STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Late in the first half, Stanford's
Kelley Suminski and Sebnem Kimyacioglu ran a a give-and-go, with
Suminski making a layup after taking a behind-the-back, no-look
It was just one of many easy hoops for the Cardinal on Thursday
Suminski matched her season high with 21 points, Candice Wiggins
added 19 points and Stanford defeated UCLA 100-75.
The Cardinal (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today; No. 5 AP) shot a season-best 56 percent and won their 16th
straight home game. Stanford also made a season-high 15 3-pointers,
one shy of the school record.
Brooke Smith had 14 points and seven assists for Stanford (16-2,
7-1 Pac-10), which beat the Bruins (No. 25 AP) for the 12th straight time.
Susan King Borchardt, playing in her ninth game and making her
second start, added a season-high 14 points.
"We shot the ball really well and a lot of different people
contributed," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I love the
company of our guards. They organize the floor, they pass to each
other and they can knock down shots. Everything is orchestrated by
The starting trio of Suminski, Wiggins and King Borchardt
accounted for 54 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
"That's because of our post players," Suminski said. "They
had to double them and that opened the perimeter."
Stanford, which scored 100 points for the first time in three
years, is 33-3 against UCLA since 1989. The Bruins last beat
Stanford nearly five years ago.
"We want to build on this and play even better on Saturday,"
VanDerveer said of playing conference co-leader USC. "I think we
can get even better. UCLA disrupted things. They gave us things to
Nikki Blue scored a season-high 26 points, and Lisa Willis
matched her season best with 25 points -- including a career-high
seven 3-pointers, one off the school record -- for UCLA (11-6, 5-3
The Bruins have lost three straight after winning their first
five conference games.
"They were getting on a roll inside so we decided to focus
inside," Willis said. "Then they were kicking it out and hitting
all their shots. It was frustrating and I think we adjusted too
Stanford, which won its 32nd straight home conference game, also
improved to 4-1 against ranked teams.
UCLA played without leading scorer and rebounder Noelle Quinn,
who tore cartilage in her left knee in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
She underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday and is expected to
miss up to six weeks.
"Noelle does a lot for this team in a lot of ways," UCLA coach
Kathy Olivier said. "This was our first game without her and she
couldn't travel. It was hard without her even being here. I can't
overemphasize that. Her presence means a lot."
Stanford used a 17-2 run in the second half to open a 33-point
advantage. Kimyacioglu, who finished with 11 points, made her third
3-pointer with 11 minutes left, giving the Cardinal a 76-43 lead.
Stanford has led at the half in all 18 games, including 11 by