Homestand In Final Week Starts Thursday With UCLA
Feb. 20, 2007
No. 8/10 Stanford Cardinal (23-4, 15-1 Pac-10)
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UCLA Bruins (13-15, 7-9 Pac-10)
With one week left to play, No. 8/10 Stanford (23-4, 15-1 Pac-10) remains in position for a seventh consecutive regular-season conference title. The Cardinal enters the week on a four-game winning streak and with a half-game lead in the conference standings over Arizona State. Standing in the way of a one-loss Pac-10 regular season will be UCLA (13-15, 7-9 Pac-10) and USC (16-10, 10-6 Pac-10). First up on this week's homestand will be the Bruins, who have lost three straight games but are also one of just four teams that the Cardinal did not defeat by double-digits.
Both of this week's games 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. Sunday's contest against USC will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
A projected NCAA Tournament team and top-25 program at the beginning of the year, UCLA (13-15, 7-9 Pac-10) has experienced inconsistency all season long. Coming off a 21-11 campaign that included a Pac-10 Tournament championship, the Bruins have not won more than three straight games at any time this year. UCLA enters this week on a three-game losing skid, with its last victory coming back on Feb. 3 in the form of a 75-65 win at Oregon State. UCLA is 5-7 at home, 6-6 on the road and 2-2 on neutral courts. The Bruins are familiar with close games, as 20 of their 28 contests have been decided by 10 points or less. The Bruins shoot 43.2-percent overall and outrebound their opponents by a margin of +6.1. Players to watch include: Noelle Quinn (16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 161 assists), Lindsey Pluimer (15.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 48.1-percent shooting) and Tierra Henderson (5.3 ppg, 74 assists, 60 steals). Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her 14th season.
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
Stanford owns a 37-21 record against UCLA in the all-time series. The Cardinal held a 14-game winning streak that spanned from 2001-06 before the Bruins took two of the three meetings last year, including a victory in the Pac-10 Tournament. Earlier this year in Los Angeles, Stanford captured a 68-59 win as Jillian Harmon scored 14 points to lead four players in double-figures.
Who To Watch Against UCLA
Brooke Smith is shooting 57.8-percent (48-83) in six career games against UCLA. Smith is also pulling down an incredible 9.0 rebounds and dishing out 4.2 assists per game. Candice Wiggins' 42.3-percent field-goal percentage against UCLA in five career games is her lowest such mark against any Pac-10 team. Kristen Newlin (19-36 from the field in eight career games) is averaging 6.1 boards per game against the Bruins.
Jayne Appel Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Freshman forward Jayne Appel was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18. For the week, Appel averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.0 steals, solidifying her status as one of the premier post players in the conference. In two games, she shot 55.2-percent from the field (21-38) and 50.0 percent (4-8) from the foul line. With injuries at the guard position, Appel took advantage of an increased number of touches down low and notched two double-doubles. In a 70-55 win at Oregon State, Appel posted career-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds in 33 minutes. Two days later in a 74-56 rout at Oregon, she again was dominant. Appel's third double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds was impressive, but she also established career-bests with seven assists and three steals. Appel's honor is the third for a Cardinal player this year, with Candice Wiggins having captured the award twice (Jan. 1 and Jan. 29).
With just two Pac-10 games remaining, Stanford is shooting for a possible fifth one-loss regular season.
It All Starts With Ball Security
Just like many Stanford teams of the past, this year's club has displayed a knack for sharing the basketball and limiting miscues. The Cardinal's 1.2 assist/turnover ratio is tops in the Pac-10. Stanford is averaging 18.3 assists per game and has dished out at least 20 helpers in a game on nine different occasions. And Stanford is taking care of the basketball, averaging the fewest amount of turnovers (15.0) in the Pac-10.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 284-31 record at home during her tenure, including a 175-12 mark all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 80 of its last 86 games at Maples, although a 55-52 upset loss to No. 24 BYU back on Nov. 13 snapped a 12-game winning streak entering 2006-07. 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.