Showing Support For Haiti: No. 2/2 Stanford To Wear Cardinal Uniforms Saturday Against Arizona
Jan. 29, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10)
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Arizona Wildcats (9-9, 3-5 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford finishes up the first half of Pac-10 play Saturday afternoon as it hosts the Arizona Wildcats for a 2 p.m. contest at Maples Pavilion. Stanford will also be wearing its road cardinal uniforms Saturday, and encourages its fans to wear cardinal or red at the game to help raise awareness for the plight of the earthquake victims in Haiti. Saturday's contest will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and Wyndam Makowsky on color commentary.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal ran its home winning streak to 39 games and improved to 8-0 in Pac-10 play Thursday night with a 71-48 rout of Arizona State. Despite trailing at halftime for the first time all season, Stanford roared back in the second half, outscoring the Sun Devils 46-19 and outrebounding ASU by a 26-9 margin. Kayla Pedersen led all players with 23 points and shot 7-for-12 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line, and grabbed seven rebounds while guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude went 8-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc, for a career-best 19 points. Center Jayne Appel posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike went for eight points and seven rebounds. The Cardinal went on to out-rebound the Sun Devils 40-22 in the contest.
Arizona (9-9, 3-5 Pac-10) rolls into Maples Pavilion having split its past six contests. The Wildcats, following a home sweep of the Oregon schools two weekends ago, have since dropped decisions at home to Arizona State and on the road at California. Head coach Niya Butts is in her second year at the Wildcat helm, and the team is led on the court by the play of Davellyn White (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Ify Ibekwe (14.7 ppg, 12.1 rpg), the Pac-10's leading rebounder.
All-Time Against Arizona
Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona State, 50-12, and has won 14 straight and 16 of the last 17 meetings since March 10, 2003. Stanford's lone loss to the Wildcats in that span came on Feb. 5, 2004, when Arizona captured an 88-83 decision in Tucson.
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. 28, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+12.5 - third), scoring margin (+21.3 - fifth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17 - sixth), three-point field goal defense (25.4 - sixth), assists (17.68 apg - seventh), field-goal percentage (46.6 - eighth), fouls per game (13.9 - 10th), scoring (78.2 - 12th) and free-throw percentage (75.5 - 18th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third in the nation with a 64.4 shooting percentage and 17th with 10.5 rebounds per game.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 28, Stanford leads the conference in 12 statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.3), field-goal percentage (46.6), field-goal percentage defense (35.0), free throw percentage (75.5), rebounding (45.5 rpg), rebounding margin (+12.5), three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.4), defensive rebounding (30.2), defensive rebound percentage (69.7), assists (17.68), assist-to-turnover margin (1.17) and blocked shots (4.58).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 18.9 points per game and a 64.4 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.5 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fifth in the conference with 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.1 rebounds per game and paces the loop with 1.90 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.61 assists per game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.98. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.08 assist-to-turnover figure.
Wearing The Cardinal For Haiti
Stanford will make the unprecedented move of wearing its road cardinal jerseys for this Saturday afternoon's home game at Maples Pavilion against Arizona in an effort to raise awareness for the plight of earthquake victims in Haiti. Saturday's game will also feature a video message from the team encouraging fans to donate to the ongoing relief effort, and the team is also encouraging fans to wear cardinal or red in a show of solidarity and support for the people of Haiti.
Close Out The First Half Perfectly
Heading into Saturday's game against Arizona, Stanford has the opportunity to pull off a feat that it has only accomplished twice this decade: go undefeated through the first half of Pac-10 play. With only the Wildcats standing in the way of this, the Cardinal, with a win Saturday, would stand 9-0 after the first go-round of the Pac-10 schedule for the first time since 2006-07, and for only the third time this decade after having previously accomplished the feat in 2001-02 as well.
Also Looking For A Perfect January
A win over Arizona on Saturday would not just give Stanford a perfect start through the first half of Pac-10 play, but it would also give the Cardinal a perfect 9-0 record in the month of January. This decade, the Cardinal has pulled off an unbeaten month of January only three times prior: in 2001-02, 2004-05, and 2006-07.
The 'Gold' Standard
The month of January has been very kind to redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, as she has scored in double digits in five of the eight games so far this month, averaging 9.9 points per game, as well as shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 37.8 percent (14-for-37) from behind the arc. Besides being the Cardinal's go-to perimeter defender, Gold-Onwude has also emerged as another viable scoring option for the Cardinal, as two of her career-best scoring efforts have occurred in this stretch (18 points at UCLA on Jan. 10 and 19 points against Arizona State on Jan. 28). in her 19-point effort against the Sun Devils on Thursday, Gold-Onwude went 8-for-11 from the field, including a nice 3-for-5 effort from behind the arc.
With the abundance of talent on the Stanford roster, it has become an accepted fact that on any given night, any given Cardinal player can and will step up to carry the load. In Thursday's 71-48 victory over Arizona State, it was junior forward Kayla Pedersen who took on much of the burden, especially in the Cardinal's second-half comeback. Over the final 20 minutes, Pedersen went 6-for-8 from the floor, 6-for-6 from the line, scored 18 of her game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds for good measure as the Cardinal outscored the Sun Devils, 46-19. The performance raised Pedersen's scoring average on the year to 17.2 points per game, good for fifth in the Pac-10.
I Don't Know What She Said, But The Message Got Through!
Head coach Tara VanDerveer definitely said the right things and made the right adjustments in the locker room at halftime of Thursday night's game, because the Cardinal rebounded from a lackluster first half to outscore the Sun Devils 46-19 and out-rebound them 26-9 over the final 20 minutes. Trailing 29-25 at halftime, the first time all season that Stanford has been behind after 20 minutes of action, the Cardinal used a 25-5 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to turn the deficit into a 51-34 advantage and never looked back.
Beasts On The Boards
Stanford overcame an uncharacteristically slow start on the rebounding end Thursday night, falling behind 22-14 to Arizona State in the first-half battle of the boards. But once the second half got underway, the Cardinal got angry and crashed the boards with aplomb, out-rebounding the Sun Devils 26-9 over the final 20 minutes. The effort was led by Jayne Appel, who grabbed seven rebounds in the second half, and Kayla Pedersen, who grabbed six. Most telling in the second-half turnaround was the fact that the Cardinal not only corralled the rebounds with renewed intensity, but also boxed out and didn't allow a Sun Devil anywhere near the loose ball. Arizona State did not grab its first rebound of the second half until there was 7:57 remaining in the contest.
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