Close It Out: No. 4/4 Stanford Closes Homestand Against Oregon Saturday
Feb. 20, 2009
No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (21-4, 12-1)
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Oregon Ducks (8-16, 5-9 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4/4 Stanford will look to extend its current winning streak to nine games as it ends a three-game homestand Saturday afternoon against the Oregon Ducks. The Cardinal will also be aiming to stretch its home winning streak to 27 games with a victory over the Ducks. Sunday's game 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 John Watson on color.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal ran its winning streak to eight games overall, and to 18 in a row against Oregon State with a convincing 72-43 victory over the Beavers Thursday night. Stanford dominated inside, scoring 48 points in the paint and out-rebounding the Beavers, 39-30. Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike shared the team lead with 15 points apiece in the contest, while four Cardinal players grabbed at least five rebounds each and Jeanette Pohlen matched her season high with eight assists. For the game, the Cardinal shot a combined 53.3 percent (32-60) while holding the Beavers to just a 30.4-percent (17-for56) mark from the field.
The Oregon Ducks (8-16, 5-9 Pac-10) have lost five of their last six heading into Saturday night's contest. With Bev Smith in her eighth season at the helm, the Ducks are led by the play of Micaela Cocks (13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Ellie Manou (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Amanda Johnson (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon, 38-8, and has won eight straight and 14 of the last 16 games against the Ducks. The Cardinal has not lost to the Ducks at Maples Pavilion since March 5, 1987, a streak of 21 games. Stanford captured the first meeting this season, routing the Ducks, 85-57 in Eugene on Jan. 22.
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. 19: scoring (76.5 ppg), scoring margin (+22.2), field-goal percentage (46.6 percent), field-goal percentage defense (33.9 percent), rebounding (44.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.8), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28). Individually, Jayne Appel (63.1 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (62.8) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also leads the conference in blocked shots (2.04 bpg), and is second in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and third in scoring (15.6 ppg). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with a 2.28 assist-to-turnover ratio and is tied for second with 2.3 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
Thursday's 72-43 victory over Oregon State kept Stanford's home winning streak intact and stretched it to 26 games, matching the fourth-longest in program history. The other 26-game run in the record books lasted from Dec. 28, 2001 to March 24, 2003. With a victory Saturday over Oregon, the Cardinal will surpass that streak.
Stanford's 72-43 victory over Oregon State Thursday night was built largely on the back of the Cardinal's inside game, which dominated inside and outscored the Beavers by an eye-popping 48-12 margin. The effort was made largely by the play of Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 15 points apiece, while freshman Sarah Boothe added eight points and sophomore Kayla Pedersen posted six points and seven rebounds.
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. 19 game against Oregon State, Harmon stands at 986 career points, and needs just 14 points Saturday to reach the mark against the team she grew up watching, the Oregon Ducks.
Appel Continues To Roll
Junior center Jayne Appel, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, continued her dominant play in Thursday's 72-43 victory over Oregon State. Appel hit on seven of ten shots for the second straight game, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds (four offensive). Yet her contributions were not limited to the offensive end of the court, as Appel blocked a game-high four shots, bringing her career total to 196, just five back of Val Whiting's program-best career mark of 201 blocked shots.
Ogwumike Goes Off
Another aspect of Stanford's domination inside the paint Thursday night was the play of freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike. In 24 minutes of action, Ogwumike shot 85.7 percent (6-for-7) from the field, matched Jayne Appel's game-high 15 points and also grabbed five rebounds. Ogwumike's shooting effort improved her shooting percentage to 62.8 percent on the year, good for second in the Pac-10.
Pohlen's A Warrior
Jeanette Pohlen continues to prove her toughness and durability in new ways, this time by returning to action Thursday night after suffering a nasty gash that required nine stitches to close late in last Saturday's victory over Califonia. Despite being held out of practice Monday and Tuesday as a precaution, Pohlen returned Wednesday and suited up and started Thursday night, continuing her streak of 64 straight games played. Along with Jayne Appel, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Kayla Pedersen, Pohlen has played in all 64 games since the beginning of the 2007-08 season.
No Problem At Home Against The Oregons
Thursday night's victory over Oregon State improved the Cardinal's record to 23-0 against the Beavers at Maples Pavilion. In fact, Maples Pavilion has not been a friendly place for the two Oregon schools to play in the respective all-times series for each school against Stanford. Since the first meetings against both Oregon State and Oregon, Stanford owns an impressive combined home record of 44-1 against the two schools.
Back In The Rotation
Redshirt junior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude returned to the starting lineup after a two-game break last Saturday against California, and Thursday night against Oregon State was her usual sparkplug self. Gold-Onwude went 3-for-5 from the field for seven points and made a steal thanks to her harassing defense.
One For All
Nine of the 12 Stanford players that saw action in Thursday night's victory over Oregon State scored at least two points, showing the depth of the Cardinal lineup. Stanford's starting five combined for 45 points, and more importantly, the Cardinal bench did its part by accounting for 27 points in the contest, led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike's 15 points. Sarah Boothe was another reserve who turned it up a notch, scoring eight points and matching Ogwumike's contribution on the boards, grabbing five rebounds.
Passing It Around
Stanford, second in the nation with 18.7 assists per game, racked up 19 in Thursday's victory over Oregon State, and a lot of that was thanks to Jeanette Pohlen, who passed out a season high-matching eight dimes. Along with Pohlen's total, the Cardinal also got three assists apiece from Jayne Appel and Jillian Harmon.