Women's Hoops Hosts South Carolina In Quick Turnaround
Jan. 7, 2007
No. 12/12 Stanford Cardinal (11-3, 5-0 Pac-10)
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South Carolina Gamecocks (10-5, 0-1 SEC)
No. 12/12 Stanford (11-3, 5-0 Pac-10) will have little time to enjoy Saturday's 69-44 rout of No. 21/21 California in Berkeley. That victory increased the Cardinal's longest winning streak in two years to nine games. 48 hours later, Stanford now sets its focus on South Carolina (10-5, 0-1 SEC) in a non-conference contest at Maples Pavilion. The Gamecocks had won five won in a row before a 59-55 loss at Kentucky last Thursday.
Monday's game against South Carolina can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com. Jake Kelman handles the broadcasting chores. Live statistics and a webcast are also offered on the site. In addition, both games of Stanford's upcoming road trip (Washington, Washington State) can also be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and www.gostanford.com.
A challenging week lies ahead for Stanford, which travels to Washington and Washington State after hosting South Carolina. It represents the second time this year that the Cardinal has experienced a three-game, six-day stretch. In late November, Stanford battled Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia in a span of six days and went 1-2.
Scouting South Carolina
South Carolina checks in at 10-5 overall and 0-1 in SEC action. The Gamecocks had won a season-best five in a row prior to a 59-55 loss at Kentucky last week in the conference opener for both teams. South Carolina's schedule this season includes Penn State, NC State and Oklahoma- however, all of those contests have resulted in losses. Of the Gamecocks' 10 victories, nine have come by double-digit margins. South Carolina has outscored its opponents by a margin of +19.7 and outrebounded its foes by a difference of +13.1. However, the Gamecocks are without a double-digit scorer through 15 games. Players to watch include: Iva Sliskovic (9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 52.9-percent from the field), Lauren Simms (8.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 48 assists) and Melanie Johnson (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 32 steals). Head coach Susan Walvius is 141-134 in 10 seasons at South Carolina.
Stanford All-Time vs. South Carolina
Monday's meeting will be the first between the two schools.
Low Totals? There's A Reason
A quick glance at the last few box scores reveals unusually low scoring totals for standouts Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins. It's more of a tribute to Stanford's incredible depth than anything else. In both games last week, Stanford built a sizeable halftime lead and cruised to a win thanks to its capable supporting cast. Wiggins scored just seven points in only 24 minutes against Fresno State, as the Cardinal received a double-double from Jillian Harmon and 50 points and nine blocks from its frontcourt. Smith finished with six points and seven boards in 26 minutes against California, as Stanford benefited from Wiggins' gaudy stat line (18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) and Jayne Appel's 19 points. Overall, eight different players have scored in double-figures and five different players have earned team-high scoring honors.