No. 2 Stanford Hosts Vanguard In Exhibition Finale Friday Night
Nov. 6, 2008
No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (0-0)
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Vanguard Lions (3-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford concludes its exhibition slate Friday night, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. against the Vanguard Lions. The contest marks the end of Stanford's two-game exhibition schedule before it opens up the regular season at Maples Pavilion Friday, Nov. 14 against Minnesota at 7 p.m. Friday's exhibition contest against Vanguard can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM. Fans can also watch a live webcast on Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com.
Building Off Of Last Year's Success
Stanford finished 35-4 overall, claimed its eighth consecutive Pac-10 regular-season title, its fifth Pac-10 Tournament title, and made the seventh Final Four appearance in program history. The Cardinal reached the NCAA Tournament for the 21st year in a row, finishing the year as national runner-up. Eleven letterwinners, including 2008 All-Pac-10 selection Jayne Appel and 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kayla Pedersen, return this season along with four highly-decorated newcomers to help the Cardinal 'run it back' to the Final Four, to be held this season in St. Louis, Mo.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal sure showed how bad it had yearned to experience its first live game action last Saturday, rolling to a 123-39 victory over the Chico State Wildcats in the exhibition opener for both teams. Five Stanford players scored in double-digit figures in the win, led by freshmen Nnemkadi Ogwumike (21 points) and Lindy La Rocque (17 points). All 13 healthy Cardinal players saw action in the contest and scored at least two points in the contest.
The Lions, 2008 NAIA National Champions and currently the second-ranked NAIA team in the nation, head into Maples Pavilion for Friday's exhibition following its first three-game road trip of its regular season. Over that three-game swing, the Lions went 3-0 and won the trio of contests by a combined 76 points. Vanguard is led by junior guard/forward Rachel Copeland, who scored 26 points and hit eight three-pointers in Vanguard's last victory, and senior forward Lauren Gregory, who has averaged 13.5 points over Vanguard's past two wins.
Appel Named To John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30
Junior forward/center Jayne Appel on Wednesday was named to the Preseason Top 30 list for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Wooden Award All-America Team. Appel, following a 2007-08 season in which she earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after averaging 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, was one of three Pac-10 players and one of just four West Coast players overall to earn a spot on the list.
This Is Why She Was National Player Of The Year
Freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike gave Stanford fans their first glimpse of the incredible talent and athleticism that led to her being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year last year, as well as Ms. Texas Basketball in each of the past two seasons. Against Chico State, Ogwumike wowed Stanford fans with a 6-for-7 performance from the field for 17 points that also saw her grab eight rebounds, pass out four assists, and make a couple of steals in 23 minutes of action.
Freshman guard Lindy La Rocque came to The Farm after setting numerous Nevada state scoring and three-point shooting records. The Las Vegas, Nev. native ended up draining seven of her 13 three-point attempts in last Saturday's win over Chico State, accounting for all 21 of her points. On the day, La Rocque shot 7-for-15 overall and grabbed a pair of rebounds.