17 from the floor and 9-for-9 at the free-throw line Thursday. 'Incrunch time, you have to make sure everyone's involved.'
It was an ugly offensive performance for both teams - that is until Powelltook over the game late.
But the Cardinal (12-2, 5-0) did enough right to improve to 8-1 this seasonat Maples Pavilion, where their only loss was to the fifth-ranked Lady Vols.Stanford won 15 straight at home last season before Minnesota snapped theCardinal's 26-game home winning streak in the second round of the NCAAtournament.
'It was a defensive battle,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'Ithought we responded to the challenge of their aggressiveness. I liken it to aprize fighter who has to get a bloody nose before he starts throwing somepunches.'
Powell, Stanford's leading scorer and an All-America candidate, is stillnursing a sprained left ankle she hurt in a loss at Texas Tech on Dec. 21.While she seemed to favor her ankle, it didn't do anything to her shootingtouch.
'You've got to learn how to play great players like that who know they needto get the ball in crucial situations,' Arizona State guard Betsy Boardmansaid. 'I don't think we were very consistent guarding the 3-point, somethingwe tried to focus on early. We got away from it and it showed.'
Powell made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Stanford a 48-42 lead with 5:49left to play. Arizona State's Kylan Loney made a 3 on the other end afterPowell hit her first from long range, then Powell came up big again withanother 3. She converted two free throws with 4:30 left and a three-point play46 seconds later.
She received a standing ovation when she left the game with 13.2 secondsleft.
'Nicole made some huge shots,' said Stanford guard Susan Borchardt, whoadded 13 points.
Kristen Kovesdy led the Sun Devils (8-5, 2-2) with 16 points and had her ownimpressive second-half run. She scored three straight baskets to keep ArizonaState within a point at 40-39. The Sun Devils have lost two in a row after athree-game winning streak.
The Cardinal made 17 of 18 free throws and held a 31-24 reboundingadvantage. They committed 13 first-half turnovers but settled down in thesecond half to finish with 19.
'Obviously, our objective was to try to control the temp of the game andnot get into a running game with Stanford,' Arizona State coach Charli TurnerThorne said.
Turner Thorne gave birth to her third son, Quinn, last week, and was back onthe Sun Devils' bench three days later. The infant was in the stands at MaplesPavilion with his grandmother.
Turner Thorne played four years at Stanford, three of them under VanDerveer.
Stanford missed 10 of its first 15 shots but led 27-21 at halftime becauseArizona State was worse from the floor, going 8-for-23 against the Cardinal'sin-your-face pressure defense.
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