Senior Night At Maples: Cardinal Quintet To Be Honored As Stanford Hosts Oregon State Saturday
Feb. 19, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (24-1, 14-0 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (9-15, 1-12 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford plays its final home game of the regular season and honors five players this Saturday night following its 7 p.m. contest against Oregon State. Seniors Jayne Appel and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, along with redshirt juniors Michelle Harrison, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy will all be honored in a postgame ceremony. The Cardinal also have the opportunity to clinch at least a share of its 10th straight Pac-10 title with a win over the Beavers. Saturday's contest will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Scott Bland on the call and Jack Blanchatt on color commentary.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal brought itself one win away from clinching a share of its 10th straight Pac-10 title with a 104-60 rout of Oregon Thursday night. Jayne Appel led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds as Stanford won its 43rd consecutive game at Maples Pavilion, the second-longest home winning streak in program history. Jeanette Pohlen scored a career-high 26 points while going 10-for-13 from the field including a career-best six three-pointers. The entire Stanford starting five scored in double digits as Nnemkadi Ogwumike (17 points), Kayla Pedersen (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (11 points) all joined the fun.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (9-15, 1-12 Pac-10) has lost 13 consecutive games, including 12 straight Pac-10 contests, heading into Saturday night's meeting with Stanford. The Beavers defeated Washington State, 63-49, in its Pac-10 opener on Jan. 1, and have not won since. With head coach LaVonda Wagner in her fifth season in Corvallis, the Beavers are led by the play of Talisa Rhea (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Haiden Palmer (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 44-6, and has won 19 straight meetings, and 30 of the last 31. The Cardinal is also 23-0 all-time against Oregon State at Maples Pavilion. Stanford defeated the Beavers, 63-47, in Corvallis on Jan. 21.
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. 18, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.5 - second), scoring margin (+23.3 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21 - third), field-goal percentage (47.5 - fifth), scoring (79.2 - sixth), three-point field goal defense (26.0 - sixth), assists (17.88 apg - seventh), fouls per game (13.7 - seventh), field-goal percentage defense (34.3 - seventh) and turnovers per game (14.7 - 19th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third in the nation with a 63.8 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 18, Stanford leads the conference in 13 statistical categories: scoring margin (+23.3), scoring defense (55.9), field-goal percentage (47.5), field-goal percentage defense (34.3), rebounding (46.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.5), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.0), free throw percentage (74.2), defensive rebounding (30.8), defensive rebound percentage (70.9), assists (17.88), assist-to-turnover margin (1.21) and blocked shots (4.52).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 18.7 points per game and a 63.8 shooting percentage, and is third with 9.5 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is sixth in the conference with 16.5 points and fourth with 9.3 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is second with 10.0 rebounds per game and with 1.72 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.58 assists per game and keads the loop with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.00.
Honoring A Quintet
Following Saturday night's game against Oregon State, Stanford will honor five of its own: Jayne Appel, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Michelle Harrison, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy. While Appel and Gold-Onwude will play their final regular-season home games at Maples Pavilion, Harrison, Hones and Murphy all have the option to return for a fifth year due to injury. Despite being honored Saturday night, the quintet will still get at least one more chance to play in front of the home crowd at Maples, as the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be coming to Stanford on March 20 and 22.
Appel Approaches A Pair Of Milestones
Two weeks after becoming Stanford's all-time leading rebounder, senior center Jayne Appel finds herself at the doorstep of another rebounding record as well as a special place in Stanford history. After her 26-point effort Thursday against Oregon, Appel now has 1,993 career points, leaving her just seven shy of joining Nicole Powell and Val Whiting as the only members of Stanford's '2K-1K' Club, as in, 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The second mark that Appel is poised to reach is the Pac-10's career rebounding record of 1,214, held by former USC star Lisa Leslie. Appel, after grabbing 12 rebounds against the Ducks, currently sits at 1,992, just 23 away from breaking Leslie's record.
The Big Three Goes Animal Style
In-N-Out Burger references will never get old as long as Stanford's Big Three of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen continue to post double-doubles. After Appel (26 points, 12 rebounds) and Pedersen (14 points, 10 rebounds) each went for double-doubles in Thursday night's 104-60 victory over Oregon, the efforts brought to 30 the total number of double-doubles that The Big Three has accumulated so far this season.
Career Night For Pohlen
Junior guard Jeanette Pohlen had herself quite the night Thursday against Oregon, posting career bests with 26 points, 10 field goals and six three-pointers made in the 104-60 victory over the Ducks. Pohlen shot an incredible 10-for-13 from the field, and went 6-for-9 from behind the arc, especially making the corners her sweet spot. In addition to her scoring contributions in the victory, Pohlen distributed the success by racking up a team-high seven assists, upping her season average to 4.58 per game.
A Cardinal Kind Of Decade
With a victory this Saturday against Oregon State, Stanford can clinch a share of its 10th consecutive Pac-10 title, making the opening decade of this century a momentous one for the Cardinal, as it will have won outright or shared every title awarded over the last 10 years. The title would also make 19 for Stanford, far out-distancing the three titles of the next-closest school, Washington.
We're Stickin' Ros On You!
Stanford guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude again demonstrated the defensive form that has made her a Pac-10 Defender of the Year front-runner, as the Queens, N.Y. native helped shut down much of Oregon's high-scoring back court in Thursday's 104-60 win. Covering Nia Jackson, who scored 26 points against the Cardinal back on Jan. 23, Gold-Onwude never got out of Jackson's face, holding the Ducks guard to just eight points on 4-for-12 shooting. On top of her defensive play, Gold-Onwude showed off the hot hand, sinking three triples and scoring 11 points for her eighth double-digit scoring effort in 14 Pac-10 games.
Don't Let Them Catch Their Breath
Stanford has been using very fast starts over its past few games to put opponents in an early hole and take them out of their game plan. It was no different Thursday night against Oregon, as the Cardinal rode hot hands to a 26-13 lead through the game's first 10 minutes. That lead would continue to swell as Stanford kept up the scoring and piled pressure on the Ducks to answer. By halftime, Stanford was firmly in control with a 59-27 advantage thanks to nine three-pointers, the highest number of triples the Cardinal has hit in a half this season.