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Stanford women pull away to beat UC Davis

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Stanford women pull away to beat UC Davis

March 16, 2011BOXSCORE NCAASCOREBOARDSTANFORDPAGE

STANFORD (AP) Tara VanDerveer hardly wanted to open the NCAA tournament against Northern California neighbor UC Davis and retiring coach Sandy Simpson, whom she counts as a friend.Turns out those NCAA first-timers gave VanDerveer's seasoned Stanford bunch a nice early test - for a half, anyway.Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the top-seeded Cardinal took their initial step toward a fourth straight trip to the Final Four by beating UC Davis 86-59 in the first round Saturday.Kayla Pedersen added 11 points and seven assists, Jeanette Pohlen had 11 points and eight assists as the Cardinal (30-2) ran their school-record winning streak at home to 62 games in packed Maples Pavilion, where an impressive contingent of Aggies fans was among the crowd of 6,515 after making the two-hour drive.Paige Mintun scored 17 points and Heidi Heintz 11 in their final collegiate games to lead UC Davis (24-9), which sent its 14th-year coach out in style.Stanford will play Monday night against ninth-seeded St. John's (22-10), a 55-50 winner over No. 8 Texas Tech in Saturday's first game. Pedersen and Pac-10 Player of the Year Pohlen will try to wrap up a perfect record on their home floor over their four-year careers.That streak would be plenty special. Yet this is a group that will settle for nothing less than capturing that elusive national title for a program that hasn't won it all since 1992.It took the Cardinal until well into the first half to get comfortable on offense against UC Davis' unconventional zone defense, which pressures on the perimeter in an effort to disrupt outside shooters and make it tough to pass inside. But once Stanford started hitting from long range, it quickly became a long day for UC Davis.Lindy La Rocque matched her career best with 14 points, knocking down four of Stanford's season-high 13 3-pointers, and freshman Toni Kokenis added 11 points with three 3-pointers. Pedersen and Pohlen also each had three 3s in their team's 24th straight win since a pair of December defeats at DePaul and Tennessee.This game had to be considered an improvement for the Cardinal after Stanford was forced to rally in the second half to beat UCLA 64-55 last Saturday for its fifth straight Pac-10 tournament title.UC Davis had hoped to make the best possible statement in its NCAA debut after winning the Big West Conference tournament for the first time in program history. The Aggies can walk away knowing they didn't beat themselves.Stanford shot 55.4 percent to UC Davis' solid 46.8. The Cardinal held a commanding 33-19 edge on the boards, something Simpson knew could pose problems for his smaller team.Fans cheered "Thank you, Sandy!" in the closing minute for Simpson, who guided the program through its four-year transition to Division I for the start of the 2007-08 season. UC Davis posted back-to-back 20-win seasons and got solid play from Mintun throughout her final season.She and Simpson hugged on the sideline as she came to the bench in the waning moments.Former Secretary of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cheered on the Cardinal and new Stanford football coach David Shaw and his family sat in the front row on one baseline. Former Stanford star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Candice Wiggins also attended the game.UC Davis matched Stanford in making four of its first six shots, with three 3-pointers. After Kasey Riecks hit a 3 at the 15:50 mark to put UC Davis ahead 11-8, Stanford responded with a 20-5 burst to pull away.This marked the 13th overall meeting between the schools. They played during the regular season in three of the previous four seasons, with Stanford winning each time.

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

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OAKLAND -- Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night.

A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.

The Mariners had lost eight of nine.

Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.

Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 24th, that broke a scoreless tie in the second. Yonder Alonso added his 26th homer, connecting against his former team.

Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.

Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.

MAXWELL IN THE LINEUP:
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.

SHOW OF SUPPORT:
In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.

2,500 CLUB:
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.

UP NEXT:
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.