No. 2/2 Stanford Hosts UC San Diego In Final Exhibition Sunday
Nov. 5, 2009
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UC San Diego Tritons (0-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2 Stanford women's basketball team concludes its exhibition slate this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8 with a 2 p.m. tip-off against the UC San Diego Tritons at Maples Pavilion. The game will serve as Stanford's final tuneup prior to its 2009-10 season opener on Nov. 13 at Old Dominion. Sunday's exhibition contest against UC San Diego can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM with Teddy Steinkellner calling the action and John Watson on color commentary.
Last Time Out
Stanford saw its first action on the court last Sunday, rolling to a 107-49 victory over Vanguard University in its exhibition opener. Six Cardinal players registered double-figure scoring totals in the win, led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike's 20 points. Ogwumike also grabbed nine rebounds and went 7-for-11 from the field. Senior Jayne Appel scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in the contest, while Melanie Murphy scored nine points and dished out a game-high 12 assists. The Cardinal hit 15 three-pointers, led by three apiece for Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Jeanette Pohlen, Lindy La Rocque and Grace Mashore.
Scouting UC San Diego
Division II UC San Diego enters the 2009-10 season ranked 10th nationally in the Division II poll. The Tritons were also recently named the preseason pick to capture the CCAA title. Guided by reigning CCAA Coach of the Year Charity Elliott in her third season, the Tritons are led on the court by the play of Annette Ilg and Erin Noonan, as well as 2009 Freshman of the Year Chelsea Carlisle. Last season, UC San Diego posted a 27-5 record and reached the NCAA Division II West Regional Final, where it dropped a 52-49 decision to Alaska-Anchorage.
Starting The Season Off Right
Stanford is 23-11 all-time in season openers and currently sports an eight-game winning streak in such games. The Nov. 13 game at Old Dominion also marks the 18th time since Tara VanDerveer's first season as Stanford head coach in 1985-86 that Stanford has opened a campaign on a foreign court. But that has not proven to be a problem as the Cardinal is 13-4 in those previous 17 road and neutral court openers. Under VanDerveer, Stanford is 18-5 season openers, and has not dropped the first game of the regular season since a 75-64 loss at Saint Mary's on Nov. 17, 2000.
'Boot'-ing Up The New Season
Stanford got a head start on preparing for the 2009-10 season as it took its international trip from Sept. 4-13 to that certain European nation shaped like a boot, Italy. There, the Cardinal enjoyed the sights, fine food and culture of Rome, Florence and Milan as well as playing some bruising basketball. In four games against local Italian teams, Stanford posted a 3-1 record, losing only in the trip's finale to Sesto San Giovanni by a score of 73-62.
The Coaches Back The Cardinal
For the 10th year in a row, nine-time defending regular season champion Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win the Pac-10 women's basketball title, according to the preseason coaches poll. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes in the poll, tallying 81 points overall. California was second with 67 points, while Arizona State nabbed the remaining first-place vote and was third with 64 points. USC and UCLA rounded out the top five with 63 and 48 points, respectively. The preseason coaches' poll follows a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
This Is The Year For Appel
Senior center Jayne Appel heads into the 2009-10 season as one of the early favorites for national player of the year honors. The Pleasant Hill, Calif. native was recently named an Associated Press preseason All-American after a 2008-09 season in which she was second in the Pac-10 with 16.1 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game and a 60.9 shooting percentage. Those totals, including Appel's sheer dominance around the basket, earned her a spot on the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as well as the Berkeley Regional MVP after she scored a Stanford single-game program record 46 points against Iowa State. This season, Appel is again surrounded by All-Pac-10 talent in forwards Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike and guard Jeanette Pohlen, preventing defenses from keying in too much on her.