LOS ANGELES – Freshman Toni Kokenis scored 10 of her career-high 17 points in the final 5 minutes, 17 seconds to rally second-ranked Stanford past No. 7 UCLA, 64-55, for the Pacific-10 Conference tournament championship Saturday.
The top-seeded Cardinal (29-2) won its 57th consecutive game against a league opponent, tying Liberty of the Big South for fifth all-time.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 15 points and Kayla Pedersen had 12 in the Cardinal’s 11th consecutive win against the Bruins.
It was Stanford’s sixth league tournament title in a row and ninth overall.
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Doreena Campbell scored 16 points, and Darxia Morris and Markel Walker had 12 each for UCLA (27-4).
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 twice turned the ball over and Dixon was called for traveling on three UCLA possessions in a row. 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.