Jan. 16, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - Nicole Powell had 25 points and 11 rebounds and No. 7 Stanford remained unbeaten in Pac-10 play, sending rival California to its third straight loss with a 63-53 victory Friday night.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first meeting of the season between the schools, but Stanford (14-2, 7-0) did enough late in the game to win ugly.
Susan Borchardt added 19 points for the Cardinal, including 16 in the second half.
Olga Volkova came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points and grab seven rebounds for the Golden Bears (9-7, 2-5) before leaving with 27 seconds left following a hard hit in the face. Cal has lost five of its last six - but the team's two defeats to the Arizona schools last weekend came by a combined six points.
Nihan Anaz, Cal's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game, scored with 11:53 left to keep Cal within five, 38-33, before Powell scored five quick points. Anaz had 15 points and a carere-high nine rebounds.
When the Bears made another threat late in the game, Powell immediately answered with a three-point play with 6:26 remaining.
Powell, the conference's scoring and rebounding leader at 20.5 points and 11.0 boards, made 10 of 25 shots, but Stanford finished 20-for-53 from the field.
The Cardinal swept Cal in three meetings last season, including in the Pac-10 tournament in San Jose. But, just like this year, the Bears made their home game at Haas Pavilion competitive, losing 53-50 only three days after a 72-48 defeat at Maples Pavilion.
Powell made a pretty spin move in the first half and hit a short fallaway jumper, but Stanford started slowly on offense, making only 6 of its first 14 shots. The Bears weren't any better, going 5-for-18 to start the game.
Stanford led 21-20 at halftime, matching its fewest points in a half this season. The Cardinal's lowest total in a game came in a 55-46 loss at Texas Tech last month.
Stanford is 18-10 on Cal's home court, where the Bears haven't beaten the Cardinal since Feb. 12, 1993. Cal set a Haas Pavilion women's basketball home attendance record with a crowd of 3,712.
The Cardinal's 6-foot-3 center Chelsea Trotter missed her third straight game with sore knees.
- Cal played Stanford the second closest of any Pac-10 team this season, losing by 10 tonight.
- Cal was only the second team to hold Stanford under a 40 percent field goal percentage for the game. The Cardinal shot 37.7 percent. Texas Tech was the other team to accomplish the feat at 31.7 percent.
- Cal outrebounded Stanford, 38-33, marking only the fifth time this season the Cardinal has been outrebounded. They are 5-0 in those games.
- Nihan Anaz led the Bears in scoring for the 13th time this season. She has scored in double figures in 15 of Cal's 16 games.
Cal head coach Caren Horstmeyer on the game:
"It was a hard played game both ways. A layup here, a free throw there. Stanford makes you miss shots. We missed too many easy shots around the basket, and we shot 53 percent from the line. Early in the year, we were shooting great from the free throw line. As of late, we're not. There's your difference in the game. Our goal was to outrebound them. We did that. I'm pleased with our intensity on the defensive end of the floor. Nicole Powell ends up with 25, but you know what, I think we did a pretty good job on her."