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Scott powers Stanford women past pesky Ducks

STANFORD, Calif. -- Oregon came out aggressively against No. 15 Stanford. Then the Ducks ran straight into Olympia Scott.

Scott scored 25 points and had 16 rebounds Sunday as the Cardinal (5-4, 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference) easily downed Oregon 97-72.

She's a tremendously difficult assignment because of her quickness and her jumping ability, Oregon coach Jody Runge said of Scott. For us to go one-on-one against her is difficult. She goes so well to the basket, we can't stop her.

The Ducks (5-5, 1-1) actually made it a game through most of the first half, but the stronger Stanford pulled ahead to lead by as many as 28 points in the second.

We played very well for about 18 minutes, then after that -- I don't know if we're not in shape or what, but we fell apart, Runge said.

Kristin Folkl, who joined the Cardinal last Sunday after leading Stanford's volleyball team to the NCAA championship, had 16 points, as did Vanessa Nygaard. Milena Flores added 10 points and 11 assists, while Melody Peterson had 13 points.

Oregon was led by freshman Brianne Meharry with 18 points. Natalie Hughes had 13 points and Sonja Curtis added 12.

Stanford trailed 24-23 after Hughes' jumper with 7:09 to go in the first half. But the Cardinal answered with a 17-6 run, capped by Nygaard's 3-pointer at 2:38, to take a 40-30 lead.

Oregon was aggressive at the start, taking an early 10-7 lead on Meharry's layup at 14:40. She had nine points at the half.

Stanford appeared to become more comfortable with Oregon's style as the half continued, and took a 46-39 lead into halftime. Scott had 16 of her points during the half.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said it was a matter of coming together.

They (the Ducks) were right in it until we really got our transition game going and we hit some open shots, she said.

Nygaard hit three of her four 3-pointers in the first half, then had a scare in the second half when she came down hard under the basket while grabbing for the ball.

Nygaard went into the game averaging 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds and leading the Pac-10 Conference with a .850 free-throw percentage.

I didn't remember at first where I was, I guess I hit on the floor, she said. It was so loud in there I had to leave.

Oregon was without 6-foot-5 sophomore Jenny Mowe, who has tendinitis in her right knee and did not make the trip to California.

Stanford now has a 47-game Pac-10 winning streak, dating back to Feb. 9, 1995. Stanford also holds a 58-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion.