No. 2/2 Stanford Prepares For Weekend Visit To Washington This Weekend
Feb. 9, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (21-1, 11-0 Pac-10)
- at -
Washington Huskies (9-12, 4-7 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford begins a stretch of five of its last seven regular-season games on the road this weekend as it makes the annual trip to the state of Washington. The Cardinal opens the weekend Friday night with a 7 p.m. tip against Washington in Seattle before flying east for a 12 p.m. contest Sunday at Washington State. Both of this weekend's contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Sam Corrao Clanon on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal matched the second-longest home winning streak in program history by winning its 42nd in a row at Maples Pavilion Sunday, routing USC 77-39. Three Cardinal players, center Jayne Appel and forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen, posted double-doubles, just the third time in program history that the feat had been achieved, and the first time since Nicole Powell, Chelsea Trotter and T'Nae Thiel had pulled it off on Jan. 18, 2003 against Washington. Pedersen led the trio with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Ogwumike and Appel each pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude also reached double digits in points, going 5-for-8 from the field for 11 points. Defensively, the Cardinal limited the Women of Troy to a season-low 17.9-percent (12-for-67) shooting figure and just 39 points.
Washington (9-12, 4-7 Pac-10) returns home to Seattle for this weekend after playing its past three contests on the road. The Huskies have lost six of their last seven contests, with the only victory being an overtime win at Washington State. With Tia Jackson in her third season at the Washington helm, the Huskies are led by the play of Sami Whitcomb (14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Kristi Kingma (9.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington, 37-14, and has won the past eight meetings. The Cardinal defeated the Huskies in the first meeting, 66-51, at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 16.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a home sweep of UCLA and USC, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 8, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.7 - second), scoring margin (+22.0 - third), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.18 - seventh), assists (17.73 apg - seventh), fouls per game (13.6 - eighth), scoring (78.2 - ninth), field-goal percentage (46.4 - ninth), three-point field goal defense (26.0 - 10th), field-goal percentage defense (34.5 - 11th) and free-throw percentage (75.2 - 20th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third with a 63.1 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 8, Stanford leads the conference in 12 statistical categories: scoring margin (+22.0), field-goal percentage (46.4), field-goal percentage defense (34.5), free throw percentage (75.2), rebounding (46.4 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.7), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.0), defensive rebounding (30.8), defensive rebound percentage (70.6), assists (17.73), assist-to-turnover margin (1.18) and blocked shots (4.46).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 19.0 points per game and a 63.1 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.2 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is sixth in the conference with 17.2 points and fourth with 9.4 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is third with 9.6 rebounds per game and shares the lead with 1.82 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.52 assists per game and JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.35 assist-to-turnover figure.
Appel Sets The New Benchmark
Jayne Appel made history in Sunday's 77-39 victory over USC, grabbing 13 rebounds and passing Nicole Powell to become Stanford's all-time leading rebounder. Appel entered the game just four rebounds away from breaking Powell's record, and grabbed 13 in the contest, establishing the current mark with 1,153. With at least nine games and up to 16 more remaining this year, Appel has the chance to create a large cushion between herself and the rest of the field.
The Big Three All Go For Double-Doubles
Another bit of history was made in Sunday's win as Stanford's Big Three of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen all posted a double-double. Pedersen led the way with game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Ogwumike and Appel each grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. It was the third time in Stanford history that three doubles-doubles had been achieved in one game. The first occasion came on Dec. 30, 1989 against Providence, thanks to Julie Zeilstra (25 points, 11 rebounds), Katy Steding (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Sonja Henning (10 rebounds, 12 assists), and the second time was on Jan. 18, 2003 against Washington when Nicole Powell (19 points, 12 rebounds), Chelsea Trotter (13 points, 11 rebounds) and T'Nae Thiel (10 points, 10 rebounds) all went for double-doubles.
Appel Takes Over
Senior center Jayne Appel put together a fine weekend against the teams that came into last week's conference games tied for second place in the Pac-10, just two games behind the Cardinal. Appel averaged 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 53.9 percent (14-for-26) against UCLA and USC, and posted her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the year. Against the Bruins, Appel dominated the paint with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, the three days later grabbed 13 more rebounds while scoring 15 points against USC.
Redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude continued her inspired play on both ends of the court last weekend, averaging 12.5 points on 71.4-percent (10-for-14) shooting and dishing out 3.50 assists per game. Gold-Onwude's numbers over the last 11 games have nearly doubled from that of the first 11.
And on the defensive side of things, Gold-Onwude has continued to excel and bolster her case for the Pac-10 Defender of the Year award. Thursday against UCLA, Gold-Onwude shadowed the Bruins' Jasmine Dixon, holding her to just 2-for-7 shooting and five points in the second half when Stanford pulled away for a 74-53 win, and then Sunday, guarding USC's Ashley Corral, Gold-Onwude again proved to be the aggressor, harassing Corral into a 1-for-11 shooting day and just four points in Stanford's 77-39 win.
Forwards Cleaning Up The Glass
Forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen continued to run amok both inside and out last weekend against UCLA and USC, combining to score 56 points and grab 49 rebounds over the two victories. Ogwumike, a national player of the year candidate, averaged 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over the weekend, while fellow All-America candidate Pedersen also averaged a double-double over the two wins, with 12.5 points and 14.5 rebounds.