A Day To Celebrate: 1989-90 National Championship Team To Be Honored Sunday's As No. 2/2 Stanford Battles USC
Feb. 5, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (20-1, 10-0 Pac-10)
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USC Women of Troy (13-8, 7-3 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford, flush from a 74-53 victory over UCLA Thursday night that increased its advantage in the Pac-10 title race to three games, looks to add even more of a cushion Sunday when it hosts the USC Women of Troy for a 1 p.m. tip. Sunday will also mark the celebration of the 1989-90 national championship team following the contest. Sunday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Jim Watson on the call and Mary Murphy and Lisa Leslie on commentary. Sunday's contest will also be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and John Watson on color commentary.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal reached the 20-win mark for the 21st time in program history with Thursday's 74-53 victory over the UCLA Bruins. Jayne Appel turned in a dominant effort with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots, while fellow senior Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was 5-for-6 from the field for 14 points and dished out three assists. Forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen also played key roles, with Ogwumike scoring 15 points and Pedersen pulling down 15 rebounds. The Cardinal once again cinched things up with a big second half, outscoring the Bruins 38-21 and holding UCLA to just 27.3-percent (9-for-33) from the field in the final 20 minutes.
USC (13-8, 7-3 Pac-10) comes to Maples Pavilion on the heels of a two-game slide after starting the Pac-10 season 7-1. With head coach Michael Cooper in his first year at the USC helm, the Women of Troy are led on the court by Ashley Corral (16.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Briana Gilbreath (13.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and feature the return of redshirt junior Jacki Gemelos, who made her collegiate debut Thursday at California, scoring eight points to go with five rebounds and five assists.
All-Time Against USC
Stanford leads the all-time series against USC, 44-19, and has won the past four meetings, including the first of this season, and 14 of the last 15. Back on Jan. 8, the Cardinal got off to a fast start and never looked back in an 82-62 win over the Women of Troy.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a home sweep of Arizona State and Arizona, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 4, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.1 - second), scoring margin (+21.3 - third), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.20 - fifth), assists (17.86 apg - seventh), fouls per game (13.7 - eighth), scoring (78.2 - 10th), field-goal percentage (46.1 - 12th), three-point field goal defense (26.4 - 12th) and free-throw percentage (75.7 - 14th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third with a 63.3 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 4, Stanford leads the conference in 13 statistical categories: scoring defense (57.0), scoring margin (+21.3), field-goal percentage (46.1), field-goal percentage defense (35.4), free throw percentage (75.7), rebounding (45.8 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.1), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.4), defensive rebounding (30.0), defensive rebound percentage (69.8), assists (17.86), assist-to-turnover margin (1.20) and blocked shots (4.52).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 19.1 points per game and a 63.3 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.1 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is sixth in the conference with 17.1 points and fourth with 9.1 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is third with 9.4 rebounds per game and shares the lead with 1.86 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.75 assists per game and JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.27 assist-to-turnover figure.
Honoring The Legends
This Sunday following Stanford 1 p.m. contest against USC, the Cardinal will be honoring the 1989-90 national championship team in the 20th anniversary of its winning the first women's basketball national title in school history. Eight players from that team, including 1990 Wade Trophy Player of the Year Jennifer Azzi, Val Whiting and Trisha Stevens will be at Maples Pavilion to celebrate their accomplishment.
Four More Boards And Appel Will Stand Alone
With 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over UCLA, senior center Jayne Appel passed Val Whiting (1,134 rebounds) for second on Stanford's career rebounding list, and now is just four rebounds away from breaking Nicole Powell's program record of 1,143. Appel, who is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game this season, should easily set the new benchmark Sunday against USC, and with at least nine more games remaining in the 2009-10 season, should create significant room at the top for her eventual final tally.
The Seniors Take Over Thursday
It might as well have been Senior Night at Maples Pavilion Thursday, as seniors Jayne Appel and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude played starring roles in Stanford's 74-53 victory over UCLA. Appel turned in one of her best performances of the season with 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots while Gold-Onwude was nearly perfect in the backcourt, going 5-for-6 from the field for 14 points and passing out three assists. For Appel it was her eighth double-double of the season, and for Gold-Onwude Thursday marked her seventh double-digit scoring performance of the year.
I Got Five On It
Stanford's starting five of center Jayne Appel, forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen, and guards Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Jeanette Pohlen have started 19 of Stanford's 21 games together so far this season. The quintet has become one of the best in the nation, collectively scoring 64.5 of the team's 78.2 points per game (82.5% of the offense). Thursday's win over UCLA was a display of the starting five's dominance, as four of the five scored in double digits in the contest, led by Appel's 23 points, and the quintet also managed to pull down 39 of Stanford's 46 rebounds in the contest.
Forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen put up stat lines Thursday night that could easily be confused because it was like reading them in a mirror. Ogwumike, the Pac-10's leading scorer, netted 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds in the victory, while Pedersen scored seven points and grabbed a season-best 15 rebounds against the Bruins. The combined 22 points and 22 rebounds from this tandem again showed why Ogwumike and Pedersen have become the highest-scoring set of teammates in the Pac-10, as they collectively average 36.2 points per game. In fact, both the Cardinal women's and men's teams boast the Pac-10's highest-scoring tandem, as along with Pedersen and Ogwumike, the Cardinal men boast the scoring of Landry Fields (22.9 ppg) and Jeremy Green (18.0 ppg), who combine for 40.9 points a game.
Junior guard Jeanette Pohlen showed Thursday night that she is on the uptick in her recovery from a sprained ankle that forced her to miss her first collegiate game back on Jan. 16 against Washington. In the 74-53 victory over UCLA, Pohlen scored 10 points, her first double-digit scoring performance since netting 15 at Oregon on Jan. 23. The Brea, Calif. native also passed out a game-high eight assists, increasing her season average to 4.75 assists per game, good for second in the Pac-10.