Kayla Pedersen had 16 points and eight rebounds and No. 2 Stanford beat third-ranked Tennessee, 67-52, yesterday for its 35th straight win at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., in a matchup of unbeaten national powerhouses.
Jayne Appel added 10 points, 14 boards, three assists, and three blocks and Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored all 14 of her points in the second half to go with 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (9-0), who held a 44-34 advantage on the boards but shot just 39.3 percent and had to hold off a late run.
Angie Bjorklund scored 15 points and Glory Johnson 13 for the Vols (9-1) on a day when leading scorer Shekinna Stricklen was held to eight points on 4 of 12 shooting. Tennessee managed only four assists.
"That may be an all-time record at University of Tennessee for the Lady Vols basketball team," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said.
This was the biggest matchup so far for both schools and each was slow getting going offensively after the 11:30 a.m. tip-off. It was the first time in 10 meetings that Tennessee came to Stanford ranked lower than the Cardinal.
"They exposed their game to all of women's basketball today, and it wasn't pretty," Summitt said of her squad. "It was a butt kicking, don't forget it. I won't. They were the best team today in all aspects of the game. We've got to get a whole lot better. We fell apart. Sometimes that happens."
Let the hype begin for Stanford's showdown with No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday night in Hartford in one of the most highly anticipated games of the regular season.
Florida State 65, Texas-San Antonio 50 - Alexa Deluzio helped the No. 10 Seminoles (10-0) weather a rough first half to stay undefeated.
She came off the bench and scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half to lead her team over the Roadrunners in the first game of the Duel in the Desert tournament in Las Vegas.
Deluzio came in and made 4 of 5 shots, including a three-pointer to start a 12-0 run that gave FSU the lead for good.
Michigan St. 69, Washington 52 - Lykendra Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Lauren Aitch added 12 points to help the No. 16 Spartans beat the Huskies in East Lansing, Mich.
Porsche Poole and Allyssa DeHaan each had 10 points for the Spartans (8-3), who used an early 17-0 run to pull away from the turnover-plagued Huskies (4-5).