No. 9/10 Women's Hoops Looks For Sweep At Oregon
Feb. 16, 2007
No. 9/10 Stanford Cardinal (22-4, 14-1 Pac-10)
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Oregon Ducks (15-10, 7-8 Pac-10)
No. 9/10 Stanford (22-4, 14-1 Pac-10) tries to complete a road sweep on Saturday afternoon when it squares off against Oregon (15-10, 7-8 Pac-10) in Eugene. The Cardinal has won 10 consecutive road games, posting a 10-2 mark away from Maples Pavilion. That includes an 8-0 ledger in conference road games, a big reason why Stanford continues to hold down the top spot in the Pac-10 standings. With three games remaining, the Cardinal owns a half-game lead over Arizona State.
Saturday's game at Oregon can be heard live on Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with Jake Kelman handling the broadcast duties. The contest will also be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net, representing Stanford's fourth national television appearance during the month of February and eighth overall this year.
Three games remain in the regular season, with two of those taking place at home. Following tomorrow's contest at Oregon, Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion for a homestand against UCLA (Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.) and USC (Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.).
Oregon is coming off a surprising 62-42 rout of California on Thursday night. Despite a 1-6 start to the conference season, Oregon has won five of the last six games and now sits at 15-10 overall and 7-8 in the Pac-10. As usual, the Ducks are always tough on their home court and sport a 9-4 record compared to 5-6 on the road. Oregon averages 64.4 points, 33.4 rebounds and 13.1 assists per game. The Ducks are shooting 43.1-percent from the field, 37.5-percent from three-point territory and 73.3-percent from the foul line. Look out for: Eleanor Haring (12.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 45.5-percent field goals), Carolyn Ganes (9.9 ppg, 76.6-percent free throws), Tamika Nurse (9.5 ppg, 80.2-percent free throws, 85 assists, 21 steals). Head coach Bev Smith enters her sixth season leading the Ducks.
Stanford All-Time vs. Oregon
Stanford owns a 34-8 all-time record against Oregon. The Cardinal has won four in a row and 10 of the last 12 contests overall in the series, which originated back in 1981. Stanford swept last year's season series and recorded a 70-48 triumph against the Ducks in the earlier meeting this year. In that game, Stanford held a 55-37 rebounding edge and received big games from its post players. The Ducks' last triumph in the series came back on Dec. 29, 2004, in a 62-58 home victory.
Who To Watch Against Oregon
In five career games, Brooke Smith is 29-52 from the field (55.7-percent) despite hauling down an unusually low rebounding total of 5.0 per game. Candice Wiggins has made 30-59 (50.8-percent) attempts, knocking down eight three-pointers in five games. Additional scoring punch might come from Cissy Pierce (three games, 8-13 from field).
Last Time Out:
No. 9/10 Stanford 70, Oregon State 55 (Feb. 15, 2007 at Corvallis, Ore.)
Jayne Appel had a season-high 28 points to go with 17 rebounds, and Stanford put away Oregon State in the second half for a 70-55 win. Brooke Smith added 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Cardinal (22-4, 14-1 Pac-10), who have rebounded from a Feb. 4 loss to California with three straight wins. The Cardinal struggled in the first half, falling behind by 11 at one point with star guard Candice Wiggins in street clothes with an ankle injury. Wiggins, averaging 16.8 points, was hurt last week against Washington, but entered midway through the second half, just after Stanford took a three-point lead. She took just two shots and scored three points, but Stanford never looked back. The Beavers took a 16-10 lead after three-straight 3-pointers, two from Allen. The Cardinal cut the lead to two, but the Beavers went on an 11-4 run to lead by nine. Stanford closed the gap by getting the ball to Appel, who had 14 points in the half. The Beavers led 34-32 at intermission. Stanford shot a season-best 54.7-percent overall.