No. 9 Stanford Closes Out Pac-10 First Half With Oregon State
Jan. 19, 2007
No. 9/9 Stanford Cardinal (15-3, 8-0 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (7-9, 2-5 Pac-10)
No. 9/9 Stanford (15-3, 8-0 Pac-10) attempts to go undefeated through the first round of conference play when it hosts Oregon State (7-9, 2-5 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. Sporting the seventh-best winning streak in program history and third-best in the entire country, the Cardinal has not lost in almost two months and remains a half-game ahead of Arizona State in the Pac-10 standings.
Saturday's game against Oregon State can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with Jake Kelman handling the broadcasting chores. Live statistics and a webcast are also offered on the site.
Eat Dinner With VanDerveer, Smith and Bodensteiner
The next installment of the Inside Stanford Sports radio show is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22. Fans are invited to attend the live 1220 AM KNTS broadcast originating from the Old Pro Restaurant at 541 Ramona Street in downtown Palo Alto from 6-7 p.m. Guests include: head coach Tara VanDerveer, Brooke Smith, Clare Bodensteiner, men's swimming assistant coach Ted Knapp and swimmer Ben Wildman-Tobriner and men's gymnasts Peter Derman and David Sender.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (7-9, 2-5 Pac-10) is coming off a 63-57 loss to California on Thursday evening. The Beavers have turned things around after a five-game losing streak, winning three of their last six. Oregon State earned a split on its homestand last week, falling 59-43 to Arizona State before bouncing back with a 69-62 triumph over Arizona two days later. Oregon State is 5-3 at home, 1-5 on the road and 1-1 when playing on neutral courts. Oregon State, which qualified for the WNIT last year after finishing 16-15, has only played nine deep all year. Oregon State is outscoring its foes by an average of 61.0 to 58.9 per game, shooting 43.7-percent overall and 73.2-percent from the charity stripe. Keep an eye on: Casey Nash (20.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 61-78 free throws), Judie Lomax (11.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 69.4-percent field goals) and Cedes Fox-Griffin (8.4 ppg, 105 assists, 70 turnovers). Head coach LaVonda Wagner is in her second year.
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon State
Stanford is 36-6 all-time against Oregon State, and that includes a current 12-game winning streak. Last year's series turned out to be a Cardinal sweep, with an 80-60 road win and an 87-54 home victory. Oregon State's most recent win over Stanford came back on Jan. 11, 2001, when the Beavers notched an 81-65 victory in Corvallis.
Who To Watch Against Oregon State
Oregon native Jillian Harmon apparently looks forward to facing Oregon State. In two games last season, Harmon was 11-15 from the field (73.3-percent) and averaged 5.5 rebounds per game. Brooke Smith has been even more impressive, making 24-34 (70.5-percent) in four games while pulling down 5.7 rebounds. The lofty totals don't stop there, with Cissy Pierce (7-10 from the field in three games) and Kristen Newlin (18-28, 6.6 rebounds in five games) also enjoying success.
Last Time Out:
No. 9/9 Stanford 70, Oregon 48 (Jan. 18, 2007 at Stanford, Calif.)
Cissy Pierce scored a career-high 14 points, Kristen Newlin grabbed 10 of her 13 rebounds in the first half and No. 9 Stanford won its 13th consecutive game, 70-48 over Oregon. Jayne Appel and Brooke Smith each added 12 points as the Cardinal won its 49th consecutive Pac-10 home game, a streak that dates to March 2001. Eleanor Haring and Carolyn Ganes each scored 15 points to lead the Ducks. Stanford shot 48.3-percent in the second half to overcome a poor shooting effort in the opening half. The Cardinal grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds to Oregon's 37. Ganes hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to end Stanford's 20-0 run that spanned both halves. The Cardinal eventually built a 30-point lead midway through the second half, while the Ducks missed their first nine shots and failed to score in the first 6:20 of the game.
Winning Streak Among Nation's Best
In addition to ranking among the program's all-time best stretches, Stanford's current 13-game winning streak is tied for third-best in the nation with Montana and Middle Tennessee State. North Carolina (21 games) and Duke (19) are the only schools ahead of Stanford entering this weekend.
Winning Streak Hits No. 13
Having not tasted defeat since Nov. 26 at Georgia in the fifth game of the year, Stanford is riding its longest winning streak in two years. The Cardinal has now won 13 straight, the most since a 23-game stretch in 2004-05.
Defense The Key In Winning Streak
Stanford's current 13-game winning streak has been highlighted by an opportunistic defense and consistent pressure. During the streak, Stanford has limited its opponents to 53.4 points per game, 32.2-percent shooting from the field and won all 13 games by an average of 20 points. Perhaps the most impressive statistic: Cardinal opponents are averaging 16.2 turnovers per game while registering only 9.8 assists per contest. In fact, Stanford has held 12 of those 13 victims to under 60 points.