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Appel's big game leads Stanford past Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jayne Appel had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots to lead No. 2 Stanford past Arizona State 62-43 on Thursday night for the Cardinal's 17th straight win and sixth consecutive outright Pac-10 regular-season championship.

Kayla Pedersen added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for Stanford (26-1, 16-0), which has shared or won the conference title outright for 10 years in a row.

Danielle Orsillo scored 12 points for Arizona State (16-10, 8-7), which has lost three of its last five.

Stanford has won all but one of its conference games by at least 15 points and held the Sun Devils to 16 of 52 (30.8 percent) shooting from the field.

The Cardinal didn't pull away until midway through the second half after the Sun Devils had gotten within 40-32 with 14:12 left. Appel scored six points in a span of 1 minute, 45 seconds to help Stanford get a 53-39 advantage with 4:50 remaining.

Stanford quickly ran out to a 10-0 lead after Arizona State missed its first six shots — four from the field and two free throws — in the first four minutes. But the Cardinal went 5 of 14 from the field the rest of the half and held a 29-20 lead at the break.

Stanford hasn't lost since falling 80-68 to No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 23. The Cardinal have also beaten Arizona State nine straight times, and in 13 of the last 15 meetings.