No. 4/4 Stanford Continues Homestand Against Oregon State Thursday
Feb. 17, 2009
No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (20-4, 11-1)
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Oregon State Beavers (15-8, 6-7)
STANFORD, Calif. - Fresh off of a 58-41 victory over California that pulled it even in the Pac-10 standings, No. 4/4 Stanford looks to continue its 25-game home winning streak as it hosts Oregon State and Oregon this weekend. The Cardinal welcome the Beavers to Maples Pavilion Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip, and close the weekend Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Ducks. Both games can also 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 avenged its only conference loss of the season by coming out on top, 58-41, over California in a battle of top-10 teams last Saturday night. Jayne Appel's 22-point, 14-rebound effort with a 7-for-10 shooting performance earned her a fourth U.S. Bank Player of the Week selection of this season. Jillian Harmon shot 8-for-13 from the field and matched her season high of 18 points while passing out four assists and grabbing four rebounds. The key to the game was Stanford's 38-11 run over the game's final 17:05, which erased a 30-20 deficit. In that stretch, the Cardinal defense shut down the Golden Bear offense, holding them without a field goal for a stretch of 11:01 in the second half.
Scouting Oregon State
The Oregon State Beavers (15-8, 6-7 Pac-10) have won four of their last five, including a home sweep of the Washington schools last weekend, heading into Thursday night's contest. With LaVonda Wagner in her fourth season at the helm, the Beavers are led by the play of Talisa Rhea (14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Brittney Davis (13.6 ppg, 2.91 apg) and Alex Mitchell (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 42-6, and has won 17 straight and 28 of the last 29 games against the Beavers. The Cardinal is also a perfect 22-0 against the Beavers at Maples Pavilion. Stanford captured the first meeting this season, using a second-half surge to overcome a 28-27 halftime deficit and capture a 69-54 victory.
In The National Polls
After defeating No. 3/3 California in convincing fashion, Stanford rose to No. 4 in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll this week.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 10 statistical categories through Feb. 15: rebound margin (+12.9 - first), assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28 - second), scoring margin (+21.9 - second), field-goal percentage (46.4 - fifth), field-goal percentage defense (34.0 - fourth), points per game (76.7 - ninth), fewest turnovers per game (14.7 - 18th), blocked shots per game (4.9 - 27th), scoring defense (54.8 - 22nd), three-pointers per game (6.3 - 50th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (62.8 - third), rebounds per game (9.4 - 32nd) and blocks per game (2.0 - 48th). Jeanette Pohlen is tenth in the nation with a 2.18 assist-to-turnover ratio and 43rd with 2.4 three-pointers per game.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in nine statistical categories through Feb. 15: scoring (76.7 ppg), scoring margin (+21.9), field-goal percentage (46.4 percent), field-goal percentage defense (34.0 percent), rebounding (44.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.9), blocked shots (4.9 per game), assists per game (18.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28). Individually, Jayne Appel (62.8 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (61.7) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also leads the conference in blocked shots (1.96 bpg), and is second in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and third in scoring (15.4 ppg). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with a 2.18 assist-to-turnover ratio and is tied for first with 2.4 three-pointers per game.
Appel Nabs Number Four
Junior center Jayne Appel took home her fourth U.S. Bank Player of the Week honor of the 2008-09 season, and seventh of her career, on Monday. Appel earned the honor following her 22-point, 14-rebound performance in Saturday's 58-41 victory over No. 3/3 California, her 10th double-double of the season. On top of her scoring and rebounding, Appel also shot 7-for-10 from the field and blocked a pair of shots.
Extending The Home Streak
Saturday's 58-41 victory over No. 3/3 California kept Stanford's home winning streak intact and stretched it to 25 games, the fifth-longest in program history. The current streak is just one behind Stanford's 26-game run that lasted from Dec. 28, 2001 to March 24, 2003. With two home wins this weekend, the Cardinal will surpass that streak
Another Double-Digit Win Over The Golden Bears
The 17-point margin of victory (58-41) over No. 3/3 California Saturday night marked the ninth time in Stanford's last 11 victories over the Golden Bears that the Cardinal had won by a double-digit margin. To compare, in Stanford's five losses in the last 48 meetings with California, it has only lost by double-digits once in those five occasions.
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. 14 game at Washington State, Harmon stands at 977 career points, and with six regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 3.8 points per game to reach 1,000.
La Rocque Makes The Play Of The Year
With Stanford heating up at the start of what would be a 30-4 game-changing run in the second half of Saturday's game against No. 3/3 California, it got an unbelievable 'Play of the Year'-caliber effort from freshman Lindy La Rocque to change the game's momentum. With 13:20 to play and Stanford trailing 32-29, La Rocque's defense forced California's Lauren Greif to lose possession just past the timeline, then La Rocque out-hustled Alexis Gray-Lawson to the ball a few feet away from the Cardinal hoop with a diving effort. As if that was not enough, La Rocque, while still entangled with Gray-Lawson, managed to toss the ball up to Jillian Harmon for the uncontested layup to pull Stanford within one and send the Maples crowd into a frenzy. The play gave Stanford firm control of the game's momentum, and added fuel to the run that would put the Golden Bears away.
Harmon Continues To Sizzle
Senior Jillian Harmon continued her sizzling play Saturday against No. 3/3 California, going 8-for-13 from the field and scoring a season-high 18 points for the third time this year. Harmon continued to make her hustle plays as well, grabbing four rebounds and passing out our assists. Over Stanford's current seven-game winning streak, Harmon has been one of the main catalysts of that success, averaging 12.7 points per game on 52.6-percent shooting (40-for-76), grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game and passing out 3.43 assists per game.
Stanford displayed its imposing defense all game Saturday night against No. 3/3 California, holding the Golden Bears to just 31.3 percent from the field and 41 points. Most notably, the Cardinal clamped down in the second half, holding the Golden Bears without a field goal for a stretch of 11:01 late in the second half in which the Cardinal out-scored California, 25-7. The 41 points for California marked the fourth time in the last eight meetings between the schools that Stanford had held the Golden Bears to under 50 points.
Not Giving It Up Without A Fight
Another thing that Saturday's victory did for Stanford was pull it even in the Pac-10 standings with California at 11-1, keeping alive the Cardinal's chance to extend its streak to nine years of winning outright or sharing the Pac-10 regular-season title. The last time the Cardinal didn't own at least a share of the title was 1999-2000, when Stanford finished tied for second in the Pac-10 with a record of 13-5.
Part of Stanford's success Saturday night was due to the great all-around play fo quite a few players. Besides the well-publicized efforts of Jayne Appel (22 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks) and Jillian Harmon (18 points, four rebounds, four assists), the Cardinal got key contributions from sophomores Kayla Pedersen (five points, six rebounds, three assists) and Jeanette Pohlen (seven points, two rebounds, five assists at the point).
Returning With Style
Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude returned to the starting lineup Saturday night and hustled her way to four rebounds, an assist, and three points. While Gold-Onwude hit her only shot attempt of the night, a three-pointer, she provided a charge on the offensive boards, grabbing three rebounds that kept Stanford possessions alive.
Keeping It Out Of The Basket
Stanford held California to just 15 field goals in Saturday's 58-41 victory, marking the third time this season that an opponent had failed to make more than 15 shots from the field. Over the 24 games so far this season, the Cardinal has held opponents to less than 20 field goals on 15 occasions, including each of the past five contests.
Nothing From The Outside
Another strong defensive statistic that Stanford can boast is the low three-point shooting percentage of its opponents. On the year, Cardinal opponents are shooting just 31.6 percent from behind the arc. Over the last three games, Stanford has tightened that defensive grip, holding opponents to a paltry 13.5 percent (5-for-37) from behind the arc and not allowing more than two three-pointers in a game.
The Health Report
Guard Jeanette Pohlen will be a gameday decision this Thursday after leaving Saturday's game due to a collision with California's Natasha Vital that resulted in a gash on her forehead that needed nine stitches to close. 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 1,398 points (16th overall), 819 rebounds (fifth) and 192 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just nine away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.