No. 6 Stanford Downs Washington State
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State failed to put together even the shortest of winning streaks after ending a 45-game losing streak.
Led by Sebnem Kimyacioglu's 16 first-half points, No. 6 Stanford beat Washington State 84-41 Saturday, the Cardinal's 36th victory in 36 games between the schools.
Washington State was coming off a 67-64 upset of California, snapping the second-longest losing streak in Division I women's history. It was the Cougars' first victory since Nov. 29, 2001.
Stanford (20-3, 12-2 Pacific 10) hit six 3-pointers - three by Kimyacioglu - in the opening 11 minutes Saturday to build a 30-11 lead. Stanford then held Washington State (1-22, 1-14) scoreless for more than six minutes.
The Cougars made only five field goals in the first half and shot just 24 percent for the game. Stanford outrebounded them 45-27 and forced 22 turnovers.
Jessica Perry led Washington State with 11 points.
Kelley Suminski scored 12 for Stanford.
Stanford made seven of 13 3-pointers and shot 61 percent in the first half to take a 47-19 lead at the break. Kimyacioglu, a sophomore, made all six of her field-goals attempts, four from 3-point range. She did not attempt a shot in the second half.
Washington State's leading scorer, Bianca McCall, was held to just three points.
The Cardinal have reached 20 wins for the 14th time in the past 16 seasons under coach Tara VanDerveer, and have won 33 of their past 35 conference games. They lost to Washington 92-68 Thursday.
The 43-point rout of Washington State wasn't even Stanford's biggest margin
of victory this season. Stanford beat Princeton by 56 in November.
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