No. 9/8 Stanford Tips Off Super Weekend Thursday Night Against USC

Jan. 27, 2009

No. 9/8 Stanford Cardinal (15-4, 6-1)

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USC Women of Troy (11-7, 5-2)

  • Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 7 p.m. PT
  • Maples Pavilion (7,233) - Stanford, Calif.
  • Series History: Stanford leads 40-19
  • Last Meeting: Jan. 31, 2008 (Stanford 77, USC 51) - Stanford, Calif.
  • TV: None
  • Radio: 90.1 KZSU & kzsulive.stanford.edu (Jake Kelman - Play-by-Play, Andrew Shen - Color Commentary)
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    STANFORD, Calif. - No. 9/8 Stanford, after playing on the road for five of its first seven conference games, finally returns home this weekend, closing out the first half of Pac-10 play by hosting the USC Women of Troy and the UCLA Bruins Thursday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, respectively. Thursday's game is set for a 7 p.m. tip while Sunday's contest against the Bruins is set for a 1 p.m. tip and will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Both contests can be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties and Andrew Shen on color.

    Last Time Out
    The Cardinal finished off a weekend sweep of Oregon and Oregon State Saturday night with a 69-54 victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. Jayne Appel nabbed her third U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week honor Monday after averaging 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds over the weekend and shooting 84.2 percent (16-for-19) from the floor. in Saturday's win, Appel posted her ninth double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading five Stanford players scoring in double figures, the fourth time this season that the team has pulled such a feat. In fact, the Cardinal boasted five double-digit scorers in each victory last weekend in Oregon.

    Scouting USC
    The USC Women of Troy (11-7, 5-2) come to Maples Pavilion off of a weekend sweep of Washington and Washington State at home. Guided by head coach Mark Trakh in his fifth season at the helm, the Women of Troy boast four players averaging double figures in scoring: Camille LeNoir (11.7 ppg, 3.56 apg), Briana Gilbreath (11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Nadia Parker (11.3 ppg, 52.2 shooting pct.) and Ashley Corral (10.3 ppg, 3.11 apg).

    All-Time Against USC
    Stanford leads the all-time series against USC, 40-19. The Cardinal has won 11 of the last 12 meetings since Feb. 19, 2004, dropping only a 73-72 decision at USC last Jan. 6 on a Camille LeNoir jumper in the final seconds. Stanford has also won the past seven games against USC at Maples Pavilion, with the last setback being a 62-59 decision on March 1, 2001.

    In The National Polls
    After sweeping the weekend, Stanford rose to No. 9 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 8 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. 25. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34 - second), rebound margin (+12.3 - third), scoring margin (+21.7 - third), field-goal percentage (46.5 - fifth), points per game (77.9 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (13.9 - 10th), three-pointers per game (7.2 - 23rd), field-goal percentage defense (35.4 - 25th), blocked shots per game (4.9 - 32nd) and scoring defense (56.3 - 46th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (63.3 - fourth) and rebounds per game (9.6 - 32nd). Jeanette Pohlen is 26th in the nation with a 1.90 assist-to-turnover ratio and 40th with 2.5 three-pointers per game.

    Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
    Stanford leads the Pac-10 in nine statistical categories through Jan. 25: scoring (77.9 ppg), scoring margin (+21.7), field-goal percentage (46.5 percent), field-goal percentage defense (35.4 percent), rebounding margin (+12.3), blocked shots (4.9 per game), assists per game (18.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers per game (6.7). Individually, Jayne Appel (63.3 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (62.5) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.6 rpg), third in scoring (15.2 ppg), first in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.66). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with 2.5 three-pointers per game and is second with a 1.90 assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Jayne Appel Nabs Third U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player Of The Week Honor
    Stanford center Jayne Appel was named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday, marking the third time this season she has received the honor, most of all conference players at this point. Appel's case was made after the Pleasant Hill, Calif. native shot 84.2 percent (16-for-19) over the weekend sweep of Oregon and Oregon State and averaged 20.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.50 assists per game. Monday's honor was also the sixth of Appel's collegiate career.

    We Got Five on It
    The Cardinal gives opponents fits thanks much in part to its versatility in scoring production. Overall, Stanford boasts three full-time players averaging double-digits in points per game (Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen, Jeanette Pohlen) and two players who average over nine points a game (Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jillian Harmon). Four times this season, the Cardinal has had at least five players score in double digits in a single game, most recently pulling the feat in both games this weekend at Oregon and Oregon State.

    One Final Homecoming
    Last weekend's sweep of the Oregon schools had to be much sweeter for senior Jillian Harmon, who made her final visit to her home state a memorable one. Over the two contests the Lake Oswego, Ore. native averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.00 assists, while shooting 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from the field.

    Maples Not The Place For SoCal Schools
    If recent history is any indication, this weekend may be a rough one for USC and UCLA. The last time that either school won a game at Maples Pavilion, the date was March 1, 2001. On that date, USC defeated the Cardinal, 62-59. UCLA's last victory at Maples was an 80-72 decision back on Jan. 16, 1999. As a result, Stanford boasts home winning streaks of nine and seven games against UCLA and USC, respectively.

    The Cardinal On Super Sunday
    Sunday's game against UCLA will mark the fourth time in Stanford women's basketball history that it has been in action on Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately, Stanford is 0-3 when playing on the same day as the Super Bowl.

    Dead-Eye Cardinal Posts
    Stanford's front line has been making the most of its talent and depth all season, and never more so than this past weekend in Oregon. The foursome of Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe combined to shoot an impressive 71.7 percent (43-for-60) from the floor over the two victories. For the season, Appel (63.3 percent) and Ogwumike (62.5 percent) are first and second, respectively, in the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage.

    Finishing A Tough Stretch
    The Cardinal closed a demanding stretch last weekend in Oregon. Saturday's win at Oregon State marked the end of a stretch of five road games in the first seven of the conference slate. The last time Stanford had started Pac-10 play the same way was in 2006-07.

    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. 24 game at Oregon State, Harmon stands at 909 career points, and with 11 regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 7.0 points per game to reach 1,000.

    Busy-Bodies On The Boards
    While Stanford is consistently one of the top rebounding teams in the Pac-10, this year the Cardinal has taken it up a notch with the intensity on the boards. Stanford's 43.6 rebounds per game currently ranks fourth on the single-season team record list, while the team's +12.3 rebounding margin is currently three full rebounds ahead of the previous single-season team record of 9.2, set in 1994-95. Last year's squad set the team record for most rebounds in a season with 1,609.

    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 Saturday's game, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,310 points (19th overall), 776 rebounds (seventh) and 180 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 21 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.

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