No. 2/2 Stanford Meets Iowa In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament
March 21, 2010
2010 NCAA Tournament Second Round
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (32-1)
Iowa Hawkeyes (20-13)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford continues play in its 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament and 24th overall this Monday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m., taking on eighth-seeded Iowa (20-13) at Maples Pavilion in second-round action. With a win Monday the Cardinal can book a ticket to next week's regional semifinals in Sacramento. Monday's second-round contest will be televised on ESPN2 with Terry Gannon on the call and Mary Murphy on color commentary. The game will also be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU with Chris Fitzgerald and Kevin Danna on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal opened the 2010 NCAA Tournament on a victorious note, downing No. 16 seed UC Riverside, 79-47, Saturday night at Maples Pavilion. The win, Stanford's 45th in a row at home, was helped along by the play of Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who went for 19 points and 11 rebounds, her fourth double-double in four postseason games. Ogwumike also become Stanford's 31st member of the '1,000-Point Club' in the contest, and currently stands at 1,007 career points. Jeanette Pohlen went 5-for-8 from the field, including four triples, for 16 points and had three assists, while Kayla Pedersen added another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Iowa (20-13) the No. 8 seed in the Sacramento Region, earned its way into the second round of this year's tournament with a 70-63 victory over Rutgers Saturday night. With head coach Lisa Bluder in her 10th season at the helm, the Hawkeyes feature guards Jaime Printy (14.9 ppg, 81 three-pointers) and Kamille Wahlin (14.5 ppg, 84 three-pointers).
All-Time Against Iowa
Saturday's contest will be the second all-time meeting between Stanford and Iowa. The previous meeting also came in the NCAA Tournament, as the Cardinal defeated the Hawkeyes, 98-74, in Sweet 16 action in Rustin, La. on March 23, 1989.
National Stat Rankings
Through March 14, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: field-goal percentage defense (33.7 - second), rebound margin (+11.9 - third), scoring margin (+23.2 - third), field-goal percentage (47.5 - fifth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25 - fourth), three-point field goal defense (25.3 - fourth), fouls per game (13.3 - seventh), assists (17.91 apg - seventh), scoring (77.1 - 11th), scoring defense (54.0 - 12th) and turnovers per game (14.3 - 15th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is fourth in the nation with a 63.5 shooting percentage and Jeanette Pohlen is 19th with a 2.01 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through March 14, Stanford leads the conference in 13 statistical categories: scoring margin (+23.2), scoring defense (54.0), field-goal percentage (47.5), field-goal percentage defense (33.7), rebounding (44.9 rpg), rebounding margin (+11.9), three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.3), free throw percentage (73.6), defensive rebounding (30.7), defensive rebound percentage (70.6), assists (17.91), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25) and blocked shots (4.47).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with 18.3 points per game and a 63.5 shooting percentage, and is second with 9.4 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fourth with 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds a game, and a 39.7 three-point shooting percentage, while Jayne Appel is second with 1.77 blocks per game and third with 9.2 rebounds per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.55 assists per game and leads the loop with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.01.
Stanford In The NCAA Tournament
This year's NCAA Tournament marks the 23rd straight appearance for the Cardinal and the program's 24th overall. Including this year's appearance, Stanford has racked up an overall record of 57-21 (.731), won two national championships (1990, `92), reached eight Final Fours (1990-92, `95-'97, `08-'09), 13 Regional Finals, and 16 Sweet 16s.
Cardinal Get A No. 1 Seed
Monday's announcement of the NCAA Tournament field also brought the news that Stanford had earned the top seed in the Sacramento Region, the first time since 1998 that the Cardinal had claimed a No. 1 seed. Overall, the Cardinal has now received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on seven occasions (1990, `92-'93, `96-'98, `10), going 20-4, winning two national titles and reaching four Final Fours so far.
Opening The Tournament On A Familiar Floor
With Saturday's first-round contest against UC Riverside, Stanford will opened up NCAA Tournament action at Maples Pavilion for the 15th time. The Cardinal's home arena has been a friendly domain for the team in the postseason, as Stanford is now 23-4 in NCAA Tournament home games after Saturday's win over UC Riverside.
Ogwumike Collects The Hardware And Reaches 1,000
It has been quite the breakout season for Stanford's sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, as the Cypress, Texas native dominated both the Pac-10 and non-conference play en route to a slew of awards. During the regular season Ogwumike was named Pac-10 Player of the Week a conference-leading three times, and following the end of the regular season was honored with the conference's biggest prize, the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She also nabbed a spot on the All-Pac-10 Team. Yet Ogwumike was not finished, as she averaged a double-double of 19.3 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 60.5 percent last weekend to earn the Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. After one game of this year's NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds a game and shooting 62.8 percent from the field, and on Saturday became Stanford's 31st member of the '1,000-Point Club.'