No. 2/2 Stanford Makes Final Visit To Mac Court To Battle Oregon Saturday Morning
Jan. 22, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (16-1, 6-0 Pac-10)
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Oregon Ducks (12-6, 3-3 Pac-10)
EUGENE, Ore. - No. 2/2 Stanford closes out its first trip to the Pacific Northwest Saturday with its first meeting of the year against the Oregon Ducks. The 11 a.m. matinee against the Ducks will be televised on Fox Sports Net and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Jim Watson calling the action and Mary Murphy providing analysis. Saturday's contest will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Chris Fitzgerald on the call and Andy Drukarev on color commentary.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal ran its winning streak to seven games Thursday night with a 63-47 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis. Against a fiesty Beavers squad, the Cardinal faced a back-and-forth battle in the opening 20 minutes, holding just a 29-27 lead at the break. But in the second half, behind 15 points from Kayla Pedersen and seven points and four rebounds from freshman Joslyn Tinkle, Stanford stretched out its lead and outscored Oregon State 34-20 on the way to victory. For the game, Pedersen led the Cardinal with 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting and went 8-for-9 from the line, while Tinkle turned in the finest all-around effort of her young career, blocking a season-high six shots while scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds. Forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 12 points with nine rebounds and guard Jeanette Pohlen returned to pass out six assists.
Oregon (12-6, 3-3 Pac-10) enters Saturday's game on a three-game slide after having started the Pac-10 season 3-0. Under head coach Paul Westhead, in his first year at Oregon, the Ducks have adapted a run-and-gun offense that has made them the highest scoring team in the nation with 85.9 points per game. The Ducks are led on the court by the play of guards Taylor Lilley (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Micaela Cocks (14.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and Amanda Johnson (14.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon, 39-8, and has won nine straight and 15 of the last 17 meetings since Feb. 8, 2001. Stanford's two losses in that span came back-to-back in Eugene, on Feb. 26 and Dec. 29, 2004.
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. 21, Stanford leads the conference in 11 statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.3), field-goal percentage (46.3), free throw percentage (75.2), rebounding (45.6 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.7), three-point field-goal percentage defense (24.6), offensive rebounding (18.3), defensive rebounding (30.4), assists (17.35), assist-to-turnover margin (1.15) and blocked shots (4.88 bpg).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with 18.9 points per game and a 63.5 shooting percentage, and is second with 9.9 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is third in the conference with 17.4 points per game and fifth with 8.6 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.2 rebounds per game and paces the loop with 2.06 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.44 assists per game and is second with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.87. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 1.91 assist-to-turnover figure.
Wrench In The Plan? No Problem!
In Thursday night's victory at Oregon State, Stanford showed a grit and adaptability that all great teams must exhibit. With a less than 100 percent roster in terms of health due to injuries that limited guards JJ Hones, Melanie Murphy and Jeanette Pohlen, the Cardinal got great efforts from its usual suspects, chiefly forward Kayla Pedersen, who scored 23 points and went 8-for-9 from the line. But some of Stanford's reserves stepped up at a moment in which they were much needed, as freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle had her best all-around game of the year with nine points, six rebounds and six blocks in a season-high 24 minutes, Lindy La Rocque made her second start and had two assists against only one turnover, and forward Michelle Harrison hit a key three-pointer and blocked a shot.
Tinkle Towers Above The Beavers
Freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle has steadily seen her production go up since the end of December, and in Thursday's 63-47 victory at Oregon State she turned in a season-best effort. The Missoula, Mont. native matched or set new season highs against the Beavers in points (nine), rebounds (six), blocks (six) and minutes played (24) while also hitting a three-pointer to show her wide range on the floor. In her last seven games, Joslyn is averaging 6.3 points while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from behind the arc over 16.6 minutes per game.
Taking The Points
Stanford, the Pac-10's best free-throw shooting team with a 75.2-percent success rate, demonstrated its deft touch from the line again in Thursday night's win at Oregon State. The Cardinal went 17-for-19 (89.5 percent) from the line in the contest, including a perfect 14-for-14 showing the the second half. That second-half effort played a key role in helping the Cardinal build a cushion and extend a slim 29-27 halftime lead into an eventual 63-47 final score.
The Power Of Pedersen
Junior forward Kayla Pedersen was Stanford's leading scorer in its 63-47 victory at Oregon State Thursday, marking the team-leading eighth time that she has paced the Cardinal in scoring in a contest. Pedersen scored 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, her sixth 20-point performance of the season, and also went 8-for-9 from the line. She was also responsible for a key play that helped wake up the Cardinal, as with one second left in the first half and Stanford trailing 27-26, Pedersen hit a tough layup while being fouled and converted the three-point play to send the Cardinal into the locker room with a 29-27 advantage and most importantly, the momentum heading into the second half.
Keeping The Streak Alive
Stanford's seven-game winning streak wasn't the only thing that was preserved in Thursday's 63-47 win at Oregon State, but thanks to Kayla Pedersen's gritty play at the end of the first half, in which she converted a three-point play to give Stanford a 29-27 lead with one second remaining, the Cardinal kept alive its 17-game streak of leading at halftime.
Get That Out Of Here!
The Stanford defense also stepped things up in the second half to help shut down Oregon State Thursday, as the Cardinal blocked a season-high nine shots on the defensive end. The effort was led by 6-3 freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle, who turned away a season-best six shots, while center Jayne Appel, Stanford's all-time blocks leader, increased her career haul to 250 blocks with a pair against the Beavers.
Harrison Hits From Outside
Redshirt junior forward Michelle Harrison was another player who was asked to step up Thursday night and she did in her reserve role. The Orem, Utah native, despite seeing just four minutes of action in the first half, played a key role nonetheless by hitting a three-pointer from the corner (her first of the year) that gave Stanford the lead at 16-14. Harrison's triple also helped jumpstart the Cardinal shooters because it ended an 0-for-9 drought that had lasted over 8:41 in the first half and turned what had been a 12-2 Cardinal lead into a 14-13 deficit.