The Closers: No. 11/7 Stanford Looks To Finish Off Perfect Weekend Against Washington State
Jan. 9, 2009
No. 11/7 Stanford Cardinal (12-3, 3-0)
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Washington State Cougars (7-6, 0-2)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11/7 Stanford (12-3, 3-0) continues its first home weekend of Pac-10 play Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. contest against the Washington State Cougars (7-6, 0-2). The game marks Stanford's last home game for three weeks, as the Cardinal next returns to Maples on Jan. 29. Saturday's contest 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 and Andrew Shen on color commentary.
Last Time Out
It was a day for the record books in Stanford's Thursday night contest against Washington, as the Cardinal set a program and Pac-10 record for its 77-point margin of victory in the 112-35 win over the Huskies. The Cardinal, which led 62-15 at halftime, had six players score in double figures while the team shot a season-best 57.1 percent (40-for-70) from the field, including a 14-for-25 mark from three-point range. Jayne Appel led the team with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while Sarah Boothe posted her first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jeanette Pohlen scored 16 points and passed out eight assists, while other Cardinal players to score in double figures were Jillian Harmon (14 points), Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (12) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10).
Scouting Washington State
The Washington State Cougars (7-6, 0-2) dropped this weekend's opener in Berkeley, falling 68-45 to No. 13/9 California Thursday night. With June Daugherty at the helm, the Cougars have already eclipsed last season's win total (five) and are led by the scoring of a pair of freshmen in Jazmine Perkins (14.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and April Cook (13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg), and senior Katie Appleton (10.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington State
Stanford boasts a perfect 46-0 mark all-time against Washington State dating back to the teams' first meeting on Feb. 1, 1983. Of the last 14 meetings between the schools, only one has been decided by less than 10 points, a 63-55 Stanford victory on Jan. 13, 2007.
In The National Polls
Following the weekend sweep, Stanford remained at No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll and rose a spot to No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 11 statistical categories through Jan. 8. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: assists per game (18.4 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28 - third), rebound margin (+11.5 - eighth), points per game (78.1 - 10th), fewest turnovers per game (14.3 - 12th), scoring margin (+21.5 - 12th), field-goal percentage (45.4 - 16th), blocked shots per game (5.4 - 21st), three-pointers per game (7.1 - 23rd), field-goal percentage defense (35.0 - 29th) and scoring defense (56.5 - 49th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the national top 50 of three categories: field-goal percentage (59.2 - 14th), rebounds per game (9.9 - 25th) and blocked shots per game (2.1 - 45th). Jeanette Pohlen is 25th in the nation with 2.6 three-pointers per game and 36th with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford holds a spot in the top two of 10 statistical categories in the Pac-10 rankings through Jan. 8. The Cardinal leads the conference in scoring (78.1 ppg), scoring margin (+21.5), field-goal percentage (45.4 percent), field-goal percentage defense (35.0 percent), blocked shots (5.4 per game), assists per game (18.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and three-pointers per game (7.1). Other top three rankings for Stanford are: rebounding (44.1 rpg - second) and rebounding margin (+11.5 - second). Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is second in the Pac-10 with a 60.4-percent shooting mark, and Jayne Appel's 59.2-percent mark is third. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.9 rpg), fifth in scoring (14.3 ppg) and first in blocked shots (2.1 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with 2.6 three-pointers per game and is third with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
A Record Result
Thursday night's 112-35 victory over Washington was one for both the Stanford and Pac-10 record books, as the Cardinal's 77-point margin of victory set a new school and conference record. Stanford's previous best margin of victory was a 73-point drubbing (122-49) of Long Beach State on Dec. 8, 1993, and the previous best in a conference game was the 58-point victory (105-47) victory over Washington State on Dec. 28, 2007.
Smoke Trails On The Shots
Stanford put on a shooting clinic in Thursday night's victory, as the team shot a season-best 57.1 percent (40-for-70) from the floor, including 56.0 percent (14-for-25) from three-point range. The Cardinal were led individually by Jayne Appel's 10-for-12 shooting, while three Cardinal players hit at least a trio of triples, led by Rosalyn Gold-Onwude's four.
Pohlen Powers Her Way Into The Rankings
Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen's consistent play has lifted her name into the top echelons of the national rankings, as her 2.6 three-pointers per game not only lead the Pac-10 but also ranks 25th in the nation. But her status as the team's leading long-range shooter (39 three-pointers) isn't her only claim to fame; Pohlen's 1.80 assist-to-turnover ratio (45 assists to 25 turnovers) is third in the Pac-10 as well as 36th in the nation.
Everybody Pile In!
Like a herd of kids stuffing themselves into a minivan, the 11 Stanford players who saw action in Thursday night's win stuffed themselves into the box score. All 11 players scored in the contest, and six Cardinal players rolled to a double-digit scoring figure, led by Jayne Appel's 21 points. It marked the second time this year that at least five players had scored in double figures in a game.
Fluid Ball Movement
Stanford has long been a solid passing team, and this season the Cardinal has taken the ball-sharing to new levels, currently ranking second in the nation with 18.4 assists per game. Thursday night against Washington, the Cardinal passed out a season-high 32 assists, matching the eighth-best single-game mark in program history, and coming just five shy of the single-game program record of 37 set against Arkansas during the NCAA Tournament on March 24, 1990.
Bombin' From Downtown
Stanford drained 14 three-pointers in Thursday night's 112-35 victory over Washington, coming just two short of the school single-game mark of 16. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude led the team with four triples Thursday, while Jeanette Pohlen and Lindy La Rocque each hit three. Freshman Grace Mashore also had a hot hand from outside the arc, nailing each of her two three-point attempts.
Junior center Jayne Appel continued to see her shooting percentage rise following a 10-for-12 effort Thursday against Washington. Appel continues to make her case to become Stanford's 13th Pac-10 Player of the Year, currently sitting in the conference's top-five for scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and blocked shots. Thursday's 21-point effort was her second 20-point game of the season, and Appel's 9.9 rebounds a game leaves her just a shade away from averaging a double-double on the season.
Stanford next center, freshman Sarah Boothe, posted her first collegiate double-double Thursday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Washington. On the year Boothe has provided a solid complement to Appel, being second on the team with 15 blocked shots and shooting 50.0 percent (25-for-50) from the field.
Familiar Face Returns To Maples
If Washington State head coach June Daugherty looks familiar to longtime Stanford fans, there's good reason. Daugherty served as an assistant coach on Tara VanDerveer's first staff at Stanford in 1985-86, and remained on The Farm through the end of the 1988-89 season, after which she took her first head-coaching job at Boise State. In Daugherty's time on The Farm, she helped guide the Cardinal to the Midwest Regional Semifinal in 1988 and to the Midwest Regional Final in 1989.
Home Against The Washington Schools
In the current decade, Stanford has never lost at home to either Washington or Washington State, racking up a combined record of 19-0 against the Pac-10's northernmost members at Maples Pavilion after Thursday night's 112-35 victory. As a matter of fact, dating back to 1989-90, the Cardinal has lost only twice at home to these schools, with both losses coming against Washington. They occurred on Feb. 9, 1991 (69-68 Washington win) and Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62 Washington win).
The Health Report
Guard Melanie Murphy missed Sunday's game at Arizona and is doubtful for Saturday's game against Washington State. Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers. Morgan Clyburn remains out of action after undergoing offseason foot surgery.
Movin' On Up The Career List
Jayne Appel continued her climb up the Stanford career record books last week, as her scoring, rebounding, and blocked shot totals continued to ascend. Following Friday's game, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,236 points (22nd overall), 742 rebounds (eighth) and 176 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 25 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is tied for seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list with Oregon State's Sissel Pierce (1997-2000).
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 305-32 (.905) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 187-12 (.940) all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has also won 104 of its last 111 games at Maples, and the past 21 in a row. The last time the Cardinal lost at Maples Pavilion was March 19, 2007 against Florida State in a second-round NCAA Tournament game. Stanford's last regular-season and conference loss at Maples was on Feb. 4, 2007, when California posted a 72-57 victory over the Cardinal.