- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kayla Pedersen had season-high 25 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Stanford defeated Southern California 89-64 to win the Pac-10 tournament championship for the sixth time and second consecutive year.

Pedersen finished 10-for-18 from the field for the Cardinal (29-4), who head into the NCAA tournament with a 16-game winning streak. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 14 and Jeanette Pohlen added 10 for Stanford.

The Cardinal dominated the tournament, winning each game by at least 25 points.

Camille Lenoir led USC (17-15) with 13 points and Kari LaPlante added 12.

Stanford went on a 21-1 run midway through the second, led by Jayne Appel. She was held to scoreless in the first, but had 12 in the second.

The Pac-10 Player of the Year had six points during that spurt and Stanford made three 3s to take a 34-point lead with 8:47 remaining.

The Trojans’ mistakes didn’t help and Stanford took advantage, scoring 28 off of turnovers.

USC couldn’t bounce back from a 33-24 halftime deficit and Lenoir, who was averaging 21.5 points in the tournament, was a focal point for the Cardinal’s defense. The redshirt senior couldn’t penetrate the lanes like she wanted to and was taking contested jumpers throughout.

Stanford held the point guard scoreless in the first half on 0-for-6 shooting.

When Lenoir did get to the rim, Stanford doubled her and her layups didn’t go in.

The Trojans scored sparingly in the first half and only put together a late 11-4 run to get within five. LaPlante started the run with a basket in the paint and Heather Oliver sank a 3-pointer from the left side of the key with a minute remaining to make it 29-24.

The Cardinal had two big scoring runs in the first and Pedersen had nine points to help Stanford take a 33-24 halftime lead.

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