East Coast Trip Concludes Sunday As No. 2/2 Stanford Takes On No. 25/- Rutgers
Nov. 14, 2009
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2/2 Stanford women's basketball team concludes its season-opening road trip to the East Coast Sunday with an 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) contest at No. 25/- Rutgers. Stanford will look to put the finishing touches on a perfect trip while Rutgers will be making its 2009-10 debut. Sunday's game will be televised on the East Coast on Verizon FiOS1, with Ralph Bednarczyk calling the action and John Celestand on color commentary.
Last Time Out
Stanford opened the 2009-10 campaign with an 89-56 rout of Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. Friday night, claiming its ninth consecutive victory in a season opener. Sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike led all players with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while preseason All-American Jayne Appel posted a double-double of her own with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Jeanette Pohlen started her junior year off with her own double-double of 15 points and a career high-tying 10 assists, and forward Kayla Pedersen rounded out the Cardinal scorers in double figures with 14 points. The Cardinal shot 49.2 percent from the floor and grabbed 52 rebounds in the victory.
No. 25/- Rutgers (0-0) heads into its 2009-10 season opener Sunday afternoon looking to avenge a pair of losses to the Cardinal over the past two seasons. Led by Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer, the Scarlet Knights are coming off a season in which the team posted a 21-13 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In 2009-10 Rutgers will be led by returners Brittany Ray (10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg in 09-10) and Khadijah Rushdan (9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg) at guard and Rashidat Junaid 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg) at center.
All-Time Against Rutgers
Rutgers and Stanford have met just five times previously heading into Sunday's game, with the Cardinal holding a 4-1 edge in the all-time series. The first meeting between the two schools took place on Dec. 29, 1984, with Rutgers capturing an 82-53 decision, but the Cardinal has won each of the past four meetings since. Stanford has been victorious in each of the meetings over the past two seasons, first capturing a last-second 60-58 win in Piscataway two years ago, then scoring an 81-47 rout of Rutgers at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 23 of last year.
A Look At The National Rankings
Heading into the opening weekend of the 2009-10 campaign, Stanford holds the No. 2 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN national polls.
Starting The Season Off Right
Stanford improved its record in season openers to 24-11 and extended its winning streak in such contests to nine with Friday's 89-56 win at Old Dominion. Friday's game at Old Dominion marked the 18th time since Tara VanDerveer's first season as Stanford head coach in 1985-86 that Stanford had opened a campaign on a foreign court. But that has not proven to be a problem as the Cardinal is 14-4 in those previous 18 road and neutral court openers. Under VanDerveer, Stanford is 19-5 in 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.
Does That Make It A 6x6?
In a clear showing of its all-around versatility, Stanford had three players post double-doubles in Friday's season-opening 89-56 victory at Old Dominion. Forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayne Appel also turned in a double-double in the same categories with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The third double-double was a lesser-seen version, as junior guard Jeanette Pohlen scored 15 points and matched her career high with 10 assists in the victory.
Ogwumike Dominates Season Opener
With so many weapons at its disposal entering 2009-10, it would seem to be anyone's guess as to which Cardinal standout would star in any given game. In Friday's 89-56 victory at Old Dominion, it was sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike who could lay claim to the player of the game honors, posting a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds and shooting 10-for-14 from the field. Ogwumike, a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team pick last year, laid to rest any fears of a sophomore jinx with her performance on Friday, and finished the contest just two points and one rebound short of her career highs.
Appel Is Still A Force
Senior center Jayne Appel, a preseason All-America selection of both the Associated Press and espn.com, as well as a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year award, John R. Wooden Award and Lowe's Senior CLASS award, got her final collegiate campaign started with a fine all-around effort Friday at Old Dominion. Appel went 7-for-10 from the field against the Lady Monarchs, scoring 19 points and also pulling down 11 rebounds. Her performance was bolstered by four blocked shots on the defensive end as well as three assists.
Preseason All-America Nods
Stanford's Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen were honored prior to the start of the 2009-10 season as they were each earned preseason All-America nods. Appel was selected for the first teams of both the Associated Press and espn.com, while Pedersen earned a second-team All-America nod from espn.com.
Shoot Or Pass?
Junior guard Jeanette Pohlen picked up right where she left off last season as Stanford's top scoring and passing dual threat, scoring 15 points and passing out a career high-tying 10 assists in Friday's 89-56 win at Old Dominion. On top of finding the open teammate with her pinpoint passing, Pohlen also showed her accuracy from the field, connecting on 5-of-8 attempts and hitting 3-of-6 from behind the arc. She also showed her skills on the defensive end of the court, making a team-high three steals in the contest.
Punching The Time Clock
A coach couldn't ask for much more than a player who shows up, does her job, and does it well. And for Stanford, junior forward Kayla Pedersen is that player. The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native, freshly minted a second-team preseason All-American by espn.com on Friday, added to Stanford's dominance down low in its win at Old Dominion by scoring 14 points, grabbing six rebounds and hitting three triples in four attempts on the Cardinal wing. Pedersen has been the epitome of a selfless teammate in her collegiate career, excelling as a power forward underneath as well as a wing hitting the outside shot or swooping in for rebounds.
That's What A Height Advantage Gets You
Stanford put up program single-season records with 1,663 rebounds and a +13.2 rebound margin a year ago, and with its entire front line returning along with the addition of 6-3 freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle in 2009-10, the Cardinal is primed to perhaps eclipse those totals. The Cardinal got off to a good start in its quest by out-rebounding Old Dominion by a 52-38 margin in its 89-56 win Friday night, giving notice that its big frontline will be tough to beat on the boards.
While many of the accolades tend to be focused on Stanford's offensive prowess, the team still gets the job done pretty well on the defensive end thanks in part to the tenacious play of fifth-year guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude. The Queens native came out with a mean streak on defense Friday at Old Dominion, being assigned to Lady Monarchs guard Carolann Cloutier and playing a major role in limiting Cloutier to zero points and causing four turnovers in just 17 minutes of play. Gold-Onwude's defensive presence helped alter the offensive plan of ODU and lifted the Cardinal on defense.