No. 2 Stanford rallies past ASU, 71-48
STANFORD, Calif. — Tara VanDerveer can't recall a start this poor in more than two decades coaching at Stanford. Thanks to a huge second half, her Cardinal kept several winning streaks intact.
Kayla Pedersen had 23 points and seven rebounds and No. 2 Stanford fought back after trailing at halftime for the first time all season, beating Arizona State, 71-48, last night to extend its home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 39 games.
"It was not a thing of beauty," VanDerveer said.
After trailing by 14 in the first half, Stanford outscored the Sun Devils 35-5 spanning halftime and held them to one field goal during that stretch.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude knocked down three 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 19 points and Jayne Appel added 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10) won its ninth straight game since losing at top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 23. Stanford also beat Arizona State for the eighth straight time and 12th in 13 meetings since Jan. 7, 2005. The Sun Devils' last victory in the rivalry was a 62-59 win on Feb. 16, 2006.
"We started as poorly as we have started any game I can honestly remember ever coaching," VanDerveer said. "We were just not understanding what Arizona State was going to do. They came out and were very aggressive. We were totally discombobulated offensively. We just had to make a couple adjustments and run some different things. Obviously the second half was a totally different story."
Tenaya Watson scored all 12 of her points in the first half for Arizona State (12-7, 4-4), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
Arizona State led 29-25 at halftime, but got outscored 46-19 in the second half.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 81, MINNESOTA 58
Samantha Prahalis had 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the host Buckeyes (21-2, 9-1 Big Ten) to a rout of the Golden Gophers (11-9, 4-5).
NO. 5 TENNESSEE 85, AUBURN 56
Angie Bjorklund broke out of a shooting slump and scored 20 points, powering the host Lady Vols (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) past the Tigers (11-10, 2-6).
MISSISSIPPI STATE 74, NO. 9 GEORGIA 66
Alexis Rack had 34 points and the host Bulldogs (14-7, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) handed the visiting Bulldogs (18-3, 5-3) their second straight loss.
KENTUCKY 71, NO. 18 LSU 62
Victoria Dunlap had 24 points, helping the visiting Wildcats (17-3, 5-2 SEC) beat the Tigers (14-5, 3-4) for the first time since 1999, a span of 16 games.
PURDUE 80, NO. 23 PENN ST. 76
Brittany Rayburn and K.K. Houser combined for 11 of 15 points in overtime as the visiting Nittany Lions (15-5, 7-3 Big Ten) beat the Boilermakers (11-10, 6-4 Big Ten).
NO. 24 WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 73, BUTLER 62
Julie Wojta scored 16 of her 23 points in the first half and the Phoenix (17-2, 6-2 Horizon League) led by 20 at halftime in beating the Bulldogs (12-7, 5-3).
NO. 10 PURDUE 60, NO. 16 WISCONSIN 57
E'Twaun Moore scored 20 points to help the host Boilermakers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten) turn back the Badgers (16-5, 6-3), who got 25 points from Keaton Nankivil.
NO. 13 GONZAGA 71, SANTA CLARA 64
Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray each scored 19 points, and the visiting Zags (17-3, 6-0 WCC) rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat the Broncos (9-14, 1-5).
NO. 17 PITTSBURGH 63, ST. JOHN'S 53
Ashton Gibbs and Gary McGhee scored baskets to start a game-ending 9-1 run as the host Panthers (16-4, 6-2 Big East) rallied to beat the Red Storm (12-8, 2-6).
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI 84, AUBURN 74
Chris Warren scored 20 points and Terrico White had 19, leading the visiting Rebels (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) past the Tigers (10-11, 1-5).
NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 79, WAKE FOREST 58
D'Andre Bell scored 16 points and the Yellow Jackets (15-5, 4-3 ACC) used a 19-4 second-half run to rout the Demon Deacons (14-5, 4-3).
IDAHO 74, FRESNO STATE 59
Mac Hopson scored 21 points, Luiz Toledo added 16 and the host Vandals (9-10, 2-6 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Bulldogs (11-11, 4-4) to snap a six-game losing streak.
Hopson had eight points at halftime when the Vandals trailed 32-30. Sylvester Seay led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but had only five in the second half. Greg Smith added 12 points.