The Carolinas Campaign Continues As No. 3/4 Stanford Visits South Carolina Friday Night
Dec. 18, 2008
No. 3/4 Stanford Cardinal (7-2)
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South Carolina Gamecocks (5-3)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 3/4 Stanford (7-2) heads towards the 'hump game' of its nine-day, three-game trip through The South, battling the South Carolina Gamecocks (5-3) Friday at 4 p.m. PT. Friday's game will be aired live on FSN South with Dave Neal calling the action and Debbie Antonelli handling color commentary. The contest, which will also be televised on CSN Bay Area on tape-delay Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the radio at 90.1 KZSU as well as on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with play-by-play man Jake Kelman on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal dropped the opener of its three-game Southern swing Tuesday night, falling 56-52 to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jayne Appel posted her second straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the contest, while Jeanette Pohlen shot 50 percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc as part of a 13-point effort. Forward Kayla Pedersen grabbed eight rebounds while point guard Melanie Murphy scored seven points and passed out four assists off the bench.
Scouting South Carolina
South Carolina (5-3) enters Friday's game coming off of a 71-57 victory over USC-Upstate Tuesday night. Under the guidance of head coach Dawn Staley, in her first year at the helm of the South Carolina program, the Gamecocks are led on the court by the play of Brionna Dickerson (11.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and Demetress Adams (11.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg).
All-Time Against South Carolina
Stanford and South Carolina have met just once before, with the Cardinal capturing a 69-54 victory at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 8, 2007. Friday's game also marks the second straight year in which Stanford has faced a Dawn Staley-coached team, as on Nov. 25, 2007, the Cardinal scored 21 straight points to erase a 19-point deficit in a 63-54 victory over Temple at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In The National Polls
This week, Stanford remained at No. 3 in the Associated Press Poll and is still No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford finds itself ranked in the national top 50 in various statistical categories through the games of Dec. 15. The Cardinal figures that sit in the top 50 are: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4 - third), fewest turnovers per game (13.1 - fifth), assists per game (18.4 - eighth), points per game (80.3 - ninth), scoring margin (+22.8 - 10th), field-goal percentage (46.5 - 12th), three-pointers per game (7.5 - 19th), rebound margin (+9.4 - 22nd), fewest fouls per game (15.1 - 31st), blocked shots per game (4.9 - 45th) and turnover margin (4.13 - 48th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the national top 50 of four categories: blocked shots per game (2.3 - 37th) assist-to-turnover ratio (2.00 - 38th), field-goal percentage (53.8 - 40th), free-throw percentage (87.0 - 44th), and rebounds per game (9.4 - 50th).
Appel and Pedersen Earn Preseason National Recognition
Junior center Jayne Appel and sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen have already earned preseason national honors. Both have been tabbed by a pair of national award committees as players to watch in 2008-09. In mid-August the WBCA named the post tandem to the preseason 'Wade Watch' list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year, an award won last season by Stanford's own Candice Wiggins. Appel was then named to the preseason list of 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and the Wooden Award All-American Team in early November. Appel was also named to espn.com's Preseason All-America Second Team, as well.
Friday night's game at South Carolina marks the second of three consecutive TV games for the Cardinal on this road trip. The contest will be shown live on FSN South, and the broadcast will be replayed in the Bay Area Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., on CSN Bay Area. The Cardinal, after Tuesday night's loss at Duke, will look to rebound with a television victory in Friday's 'second take.'
Take One Down, Pass It Around
As of this past Monday's national stat charts, the Cardinal were eighth in the nation with 18.4 assists per game. Entering Friday's game, the Cardinal now average 17.67 assists a game (having notched 12 against Duke), and a big reason for that is the play of point guards Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Melanie Murphy. Over the last four games, Murphy has dished out 20 assists (5.0 per game) while Gold-Onwude has passed out 14 (3.67 per game).
She Shoots, She Passes
Junior center Jayne Appel has been Stanford's jack-of-all-trades through the first nine games this season, leading the Cardinal in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg), assists (28 - 3.11 apg) and blocked shots (20 - 2.22 bpg). In addition to pacing the Cardinal in those statistical categories, Appel also leads the team with four double-doubles this season, and is second on the team with a 55.7 percent showing from the field.
The Real Murphy's Law
Redshirt sophomore guard Melanie Murphy has steadily worked her way back into a significant role with the Cardinal after missing all but the first five games of last season with a torn ACL. Coming off the bench as a point guard, Murphy is tied for third on the team with 22 assists this season, with 20 of those assists coming in the last four games. On top of her passing skills, Murphy scored a season-high seven points on 3-of-6 shooting this past Tuesday at Duke while playing a season-high 27 minutes.
Pohlen From Downtown
Sophomore Jeanette Pohlen was a factor once again from behind the arc this past Tuesday at Duke, going 4-for-8 for the second straight game. The performance marked the third time this season that Pohlen has made at least four three-pointers in a contest, and her 6-for-12 showing in the past two games has raised her three-point shooting on the year to 38.9 percent (21-for-54).
Keeping The Percentages Down
Tuesday's game at Duke marked the seventh time in nine games this season that the Cardinal defense bared its teeth and held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field. The Blue Devils managed to shoot just 30.5 percent (18-for-59) from the field Tuesday, including just 18.8 percent from behind the arc (3-for-16).
Stanford's defense also made its presence felt by forcing Duke into 19 turnovers Tuesday night and making nine steals. The nine thefts were the third-highest so far this season for the Cardinal, and the 19 Blue Devil turnovers equaled the second-most by a Stanford opponent this season.
The Health Report
Forward Jillian Harmon is questionable for Friday night's game at South Carolina due to a sprained right ankle suffered against Duke. Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers and senior Morgan Clyburn will be out of action until at least the Pac-10 season after offseason foot surgery.
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