No. 11/11 Stanford Goes For Sweep Saturday Against Oregon State
Jan. 23, 2009
No. 11/11 Stanford Cardinal (14-4, 5-1)
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Oregon State Beavers (11-6, 2-5)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11/11 Stanford closes out its weekend in Oregon Saturday night, traveling to Corvallis for the season's first meeting with the Oregon State Beavers. Saturday's game is set for a 7 p.m. tip and can be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal got back into the win column Thursday night, routing the Oregon Ducks by the score of 85-57 in Eugene. Five Cardinal players scored in double figures, led by Jayne Appel's 22 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Appel also posted her ninth double of the season as she grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her 22 points, and shot 10-for-11 from the field. Kayla Pedersen also posted a double-double, her fifth of the season, with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Other Cardinal players to score in double digits were Jeanette Pohlen (14 points, four assists), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10 points on 5-for-5 shooting) and Sarah Boothe (10 points and five rebounds). Jillian Harmon, in her return to her home state, turned in a fine line with nine points, seven rebounds and a career-high-tying three blocked shots.
Scouting Oregon State
The Oregon State Beavers (11-6, 2-5) head into Saturday's game following a tough five-point loss to Pac-10 leader California Thursday night in Corvallis. With LaVonda Wagner in her fourth year at the helm of the Beaver program, Oregon State is led on the floor by the production of Talisa Rhea (15.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Brittney Davis (12.8 ppg, 3.18 apg) and Alex Mitchell (11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 41-6. The Cardinal has won 17 in a row in the series heading into Saturday's game and have also won 33 of the last 35 meetings.
In The National Polls
After Sunday's loss in Berkeley, Stanford dropped to No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. It is the first time since the week of Feb. 5-11, 2007 that Stanford has been outside of the top 10 in each poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 11 statistical categories through Jan. 18. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32 - second), rebound margin (+11.6 - fourth), scoring margin (+21.7 - fifth), points per game (78.1 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (14.2 - 12th), field-goal percentage (45.6 - 14th), three-pointers per game (7.2 - 23rd), blocked shots per game (5.0 - 31st), field-goal percentage defense (35.3 - 32nd) and scoring defense (56.4 - 43rd). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (60.9 - fifth) and rebounds per game (9.5 - 37th). Jeanette Pohlen is 20th in the nation with 2.6 three-pointers per game, 22nd with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio and 50th with a 40.2 percent three-point shooting mark.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in ten statistical categories through Jan. 22: scoring (78.4 ppg), scoring margin (+22.1), field-goal percentage (46.2 percent), field-goal percentage defense (35.1 percent), rebounding (43.9 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.4), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers per game (6.9). Individually, Jayne Appel (62.8 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (61.4) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.5 rpg), fourth in scoring (15.0 ppg) and first in blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 2.5 three-pointers per game and second with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Appel And Pedersen Doublin' Up
Thursday's double-doubles from Jayne Appel (22 points and 10 rebounds) and Kayla Pedersen (14 points and 13 rebounds) marked the third time this season that the Cardinal's inside duo each pulled the feat in the same contest. The previous two occasions in which each player posted a double-double were Dec. 19 at South Carolina and Decd. 21 at Tennessee.
You Can Count On It
Junior center Jayne Appel has been just about automatic this season, and especially in Pac-10 play, when it comes to scoring. Appel is averaging 15.0 points per game so far this season, and is shooting 62.8 percent from the floor, including an astonishing 76.4 percent (42-for-55) over six Pac-10 contests. Appel's 57.8-percent career shooting percentage currently ranks second all-time, behind Jeanne Ruark-Hoff's leading mark of 58.6 percent.
Five For Scoring (A Lot)
With five players scoring in double figures in Thursday's 85-57 victory at Oregon, it marked the third time this season that the Cardinal had pulled such a feat. Jayne Appel (22 points), Kayla Pedersen (14), Jeanette Pohlen (14), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10) and Sarah Boothe (10) were the double-digit scorers in the victory. Stanford's season high for most double-digit scorers in a game is six, pulling the feat Jan. 8 against Washington.
Good Times In Oregon
Stanford is halfway to another road sweep of the Oregon schools and has not lost a game to the two Pac-10 schools in the state since a 62-58 loss in Eugene on Dec. 29, 2004. Since then, the Cardinal has won eight straight within the state boundaries (four in Corvallis, four in Eugene through Thursday night's 85-57 win at Oregon).
Harmon's Successful Homecoming
Senior forward Jillian Harmon began her final collegiate trip to her home state of Oregon with a strong all-around outing Thursday in Eugene, scoring nine points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots in Stanford's 85-57 win. The Lake Oswego native raises her game against the schools of her home state, shooting 51.3 percent (40-for-78) all-time against Oregon and Oregon State and averaging 8.3 points over 12 games against the two schools.
Freshman Giving Solid Glimpse Of The Future
Freshman post players Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe are not only producing in the present for Stanford but are also giving fans a glimpse of how deep Stanford is on the front line for the future. Thursday night, each rookie scored 10 points, and the duo combined to shoot 76.9 percent (10-for-13) in the win. So far this year, Ogwumike and Boothe have each seen action in all 18 games, and are averaging a combined 14.4 points per game and shooting a combined 56.7 percent (106-for-187).
The Guards Get Theirs
Despite most of the headlines and attention going to Stanford's deep and talented post players, the Cardinal guards like to remind fans that they too provide a nice chunk of scoring. The top backcourt scorer for the Cardinal, sophomore Jeanette Pohlen, scored 14 points in Thursday's win at Oregon, and is averaging 11.0 points per game on the season. Jillian Harmon, a small forward who does a deal of damage on the perimeter, is scoring 9.1 points per game and combines with Pohlen to pull down 8.0 rebounds per game.
Harmon's Closing In On A Grand
Senior forward Jillian Harmon has been closing in on becoming the 29th player in Stanford women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point mark. Through the Jan. 22 game at Oregon, Harmon stands at 897 career points, and with 12 regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 7.4 points per game to reach 1,000.
Over 50 Percent Again
Stanford shot a combined 56.5 percent (35-for-62) in Thursday's 85-57 win over Oregon, marking the seventh time this season that the Cardinal made over half of its shots in a game. The performance was the second-best from the floor for the Cardinal this season, as the team's top effort of the year remains the 57.1 percent mark turned in against Washington on Jan. 8.
The Health Report
Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers. Morgan Clyburn is also out for the season 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 1,292 points (19th overall), 764 rebounds (seventh) and 178 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 23 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.