Dec. 19, 2001
TUCSON (AP) - Freshman Kelly Suminski is making her case as one of the best three-point shooters on a Stanford team loaded with players who like to put the ball up from behind the arc.
Suminski made 4-of-5 three-pointers on the way to a career-high 24 points for the No. 6 ranked Cardinal in an 81-57 victory over Arizona on Wednesday night in the Pacific 10 Conference opener for both teams.
"I was getting good passes. People were penetrating and then dishing it back out," Suminski said. "I felt confident with (the three)."
She made 9-of-12 shots overall.
Her teammates joined in from the perimeter by making a season-11 3s. Stanford hit for 10 3s twice earlier this season against Penn State and Santa Barbara.
"You hate to be dependent on the threes, but I sure like it when Kelly is shooting," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I am really impressed with her poise. We talk that she is not a super athlete, but she does what you tell her and never gets flustered."
Stanford (9-1) also received a trio of 3-pointers from Lindsey Yamasaki and Nicole Powell.
Stanford even had a four-pointer as Sebnem Kimyacioglu converted a free throw after being fouled from beyond the line to give Stanford a 52-37 lead.
The Wildcats' Dee-Dee Wheeler made a pair of 3-pointers to trim the lead to 54-46 with 7:30 left, but Stanford's Nicole Powell halted the brief run with the team's final 3 of the game.
"It was frustrating. We would come down and get a shot, and then they would come back and score again," Wheeler said. "We had to get back on defense better, and we didn't."
Stanford built a 35-25 lead at halftime as the Cardinal made five 3-pointers. Suminski made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 in an 18-2 run after Arizona took a five-point lead. Nicole Powell had two 3 in that stretch to give the Cardinal a 20-9 edge. Powell finished with 11 points.
The Wildcats (4-5) switched defenses, going from man to zone, with little success. Arizona couldn't equal Stanford's success from the perimeter, making just 7-of-25 3-pointers.
"They have so many people that can shoot it. It is hard to play zone against them," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. "We played zone for a little bit, and I wanted to play more of it but they shot us out of it."
Arizona settled for mostly points inside with Elizabeth Pickney scoring 13. LaKeisha Taylor added 12 points, and Aimee Grzyb had 10.