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Stanford 67, Boston U. 51

11/29/2003

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- After yet another easy victory, the
sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal are ready for a challenge -- and they
expect to have their hands full this Sunday against 10th-ranked
Georgia.

Nicole Powell had 17 points and 19 rebounds Friday night for
Stanford, which took command with a 15-0 run in the game's opening
minutes in a 67-51 victory over winless Boston University.

Powell, a preseason All-American, came within two rebounds of
matching her own school record. She also had a team-high six
assists and three steals. Her only flaw was missing all six of her
3-pointers.

As soon as the game was over, the Cardinal started preparing for
the home game against Georgia -- which stayed undefeated by winning
77-65 just down the road in Santa Clara on Friday night.

"Playing this game and playing on Sunday is like saying you're
playing checkers and now you've got to play chess," Stanford coach
Tara VanDerveer said. "They're totally different games."

Susan Borchardt added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for
Stanford (4-0). Borchardt also had five assists and tied her career
high with four steals.

Freshman Kristen Newlin tied a Stanford school record with six
blocked shots. The 6-foot-5 Newlin, who had five of her blocks in
the first half, tied a school record that had been achieved four
times before.

"She's awesome, she's great," Powell said. "In practice, we
all say to each other that she's going to break the school record
and the season record for blocks."

Former Stanford backup Becky Bonner had 19 points and Larissa
Parr added 13 for the Terriers (0-3). Bonner spent her first two
seasons getting little playing time for the Cardinal, and is now
playing for the Terriers after sitting out a year following her
transfer.

"When I first got here I was a little shaky," she said of her
return to Stanford. "Ultimately, I wanted to be closer to my
family and be happy. I wasn't unhappy here, but it wasn't the right
fit."

BU's early 5-2 lead turned into a 12-point deficit when the
Cardinal went on the run that included a pair of 3-pointers by
Borchardt, the wife of Utah Jazz center and former Stanford star
Curtis Borchardt.

Stanford opened a 25-8 lead with 5:24 left in the half on a
jumper by Borchardt and then matched that 17-point margin when
Kelley Suminski hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the
Cardinal a 34-17 lead.

After the Terriers scored the first basket of the second half,
Stanford responded with an 8-0 run that included a pair of steals
by Borchardt to expand its lead to 23 points.

BU got within 14 points when it cut Stanford's lead to 54-40
with 5:54 left, but could get no closer the rest of the game.

After winning their opener by eight points at Pepperdine, the
Cardinal have crushed Fordham, San Francisco and BU by an average
of 22 points.

All three of those wins have come at home, and Stanford does not
play its next road game until Dec. 18. Another big test for the
Cardinal will come Dec. 14 at home against Tennessee.