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BYU rallies to knock off Stanford

Nov 14, 2006 - 6:29 AM PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- A freshman gave Stanford a rare loss at home.

Haley Hall hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play to rally No. 24 Brigham Young to a 55-52 victory over fourth-ranked Stanford in the second round of the Preseason Women's NIT.

The dramatic 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring capped a comeback from a 13-point second-half deficit for BYU, which advances to play Baylor in the tournament finals on Thursday night.

Hall scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers for the Cougars, who shot just 37 percent (20-of-54) from the field but made 11-of-27 from the arc. Mallary Gillespie added 12 points.

Brooke Smith scored 13 points to lead the Cardinal (1-1), who led, 50-37, with 7:23 left in the game. Cissy Pierce added 10 points.

A jumper by Smith with 1:33 in the first half gave Stanford a 28-20 lead, but Hall and Gillespie hit 3-pointers to make it 28-26 at halftime.

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