No. 11 Cardinal Wraps Up Homestand With Washington Saturday
Feb. 9, 2007
No. 11/11 Stanford Cardinal (20-4, 12-1 Pac-10)
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Washington Huskies (15-10, 8-6 Pac-10)
Coming off a convincing 60-34 rout of Washington State two days ago, No. 11/11 Stanford (20-4, 12-1 Pac-10) hosts Washington (15-10, 8-6 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon. The defensive-minded win over the Cougars was exactly what the Cardinal needed after a 72-57 upset loss to California. Now it's time to face the Huskies, who are coming off a 79-76 overtime victory on Thursday over those same Golden Bears in Berkeley.
Stanford University will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday. Festivities include a free clinic, hosted by the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) and the American Association of University Women. The free clinic is open to all elementary and middle school children and begins at 11 a.m. Clinic attendees will participate in motivational warmups and team competitions while rotating through stations staffed by Stanford student-athletes from the following women's sports: golf, soccer, volleyball, and track and field. Weather permitting, the clinic will take place at the football practice field adjacent to Maples Pavilion. If it rains, the clinic will be moved to Burnham Pavilion. A postgame autograph session is also planned featuring selected players. In addition, the popular Food & Fun Pack offer will be available. For just $24, fans receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four Pepsi products.
Washington (15-10, 8-6 Pac-10), which is coming off a 79-76 overtime win at California on Thursday night, has experienced a streaky conference season up to this point. The Huskies raced out to a 5-0 start before sandwiching an 86-64 win over Washington State between a pair of three-game losing streaks. In a homestand against the Arizona schools last week, Washington earned a split by defeating the Wildcats 79-64. The Huskies are 10-3 at home and 5-7 on the road. Washington is outscoring (72.5 to 70.0) and outrebounding (40.4 to 38.2) its opponents depite only shooting 39.3-percent overall. Be sure to watch: Cameo Hicks (18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 77.3-percent free throws, 41.4-percent three-pointers), Andrea Plouffe (10.5 ppg, 37.3-percent field goals), Jill Bell (7.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 17 blocks) and Emily Florence (5.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 92 assists, 56 steals). Head coach June Daugherty is at the helm of the Huskies.
Stanford All-Time vs. Washington
Stanford owns a 31-14 edge in the series. Stanford has won nine of the last 11 overall, with seven of those turning out to be double-digit victories. Stanford and Washington matched up back on Jan. 11 in Seattle, with the Cardinal cruising to a 77-56 triumph. In that contest, Candice Wiggins posted a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds while Jayne Appel led all scorers with 19 points on 9-14 shooting with eight boards.
Who To Watch Against Washington
Post players Kristen Newlin and Brooke Smith have enjoyed the most success. In six career games, Newlin has made 21-36 from the field (58.3-percent) while hauling down 5.3 rebounds per game. Smith is shooting 37-60 (61.6-percent) from the field in five career games, including an average of 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Last Time Out:
No. 11/11 Stanford 60, Washington State 34 (Feb. 8, 2007 at Stanford, Calif.)
Jayne Appel had 19 points and season-best 14 rebounds for her first career double-double and No. 11 Stanford handed last-place Washington State its 13th straight loss, 60-34. Candice Wiggins had 16 points and four rebounds while playing point guard most of the game in place of injured freshman JJ Hones, helping the Cardinal bounce back after a tough loss to California on Sunday. Brooke Smith added 12 points and seven rebounds, with Stanford shooting 46 percent and holding a 48-35 advantage on the boards. The Cougars were shooting 11 percent at one point in the second half at 4-for-36. Their overall 17.2 shooting percentage was the lowest by a Stanford opponent since Pacific's 15.4 percent on Dec. 12, 2003. Stanford led by as many as 31 and was up 28-11 at halftime, the fewest points allowed by the Cardinal in a half this season. Washington State didn't make its first two-point field goal until the 18:51 mark of the second half.
Stanford has registerd its 18th season with 20 or more victories. Stanford has won 20+ games in each of the last six seasons and seven of the last eight overall. The Cardinal finished 26-8 overall last season and 15-3 in the Pac-10.
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 six contests provide a nice snapshot, as Wiggins is averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Opponents can't afford to leave her open on the wing (she's 15-37 from beyond the arc) but also must be careful not to put her on the line (20-23 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.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 283-31 record at home during her tenure, including a 174-12 mark all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 79 of its last 85 games at Maples, although a 55-52 upset loss to No. 24 BYU back on Nov. 13 snapped a 12-game winning streak entering 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.