No. 2/2 Stanford Opens Home Slate Thursday Night Against Pepperdine
Nov. 18, 2009
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (2-0)
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Pepperdine Waves (2-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2/2 Stanford women's basketball team returns home for its home opener this Thursday, Nov. 17 as it hosts the Pepperdine Waves in a 7 p.m. clash. The Cardinal will then top off the week with a bus ride to Davis to take on the UC Davis Aggies Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Both contests are set to be broadcast on KZSU 90.1 as Teddy Steinkellner calls the action with John Watson providing analysis.
Last Time Out
Stanford completed a two-game road sweep last Friday and Sunday as it opened the 2009-10 regular season on a winning note. First traveling to Norfolk, Va., the Cardinal did not let Hurricane Ida, or Old Dominion, spoil its opener as it cruised to an 89-56 victory over the Lady Monarchs. Stanford would finish the weekend in Piscataway, N.J., defeating a scrappy Rutgers team, 81-66, at the RAC. Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike averaged 23.0 points and 9.5 rebounds over the two victories, highlighted by a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds in the opener at ODU. Junior forward Kayla Pedersen averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds and senior center Jayne Appel posted a pair of double-doubles on the weekend, averaging 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. In the backcourt, JJ Hones made her return and hit seven three-pointers on the weekend as well as turning in a 15-point effort at Rutgers.
Pepperdine (2-0) visits Maples Pavilion for the first time since Dec. 10, 2004, when it dropped an 85-49 decision to the Cardinal. The Waves have scored victories at home over Northern Arizona and on the road at San Jose State prior to Thursday's contest. Led by sixth-year head coach Julie Roussea, the Waves boast production from Miranda Ayim (15.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Jazmine Jackson (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Lauren Bell (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
All-Time Against Pepperdine
Thursday's game will mark the ninth time that Stanford and Pepperdine have met and the first time since the 2004-05 season. Stanford has captured all but one of the eight previous meetings between the two schools, as well as the past four, most recently an 85-49 home victory on Dec. 10, 2004.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a pair of road victories last weekend to open the 2009-10 campaign, Stanford remained in the No. 2 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN national polls this week.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
After the season's opening weekend, Stanford sits in the top three of 10 team statistical categories. The Cardinal leads or shares the lead in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (23.5) and three-pointers made per game (9.0), is second or tied for second in rebounds per game (51.0), rebounding margin (+15.5), blocked shots per game (5.0), assists per game (20.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (52.8 percent), and is third or tied for third in scoring (85.0) and scoring margin (+24.0).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is second in the conference in scoring (23.0 ppg), sixth in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (64.0). Senior Jayne Appel leads the conference in blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and is third in rebounding (11.5 rpg), while Kayla Pedersen is tied for seventh in scoring (18.0 ppg), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (3.0 per game) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (60.0). JJ Hones is tied for second with 3.5 three-pointers made per game.
Stanford In Home Openers
Stanford enters Thursday night's contest against Pepperdine on a 10-game winning streak in its home openers. Overall the Cardinal is 28-7 in home openers since the 1974-75 season, and has won 13 of its last 15 dating back to the 1993-94 season. In fact, Stanford's last loss in a home opener at Maples Pavilion came 11 years ago to the day of this season's home opener against Pepperdine, when No. 24/24 Illinois captured a 76-58 victory over the Cardinal on Nov. 19, 1998. The other loss since 1993-94 came on Dec. 3, 1993, when No. 1/1 Tennessee downed the Cardinal, 81-75.
Don't Mess With Texas
Sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike's presence in Stanford's two season-opening road victories rivaled her home state in size, as the Cypress, Texas native averaged 23.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 64.0 percent over the weekend. Ogwumike quickly proved that her sophomore year would have no slump as she put up a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (just two points and one rebound shy of her career highs) in Friday's 89-56 rout of Old Dominion, then added 21 points and seven rebounds in the 81-66 getaway victory at Rutgers.
Grabbing Those 'Ballboards'
Stanford demonstrated one aspect of its size advantage down low by controlling the battle for rebounds, or 'ballboards' as NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson called them. The Cardinal racked up at least 50 rebounds in each of its wins at Old Dominion and Rutgers, and out-rebounded its foes by a margin of 15.5 ballboards per game. Senior center Jayne Appel led the way with 23 total rebounds over the weekend, while sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike grabbed 19.
Too Big, Too Strong
The Stanford frontline, which features a starting three of Jayne Appel (6-4), Kayla Pedersen (6-4) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6-2), proved how much of a handful it can be for opposing teams over the weekend. In the two victories, the trio accounted for 112 of Stanford's 170 points (65.9 percent), 56 of 102 rebounds (54.9 percent) and shot a combined 53.3 percent (40-for-75) from the field.
Back And Bombing Away
The opening weekend also featured the return of redshirt junior guard JJ Hones, who took to the court in a regular-season contest for the first time since tearing her left ACL back on Nov. 23, 2008 at home against Rutgers. After going for six points and three rebounds in 18 minutes at Old Dominion Friday, Hones put in 34 minutes of work at Rutgers, hitting a career-high five triples for 15 points in the 81-66 victory.
The Silent Assassin
One of the most complete players in the Stanford lineup is junior forward Kayla Pedersen, who is equally adept at banging for points and rebounds down low or stepping out onto the perimeter and burying three-pointers and midrange jumpers. over Stanford's opening weekend, Pedersen excelled with her trademark stoic efficiency, averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and showing off her range from the outside by hitting 6-of-10 three-point attempts.
Is That All You Got?
Senior center Jayne Appel, a consensus preseason All-American as well as a preseason candidate for both the Wade Trophy Player of the Year award and the John R. Wooden Award, came into the 2009-10 season knowing full well she would be wearing a bulls-eye. Battling constant double- and even triple-teams against Old Dominion and Rutgers during opening weekend, Appel battled her way to 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, and just as importantly, dished out 3.0 assists per game. The attention that Appel commands game in and game out will be a boon for fellow posts Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen, who averaged 23.0 and 18.0 points, respectively, over Stanford's two wins last weekend.
Producing Points One Way Or The Other
One of Stanford's many weapons in its starting lineup, junior guard Jeanette Pohlen has evolved into a great blend of a point and shooting guard. At the shooting guard spot, Pohlen provides a sharpshooter's eye from behind the arc, going 4-for-9 on three-point attempts and averaging 10.0 points a game last weekend, as well as a point guard's precision demonstrated by her 16 assists over the weekend. The Brea, Calif. native opened the season with a career high-tying 10 assists at Old Dominion, and also scored 15 points in the game to post her first double-double of the season.
Freshman Get Their First Tastes
The weekend contests also marked the first taste of collegiate basketball action for Stanford freshmen Mikaela Ruef and Joslyn Tinkle. The rookies both came off the bench in each Cardinal victory, with Tinkle averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds a game and even hitting a three-pointer, while Ruef hit a free throw against Rutgers for her first collegiate points.