Feb 1, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - Nicole Powell scored seven of her 19 points in the final 5:44 and also had 10 rebounds as No. 6 Stanford held off rival California 53-50 on Saturday.
Stanford beat Cal for the fourth straight time and 19th in 20 meetings. It was also the 10th straight win for the Cardinal (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears (7-12, 3-7) were in the game until going cold on offense late and allowing Stanford to score 13 unanswered points. Powell also had an assist down the stretch and a blocked shot when Cal had a five-on-three fast break in the final minute.
Cal's Sarah Pool missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The teams played for the second time in four days, and Stanford was coming off one of its best defensive efforts of the season in the 72-48 home victory Wednesday.
Kristin Iwanaga scored 12 points and Leigh Gregory added 11 for the Bears, who had a season-low 11 turnovers. Nihan Anaz, Cal's second-leading scorer, struggled again. She was 1-for-11 for two points Wednesday, and shot 4-for-23 for nine points Saturday.
Sebnem Kimyacioglu, Stanford's third-leading scorer at 10.6 points per game, was held scoreless for the first time all season on 0-for-5 shooting.
The Cardinal often forced the ball to Powell, their leading scorer making her second start of the season since returning Jan. 3 from a lower back injury. Stanford also was sloppy starting the second half and struggled to control loose balls.
The Cardinal were 2-for-7 from 3-point range in the game, season-lows for makes and attempts. Stanford entered the game averaging 19 attempts from long range. It also shot a season-low five free throws.
Cal built a 37-32 lead on a basket by Olga Volkova, and made it 40-36 on a 3-pointer by Iwanaga with 10:38 left. She scored again at 7:43 after Anaz stole a Stanford inbounds pass and flipped a behind-the-back pass to Iwanaga as Anaz was falling out of bounds. Gregory followed with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, only her second of the season, for a 46-38 lead at 6:46.
Stanford's pressure defense wasn't as effective as earlier in the week. It helped that the Bears hit their open shots, including two 3-pointers in the first 8˝ minutes, and were more aggressive taking the ball to the basket and going to the boards.
Cal shot only 33 percent to Stanford's 46 percent. But the Bears trailed only 28-27 at halftime, partly because they shot seven more times than the Cardinal and had nine offensive rebounds.
Stanford has won 29 of the past 32 games in the rivalry that began in 1975.
A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of the seven astronauts killed Saturday when the space shuttle Columbia exploded.