Eighth-Ranked Cardinal Close Home Weekend Against No. 3/2 Rutgers
Nov. 22, 2008
No. 8/8 Stanford Cardinal (2-1)
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No. 3/2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 8/8 Stanford (2-1) looks to continue its upswing this weekend as it hosts the No. 3/2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1) Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. Sunday's 1 p.m. contest also serves as the Cardinal's final home contest until Dec. 13, as Stanford heads to Hawai'i for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic next week. The game against Rutgers can be heard live on the radio at 90.1 KZSU as well as on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 84-46 rout of the New Mexico Lobos at Maples Pavilion Thursday night. Stanford tied a school record with 10 three-pointers in the first half of the contest, using the hot hands to spring it to a 45-25 halftime lead. Five players scored in double figures, led by Jillian Harmon's 13 points. Both Jeanette Pohlen and Lindy La Rocque drained four three-pointers and scored 12 points in the contest, while point guard JJ Hones made her return to the court, going 4-for-6 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, for 12 points. Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds with a pair of blocks, and Jayne Appel grabbed 10 boards to go with her seven assists.
Rutgers (2-1) comes into Maples Pavilion for the back end of its West Coast trip, having suffered a 66-52 loss at the hands of No. 7/6 California Friday night in Berkeley. The Scarlet Knights, helmed by head coach C. Vivian Stringer in her 14th year at Rutgers and 38th overall, are led on the court by junior guard Epiphanny Prince (18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and senior center Kia Vaughn (8.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.67 blocks per game).
All-Time Against Rutgers
Stanford leads the all-time series 3-1 against Rutgers heading into Sunday's contest. The Cardinal has won the past three meetings with the Scarlet Knights, most recently capturing a dramatic 60-58 victory last Nov. 11. In that contest, Candice Wiggins scored 19 points, including the game-deciding free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock. The Cardinal also received double-doubles from Jayne Appel (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Kayla Pedersen (15 points, 16 rebounds) in the win.
In The National Polls
Following last weekend's split, Stanford fell from second to eighth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls this week.
Stanford's 84-46 victory over New Mexico Thursdya night was not only a step in the right direction after last Sunday's loss at Baylor, but also prevented the Cardinal from losing consecutive games for just the fourth time since the start of the 2001-02 season. Bouncing back from tough losses is a quality the Cardinal possess, as last season it responded from its regular season losses first with a nine-game winning streak (after Nov. 22's l;oss to Connecticut) and then a 23-game run after dropping games at UCLA and USC on Jan. 4 and 6.
Welcome Back, Hones
Thursday's 84-46 rout of New Mexico gave Stanford fans reason to cheer not just because of the outcome but also because of the return of junior point guard JJ Hones. After missing the first two games of the season due to a stress reaction in her right foot, Hones saw 11 minutes of action against the Lobos and looked like she'd never been gone, hitting on 4-of-6 shots, including going 3-of-4 from behind the arc, for 12 points.
Empty The Bench
For the first time in the 2008-09 season, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was able to get all healthy players on the court to see action Thursday night. Sophomore Ashley Cimino and freshman Grace Mashore made their 2008-09 debuts, with Mashore seeing her first collegiate action. Cimino scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in her six minutes of action, while Mashore was on the court for the final three minutes of the contest. In all, 14 Cardinal players took to the court in the 84-46 victory.
Money From Downtown
After going just 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) from three-point range over the first two games of the season, Stanford found its stroke in Thursday night's win, going 12-for-27 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. Stanford was led by Jeanette Pohlen and Lindy La Rocque's four treys apiece, with La Rocque going 4-for-9 and Pohlen 4-for-6. JJ Hones, meanwhile, cashed in on three of her four attempts from downtown, equaling La Rocque's and Pohlen's totals of 12 points for the game.
One Of The Best Passing Posts
Junior forward/center Jayne Appel showed once again Thursday night that she can have just as big an impact on a game with her deft passing skills as her scoring and rebounding abilities. With seven assists in the 84-46 victory over New Mexico, Appel matched her career-high. The fact that Appel, a preseason second-team All-American and All-Pac-10 pick, has been routinely double-teamed so far in 2008-09 has led to Appel find open teammates on the outside for the jumper. Stanford's 12-for-27 performance from three-point land Thursday helped show the benefit of havign a solid passer inside who can find the open outside shooter.
Home BEFORE The Holiday
Sunday's contest against Rutgers marks Stanford's last home game for nearly a month, as the Cardinal heads off to Hawai'i for three games at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend. Stanford will battle No. 21/- Purdue, No. -/24t Iowa State and host Hawai'i from Nov. 28-30 before taking two weeks off for finals then returning with a Dec. 13 contest against Fresno State at Maples Pavilion.
Providing The Heart
Providing the calm and the heart behind the headline-grabbing 12 three-pointers and 38-point win, senior Jillian Harmon quietly put up a team-leading 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and passed out three assists in the victory. Harmon's senior leadership has been an emerging factor this season, as the Cardinal field a roster heavy with underclassmen who will look to the fourth-year Stanford veteran and 2008 Olympian for guidance which Harmon is providing by averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds a game while shooting 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from the field.