December 16, 1998
STANFORD, CALIF. -- Freshman forward Lindsey Yamasaki scored 24 points, including six three pointers to lead
Stanford to a 92-77 victory over Northwestern. The loss broke a five-game winning streak for the Wildcats (5-3).
The Cardinal got off to a quick start with sharp shooting and aggressive defense. Yamasaki already had 11 points when she nailed her third three pointer of the game at the 13:14 mark of the first half. That bucket gave Stanford a 20-8 lead. Senior forward Regan Freuen came off the bench and hit two shots from beyond the arc. She was instrumental in the Cardinal building a 25-point lead (42-17 with 5:10 remaining) and ended up scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in the first half. However, Northwestern chipped away at the score and drew five fouls which slowed the clock down and put the Wildcats at the line. Junior center Leah Berki
(Willowbrook,Ill./Hinsdale Central) sank two free throws with two seconds remaining which cut Stanford's lead to 16 (44-28) as the teams headed to the locker room.
It took NU a while to get warmed up in the second half and Stanford (4-5) took full advantage by extending
its lead to the largest of the game, 54-28, with 17:36 on the clock. Senior guard Megan Chawansky (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) hit her first field goal of the game, a 15 ft.
jumper less than a minute later, and then got into a scoring groove. NU managed to cut the margin under 20 (68-52) with 8:25 left to play. Chawansky then scored eight-straight points to bring the Wildcats within nine (71-62) at the 5:58 mark. It would be as close as they would come. Turnovers and fouls plagued Northwestern for the remainder of the game. Stanford led 78-69 with 1:20 to go and made 10 of 11 free throws to capture the game. Northwesterns rally came too late.
Chawansky scored 24 of her game-high 27 points in the second half. Junior forward Leslie Schock (Elgin,
Ill./Elgin) finished with 18 points (15 in the second half), while sophomore point guard Dana Leonard (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) ended up with 12. Sophomore center Tami Sears (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) tallied her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Northwestern shot just 38.7 percent from the field (24-of-62), while Stanford made 47.1 percent (32-of-68) of its shots. The Wildcats had a 43-36 rebounding edge, but shot only 62.5 percent (25-of-40) from the charity stripe.
Next up for Northwestern is a 9:30 p.m. CST game at California on Thursday, Dec. 17.