Going For Six: No. 7/6 Stanford Seeks Sixth Straight Win Sunday At Washington
Feb. 7, 2009
No. 7/6 Stanford Cardinal (18-4, 9-1)
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Washington Huskies (5-15, 1-9)
SEATTLE, Wash. - No. 7/6 Stanford goes for its sixth straight win Sunday afternoon, rolling into Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies in a 12:30 p.m. contest set to be televised on Comcast SportsNet. Once again, Jim Watson will be calling the action with Mary Murphy handling color commentary for the Cardinal-Huskies game. 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.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal got its final regular-season trip to the Pacific Northwest started off on the right foot as it notched a 76-46 victory at Washington State Friday night. Jayne Appel led all players with 25 points (on 10-for-14 shooting) and nine rebounds while also blocking four shots. Jillian Harmon (6-for-11 from the field) and Sarah Boothe (6-for-10) each scored 13 points in the victory, and their shooting performances helped carry Stanford to a 50.0 percent (31-for-62) shooting mark on the night. The Stanford defense also earned praise by forcing 15 Washington State turnovers and limiting the Cougars to a paltry 24.6 percent (15-for-61) effort from the field.
The Washington Huskies (5-15, 1-9 Pac-10) head into Sunday's game on a season-high nine-game losing streak, having most recently fallen to California Friday night by a 70-40 margin. With head coach Tia Jackson in her second year at the helm, the Huskies are led on the court by the play of Sami Whitcomb (12.2 ppg, 2.25 steals per game), Kristi Kingma (9.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and Laura McClellan (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington, 35-14. The Cardinal have won the last five meetings with the Huskies, and dealt Washington a 112-35 defeat in the last meeting on Jan. 8, 2009. The 77-point win marked both a Pac-10 and school record for largest margin of victory.
In The National Polls
After sweeping the weekend, Stanford rose to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 12 statistical categories through Feb. 1. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: rebound margin (+13.2 - first), assists per game (18.8 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31 - second), scoring margin (+21.8 - third), field-goal percentage (46.1 - fifth), points per game (77.6 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (14.3 - 11th), field-goal percentage defense (34.8 - 13th), blocked shots per game (4.9 - 33rd), scoring defense (55.9 - 37th), three-pointers per game (6.6 - 41st) and fewest fouls per game (15.6 - 50th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (61.2 - eighth) and rebounds per game (9.2 - 46th). Jeanette Pohlen is 14th in the nation with a 2.12 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in eight statistical categories through Feb. 6: scoring (77.5 ppg), scoring margin (+22.1), field-goal percentage (46.3 percent), field-goal percentage defense (34.3 percent), rebounding (44.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.2), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31). Individually, Jayne Appel (61.2 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (60.4) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.2 rpg), third in scoring (14.9 ppg) and second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with a 2.12 assist-to-turnover ratio and third with 2.3 three-pointers per game.
Good All-Around Lines
The box score from Friday night's victory over Washington State showed some standout lines for some Stanford players. Jayne Appel, Sarah Boothe and Jillian Harmon starred from the field, shooting a combined 62.9 percent (22-for-35) from the field and scoring 51 of the team's 76 points (Appel led the trio with 25 points). Yet besides the hot hands, the trio found other ways to contribute as well, as Appel grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots, Harmon grabbed eight boards and passed out six assists, and Boothe grabbed four rebounds.
Flirting With The Triple-Double
Senior Jillian Harmon, playing at shooting guard instead of her usual small forward role Friday night, still posted one of her best all-around outings of the season, scoring 13 points, grabbing eight rebounds and passing out six assists. On top of those stats, Harmon also used the additional space to operate to cause havoc on defense, making three steals and blocking a pair of shots in some excellent perimeter defense.
Ogwumike Enters The Starting Five
Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike made just her third start of the season Friday night, but played a major role in Stanford's defensive effort that limited Washington State to a paltry 24.6 percent shooting from the field. The Cypress, Texas native blocked a shot and played 26 minutes in the victory, combining with fellow posts Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen to deny the Cougars any opportunities inside. On the offensive end, Ogwumike hit all three of her field-goal attempts, including a bonus free throw, to score seven points and grab four rebounds.
Appel Goes Off Again
Junior center Jayne Appel was unstoppable once again inside, going 10-for-14 from the field while scoring a game-high 25 points and grabbing nine rebounds in Friday's win at Washington State. Appel also dished out three assists and blocked four shots on the defensive end.
Strong Start Makes The Difference
Stanford helped put Friday night's victory away early on by riding a strong start to 46 first-half points. The 46 points in the first 20 minutes was Stanford's third-highest first-half scoring total this season, behind only the 62-point effort against Washington on Jan. 8 and a 48-point showing on Dec. 13 against Fresno State. Overall, the first-half performance marked the eighth time this season that the Cardinal has scored at least 40 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cardinal kept pace with Pac-10 leaders the California Golden Bears with Friday's win, as the Golden Bears defeated Washington in Seattle to maintain its one-game lead. Stanford is just one step away from keeping the pace with California heading into next Saturday's highly-anticipated televised clash between the West Coast's top programs. Two more Stanford victories would create a tie atop the Pac-10 standings as the teams jostle for the top seed at next month's Pac-10 Tournament.
Flying All Over The Place
Reserve point guard Melanie Murphy made the most of her 15 minutes of action at Washington State, dishing out a pair of key assists and also mixing it up on the boards by grabbing a career-high tying five rebounds. All five of Murphy's boards came on the defensive end, demonstrating the commitment to defense shown by all members of the Cardinal.
Boothe Batters Her Way To Another Solid Night
Freshman forward/center Sarah Boothe continued her recent string of solid outings by shooting 60.0 percent (6-for-10) and scoring 13 points Friday night at Washington State. In just 17 minutes of action, Boothe made an impact not only on the offensive end but also grabbed four rebounds to help the Cardinal effort on the boards.
Dominating The Boards
Stanford once again dominated its opponent on the boards Friday, grabbing 47 rebounds compared to Washington State's 34 in the game. The margin was consistent with Stanford's rebounding margin of +13.2, tops in the nation as of Feb. 1.
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 Feb. 6 game at Washington State, Harmon stands at 949 career points, and with eight regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 5.1 points per game to reach 1,000.
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 1,360 points (T-18th overall), 796 rebounds (fifth) and 187 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 14 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.