No. 2/2 Stanford Hosts Washington State Thursday Night At 7 p.m.
Jan. 12, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10)
- vs. -
Washington State Cougars (5-10, 0-4 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford welcomes the Pac-10's Washington contingent to Maples Pavilion this weekend, opening things up against the Washington State Cougars Thursday night, Jan. 14 for a 7 p.m. tip. The weekend will close with the Cardinal hosting the Washington Huskies Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Both contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and John Watson handling the analysis.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal remained perfect in Pac-10 play after pulling out a 65-61 nail-biter over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The victory gave Stanford its second straight road sweep in Los Angeles, which this time also included an 82-62 win at USC. Sunday against the Bruins, forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike led all players with 21 points, her eighth 20-point scoring performance of the season, including an 11-for-12 showing from the free-throw line, and grabbed nine rebounds. Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude provided some offensive fireworks of her own, scoring a career-best 18 points which included a season-high four triples, and passing out a pair of assists. As a team, Stanford went 21-of-24 from the free-throw line in the win, highlighted by Gold-Onwude and Ogwumike combining to go 6-for-6 in the final two minutes to help keep the Cardinal in front.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State (5-10, 0-4) comes to the Bay Area on a slide that has reached five games after the Cougars were swept at home by Arizona and Arizona State. Despite the five losses, the past three have come by single-digit margins. With June Daugherty in her third season at the Washington state helm, the Cougars are led by the play of April Cook (13.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg), KiKi Moore (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Jazmine Perkins (11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington State, 48-0, dating back to Feb. 1, 1983. Last year the Cardinal defeated the Cougars by a combined margin of 79 points in its two victories during Pac-10 play.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following its sweep of the L.A. schools last weekend, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 10, Stanford was ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+12.6 - fifth), three-point field goal defense (24.4 - fifth), fouls per game (13.6 - seventh), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16 - eighth), assists (17.57 apg - 11th), scoring (79.0 - 13th), scoring margin (+21.0 - 13th), and field-goal percentage (46.2 - 15th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike was third with a 64.3 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 10, Stanford leads the conference in eight statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.0), field-goal percentage (46.2), free-throw percentage (75.5), rebounding (45.8 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.6), three-point field-goal percentage defense (24.4), defensive rebounding (29.9) and assist-to-turnover margin (1.16).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen are 1-2 in the Pac-10 with 19.1 and 17.6 points per game, respectively. Ogwumike also leads the Pac-10 with a 64.3-percent shooting mark from the field and is third with 9.6 rebounds per game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.4 rebounds per game and Pedersen is fifth with 9.2. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.43 assists per game and is third with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.82 and. JJ Hones is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover figure.
Ogwumike Takes Home Number Three
On Monday, sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in 2009-10, the most of any player in the conference. Ogwumike earned the nod after averaging 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over Stanford's weekend road sweep against USC and UCLA. Her efforts included a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double at USC, then a 21-point, nine-rebound effort that included an 11-for-12 showing from the line at UCLA. The performances marked the seventh and eighth times this season that Ogwumike has scored at least 20 points in a game.
Another Winning Trip To L.A.
This weekend's victories at USC and UCLA kept the Cardinal's winning streak going in the City of Angels. Since being swept by the Women of Troy and the Bruins in L.A. on Jan. 4 and 6, 2008, Stanford has stepped up its game in the city, winning its past seven games there. The wins began with last year's regular-season trip to the two schools and continued with three straight wins at the Pac-10 Tournament. Six of those seven wins have come against the two schools that call L.A. home, as Stanford defeated UCLA in last year's Pac-10 Tournament semifinals before claiming the crown against USC.
Cold As Ice
Sunday's 65-61 victory over a game UCLA squad was not without its nail-biting moments, but forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude stayed cool under pressure, scoring eight points in the final 2:14 to help put away the Bruins. Ogwumike hit a key layup and went 4-for-4 from the line in that span in addition to grabbing the rebound of a blocked Doreena Campbell shot with seven seconds remaining and Stanford protecting a fragile 63-61 lead. Gold-Onwude, who was fouled seconds later after Ogwumike got the ball to her and out of traffic, put the game on ice moments later by hitting two free throws to account for the final 65-61 margin.
Feels Like The First Time
Redshirt guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude had her finest all-around game of the season Sunday at UCLA, scoring a career-high 18 points while going 4-for-6 from behind the arc as well as a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. The Queens, N.Y. native also passed out a pair of assists and played her usual pestering perimeter defense, which helped hold UCLA to just 25.0-percent shooting in the first half as Stanford built a 34-18 halftime lead.
The emergence this year of forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen as such a dominant duo was never more apparent as in Friday's 82-62 rout of USC, in which each player posted a double-double. Pedersen led all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds while going 9-for-16 from the field, and Ogwumike went for 21 points and 12 rebounds while going 9-for-13 from the field. The performances this weekend kept the pair first and second in the Pac-10 scoring race, as Ogwumike leads the loop with 19.1 point per game and Pedersen is right behind her at 17.6 points a game.
The Triple Nine
Stanford has never had more than one player average at least 9.0 rebounds in a single season, much less three players pull the feat, but 14 games into the 2009-10 season anything is possible. The Big Three of forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (9.6 rpg), center Jayne Appel (9.4 rpg) and forward Kayla Pedersen (9.2 rpg) are all over the 9.0 mark, and are separated by only five rebounds from the leader (Ogwumike with 134) to the third-most (Pedersen with 129). This trio accounts for 61.6 percent of Stanford's total rebounds (395 of 641), and with only 14 games gone by, it has the Cardinal on pace to break the program record of 1,663 set last year.
Pass It Around
Junior guard Jeanette Pohlen has continued her run as a dangerous playmaker for the Cardinal, not only hitting three triples over the weekend, but also creating opportunities with her passing. Pohlen passed out 11 assists in the weekend sweep of USC and UCLA, and on the year is the team leader with 63 assists as well as second with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.82.
Let It Ride On The Hot Streak!
Entering this Thursday night's game against Washington State, Stanford is riding a 36-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion, the third-longest streak in school history. Dec. 19's win over Tennessee brought the streak to 35 games, overtaking the previously third-longest run in program history, which lasted from Feb. 21, 1991 to Dec. 3, 1993.
The longest streak, which reached 59 games, stretched from Nov. 25, 1994 and ended on March 14, 1998 with Stanford's 71-67 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Harvard. The current streak has run over two full seasons, and the Cardinal, with 10 more home dates this season, can pull off three straight undefeated home seasons for the first time since 1994-96.
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