Wildcats Declawed

KSU came to Maples this weekend for the Stanford Tournament with two preseason All-American candidates, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde. The Cardinal have a Nicole of their own with All-American credentials, yet the bulging disk in her lower back has kept Nicole Powell on the bench for Stanford thus far. Fans and pundits alike wondered if Stanford would have enough firepower to beat KSU without Powell. Stanford's elegant 63-57 victory over #2 Kansas State should silence any doubts.

 

A loud and rowdy crowd was on hand to watch the #7 Cardinal play the #2 Wildcats. The back and forth battle included eight lead changes and five ties. Kansas State relied on the play of their two wings Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker who scored thirty-seven of their team's fifty-seven points. The Wildcats kept it close until the last fifty seconds of the game. They used three fouls to try to disrupt the Cardinal inbounds play. On Stanford's third attempt, with the Cardinal up 59-55, Susan King came rushing across the court to receive the ball. A collision with Megan Mahoney left her lying on the ground for a few minutes. Krista Rappahahn came in to take the one and one foul shots for King. The freshman hit both shots, putting Stanford up six. Rappahahn's poise carried over until the next possession when she sunk two more free throws to seal the Stanford victory.

 

The phenomenal play of Stanford's versatile guards provided the edge for the Cardinal. The starting triumvirate of Kelley Suminski, Sebnem Kimyacioglu, and Susan King combined for twelve three pointers. Suminski tried her hand at everything – posting up her defenders, pulling down offensive rebounds, and dishing out four assists. Her season high eighteen points included five three point buckets. She earned MVP honors on the all tournament team. Seb played all but two minutes of the game, and her tough defensive coverage kept Wecker and Megan Mahoney at bay. A series of rapid fire three pointers helped squelch a KSU run in the second half. Susan King put in her best game of the season, finally looking as comfortable taking shots as she was with distributing the ball. She finished with fourteen points, five rebounds, and four assists. The Cardinal will take a two-week break for finals before their next contest Dec. 14 against Pacific.


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