No. 8/9 Stanford, No. 21/21 California Clash At Maples
Feb. 2, 2007
No. 8/9 Stanford Cardinal (19-3, 11-0 Pac-10)
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No. 21/21 California Golden Bears (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10)
No. 8/9 Stanford (19-3, 11-0 Pac-10) will try for a regular-season sweep of rival No. 21 California (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10) on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. Both teams stepped out of conference earlier this week, with the Cardinal winning convincingly at UC Santa Barbara 84-59 and the Golden Bears escaping past UC Riverside 58-51. Stanford enters the weekend riding a 17-game winning streak and currently holds a two-game lead in the Pac-10 standings. California stands in fourth place at the moment and will be looking to avenge a 69-44 loss to Stanford last month in Berkeley.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com, with Jake Kelman handling the broadcast duties. Live statistics and a webcast are also offered on the site. The contest represents the fifth of seven national television appearances for the Cardinal this year.
Stanford students will be admitted free to Sunday's game against California, with the first 100 students treated to a pizza party. In addition, the athletic department is offering free admission to neighborhood middle school students (parents are $5).
Scouting No. 21/21 California
No. 21/21 California, fresh off a 58-51 non-conference win over UC Riverside, owns a 17-5 overall record and 7-4 mark in the Pac-10. Since a 69-44 loss to the Cardinal back on Jan. 6, the Golden Bears have won five of their last six games with the only loss coming at then-No. 10 Arizona State 66-54 last week. Despite battling injuries to key players, California has managed to hang in the top-25 all season long and it helps that they have not suffered back-to-back losses yet this year. California, 9-2 at home and 8-3 away from Haas Pavilion, is averaging 68.0 points per game while allowing only 59.0. The Golden Bears shoot 46.5-percent from the field and hold opponents to 36.9-percent. Look out for: Ashley Walker (17.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 75.2-percent free throws), Devanei Hampton (14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 53.8-percent field goals) and Lauren Greif (8.6 ppg, 39 three-pointers, 33 steals). Head coach Joanne Boyle has greatly improved the Golden Bears in just two years.
Stanford All-Time vs. California
The edge in this series goes to Stanford at 47-15. The Cardinal sports a 14-game winning streak that spans almost six years. California's most recent win came back on Feb. 16, 2001- an 82-73 triumph at Maples Pavilion. In 2005-06, Stanford completed a sweep of the season series with an 87-75 home win and a 55-46 road victory. In games played at home, Stanford is 23-5 overall.
Who To Watch Against California
The usual suspects. In six career games, Brooke Smith has made 43-68 (63.2-percent) from the field while averaging 6.1 rebounds per game. Candice Wiggins has made 43-76 (56.5-percent) in six games in addition to pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.1 assists per game. Wiggins has also made more three-pointers (22) against California than any other Pac-10 opponent. Markisha Coleman has made the most of her playing time in six games, converting on four of her eight shot attempts. Conversely,
Last Time Out:
No. 8/9 Stanford 84, UC Santa Barbara 59 (Feb. 1, 2007 at Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Stanford ended the first half on a 10-0 run, Candice Wiggins scored 12 of her 21 points during a 22-0 burst to open the second half and the No. 8 Cardinal trounced UC Santa Barbara 84-59. Brooke Smith added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which shot 62.5 percent in the second half and outrebounded the smaller Gauchos 44-25 while extending the nation's third-longest win streak to 17 games. Stanford had a 50-18 advantage on points in the paint. Jillian Harmon capped Stanford's 22-0 burst with a breakaway layup that gave the Cardinal a 62-27 lead with 14:24 remaining in the game. The Cardinal shot a season-best 54.5-percent from the field and also received 10 points and nine rebounds from Kristen Newlin.
Should Stanford defeat California, the Cardinal will have registerd its 18th season with 20 or more victories. Stanford has won 20+ games in each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven overall.
Home and Away
Stanford is 10-1 at home and 9-2 on the road. In home games, Stanford is averaging 74.6 and allowing 55.8 points per game, shooting 45.1-percent from the field and owns a rebounding margin of +9.7. Away from Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal averages 71.9 and allows 60.3 points per game, shoots 46.8-percent and holds a +5.4 rebounding edge.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 282-30 record at home during her tenure, including a 173-11 mark all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 78 of its last 83 games at Maples, although a 55-52 upset loss to No. 24 BYU on Nov. 13 snapped a 12-game winning streak. With a 69-55 victory over Oregon State on Jan. 20, Stanford improved its Pac-10 home win streak to 50 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.