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Pedersen takes over the boards for Cardinal women in hoops win

 

Senior Kayla Pedersen moved past All-American Nicole Powell in the Stanford record books and the Cardinal women's basketball team moved closer to matching its own Pac-10 mark for consecutive victories.

Pedersen, who played her prep basketball in nearby Mesa, scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded six assists in the fourth-ranked Cardinal victory over host Arizona State, 72-54, Thursday night for its 47th straight Pac-10 win, one short of the all-time record.

"Today wasn't a very good game for us," Pedersen said. "Our standards are a lot higher. We wanted it to go a different way than it did. We've just got to learn from it."

Pedersen has 1,151 rebounds, moving Powell into third place with 1,143. Pedersen is second only to former teammate Jayne Appel, who has a Pac-10 record 1,263 boards.

Stanford can match its own conference record, set from 1995-98, when it travels to Tucson to play Arizona on Saturday.

Jeanette Pohlen, who played with four fouls during a span of the second half, added 19 points, Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 17 points and Chiney Ogwumike had 11 rebounds to go with eight points for the Cardinal, which outscored Arizona State 34-18 inside.

The 3-point goal was a rarity in this contest as the teams combined for two of them, one each, in 15 attempts. The Sun Devils scored their 3-pointer as their final points of the game.

"We had to do some different things to win and I thought we did those things, but it wasn't pretty," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Stanford has been on a roll since consecutive road losses to DePaul and Tennessee in December.

The Cardinal ended top-ranked Connecticut's record winning streak at 90 games on Dec. 30 and cruised through the first half of Pac-10 play, winning their first nine games by an average of 35 points.

The 19-time Pac-10 champions set a school record with 68 rebounds against Oregon last Thursday, then beat Oregon State by 30 two days later.

The Sun Devils played without leading scorer and catalyst Dymond Simon due to a concussion suffered against USC.

Working the ball to Pedersen and the Ogwumike sisters, Stanford started to wear Arizona State down, beginning with a 6-0 run that made it 48-35 with just over 11 minutes.

The Sun Devils tried to claw back, but the Cardinal kept pounding it inside, pulling away for their 11th straight win over Arizona State. Stanford led by as many as 20 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/AP

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