No. 2 Stanford beats Oregon for 15th straight winFeb 19, 2010 - 5:32 AM By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif.(AP) -- When Stanford played Oregon the first time, it took the Cardinal almost the entire game to get used to the Ducks' breakneck pace and full-court press.
There were no such problems this time.
Jayne Appel had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Jeanette Pohlen scored a career-high 26 points as No. 2 Stanford broke out to a 32-point halftime lead on the way to its 43rd straight home win, 104-60 over Oregon on Thursday night.
"The style is very different," coach Tara VanDerveer said. "You can watch it, you can talk about it, but you don't know until you're actually playing against. They're very good at what they do. We just didn't let them do what they like to do. We took care of the ball, we shot the ball well."
The Cardinal (24-1, 14-0 Pac-10) have won 15 straight games and were never challenged by the undersized Ducks (16-9, 7-6). They matched their highest-scoring first half of the season to take a 59-27 lead and then just added to the margin from there, making eight of their first nine shots in the second half to take a 90-50 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
It was a far cry from the first meeting, when Stanford led by only five points with 8 minutes left before pulling away for a 20-point win. While the Cardinal were frustrated much of that game, this meeting was a laugher.
"I enjoy it," Appel said. "I think its' a fun game to play and much more exciting to watch as well."
The Cardinal can clinch at least a share of a 10th straight Pac-10 regular season title and the top seed in the conference tournament by beating Oregon State in their final home game of the regular season on Saturday.
Micaela Cocks scored 20 and Victoria Kenyon added 13 points for the Ducks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Oregon has lost 11 straight games to Stanford and dropped to 1-23 all-time in road matchups against the Cardinal.
"I'm always surprised when I lose by 40-plus points," Ducks coach Paul Westhead said. "I think our team has been playing up to their level, playing good basketball. I would probably accurately say a high-quality team took us down. Move on."
Appel got off to a slow start to her senior season following knee surgery over the summer, but is playing her best basketball as the season hits the home stretch. She is averaging 21.4 points and 13 rebounds over her past five games, peaking at the right time of year.
She had plenty of help this game. Pohlen was 6 for 9 on 3-pointers and had seven assists to go with the highest scoring game of her career. Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 17 points and Kayla Pedersen added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Stanford shot 56 percent for the game and turned the ball over 10 times against the Oregon press. The Cardinal held the Ducks to 32 percent shooting and 25 points under their season average of 85.3 points per game. Oregon leading scorer Taylor Lilley managed only five points on 1-for-8 shooting.
"We were much more offensively efficient in the first game," Westhead said. "We were scoring, we were kind of matching baskets the first 30-plus minutes. We were getting stuff off our break and making shots. Tonight they were making shots probably even doing better than the first game and we were far under our first game offensive punch."
Stanford handled the press with ease, getting many open looks after breaking the pressure. The Cardinal took control early in this game, going on a 10-0 run midway through the opening half to take a 24-9 lead. The advantage kept growing from there as Stanford scored in almost every way imaginable. Pedersen even got one easy basket after throwing an inbound pass off the back of an Oregon defender and taking the ball in for an easy layup that made it 42-22.
A late 11-0 run, featuring a 3-pointer from Pohlen and backk-to-back long-range shots from Rosalyn Gold-Onwude helped Stanford take a 59-27 lead into the break.
"We needed to take care of the ball and everybody was going to have to help break the press," Pohlen said. "It wasn't just going to be the guards or the post. It was going to have to be everybody. Once we did break the press we had to get in a set offense."
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