No. 11 Women's Hoops Continues Homestand With Washington State
Feb. 7, 2007
No. 11/11 Stanford Cardinal (19-4, 11-1 Pac-10)
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Washington State Cougars (5-18, 1-12 Pac-10)
After experiencing its first loss since late November, No. 11/11 Stanford (19-4, 11-1 Pac-10) looks to regroup on Thursday night as its continues a three-game homestand by hosting Washington State (5-18, 1-12 Pac-10). The Cardinal was upset by then-No. 21 California 72-57 last Sunday, sufferring its second home loss in a season for the first time since the club posted a 12-3 home mark in 2000-01. Nevertheless, Stanford still owns a one-game lead in the Pac-10 standings with six conference games left to play.
Both of this week's can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with Jake Kelman handling the broadcast duties. Live statistics and a webcast are also offered on the site. Saturday's contest against Washington represents the sixth of seven national television appearances for the Cardinal this year as the game will air on Fox Sports Net.
There are two Thursday night home contests remaining on the schedule (Feb. 8 vs. Washington State, Feb. 22 vs. UCLA) and both are Stanford Basketball Camper games, with all camp attendees invited back to Maples Pavilion to catch the action.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (5-18, 1-12 Pac-10) currently sits in last place in the conference and has lost 12 games in a row. The Cougars would figure to be just the right opponent for the Cardinal to face as it looks to rebound from last week's tough loss, but maybe not. Washington State is much improved from previous seasons despite its overall record, as seven of the Cougars' 12 conference losses have come by 10 points or less. Washington State is 3-8 at home, 2-9 on the road and 0-1 on neutral courts. The Cougars, who have recorded back-to-back wins only twice this year, average 59.0 and surrender 66.7 points per game. The Cougars shoot 36.8-percent from the field, 29.1-percent from beyond the arc and 61.2 from the free throw line. Look out for: Marisa Stotler (10.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 44 steals), Katie Appleton (8.8 ppg, 62 assists), Kate Benz (6.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Head coach Sherri Murrell leads the Cougars.
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington State
The next win Washington State gets over Stanford will be its first. Stanford has won all 43 meetings in the series, which originated during the 1982-83 campaign. However, the most recent meeting was competitive with the Cardinal claiming a 63-55 victory in Pullman back on Jan. 13. In that game, JJ Hones scored a career-best 17 points while Brooke Smith nearly posted a quadruple-double with the following gaudy stat line: 12 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals.
Who To Watch Against Washington State
Look out for Clare Bodensteiner once she checks into the game. In seven career contests versus Washington State, Bodensteiner has made 14-28 (50-percent) from the field and that includes seven three-pointers. In three games, Jillian Harmon made 16-28 (57.1-percent) from the field and averaged 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Wiggins Named To Wooden Award Midseason Watch List
Earlier this week, junior guard Candice Wiggins was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason All-America Team, which includes the nation's top 20 players to this point in the season who will contend for this year's player of the year award. The list is based on individual player performance and team records through the first half of the season. Wiggins, the two-time All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the Cardinal in scoring at 16.6 points per game and is the team's top three-point threat with a 50-120 success rate. Also recognized as a preseason Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy candidate, Wiggins has established herself as one of the best players in the country.
Hones Out For Remainder Of Season
Freshman point guard JJ Hones will miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL tear in her left knee. She is expected to have surgery in approximately 3-4 weeks. Hones suffered the injury while driving to the basket at the 19:15 mark of the first half of Stanford's 72-57 loss to California on Feb. 4. Despite being just a rookie, Hones started 20 of the 23 games she appeared in and emerged as the leader of the Cardinal offense. She averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 24.3 minutes. Second on the team in three-pointers with 14, Hones led the Cardinal with 90 assists while committing only 32 turnovers. She dished out at least four assists in a game on 14 different occasions and scored a season-high 17 points at Washington State on Jan. 13.
It's That Time Of Year
It's that time of year when you would expect a conference player of the year to catch fire, and Candice Wiggins is doing just that. The previous five contests provide a nice snapshot, as Wiggins is averaging 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Opponents can't afford to leave her open on the wing (she's 12-31 from beyond the arc) but also must be careful not to put her on the line (19-22 from the charity stripe). While injuries have kept her from playing at full strength all year, Wiggins continues to improve with each game and will again be a factor for Stanford down the stretch.
17-Game Winning Streak Boosts Cardinal
A recent 17-game winning streak that spanned just over two months vaulted Stanford into the top-10 of both polls and solidified the Cardinal's standing as the best team on the West Coast. After a 74-69 loss at Georgia back on Nov. 26, Stanford rattled off 17 consecutive victories (13 by double-digit margins) before a 72-57 upset loss to California on Feb. 4. The winning streak was the nation's third-best at the time and represented the fifth-longest winning stretch in school history. Defense proved to the be key during the streak, as Stanford limited its foes to 55.8 points per game and 34.0-percent shooting from the field while forcing 15.5 turnovers and allowing only 10.3 assists per contest.
Cardinal Finds Scoring Balance...
At least three Stanford players have reached double-figure scoring in every game this year except five. Candice Wiggins (16.6 ppg), Brooke Smith (13.9) and Jayne Appel (12.1) are all averaging double-figure scoring. There have been three times this year (Santa Clara on Nov. 29, Arizona on Dec. 28 and Arizona on Jan. 25) where at least five different Cardinal players have reached double-digit scoring. Overall, eight different players have scored in double-figures and seven different players have earned team-high scoring honors.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 282-31 record at home during her tenure, including a 173-12 mark all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 78 of its last 84 games at Maples, although a 55-52 upset loss to No. 24 BYU back on Nov. 13 snapped a 12-game winning streak coming into the 2006-07 campaign. California's stunning 72-57 victory on Feb. 4 snapped Stanford's 50-game conference home winning streak.
Stanford To Host 2007 NCAA Tournament First/Second Rounds
The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee has selected Maples Pavilion (capacity: 7,233) as one of eight regional sites to host first and second round competition during the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Stanford University will host games on Saturday, March 17 and Monday, March 19. For ticket information, refer to www.gostanford.com or call 1-800-STANFORD.