No. 2 Stanford 64, California 44

Given all that Stanford women’s coach Tara VanDerveer has

accomplished during her 31 years at the school, her players will

get a rare opportunity to make history when the Cardinal tries for

their fourth straight Pac-10 Conference tournament title.

Second-ranked Stanford will attempt to become the first Pac-10

team to go undefeated in the regular season and win the league

tournament championship on Sunday.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds as top-seeded

Stanford routed Cal 64-44 in the semifinals on Saturday.

“To have the opportunity to be her first team to go undefeated

and to win the Pac-10 tournament, I think would be something none

of us would ever forget and it would add to the legacy Tara has

built at Stanford,” said Stanford senior Jayne Appel.

The Bears also lost leading scorer Alexis Gray-Lawson, who was

taken away on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on her head with

5 minutes left. With Cal trailing by 26, Gray-Lawson landed

backwards and her head hit the court after she her shot was blocked

by Michelle Harrison. The senior lay motionless on the court for

about 15 minutes before being transported to a hospital.

Cal coach Joanne Boyle said Gray-Lawson was talkative and alert

before leaving on a stretcher and that she would be undergoing

precautionary tests.

She was averaging 17.9 points coming into the game for the Bears

(18-13), but finished with just four on 2-for-10 shooting.

“Just to see her laying down on the floor, it was kind of

scary,” Cal guard Natasha Vital said.

The top-seeded Cardinal never trailed and have reached the

tournament championship game every year since it started in


Rosalyn Gold-Onwude added 10 points for Stanford (30-1).

Gennifer Brandon had 10 points and nine rebounds for

fourth-seeded Cal.

The Cardinal advanced to play second-seeded UCLA in the finals


Stanford will be trying for its seventh Pac-10 tournament

championship in nine tries and its fourth straight.

VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA championships, seven

Final Fours and 18 Pac-10 titles.

The Cardinal built on their 16-point halftime lead by outscoring

the Golden Bears 16-5 to start the second half. With the victory,

the Cardinal continued their dominance of the Golden Bears, having

now won 36 of the last 39 meetings.

“Our team came out, we were very focused and worked very hard

defensively,” VanDerveer said. “We did a better job in the second

half of rebounding and we got out running.”

Stanford won both regular season meetings against Cal by an

average of 18 points. The Cardinal methodically pulled away from

Cal by taking advantage of its size inside.

Ogwumike, who was the conference’s player of the year, scored 14

points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first half – including a

catch-and-shoot jumper off an inbounds pass with two seconds


The Cardinal shot 51.7 percent from the field and scored 20

points in the paint to take a 35-19 halftime lead.