Pink Zone Thursday: No. 2/2 Stanford Goes Pink in Thursday's Contest Against Oregon
Feb. 16, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (23-1, 13-0 Pac-10)
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Oregon Ducks (16-8, 7-5 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford returns home to Maples Pavilion for its final regular-season homestand, hosting Oregon and Oregon State this Thursday and Saturday nights. The weekend opens with Stanford's Pink Zone contest against Oregon Thursday at 7 p.m., then concludes with Senior Day against Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both 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 ran its Pac-10 record to 13-0 with a road sweep of Washington and Washington State last weekend. Senior center Jayne Appel put together one of her best weekends of the year, averaging 21.0 points and 13.5 rebounds and shooting 63.3 percent from the field to lead the Cardinal to victories of 58-36 and 98-67 at Washington and Washington State, respectively. While the Cardinal defense took center stage in the win at Washington, limiting the Huskies to 25.9-percent shooting (14-for-54), the offense shined at Washington State, as five players scored in double figures and Appel and freshman Joslyn Tinkle (12 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles. Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 21 in the win over the Cougars, Kayla Pedersen scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds, and Jeanette Pohlen went 5-for-7 from the field for 12 points.
Oregon (16-8, 7-5 Pac-10) rides a four-game winning streak into Thursday's meeting with the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. Head coach Paul Westhead, in his first season at the Ducks helm, oversees the country's No. 2 scoring team at 85.3 points per game led by the play of Taylor Lilley (17.8 ppg, 3.29 apg), Micaela Cocks (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and Amanda Johnson (13.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon, 40-8, and has won 10 straight meetings, and 16 of the last 18. The Cardinal defeated the Ducks in the first meeting of this season, 100-80, in Eugene on Jan. 23.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a road sweep of Washington and Washington State, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 14, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.4 - second), scoring margin (+22.4 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.18 - fifth), three-point field goal defense (25.9 - sixth), assists (17.67 apg - seventh), field-goal percentage (47.0 - seventh), fouls per game (13.8 - eighth), scoring (78.2 - ninth) and field-goal percentage defense (34.4 - ninth). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third with a 63.7 shooting percentage and JJ Hones is 13th in the nation with a 2.37 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 14, Stanford leads the conference in 12 statistical categories: scoring margin (+22.4), scoring defense (55.8), field-goal percentage (47.0), field-goal percentage defense (34.4), rebounding (46.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.4), three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.9), defensive rebounding (30.8), defensive rebound percentage (70.7), assists (17.67), assist-to-turnover margin (1.18) and blocked shots (4.38).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 18.8 points per game and a 63.7 shooting percentage, and is third with 9.7 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is sixth in the conference with 16.6 points and fourth with 9.3 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is second with 9.9 rebounds per game and second with 1.79 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.48 assists per game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.87, while JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.37 assist-to-turnover figure.
Appel Taking Over
It was quite a weekend in Washington for senior center Jayne Appel, who earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season after averaging 21.5 points and 13.5 rebounds over a two-game road sweep of Washington and Washington State. The honor highlights one of Appel's best stretches of this season, as over her last four games she is averaging 20.3 points and 13.3 rebounds while shooting 58.9 percent from the field. Her Pac-10 Player of the Week honor also makes eight for her career, tying her with seven other players for second-most in conference history, behind only Candice Wiggins' nine selections.
Appel Approaches Another Rebounding Record
With 14 rebounds in Sunday's 98-67 victory at Washington State, Jayne Appel increased her Stanford-leading career rebounding total to 1,180, and also moved into position to break another rebounding record. Her career tally is now second-best in the Pac-10 record book, trailing USC's Lisa Leslie's (1991-94) top mark of 1,214. With 35 more rebounds over Stanford's final five regular-season contests, Appel can set the new Pac-10 standard, which would put a Cardinal player atop both the conference's scoring (Candice Wiggins) and rebounding lists.
Points From Pohlen
Another Cardinal player who has found solid form since the beginning of February is junior guard Jeanette Pohlen. Over the month's four games, Pohlen has scored in double figures three times and is averaging 9.5 points per game. Additionally, she is regaining her touch from the field, shooting 46.2 percent (12-for-26) overall and 43.8 percent (7-for-16) on her three-point attempts. Currently second in the conference in assists, Pohlen has not disappointed there in February, averaging 4.00 assists per game.
Still Doing Her Thing
This weekend in Washington, sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike continued to build her case to become the first sophomore since Candice Wiggins in 2005-06 to claim the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Ogwumike, who is in the midst of a breakout season, averaged 16.5 points and shot 71.4 percent (15-for-21) from the field in Stanford's sweep of Washington and Washington State. On the year, Ogwumike continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring (18.8 ppg) and field-goal percentage (63.7) and is third with 9.7 rebounds per game.
Not Scoring On Me
Redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude showed once again this weekend why she is a leading candidate for the Pac-10 Defender of the Year award, as she continued to put some of the conference's high-scoring guards on lockdown. Over last weekend, Gold-Onwude drew the assignments of guarding Kristi Kingma and KiKi Moore of Washington and Washington State, respectively, and hounded them into low-scoring performances. Friday at Washington, Gold-Onwude did not allow Kingma to score a single point in an 0-for-4 showing, then followed that up Sunday in Pullman by forcing Moore into a 3-for-13 shooting day for only nine points, well below her season scoring average.
While Jayne Appel posted a pair of double-doubles and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude locked down opposing guards in a defensive clinic to steal attention in Washington last weekend, junior forward Kayla Pedersen quietly and successfully went about her multi-faceted job as Stanford's small forward. The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native averaged 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over Stanford's two wins, while also hitting three triples and shooting 50.0 percent (6-for-12) overall from the field. Those numbers just bolster what is a career year for Pedersen, as she is currently enjoying career highs with 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.
The Freshman Gets Hers
Rookie forward Joslyn Tinkle enjoyed her most productive showing of the season Sunday at Washington State, posting her first collegiate double-double with season highs of 12 points (on 5-for-7 shooting) and 10 rebounds. While showing off her inside game with the double-digit rebounds, Tinkle also demonstrated how dangerous she can be from the outside, going 2-for-3 from behind the arc, improving her season three-point shooting mark to 40.0 percent.