2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Oklahoma 67, Stanford 50
Posted: Tuesday March 20, 2001 04:00 AM
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- LaNeishea Caufield had 18 points and seven rebounds and Caton Hill added 14 and 14 to power second-seeded Oklahoma to a 67-50 victory over 10th-seeded Stanford in an NCAA Tournament West Region second-round game.

Stacey Dales recorded 14 points and five rebounds for Oklahoma (28-5), which shot 35.5 percent (11-of-31) in the first half and never trailed thereafter. The Sooners held a 52-34 advantage on the boards.

Rosalind Ross contributed eight points and six rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench to help the Sooners improve to 13-1 at Lloyd Noble Center this season. The crowd of 11,050 was the largest ever to watch a women's sporting event in Oklahoma as the Sooners defeated Stanford for the second time this season.

"I don't know that I've ever been prouder in my entire life of a group of kids than I am tonight," Oklahoma coach Sherri Cole said. "I thought we probably shot close to a season low from the field, but we found ways to win. This game was the exact opposite of December's game. That one was a score-fest and this one was more defensive oriented. Both teams played really sound defense." Oklahoma faces sixth-seeded Washington in Spokane on Saturday.

Nicole Powell finished with 14 points and 10 boards and Cori Enghusen had 14 and eight in 21 minutes off the bench for Stanford (19-11). The Cardinal shot just 33 percent (21-of-63) and fell to 1-9 this season when outrebounded.

Oklahoma jumped out to a 14-4 lead when Sunny Hardeman hit a 3-pointer 6:26 into the game. Stanford used a 7-0 burst to close within 26-21 on Enghusen's layup 5:18 before halftime. The Sooners answered with a 9-2 burst, pushing the lead to 35-23 when Caufield finished a fastbreak with a layup with 1:21 left.

Bethany Donaphin and Powell each converted three-point plays to close the half, cutting Oklahoma's lead to 35-29. The Sooners improved to 26-0 when taking a lead into the final 20 minutes.

Just over five minutes into the second half Lindsay Yamasaki made two free throws and Powell followed with a layup to pull the Cardinal within 39-35. But Stanford got no closer as Hill answered with a jumper and Caufield had a layup a to make it 43-35 with 12:14 to play.

"The crowd was a huge impact tonight and you have to think that Stanford was intimidated by it," Hill said.


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