January 21, 2007

Cardinal finish strong against OSU

The Cardinal Finish Strong

By: Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle

Maybe it was all getting a little too staid -- the blowouts, the wide margins, the no-sweat second halves. So the No. 9 Stanford women's basketball team upped the excitement factor Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

After turning in their lowest-scoring half of the season and facing an 11-point deficit against Oregon State, the Cardinal quickly and emphatically reversed course in the second half, outscoring the Beavers 46-21 over the final 20 minutes to finish with a 69-55 victory. (More ...)

Stanford Rallies to Victory After a Lackadaisical Start

By: Dylan Hernandez, San Jose Mercury News

Stanford won its 14th game in a row Saturday by beating visiting Oregon State 69-55, but Coach Tara VanDerveer was disappointed.

VanDerveer didn't see what she wanted until the second half, which the Cardinal (16-3) opened with a furious 20-6 run. Stanford had a 26-5 edge in rebounds in the second half, during which it made 61.1 percent of its shots. (More ...)

Second Half Does it for the Card

By: John Reid. Palo Alto Daily News

Sometimes one needs the midget to take a swing at you every once in awhile to get a dose of humility, even if the blow lands in the right knee cap. Oregon State, with only nine players suited and its tallest player on the floor listed at 6-foot-1, burrowed like determined, little Beavers in the first 20 minutes as No. 9 Stanford backpedaled to the nearest ropes.

The Cardinal took its sweet time getting going, mainly because it had trouble getting the ball in the old peach basket. Perhaps it was the 2 p.m. start, but Stanford missed several layups in the early parts of the contest. It was as if the person in charge of tightening the rim got carried away, at least on Stanford's end of the floor. (More ...)

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