No. 2/2 Stanford Closes Desert Trip At Arizona Saturday
Feb. 26, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (26-1, 16-0 Pac-10)
Arizona Wildcats (13-13, 6-9 Pac-10)
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 2/2 Stanford closes its trip to the desert Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27, with a 2 p.m. contest at Arizona. This contest has the potential to be the Cardinal's last home game outside of California depending on the team's draw in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal opened the weekend with a 62-43 win Thursday night at Arizona State. Saturday's contest will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Scott Bland on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal clinched its 10th straight Pac-10 regular season title, and 19th overall, outright Thursday night with a 62-43 victory at Arizona State. Jayne Appel led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Kayla Pedersen (12 points) and Jeanette Pohlen (11) also scored in double figures. Stanford shot 50.0 percent (27-for-54) in the game, and the Cardinal defense harrassed the Sun Devils into just a 30.8-percent outing (16-for-52). Appel, who blocked four shots and made three steals in the contest, also pulled herself to within five rebounds of breaking Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 career rebounding record. After Thursday night's game, Appel stands at 1,210 career rebounds, and should almost certainly get the five needed Saturday to break Leslie's record.
Arizona (13-13, 6-9 Pac-10) enters Saturday's game having split its last four contests and off of a 58-52 loss to California to start this weekend. With Niya Butts in her second year at the Arizona helm, the Wildcats are led on the court by Davellyn Whyte (16.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Ify Ibekwe (14.0 ppg, 11.6 rpg) and Soana Lucet (13.3 ppg).
All-Time Against Arizona
Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona, 51-12, and has won 15 straight games against the Wildcats. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats, 82-63, at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 30.
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. 28, Stanford leads the conference in 13 statistical categories: scoring margin (+23.5), scoring defense (55.1), field-goal percentage (48.2), field-goal percentage defense (34.2), rebounding (45.3 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.0), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.3), free throw percentage (73.7), defensive rebounding (30.7), defensive rebound percentage (70.7), assists (17.78), assist-to-turnover margin (1.19) and blocked shots (4.70).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with a 64.2 shooting percentage, is second with 18.1 points per game and is third with 9.2 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fourth with 9.2 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is second with 9.9 rebounds per game and 1.93 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.58 assists per game and leads the loop with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.95.
With its victory over Arizona State Thursday night, Stanford clinched its 10th straight Pac-10 regular season title outright. The Cardinal also clinched the Pac-10 Tournament's top seed with its victory over Oregon State on Feb. 20. Thursday's victory also marked Stanford's sixth consecutive outright conference title. 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 On The Doorstep Of Pac-10 Record
Jayne Appel has at least one more milestone left to reach this season, and she may just reach it in Saturday's game at Arizona. Appel entered the weekend just 13 rebounds away from breaking Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 record of 1,214 rebounds, and after grabbing eight at Arizona State on Thursday, she now just needs five more to claim the mark. Already this season, Appel has become Stanford's all-time leading rebounder, only the sixth 2,000-point scorer and just the third player to reach both 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.
No Place Like Home
Junior forward Kayla Pedersen, playing in front of family and friends in her home state Thursday, put up another of her fine all-around efforts in the win over Arizona State. In 32 minutes of action, Pedersen went 5-for-9 from the floor for 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and passed out four assists. The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native also went 1-for-2 from behind the arc and made a steal on the defensive end.
Ros Makes The Stops
Redshirt senior 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 Arizona State to a combined shooting percentage of 30.8 in Thursday's 62-43 win. On the offensive side of things, Gold-Onwude has come alive in Pac-10 play, averaging 8.8 points and 2.69 assists a game. Thursday against the Sun Devils, Gold-Onwude scored five points in addition to grabbing four rebounds and passing out four assists.
Pohlen Scorin' Points
Jeanette Pohlen posted her fifth consecutive double-digit scoring performance in Thursday night's win at Arizona State, going for 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Over those last five games, Pohlen has averaged 14.4 points, and in that stretch set a new career high on Feb. 18 by going 10-for-13 from the field (including six triples) for 26 points against the Ducks.