Jan. 29, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lauren St. Clair's 22 points, including 17 in the opening half, propelled 24th ranked Stanford to an 83-67 win over host Washington State Saturday in a women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball game at Friel Court.
St. Clair hit five of six three-point shots in the first half as Stanford (12-5 overall, 5-2 Pac-10) overcame a sluggish start to push its all-time record against the Cougars to 29-0. Carolyn Moos, Christina Batastini and Bethany Donaphin each added 13 to the Cardinal total.
WSU (4-14, 1-7) was led by junior Yvonne Volkman's (Richland, Wash.) 11 points and 10 each from freshman Kelley Berglund (Port Angeles, Wash.) and sophomore Romie De Anda (El Paso, Texas). Berglund also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as WSU held a 34-30 advantage on the boards.
The first five minutes were a defensive struggle with Volkman's short jumper the only score until Stanford tied the game at 2-2 on a Batastini jumper with 15:26 left in the opening half. Her shot started a 14-2 Cardinal run over the next five-plus minutes as the winners built up a 34-23 halftime lead.
"(Stanford) was off its game early and we didn't capitalize," Washington State Head Coach Jenny Przekwas said. "Those opportunities don't come along very often against a good team."
WSU stayed close for the first three minutes of the second half, but slowly the ranked Cardinal increased its lead from 41-30 at the 16:11 mark to 50-32 three minutes later. During their 9-2 run Donaphin hit a pair of short jumpers, Moos completed a three-point play and Batastini capped off the burst with a layin.
The closest WSU got over the final 12 minutes was 14 points, while Stanford's largest lead was 20 points on six occasions, the last 83-63 with a minute to play.
After shooting well in the opening half two nights earlier in a win over California, the Cougars could not get their shots to drop against Stanford. In the opening 20 minutes, WSU hit just 27 percent from the field, including just one of seven three point shots. Junior Joanna Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) made WSU's only trey of the game, just the third time this season the Cougars have been held to one three-pointer. The Cougs entered the game ranked third in the Pac-10, hitting 34 percent of their three-point shots.
In rebounding from an upset loss at Washington Thursday, the Cardinal hit 54 percent of their shots, including 57 percent in the second half when they more than doubled their nine-point halftime advantage. St. Clair had the hot hand for Stanford, knocking down seven of her 10 field goal attempts.
Stanford's inside game also was sharp, with Moos and Donaphin combining to score 26 points, hitting 11 of 16 field goals. Stanford also hit their free throws, 14 of 15. The Cougars were also effective from the charity stripe, hitting 14 of 16 gift shots.
WSU's next outing will be at Washington, Sunday, February 6, followed by road games at Arizona State and Arizona the following week.