Approaching The Gates Of Troy: No. 3/2 Stanford Goes For Sweep Of USC Sunday
Feb. 28, 2009
No. 3/2 Stanford Cardinal (23-4, 14-1 Pac-10)
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USC Women of Troy (14-12, 8-7 Pac-10)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 3/2 Stanford is one game away from exorcising memories of last year's sweep in L.A., and will go for a sweep of its own Sunday afternoon in a 12 p.m. contest against the USC Women of Troy at the Galen Center. 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.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal winning streak hit double-digits Friday night with a 69-58 victory over UCLA at historic Pauley Pavilion. Jillian Harmon etched her name into the Stanford record books by becoming the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 career points after a jumper off the glass with 17:22 remaining in the contest. The bucket highlighted Harmon's 12-point, three-assist night. Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were sharp from the field, and especially from behind the arc, combining to go 7-for-10 on three-point attempts and leading all scorers with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Jayne Appel scored 10 points to round out Stanford's double-digit scorers.
The USC Women of Troy (14-12, 8-7 Pac-10) have split its past 14 games and had a two-game winning streak snapped Friday night in a 64-62 loss to California. Head coach Mark Trakh is in his fifth year at the helm of the USC program, which is led on the court by the play of Camille LeNoir (12.6 ppg, 3.58 apg), Brianna Gilbreath (11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Nadia Parker (10.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg).
All-Time Against USC
Stanford leads the all-time series against USC, 41-19. The Cardinal has won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Women of Troy, with the only setback in that span being last season's 73-72 loss in the final seconds at the Galen Center on Jan. 6, 2008. Since that game, the Cardinal has captured the next two meetings by a combined margin of 54 points, including an 81-53 victory at Maples Pavilion earlier this season on Jan. 29, 2008.
In The National Polls
After the weekend sweep of Oregon State and Oregon, Stanford rose to No. 3 in the Associated Press Poll and to No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll this week.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 11 statistical categories through Feb. 26: rebound margin (+12.6 - first), assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.27 - second), scoring margin (+22.1 - second), field-goal percentage defense (33.7 - third), field-goal percentage (46.8 - fourth), points per game (76.2 - 10th), scoring defense (54.1 - 16th), fewest turnovers per game (14.7 - 22nd), blocked shots per game (5.0 - 25th) and fewest fouls per game (15.5 - 48th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of three categories: field-goal percentage (62.9 - second), blocks per game (2.0 - 45th) and rebounds per game (9.1 - 50th). Jeanette Pohlen is seventh in the nation with a 2.28 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in nine statistical categories through Feb. 27: scoring (75.9 ppg), scoring margin (+21.7), field-goal percentage (47.0 percent), field-goal percentage defense (33.9 percent), rebounding (43.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.1), blocked shots (5.1 per game), assists per game (18.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25). Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike (62.7 percent) and Jayne Appel (62.0) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel leads the conference in blocked shots (2.04 bpg), and is second in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and third in scoring (15.0 ppg). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with a 2.10 assist-to-turnover ratio and is tied for first with 2.4 three-pointers per game.
Harmon Makes History
Senior Jillian Harmon became the 29th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 career points with her 12-point effort Friday night at UCLA. Harmon, who entered the contest needing just eight points to reach the mark, netted points 999 and 1,000 with 17:22 remaining in the contest thanks to a jumper off the glass. Her 12 points left her at 1,004 career points at the end of the game, just six back of Bethany Donaphin for 28th on the school's all-time list.
Win Streak Hits Double Digits
Friday's 69-58 victory at UCLA extended Stanford's season-high winning streak to 10 games. With the streak reaching 10, it marks the third straight season in which the Cardinal has put together a double-digit winning streak.
One Rejection At A Time
Jayne Appel enters Sunday's game at USC needing just one blocked shot to equal Val Whiting's career record of 201. Appel rejected three shots in Friday's victory at USC as the Cardinal totaled eight blocks on the night. On the season record list, Appel holds the top two spots (84 last year and 61 in 2006-07) and her current 2008-09 tally of 55 is just three away from Cori Enghusen's third-place mark of 58.
Hot, Hot, Hot
The sophomore tandem of Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen provided the hot hands in Stanford's 69-58 win at UCLA Friday, as they combined to shoot 72.2 percent (13-for-18) from the field, and 70.0 percent (7-for-10) from behind the arc. In the game, the duo accounted for seven of Stanford's eight triples in the contest.
Pedersen Diversifies The Portfolio
Kayla Pedersen turned in a solid all-around effort Friday at UCLA in addition to her hot hand from the outside. The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native not only scored a team-high 20 points thanks to a 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) effort from the field that included a trio of triples, but also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots to share the team lead.
They're Falling For Harmon
Jillian Harmon continued her hot streak from the field in Friday night's victory at UCLA, shooting 62.5 percent (5-for-8) for 12 points. It marks the 10th time in Pac-10 play that Harmon has made at least half of her shot attempts, and in 15 Pac-10 contests, Harmon is shooting 54.3 percent from the field and averaging 11.5 points per game.
Pohlen Nails The Threes
Jeanette Pohlen demonstrated once again Friday night why she is one of the more dangerous long-range shooters in the Pac-10, matching her career high with four against the Bruins. The performance marked the seventh time of the season, and in her career, that Pohlen had drained four triples in a single game. The threes also led to a 19-point effort, topping her previous season best of 18 points.
Tossin' It Away
The Stanford defense put in a good effort in making UCLA work for its opportunities for a clear look Friday night. The Cardinal's inside duo of Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen smothered UCLA's post players and contested every shot, each blocking three in the game. Additionally, Jillian Harmon played her usual tough defense, adding a pair of blocks to Stanford's team total of eight for the game.
Two More For An Unblemished Home Record
Following last weekend's home sweep of the Oregon schools, Stanford now has only two more home games remaining on the ledger: March 5 against Arizona and March 7 against No. 24/- Arizona State. With a home record of 12-0 at this point of the season, if the Cardinal was to win those final two home games and finish a perfect 14-0, it would mark the 10th undefeated home season in Stanford history. Paired with last season's 15-0 mark, it would also be the fifth time that Stanford turned in back-to-back undefeated home seasons.
The Health Report
Reserve guard Hannah Donaghe tore her ACL during practice on Feb. 18 and will miss the rest of the season. 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 Friday's game, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,427 points (15th overall), 837 rebounds (fifth) and 200 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just one away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.