No. 2/2 Stanford Opens Road Weekend At Oregon State Thursday
Jan. 19, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (15-1, 5-0 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (9-6, 1-4 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford takes its first trip to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, starting things off with a 7 p.m. tip Thursday night, Jan. 21 against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. The trek ends Saturday in Eugene, as the Cardinal visits the Oregon Ducks for an 11 a.m. game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Both contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Chris Fitzgerald on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal scored another weekend sweep as it extended its unbeaten streak at Maples Pavilion to 38 games with victories over Washington State and Washington. Forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike averaged 21.0 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 63.3 percent (19-for-30) over the weekend, in addition to posting her ninth and tenth 20-point performances of the season. Center Jayne Appel averaged 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds over the wins, and matched a career-high with six blocks against Washington State. Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude stepped up to score 11 and 10 points in the two wins, respectively, hitting four three-pointers as well as averaging 5.0 rebounds in the two games. Fellow guard Melanie Murphy scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in Saturday's win over Washington.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (9-6, 1-4) enters the weekend at home on a four-game slide after being swept at Arizona and Arizona State last week. After opening Pac-10 play with a 63-49 win over Washington State, the Beavers have dropped four in a row by a combined 38 points. With head coach LaVonda Wagner in her sixth year at the Beaver helm, Oregon State is led on the court by the play of Talisa Rhea (16.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Haiden Palmer (10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and Kirsten Tilleman (10.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 43-6, and has won 19 straight and 30 of the last 31 meetings since March 2, 1995. The only Stanford loss in that span came on Jan. 11, 2001, when the Beavers claimed an 81-65 decision in Corvallis.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a home sweep of Washington State and Washington, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 17, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: three-point field goal defense (24.5 - second), rebound margin (+13.3 - third), fouls per game (13.3 - fifth), scoring margin (+21.6 - eighth), assists (17.63 apg - ninth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.15 - 10th), field-goal percentage (46.4 - 12th), scoring (78.3 - 14th) and field goal percentage defense (35.0 - 19th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third in the nation with a 64.1 shooting percentage and 20th with 19.3 points per game.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 17, Stanford leads the conference in 11 statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.6), field-goal percentage (46.4), field goal percentage defense (35.0), rebounding (46.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.3), three-point field-goal percentage defense (24.5), defensive rebounding (30.9), assists (17.63), assist-to-turnover margin (1.15), dblocked shots (4.63 bpg) and defensive rebound percentage (70.6).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with 19.3 points per game and a 64.1 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.0 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is third in the conference with 17.1 points per game and fifth with 8.9 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.4 rebounds per game and paces the loop with 2.13 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.33 assists per game and is second with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.76. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover figure.
Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike continued her excellent 2009-10 performance by recording her ninth and 10th 20-point scoring games as well as her sixth and seventh double-doubles of the year against Washington State and Washington. While dominating the glass with 13 rebounds in each game, Ogwumike scored 22 points against the Cougars and 20 against the Huskies, while shooting a combined 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field. On the year, Ogwumike currently leads the Pac-10 with 19.3 points per game and a 64.1 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.0 rebounds per game.
Picking Up The Slack
With guards Jeanette Pohlen and JJ Hones sitting out all or part of last weekend's games due to injury, some of Stanford's backcourt reserves got the chance to step up and earn some key playing time. Starter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude made up for much of the offensive production, averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and sinking four three-pointers over the two victories. Fellow guards Melanie Murphy and Lindy La Rocque also saw significant action, with Murphy scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and passing out four assists against Washington, and La Rocque scoring five points with two assists against Washington State.
Stanford showed again last weekend why it leads the Pac-10 and is ninth in the nation with 17.63 assists per game, using its vaunted passing skills to rack up 18 assists in each of the victories over Washington State and Washington. The Cardinal's assist figure is truly a team effort, as last weekend center Jayne Appel passed out nine assists while forward Kayla Pedersen had seven to complement the work of guards Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Melanie Murphy (five assists apiece).
Redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude has never hesitated to lead the way for Stanford with her aggressive defense this season, but as of late she has emerged as a leader on the offensive side of things. In Saturday's 66-51 win over Washington, Gold-Onwude scored 10 points, her third straight double-digit scoring performance dating back to her 18-point effort at UCLA on Jan. 10. Gold-Onwude hit four three-pointers on the weekend, grabbed 5.0 rebounds over the two games, and provided her usual defensive flair by helping hold the starting Washington State and Washington guards to a combined 23.9-percent (11-for-46) shooting mark from the field.
Always In The Mix
After being named to the Wooden Award Midseason List last week, junior forward Kayla Pedersen showed why she was worthy of the selection by finding a variety of ways to contribute to Stanford's home sweep of the Washington schools. Thursday against Washington State, Pedersen posted her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. She followed that up on Saturday with 14 points, five assists and a blocked shot in Stanford's 66-51 victory over Washington.
The Hands Are Everywhere
Those hands, belonging to senior center and 2009 All-American Jayne Appel, were a disruptive force on the defensive end for Stanford last weekend, as Appel blocked seven shots and made six steals in the wins over Washington State and Washington. Thursday against the Cougars, Appel matched a career high with six blocks and made four steals in addition to going 5-for-10 from the field with 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds, her best overall line of the season.
Freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle has been showing off her long-distance game as of late, stretching out defenses with her ability to step back and hit the three. Saturday against Washington, Tinkle nailed both of her attempts from behind the arc, and went 3-for-5 overall from the field for eight points in 17 minutes. On the year, Tinkle is an impressive 6-for-13 on her three-point attempts and is averaging 2.0 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game off the bench.