No. 2 Stanford 82, Oregon St. 48

On a night she made her final regular season appearance at

Maples Pavilion, Jayne Appel fittingly cemented her place in

Stanford’s record books.

Now she wants to take the second-ranked Cardinal deep into the

postseason.

Appel became only the third player in program history to reach

2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career while leading No. 2

Stanford to an 82-48 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.

“It’s a tremendous honor but I want a national championship,”

said Appel, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Coming

in to the game I had the mentality of just win the game first

because it really wouldn’t have been a celebration if we had

lost.”

The Cardinal (25-1, 15-0 Pac-10) clinched at least a share of

their 10th straight conference title while extending their home

winning streak to 44 games, the second-longest in school

history.

They did it behind another stellar effort from Appel and

Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 17 points, including eight straight

as part of Stanford’s game-opening 13-1 run.

“We’re playing our best when it counts,” Cardinal coach Tara

VanDerveer said. “I think we can go a long way. We kind of hit a

little bit of a lull through January but we’ve really picked it up

in February. Obviously the best time to play your best is in

March.”

Jeanette Pohlen added 13 points and five assists for Stanford,

which has won 16 straight since losing to top-ranked Connecticut

80-68 on Dec. 23.

The Cardinal can clinch the Pac-10 regular season title outright

by winning just one of their final three games. Stanford plays at

Arizona State and Arizona next week, then closes out with a road

game against California on March 6.

Appel scored on a short layup with 8:48 remaining in the first

half to go over the 2,000-point mark in her career, joining Nicole

Powell and Val Whiting.

She’s also just 13 boards short of breaking Lisa Leslie’s Pac-10

career rebounding record, though she didn’t show much emotion until

walking to midcourt with her parents as part of a post-game

ceremony honoring Stanford’s seniors.

“I kind of learned that my freshman year,” Appel said. “That

was the last year we did (the ceremony) before the game and I was a

disaster. So my mindset was ‘OK, get through this, then you can

have fun.”’

Haiden Palmer scored 16 points for Oregon State (9-16, 1-13),

which has lost its 14th straight. Beavers Oregon State coach

LaVonda Wagner said. “My main thing was our defensive pressure

wasn’t there and we got beat on the boards. Those are things we’ve

been good at.”

The Cardinal opened a 25-point advantage at halftime and

increased it to as much as 29 midway through the second half when

Ogwumike scored on a quick layup to make it 65-36.

Oregon State, which was coming off a 66-62 loss to California on

Thursday, couldn’t keep up. The Beavers shot just 26.7 percent from

the floor in the first half and were only slightly better after the

break.

Haiden, the only freshman starter for Oregon State, went 7 of 15

from the floor and reached double figures for the 14th time this

season.