Senior Send-Off: No. 2/2 Stanford Hosts No. 18/- Arizona State On Senior Day Saturday
March 6, 2009
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (25-4, 16-1 Pac-10)
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No. 18/- Arizona State Sun Devils (23-6, 15-2 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford closes out the regular season with its final home game of the season Saturday and bids adieu to seniors Jillian Harmon and Morgan Clyburn as it battles the No. 18/- Arizona State Sun Devils for the outright Pac-10 title at 12:30 p.m. The contest will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Jim Watson calling the action and Mary Murphy on color. Saturday's game also can be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with seniors Jake Kelman (play-by-play) and Andrew Shen (color) calling their final Cardinal home game.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal clinched the top seed at next week's Pac-10 Tournament as well as a share of the regular-season title with Thursday night's dramatic 70-67 victory over Arizona. Jeanette Pohlen had a career night with 21 points and five three-pointers while also dishing out five assists, and Kayla Pedersen scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Jayne Appel grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a shot to become Stanford's all-time leader in blocks with 202, passing Val Whiting's old mark of 201. Jillian Harmon scored nine points and matched her season-high with six assists in the victory, as well.
Scouting Arizona State
The No. 18/- Arizona State Sun Devils (23-6, 15-2 Pac-10) bring a Pac-10 best 15-game winning streak into Saturday's game, and with a win could capture a share of just its second Pac-10 regular-season title. The first came in a three-way tie with Stanford and Washington in 2001. With former Stanford player Charli Turner-Thorne at the helm, the Sun Devils are led by the play of Dymond Simon (14.1 ppg, 3.36 apg) and Briann January (11.8 ppg, 4.66 apg).
All-Time Against Arizona State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona, 46-11, and has won five in a row and nine of the last 10 against the Sun Devils. In addition, the Cardinal has only lost once at home against Arizona State, an 84-72 loss on March 3, 1984. Stanford captured the first meeting of the season with a 64-61 come-from-behind victory in Tempe on Jan. 2.
In The National Polls
After last weekend's sweep of UCLA and USC, Stanford rose to No. 2 in the Associated Press Poll and remained at 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 March 5: rebound margin (+12.0 - second), assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23 - second), scoring margin (+20.7 - second), field-goal percentage (47.4 - fourth), field-goal percentage defense (34.7 - 11th), points per game (76.0 - 11th), blocked shots per game (5.0 - 25th), scoring defense (55.3 - 26th), fewest turnovers per game (15.2 - 31st) and fewest fouls per game (15.5 - 49th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (62.6 - third) and blocks per game (2.0 - 49th). Jeanette Pohlen is 14th in the nation with a 2.04 assist-to-turnover ratio and 44th with 2.4 three-pointers per game.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in ten statistical categories through March 5: scoring (76.0 ppg), scoring margin (+20.7), field-goal percentage (47.4 percent), field-goal percentage defense (34.7 percent), rebounding (43.0 rpg), rebounding defense (31.1 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.0), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23). Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike (63.1 percent) and Jayne Appel (62.6) are 1-2 in field-goal percentage. Appel also leads the conference in blocked shots (1.97 bpg), and is second in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and third in scoring (15.0 ppg). Jeanette Pohlen leads the Pac-10 with 2.4 three-pointers per game and is second with a 2.04 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Pedersen Claims First Pac-10 Player Of The Week Honor
Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen had a weekend of firsts in Los Angeles, such as her first back-to-back 20-point games and first game with four three-pointers, but received the best first Monday, nabbing U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The honor is the first of Pedersen's career, and on the year is the fifth time a Stanford player has taken home the award.
The No. 1 Seed Is In Hand (Again)
Thursday night's 70-67 victory over Arizona not only clinched a share of the Pac-10 regular-season title for Stanford, but also gave the Cardinal the top seed at next week's Pac-10 Tournament. With the top seed now in hand, Stanford has owned the No. 1 seed at all eight editions of the Pac-10 Tournament since its inception in 2002.
Why Not Get No. 9 Outright?
With at least a share of its ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular-season title in hand heading into Saturday's game against Arizona State, Stanford, which was the preseason pick of both the coaches and media to win the title, has the chance to own the title outright for the fifth straight year. Out of its 17 previous Pac-10 regular-season titles, Stanford has won 14 of those outright, sharing the title only in 1990 (with Washington), 2001 (with Washington and Arizona State), and 2004 (with Arizona).
Pohlen's Career Night Carries The Cardinal
Sophomore Jeanette Pohlen went off Thursday night for a career-high 21 points while matching her career-high with five three-pointers against Arizona. The Brea native went 6-for-11 from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc, marking the second time this season that she had dropped five threes against the Wildcats. In addition to her scoring and hot hand, Pohlen also led the team with five assists and made two steals in the win.
Appel Claims Her First Career Record
Jayne Appel entered Thursday night's game against Arizona needing just one blocked shot to become Stanford's sole career leader. Just 53 seconds into the second half of the game, Appel got that key block, giving her 202 for her career and passing Val Whiting atop the school's list as well as for sixth overall in the Pac-10 books. It may not even be Appel's only career mark with one year remaining, as the junior is currently only 288 rebounds away from breaking Nicole Powell's rebounding record of 1,143.
Keeping The Home Streak Alive
Thursday night's victory over Arizona was Stanford's 28th straight at home, keeping alive the fourth-longest streak in school history, but it did break a lengthy Cardinal streak at the same time. The three-point margin of Stanford's 70-67 win marked the end of a 23-game home run in which Stanford had posted double-digit victory margins. Before Thursday, the last time Stanford had only won by single digits at home was on Dec. 22, 2007, a 73-69 overtime win over No. 1 Tennessee.
Pohlen's Bombing Her Way Up The List
Behind a career high-matching five three-pointers in Thursday's victory over Arizona, guard Jeanette Pohlen increased her season total to 69, putting her within range of Krista Rappahahn's 2005-06 single-season mark of 91 triples. With two more threes this year, Pohlen will crack the top 10 on Stanford's single-season list, and has at most 10 more games to reach Rappahahn's record.
Pedersen's On Fire
After a 6-for-12 effort from the floor Thursday night, sophomore Kayla Pedersen continued her red-hot shooting streak. Over the past four games, Pedersen has shot 58.1 percent (25-for-43) from the field, including a 58.8-percent mark (10-for-17) on three-point attempts. In that span, the Fountain Hills, Ariz. native leads the Cardinal with 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as well as six blocked shots. From behind the arc, only Jeanette Pohlen (11) has made more three-pointers than Pedersen.
Harmon Joins Some 'Grand' Company
When she banked home a jumper off the glass with 17:22 remaining in Friday's game at UCLA, senior Jillian Harmon became the 29th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 career points. Currently, Harmon is at 1,020 career points, good for 27th on Stanford's all-time list.
One More For An Unblemished Home Record
Heading into this season's final home game, March 7 against No. 18/- Arizona State, Stanford is looking for one more win to clinch a perfect 14-0 home record in 2008-09. The record 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
Guard Jeanette Pohlen left Sunday's game at USC late in the first half after taking an elbow to the eye, but she returned to action in the following contest, March 5 against Arizona. 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 1,456 points (13th overall), 856 rebounds (fifth) and 202 blocked shots (first). Appel became Stanford's all-time leader in blocks on March 5 against Arizona, breaking Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and she is currently sixth on the all-time Pac-10 list.