Stanford takes Pac-10 title
Kokenis nets career-high 17 points to pace Cardinal to crown
LOS ANGELES -- Freshman Toni Kokenis scored 10 of her career-high 17 points in the final 5:17 to rally No. 2 Stanford past No. 7 ranked UCLA 64-55 Saturday for the Pac-10 tournament championship.
The top-seeded Cardinal (29-2) won their 57th consecutive game against a league opponent, tying Liberty of the Big South for fifth all-time. It was their 23rd consecutive overall win.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 15 points and Kayla Pedersen had 12 in the Cardinal's 11th consecutive win against the second-seeded Bruins.
It was Stanford's sixth consecutive league tournament title and ninth overall.
Doreena Campbell scored 16 points, and Darxia Morris and Markel Walker had 12 each for UCLA (27-4), which got swept by Stanford in the regular season. It was the teams' third meeting in the league tourney title game, with Stanford owning a 2-1 edge.
But the Cardinal had it much tougher this time.
UCLA stretched its lead to 11 points three times early in the second half, the last on a basket by Morris. Jeanette Pohlen hit consecutive 3-pointers, Kokenis stripped the ball from Campbell and scored on a fastbreak layup, then got fouled and made the first of two free throws to draw the Cardinal to 40-38.
Campbell turned the ball over twice and Dixon was called for traveling on three consecutive UCLA possessions. The Bruins scored four in a row to go back up six.
That's when Stanford put together a 17-2 spurt, with Kokenis scoring 10 in a row, that gave the Cardinal the lead for good, 57-48. Kokenis, an honorable mention on the league's all-freshman team, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the run.
The Bruins closed the half with an 18-3 run to lead 30-21. They ran off 13 in a row, including five by Morris, before Walker's 3-pointer capped the scoring.
The Cardinal committed most of their 11 turnovers - leading to 14 points by the Bruins - during UCLA's spurt after owning an 18-13 lead at the outset. UCLA missed 17 of its first 20 shots before rallying.