Super Sunday Basketball: No. 9/8 Stanford Hosts UCLA In Televised Matchup Sunday
Jan. 30, 2009
No. 9/8 Stanford Cardinal (16-4, 7-1)
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UCLA Bruins (14-5, 5-3)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 9/8 Stanford (16-4, 7-1 Pac-10) goes for the sweep of the L.A. schools on Super Bowl Sunday, hosting the UCLA Bruins (14-5, 5-3 Pac-10) for a 1 p.m. contest set to be televised on Comcast SportsNet. Jim Watson will handle play-by-play duties on the broadcast with Mary Murphy on color. Sunday's contest can also be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Teddy Steinkellner handling play-by-play duties and John Watson on color.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal won its third straight game Thursday night, downing the USC Women of Troy, 81-53 at Maples Pavilion. Freshman Sarah Boothe scored a season-high 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the contest, while Jayne Appel led the team with 19 points. Stanford out-rebounded USC 62-31 in the contest, with the 62 rebounds coming just one shy of the team single-game record of 63 accomplished on Jan. 11, 1980 against Princeton. Jeanette Pohlen and Jillian Harmon each scored 10 points to round out Stanford's double-digit scorers, while the Cardinal shot a season-best 93.8 percent (15-for-16) from the free-throw line in the victory.
The UCLA Bruins (14-5, 5-3) head into Sunday's game after dropping a 64-48 decision at California Thursday night. With former Tennessee assistant coach Nikki Caldwell in her first year at the helm of the Bruin program, UCLA is led on the court by the play of Doreena Campbell (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.68 apg) and Erica Tukiainen (7.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
All-Time Against UCLA
Stanford leads the all-time series against UCLA, 40-22. After winning 14 straight against the Bruins from Feb. 2, 2001 to Jan. 1, 2006, the Cardinal has just a 4-3 mark against the Bruins over the last seven meetings. After splitting 2007-08's regular-season meetings, that Cardinal routed the Bruins 78-45 in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. Stanford has also won nine straight against the Bruins at Maples Pavilion, with the last loss being an 80-72 decision on Jan. 16, 1999.
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. 29. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: rebound margin (+13.3 - first), assists per game (18.8 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31 - second), scoring margin (+22.0 - third), field-goal percentage (46.3 - fifth), points per game (78.1 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (14.4 - 13th), field-goal percentage defense (34.9 - 15th), blocked shots per game (5.0 - 26th), three-pointers per game (6.7 - 34th) and scoring defense (56.1 - 41st). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (63.1 - third) and rebounds per game (9.5 - 37th). Jeanette Pohlen is 21st in the nation with a 2.00 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. 29: scoring (78.1 ppg), scoring margin (+22.0), field-goal percentage (46.3 percent), field-goal percentage defense (34.9 percent), rebounding (44.5 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.2), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.8), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers per game (6.7). Individually, Jayne Appel (63.1 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (60.5) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.5 rpg), third in scoring (15.4 ppg) and first in blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is tied for the Pac-10 lead with 2.5 three-pointers per game and is second with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Going Hard After The Rebounds
Stanford hit the glass with a vengeance Thursday night against USC, doubling the Women of Troy up in the battle by a 62-31 margin. The 62 rebounds by the Cardinal also came just one short of the single-game school record of 63, accomplished Jan. 11, 1980 against Princeton. Thursday, Stanford was led by Kayla Pedersen's 13 rebounds while five more teammates grabbed at least five rebounds apiece.
Look What I Can Do, Mom!
Freshman post Sarah Boothe turned in a season-best performance in Thursday's win over USC, scoring 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting while grabbing six rebounds. Making the performance all the more special, Boothe turned in her career-best scoring effort in front of her mother, Rose, who was watching her daughter play live for the first time this season.
Protecting Their House
The Cardinal's 81-53 victory Thursday night extended the team's winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 23 games, dating back to the home opener last season, a 96-61 victory over San Francisco on Nov. 28, 2007. The last time Stanford lost at home was March 19, 2007, when the Cardinal were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 68-61 loss to Florida State in a second-round game at Maples Pavilion. Currently, the Cardinal is 8-0 at home this season following a perfect 15-0 mark last year.
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.
Finding Touch At The Stripe
The Cardinal shot 93.8 percent (15-for-16) from the free-throw line in Thursday night's victory, the best mark the team has posted this season. Stanford's prior season high from the charity stripe had been 88.9 percent (24-for-27) against Rutgers on Nov. 23, but the Cardinal had shot over 80 percent from the line only twice since then before Thursday. Against USC, Jayne Appel led the pack by going 7-for-8 from the line, while Sarah Boothe, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Michelle Harrison and Nnemkadi Ogwumike were each perfect in two attempts.
Close Out The First Half Strong
Sunday's contest against UCLA marks the end of the first half of Pac-10 play this season, and with a victory, the Cardinal would take a 7-1 conference mark into the second half. The Cardinal has lost more than one game in the first rotation through the conference on just one occasion this decade, going 6-3 through the first nine games of the 2000-01 Pac-10 season.
Stanford's 20 assists in Thursday's win over USC marked the eighth time this season that the Cardinal had passed out at least 20 assists in a game. Currently second in the nation and first in the Pac-10 with 18.8 assists per game, Stanford boasted three players Thursday who had at least four assists as Jeanette Pohlen led the team with five and Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen each had three.
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. 29 game against USC, Harmon stands at 919 career points, and with 10 regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 6.8 points per game to reach 1,000.
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.
The Health Report
Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike suffered a broken nose in practice this week but will not miss this weekend's games against USC and UCLA. 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 1,329 points (19th overall), 782 rebounds (fifth) and 182 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 19 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 307-32 (.906) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 189-12 (.940) all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has also won 106 of its last 113 games at Maples, and the past 23 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.