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Folkl Lifts Stanford Past Raiders

Kristin Folkl scored 20 points and No. 9 Stanford beat No. 5 Texas Tech 80-71 Saturday in the second game of the Pac 10-Big 12 Challenge before a sellout crowd of 8,266.

Stanford (12-5) overcame a six-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Raiders 50-35 in the second half although Folkl sat out the final eight minutes.

Folkl left after spraining a finger when someone stepped on her right hand in a scramble for a loose ball.

Tenth-ranked Arizona won the first game of the Challenge, beating Kansas 67-62.

The Pac 10-leading Cardinal have won 10 of 11 games since Folkl joined the team after helping the volleyball team to the national championship. The lone loss with Folkl in the lineup was to Arizona.

It was the second home loss for Texas Tech (15-3) and the first time in three tries that Stanford has beaten the Raiders in Lubbock.

Alicia Thompson led the Raiders with 20 points and 14 rebounds, but did not score in the last eight minutes.

Angie Braziel scored 19 points for Tech and Julie Lake added 14 points.

Olympia Scott scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half for Stanford, helping to erase a 36-30 halftime deficit.

(10) Arizona 67, Kansas 62

Tenth-ranked Arizona proved it need not shoot well to win - as long as Adia Barnes is hitting her free throws.

Barnes scored 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds to go that sealed Arizona’s victory over Kansas.

The Wildcats shot only 38 percent (23 for 61), but Barnes hit nine of 11 shots from the free-throw line, including 6 of 7 in the second half to stave off a late Kansas charge.

Arizona (14-4) took a 31-19 halftime lead and extended that to 38-21 after two free throws by Barnes three minutes into the second half.

Kansas (13-5) went on a 17-4 run, including a 3-pointer by Suzi Raymant with 11:34 to go that trimmed the deficit to 42-38.

The Jayhawks stayed close the rest of the way.

(15) W. Kentucky 83, SW La. 66

At Lafayette, La., Danielle McCulley’s 21 points paced four Hilltoppers in double figures.

Western Kentucky (17-6 overall, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference), which beat Southwestern Louisiana 102-48 two weeks ago, led only 40-33 at halftime of the rematch.

Western cut down its turnovers and crashed the offensive boards to break away from the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-15, 2-5) late in the second half.

The Hilltoppers grabbed 14 offensive boards in the second half after getting just one in the opening half and committed just four turnovers in the final 20 minutes, compared to 14 in the first half, in pulling away to an 80-60 lead with 1:43 to play.


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