Thanksgiving In The Tropics: No. 5/6 Stanford Heads To Hawai'i For Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic
Nov. 25, 2008
No. 5/6 Stanford Cardinal (3-1)
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No. 19/23 Purdue Boilermakers (3-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 5/6 Stanford (3-1) spends a second straight Thanksgiving in the tropics this weekend, traveling to the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands to take part in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic. The Cardinal will play three games in Honolulu, starting off against the No. 19/23 Purdue Boilermakers (3-0) Friday, Nov. 28 at 3:10 p.m. PT. The weekend continues with a Saturday contest against the No. 25/22 Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) at 5:20 p.m. PT and closes with a game against the host Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (0-3) Sunday at 6 p.m. PT. All three games 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 turned in an impressive sweep last weekend, opening things with an 84-46 rout of New Mexico Thursday night then emphatically closing the weekend by overwhelming No. 3/2 Rutgers by a score of 81-47 Sunday afternoon. Center Jayne Appel was named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week after averaging 12.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.00 assists, including her first double-double of the year with 19 points and 14 rebounds against Rutgers, in the two wins. Freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike also starred, averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over the victories.
Purdue (3-0) enters the weekend following a weekend sweep of Portland (70-50 win) and Oakland (68-40) at home. Friday's contest will be the first away from West Lafayette, Ind. for the Boilermakers. Helmed by head coach Sharon Versyp in her third year at the school, Purdue is led on the court by junior guard FahKara Malone (13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and senior forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
All-Time Against Purdue
Stanford leads the all-time series 5-3 against Purdue heading into Thursday's contest. The schools have split the last four contests but have not met on the court since the 2000-01 season. Purdue captured the previous meeting, routing Stanford 90-60 in West Lafayette on Dec. 19, 2000.
In The National Polls
With a weekend sweep that included an 81-47 rout of then-No. 3/2 Rutgers, Stanford rose to No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll and to No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. On a conference-level note, with California ranked third in the AP Poll, this week marks the first time two Pac-10 schools were ranked in the top five by the AP since the final poll in 1989-90, when Stanford and Washington were ranked second and third, respectively.
Pac-10 Names Appel Player Of The Week
Center Jayne Appel was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week this past Monda, marking the fourth time in her career that she has garnered the honor. Against New Mexico, Appel put up game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists, then on Sunday against then-No. 3/2 Rutgers posted her first double-double of the season with 19 points (on 8-for-11 shooting) and 14 rebounds. For the weekend, Appel averaged 12.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.00 assists.
Hones Out For The Season
Although Stanford collected a big 81-47 win over then-No. 3/2 Rutgers Sunday afternoon, the victory was tempered by the left-knee injury incurred by starting point guard JJ Hones. With 3:14 left to play in the first half, Hones was stripped of the ball as she went up for a shot, and upon landing suffered an injury to her left knee. After Monday's MRI, it was determined that Hones had torn the ACL in her left knee and would miss the rest of the 2008-09 season.
Ogwumike Turns It Up To 11
While its unknown if freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a fan of Spinal Tap, what is known is the Cypress, Texas native already has developed an affinity for going up to 11. In three of her first four collegiate games, and both of last weekend's contests, Ogwumike has scored 11 points. On the year, she is averaging 10.3 points per game and after pulling down six and eight rebounds, respectively, against New Mexico and Rutgers. Ogwumike has already become a dependable shooter for the Cardinal as well, shooting 69.6 percent (16-for-23) from the floor through the first four games.
Taking Advantage Of Good Deals
With 'Black Friday' on the horizon at the end of the week and shopping bargains everywhere, the Cardinal got into the spirit of taking advantage of free points early, cashing in on 24 of 27 free throws in Sunday's 81-47 victory over Rutgers. The figures made for season highs early in the 2008-09 season, and also marked the most free throws Stanford had made in a game since making 27 in an 88-70 victory over Florida State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on March 20, 2006.
They Like Threes
After struggling from behind the arc in the opening week, Stanford found its touch last weekend, draining 21 three-pointers over its victories against New Mexico and Rutgers. Against the Lobos on Thursday, the Cardinal opened the game with hot hands, sinking 10 threes in the first half to tie a school record for most three-pointers in a half. Stanford would continue the barrage Sunday by hitting nine times from behind the arc to help put the Scarlet Knights away by a score of 81-47.
This weekend's trip to the Hawaiian Islands marks Stanford's first appearance in Honolulu since Nov. 23-25, 2001, when the Cardinal scored a pair of victories at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. There, Stanford opened things up with a 96-65 victory over Minnesota, followed that with a 71-60 win over host Hawai'i, then captured the tournament title with a 90-68 romp against No. -/23 Penn State.
One look at Stanford's overall stats proves the team's unselfish play, as four active players are averaging double-figure scoring totals. Jayne Appel leads the quintet with 11.3 points per game and is followed by Jeanette Pohlen (10.8 ppg), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10.3) and Kayla Pedersen (10.3), with Jillian Harmon (9.5) just short of double figures. JJ Hones, who is out for the season after tearing her left ACL, averaged 10.5 points a game over the two contests in which she saw action.
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