Battle Of The Bay III: Stanford Meets California In Pac-10 Semifinal
March 12, 2010
2010 Pac-10 Tournament
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (29-1, 18-0 Pac-10)
California Golden Bears (18-12, 11-7 Pac-10)
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (1); California (4)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Stanford continues its quest for a seventh Pac-10 Tournament title as it faces a familiar foe in the California Golden Bears in Saturday's semifinal round.. Saturday's contest is set for a 2:30 p.m. tip and will be televised on Fox Sports Net and in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Jim Watson on the call and Mary Murphy on color commentary. The game will also be broadcast 90.1 KZSU with David Lombardi on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal opened up defense of its Pac-10 Tournament crown Friday afternoon with a 72-52 victory over the eighth-seeded Arizona Wildcats. Newly-christened Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike went 8-for-15 from the field while posting her 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jeanette Pohlen hit five triples in a 15-point performance while Kayla Pedersen put up a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with a game-high five assists. Senior center Jayne Appel made her return to the court after a one-game absence, coming off the bench to score seven points and grab three rebounds in 10 minutes of action.
California, the No. 4 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, enters Saturday's semifinal off the heels of a 60-50 quarterfinal victory Friday over Arizona State. That win snapped a regular season-ending two games losing streak by the Golden Bears. With Joanne Boyle in her fifth year at the California helm, the Golden Bears are led by the play of All-Pac-10 selection Alexis Gray-Lawson (17.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and DeNesha Stallworth (12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg).
All-Time Against California
Stanford leads the all-time series against California, 53-17, and has won 35 of the last 38 meetings. The Cardinal and Golden Bears have met four times previously in the Pac-10 Tournament, with Stanford capturing all four contests.
A Look At The National Rankings
After finishing the Pac-10 regular season 18-0, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
Stanford At The Pac-10 Tournament
Stanford enters this weekend's Pac-10 Tournament seeking its seventh title in the nine-year history of the event (2003-05, 07-09). Thanks to its perfect 18-0 Pac-10 record this season, the Cardinal has now been the tournament's top seed in all nine editions of the event. In reaching the championship game in every edition of the tournament, Stanford has played the most Pac-10 Tournament games out of all conference teams with 25, and has posted a remarkable 23-2 record in those contests.
Ogwumike Reigns As Pac-10 Player Of The Year
Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike on Thursday became Stanford's 14th Pac-10 Player of the Year winner, and its first sophomore winner since Candice Wiggins in 2006. In Friday's Pac-10 opener for Stanford, Ogwumike showed why she won the accolade, going 8-for-15 from the field for a game-high 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to complete her 11th double-double in Stanford's 72-52 win over Arizona.
Return Of Appel
Jayne Appel returned to the court in Friday's win over Arizona, playing 10 minutes off the bench in the second half and scoring seven points with three rebounds. Appel made her return with 13:20 remaining in the contest and Stanford holding a slim 43-40 lead, and her presence on the court led to an 8-0 Cardinal run as the team built a comfortable cushion.