No. 2/2 Stanford Closes First Half Of Pac-10 Play As Arizona Schools Come To Town

Jan. 26, 2010

No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (17-1, 7-0 Pac-10)

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Arizona State Sun Devils (12-6, 4-3 Pac-10)

  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 - 7 p.m. PT
  • Maples Pavilion (7,233) - Stanford, Calif.
  • Series History: Stanford leads 47-11
  • Last Meeting: March 7, 2010 (Stanford 77, Arizona State 68) - Stanford, Calif.
  • TV: None
  • Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Teddy Steinkellner, Analyst - John Watson)
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    STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford finishes up the first go-round of Pac-10 action this weekend as it begins a two-week, four-game homestand by hosting Arizona State and Arizona at Maples Pavilion. The homestand starts with Thursday night's 7 p.m. tip against Arizona State, and continues with Saturday's 2 p.m. contest against Arizona. Both of this weekend's contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and John Watson on color commentary.

    Last Time Out
    The Cardinal successfully finished off its fifth consecutive road sweep of the Oregon schools on Saturday, out-running and out-gunning the Oregon Ducks, the nation's highest-scoring team, 100-80. Forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike shined brightest in a game that at many times resembled a track meet, as she went 9-for-12 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line while posting career highs with 30 points and 23 rebounds. Her 23 boards also set a new Stanford single-game record, breaking Nicole Powell's eight-year old record of 21 set on Jan. 13, 2002 against Oregon. Ogwumike's performance highlighted a game in which five Stanford players scored in double figures, as Jayne Appel (17 points), Jeanette Pohlen (15), Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (11) and JJ Hones (10) added to the Cardinal's offensive fireworks.

    Scouting Arizona State
    Arizona State (12-6, 4-3 Pac-10) rolls into Maples Pavilion on a four-game winning streak, having rebounded well from an 0-3 start to Pac-10 play which capped a stretch of five losses in six games. Head coach Charli Turner Thorne, a four-year Stanford letterwinner from 1985-88, is in her 13th season at Arizona State, and the Sun Devils are led on by the play of Danielle Orsillo (14.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and Becca Tobin (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg).

    All-Time Against Arizona State
    Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona State, 47-11, and has won seven straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings since Jan. 7, 2005. Stanford's lone loss to the Sun Devils in that span came on Feb. 16, 2006, when ASU captured a 62-59 decision. Stanford is also 27-1 all-time against Arizona State at Maples Pavilion, with the lone defeat coming by a score of 84-72 on March 3, 1984.

    A Look At The National Rankings
    Following a road sweep of Oregon State and Oregon, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.

    National Stat Rankings
    Through Jan. 24, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+12.7 - fourth), scoring margin (+21.2 - fifth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.18 - sixth), three-point field goal defense (25.3 - seventh), assists (17.83 apg - eighth), field-goal percentage (46.5 - 10th), fouls per game (13.8 - 10th), scoring (78.6 - 11th) and free-throw percentage (75.6 - 19th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third in the nation with a 64.2 shooting percentage and 17th with 19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

    Pac-10 Stat Rankings
    Through Jan. 24, Stanford leads the conference in 12 statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.2), field-goal percentage (46.5), field-goal percentage defense (35.2), free throw percentage (75.6), rebounding (45.8 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.7), three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.3), defensive rebounding (30.6), defensive rebound percentage (70.2), assists (17.83), assist-to-turnover margin (1.18) and blocked shots (4.61).

    Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with 19.5 points per game and a 64.2 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.7 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fifth in the conference with 16.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.1 rebounds per game and paces the loop with 1.94 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.53 assists per game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.88. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 1.92 assist-to-turnover figure..

    Ogwumike's Record-Breaking Day
    Saturday's 100-80 victory at Oregon was the scene of a record-setting day for sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike. The Cypress, Texas native not only set new career highs with 30 points and 23 rebounds in the game, but her 23 boards also set a new Stanford single-game record, breaking Nicole Powell's eight-year-old record of 21 set on Jan. 13, 2002, also against Oregon. Ogwumike was well on her way to a career day by halftime, when she had already racked up 16 points and 12 rebounds, and her final line marked her eighth double-double and 11th performance of at least 20 points this season.

    Outrun, Outscore, Outlast
    Stanford put on a fine display of superior conditioning in Saturday's win at Oregon, running with a kinetic, fast Ducks team then showing the extra kick in the second half that helped the Cardinal turn a four-point halftime lead into a 20-point victory. While Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way with 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting and grabbed a school-record 23 rebounds, guards Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, JJ Hones and Jeanette Pohlen had the task of matching Oregon's backcourt step-for-step and did just that and more, combining for 36 points and 17 assists to help the Cardinal reach the century mark with 100 points for the second time this season.

    Taking Over The Paint
    Stanford's Big Three of center Jayne Appel and forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen flexed their collective muscle over the weekend sweep in Oregon, combining for 98 points and 60 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent (32-for-56) from the field. Each member of the trio played a key role in one of the games, as Pedersen led the team with 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting and Ogwumike grabbed nine rebounds in Thursday's 63-47 win at Oregon State, and Ogwumike went for 30 points on 9-for-12 shooting and grabbed a school-record 23 rebounds to go with Appel's 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbed six boards in Saturday's 100-80 win at Oregon.

    The Indomitable Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
    Redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude continues to heat up during the dog days of January, as the Queens, N.Y. native has unveiled her long-range offensive game to balance out her role as Stanford's lockdown defender. Gold-Onwude has not only excelled defending some of the nation's top guards and playmakers, but over the past five games has found her shooting touch, hitting 11 three-pointers and averaging 10.8 points per game in that stretch. The stretch began with her career-best 18 points in Jan. 10's 65-61 victory at UCLA, and has also seen her hit the boards to the tune of 3.4 rebounds a game since that time.

    Fire At Will!
    Stanford nailed a season-high 13 three-pointers Saturday at Oregon, led by five from junior guard Jeanette Pohlen. Fellow guards Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and JJ Hones also added to the haul, hitting three and two triples, respectively, while freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle continued her soft touch from behind the arc by draining her only three-point attempt.

    Games Are Won Or Lost At The Line
    Another spot on the court where the Cardinal tends to shoot well is the free throw line, where the team shot a collective 85.0 percent in last weekend's sweep of the Oregon schools. In Thursday night's 63-47 win at Oregon State, Stanford went 17-for-19 at the line, led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike's 8-for-9 effort. Saturday at Oregon, the team went 17-for-21, as Ogwumike did the heavy lifting with a 12-for-15 effort. On the year, Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a 75.6-percent rate from the line, and boasts four players shooting better than 78 percent with more than 15 attempts: Jeanette Pohlen (94.7 percent), Kayla Pedersen (84.7), Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (82.4) and Ogwumike (78.1).

    Multi-level Threat
    Freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle has shown that she can be a threat on the court whether in the paint or on the perimeter. Thursday night at Oregon State, Tinkle shined in the paint, matching a season high with nine points and being a defensive terror with a season-high six blocked shots. Two days later, in the 100-80 win at Oregon, Tinkle went 3-for-3 from the field, including a three-pointer from the left wing and a 15-footer from the right elbow in a seven-point performance off the bench.

    Coming Back Strong
    After sitting out all or part of last weekend's home games against the Washington schools, guards JJ Hones (knee) and Jeanette Pohlen (ankle) returned with strong efforts over the weekend in Oregon. Pohlen, who averaged 28.0 minutes over the two games, passed out a total of 12 assists against just four turnovers and scored 15 points against Oregon. Hones, meanwhile, after seeing only four minutes of action at Oregon State, rebounded Saturday as the Beaverton, Ore. native went for 10 points and six assists against just three turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

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