© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell and her Stanford teammates believe they're just getting started.
Powell scored 24 and the ninth-ranked Cardinal clinched the Pac-10 title with a 79-61 victory Saturday against UCLA.
"It's not the same as a regional championship or a national championship, but you have to win your conference to get where you want to go," Powell said.
"You have to win games and do all the little things. It feels good to get here and win it."
Kelley Suminski added 20 points as Stanford won its second straight outright title (after sharing the title two seasons ago) and 12th in 17 seasons.
Down by as many as 20 during the first half, UCLA closed to 59-53 on Nikki Blue's jumper. But that was as close as the Bruins got.
"I think we're just finding ourselves," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
"I think we've got a lot more to go and ways to improve. It was great to win it at home and give the fans something to celebrate."
NO. 7 LOUISIANA TECH 85, TULSA 66: Cheryl Ford had 26 points and 18 rebounds as the visiting Techsters won their 21st in a row. Ford scored nine during a 20-1 run that made it 32-12, and the lead did not get below 12 after that.
NO. 5 KANSAS ST. 88, TEXAS A&M 49: Nicole Ohlde had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Amy Dutmer a career-high 20 points for the host Wildcats. Kansas State made its first eight shots and led 26-6. Two 3-pointers by Mindy Garrison cut it to 15. But Dutmer made four 3-pointers in 2 1/2 minutes as the Wildcats took a 52-27 halftime lead.
NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 83, OKLAHOMA ST. 48: After winning by 50 on Jan. 18, the visiting Red Raiders again had no problem beating the Cowboys. The score was 17-11 when Texas Tech went on a 12-4 run to make it a 14-point lead. After Oklahoma State got within 31-20, Texas Tech scored 11 consecutive points to go up 42-20.
NO. 10 TEXAS 86, NEBRASKA 54: Alisha Sare scored 16 to lead five scorers in double figures for the host Longhorns. Texas set a school record by committing just four turnovers and led 50-22 at halftime.
NO. 20 VILLANOVA 71, VIRGINIA TECH 61: Trish Juhline scored 28 for the visiting Wildcats. Villanova opened with a 17-8 run. The Hokies got to within 30-20 at halftime but got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
NO. 21 WIS.-GREEN BAY 75, WIS.-MILWAUKEE 50: Kristy Loiselle scored 19 as the host Phoenix clinched the Horizon League title. Green Bay took control early with an 18-0 run to lead 22-5 eight minutes in. Midway through the second half, Molly O'Brien's basket got the Panthers within 46-38. But Loiselle made consecutive baskets to begin a 14-4 Green Bay run that sealed it.
NO. 22 RUTGERS 93, GEORGETOWN 52: Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 31 for the visiting Scarlet Knights. Pondexter scored nine of her 17 first-half points during an opening 15-1 run. The Hoyas missed their first eight shots before Sarah Jenkins made a 3-pointer with 11:38 left in the half.
NO. 24 BOSTON COLLEGE 78, PITT 52: Becky Gottstein scored 18 of her 23 during the first half for the visiting Eagles. Gottstein made six of her first eight shots as Boston College built a 21-6 lead during the first eight minutes.
NO. 25 ARIZONA 72, ARIZONA ST. 52: Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 10 of her 18 during the final eight minutes of the first half for the host Wildcats. Arizona made only three of its first 17 shots and fell behind 16-7 before regaining its composure and shutting down the Sun Devils with a 23-2 run.