No. 2/2 Stanford Visits The Desert For Thursday Night Meeting With Arizona State

Feb. 23, 2010

No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (25-1, 15-0 Pac-10)

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Arizona State Sun Devils (16-9, 8-6 Pac-10)

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 - 6 p.m. PT
  • Wells Fargo Arena (14,141) - Tempe, Ariz.
  • Series History: Stanford leads 48-11
  • Last Meeting: Jan. 28, 2010 (Stanford 71, Arizona State 48) - Stanford, Calif.
  • TV: FSN/CSNBA (P-x-P: Jim Watson, Analyst: Mary Murphy)
  • Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Scott Bland)
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    STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford begins the first of two straight weekends on the road Thursday night, Feb. 25, with a 6 p.m. contest at Arizona State. The contest will be televised on Fox Sports Net, and locally in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet with Jim Watson calling the action and Mary Murphy on color commentary. The Cardinal will wrap up the weekend at Arizona Saturday, Feb. 27 with a 2 p.m. tip. Both contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Scott Bland on the call.

    Last Time Out
    The Cardinal clinched a share of its 10th straight Pac-10 regular season title, and 19th overall, with an 82-48 victory over Oregon State that completed a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools. Jayne Appel posted her 13th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Jeanette Pohlen went 4-for-6 from the field for 13 points and passed out five assists. Stanford also got contributions from Kayla Pedersen (nine points, five rebounds, five assists), Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (eight points, three rebounds), Joslyn Tinkle (eight points on 4-for-5 shooting) and Grace Mashore (five points, one steal). As a team, Stanford went 35-for-52 from the field for a season-best 67.3 percent mark.

    Scouting Arizona State
    Arizona State (16-9, 8-6 Pac-10) enters the weekend battling for a top-four spot in the Pac-10 standings, currently tied for fourth with USC at 8-6. After an 0-3 start to conference play, the Sun Devils have rallied to win eight of their next 11 to get back into the top half of the table. With Charli Turner Thorne in her 13th year at the ASU helm, the Sun Devils are led by the play of Danielle Orsillo (14.6 ppg) and Becca Tobin (10.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg).

    All-Time Against Arizona State
    Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona State, 48-11, and has won eight straight games against the Sun Devils. The Cardinal defeated the Sun Devils, 71-48, at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 28.

    A Look At The National Rankings
    Following a home sweep of Oregon and Oregon State, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.

    National Stat Rankings
    Through Feb. 21, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.4 - second), scoring margin (+23.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21 - third), field-goal percentage (48.1 - third), scoring (79.3 - sixth), three-point field goal defense (26.3 - sixth), assists (17.89 apg - seventh), fouls per game (13.7 - seventh), field-goal percentage defense (34.3 - seventh), turnovers per game (14.7 - 18th) and scoring defense (55.6 - 19th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third in the nation with a 64.5 shooting percentage and Jeanette Pohlen is 19th with a 2.05 assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Pac-10 Stat Rankings
    Through Feb. 21, Stanford leads the conference in 13 statistical categories: scoring margin (+23.7), scoring defense (55.6), field-goal percentage (48.1), field-goal percentage defense (34.3), rebounding (45.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.4), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.3), free throw percentage (74.4), defensive rebounding (30.9), defensive rebound percentage (70.8), assists (17.89), assist-to-turnover margin (1.21) and blocked shots (4.69).

    Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 18.6 points per game, leads with a 64.5 shooting percentage, and is third with 9.3 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fourth with 9.2 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is second with 10.0 rebounds per game and 1.85 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.60 assists per game and leads the loop with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.05.

    The 00's Belong To Stanford
    With its weekend sweep of Oregon and Oregon State last weekend, Stanford clinched at least a share of its 10th straight Pac-10 regular season title and the No. 1 seed at next month's Pac-10 Tournament. One more victory in Pac-10 play will clinch the conference title outright for Stanford for the sixth straight year. With 10 straight titles, Stanford has laid sole claim to the opening decade of this century, winning every crown from 2001-10, with only two of those 10 titles being shared (`01, `04).

    Appel Earns Ninth Pac-10 Weekly Honor
    Senior center Jayne Appel bolstered her case for a second consecutive All-America nod with yet another strong weekend in February as Stanford swept the Oregon schools. Appel earned Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades for the second straight week thanks to averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.00 assists while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor over the Cardinal's two wins. The Pac-10 honor marks the ninth time in Appel's illustrious career that she has taken home the award, tying her for first all-time in the conference with former teammate Candice Wiggins, who earned the weekly nod nine times from 2004-08.

    Appel Reaches Two Milestones With One Shot
    In a season full of milestones for senior Jayne Appel, her most recent was definitely a case of killing two birds with one stone. Appel's layup with 9:54 remaining in the first half of Saturday's game against Oregon State pushed the Pleasant Hill native over the 2,000-point mark for her career, making her just the sixth Cardinal player to accomplish the feat. With the very same field goal, Appel also became only the third player in program history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds, joining Stanford greats Nicole Powell (2000-04) and Val Whiting (1989-93).

    RGO on The Go
    Another senior who made her final regular-season home weekend memorable was guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude. A leading candidate for Pac-10 Defender of the Year, Gold-Onwude was a key part of Stanford's defensive effort that held Oregon and Oregon State's starting guards to a combined shooting percentage of 34.8. On the offensive side of things, Gold-Onwude has come alive in Pac-10 play, averaging 9.0 points and 2.60 assists a game. In last weekend's sweep of Oregon and Oregon State, Gold-Onwude averaged 9.5 points on 8-for-15 shooting (53.3 percent) and passed out 3.00 assists a game.

    She's Heating Up
    Luckily the fire marshal was present at Maples Pavilion last weekend because Jeanette Pohlen almost lit the place on fire with her shooting, especially from three-point land. The junior from Brea opened last weekend by scorching Oregon for a career-high 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting, including a sizzling 6-for-9 showing from behind the arc. And her hot hand was not limited to shooting, as Pohlen passed out seven assists against the Ducks. Two days later, she followed that up with a 13-point (on 4-for-6 shooting), five-assist performance against Oregon State that helped Stanford clinch a share of its 10th consecutive Pac-10 title and the Pac-10 Tournament's No. 1 seed.

    Seventeen Again
    Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, a national player of the year and All-America candidate, continued her fine run of form last weekend as she put up matching scores of 17 points in each Stanford victory over Oregon and Oregon State. Ogwumike was practically automatic in the wins, shooting a combined 13-for-17 (76.5%) from the field and going a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. More telling with these numbers, including nine total rebounds, is that Ogwumike posted them while playing only 23.5 minutes a game over the weekend, nearly seven minutes less than her 30.0 minutes per game average heading into the last two contests.

    Just Another Day At The Office
    With all of the action and milestones and great performances swirling around Maples Pavilion against Oregon and Oregon State, junior forward Kayla Pedersen calmly went about her business, averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and shooting 52.9 percent in the wins. In each game, the versatile and efficient Pedersen found a new way to impact the Cardinal's fortunes, going inside against the Ducks and posting a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double on Thursday, then moving the ball around to the tune of five assists to go with nine points and five rebounds Saturday against Oregon State.

    Mashore Offers Look Into The Future
    Fans at Maples Pavilion got a potential glimpse of the future late in Saturday's win over Oregon State as sophomore point guard Grace Mashore put the exclamation point on the 82-48 rout with a couple of highlight-reel plays. First, the Washington, D.C. native calmly drained a three-pointer soon after entering the game, then, with just 30 seconds remaining, she picked the pocket of a Beaver guard and went coast-to-coast with the layup to provide Stanford's final points. Combined with an assist that led to two more points and a rebound on the defensive end, Mashore offered fans a glimpse of her vast potential on the court.

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