No. 8/8 Stanford Looks To Bounce Back At Home Against New Mexico, No. 3/2 Rutgers
Nov. 18, 2008
No. 8/8 Stanford Cardinal (1-1)
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New Mexico Lobos (3-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 8/8 Stanford (1-1) tips off the second week of the 2008-09 season, and its last home games for nearly a month, hosting the New Mexico Lobos (3-0) Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. then closing the weekend Sunday, Nov. 23 with a 1 p.m. contest against the No. 3/2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-0). Both contests can be heard live on the radio at 90.1 KZSU as well as on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Teddy Steinkellner handling play-by-play duties with John Watson on color Thursday, and play-by-play man Jake Kelman and color commentator Andrew Shen on the air Sunday.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal split its two contests over opening weekend, defeating Minnesota 68-55 in the season opener at Maples Pavilion last Friday before falling 81-65 to No. 19/17 Baylor in Waco on Sunday. Jeanette Pohlen led the Cardinal over the weekend with 11.5 points over the two games, while Kayla Pedersen averaged 10.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Pedersen also put up the Cardinal's first double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in Friday's win over Minnesota. Jayne Appel scored 10.5 points and grabbed 8.0 rebounds over the two games and freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike averaged 9.5 points a game in her debut weekend.
Scouting New Mexico
New Mexico (3-0) rolls into Maples Pavilion fresh off of an undefeated three-game run through the Travelers Tip-Off in Albuquerque over the weekend. The Lobos started the weekend Friday with a 94-38 rout of Alcorn State, then followed that up with an 82-47 victory over Idaho State and a 68-66 win against DePaul. New Mexico, helmed by Don Flanagan in his 14th season, is led by Angela Hartill's 17.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, and Amy Beggins, who averaged 13.7 points, 5.33 assists and 4.7 rebounds over last weekend's three wins.
All-Time Against New Mexico
Stanford came out victorious in the only previous meeting between the two schools, capturing a 73-54 victory at The Pit on Dec. 18, 2007. In that victory, the Cardinal got a game-high 21 points from Candice Wiggins along with an 18-point, eight-rebound effort from Jayne Appel.
In The National Polls
Following last weekend's split, Stanford fell from second to eighth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls this week.
Bouncing Back Fine
The Cardinal hope to rebound from Sunday's defeat at the hands of Baylor with a pair of wins this week over New Mexico and Rutgers. As of late, Stanford has tended to bounce back pretty well from losses, losing consecutive games only three times since the start of the 2001-02 season. Last year, the Cardinal won its next nine games after suffering its first loss of the year on Nov. 22 against Connecticut, then, after losing consecutive games to UCLA and USC on the road, Stanford reeled off 23 straight wins that carried it into the national title game.
Appel and Pedersen Earn Preseason National Recognition
Junior center Jayne Appel and sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen have already earned preseason national honors. Both have been tabbed by a pair of national award committess as players to watch in 2008-09. In mid-August the WBCA named the post tandem to the preseason 'Wade Watch' list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year, an award won last season by Stanford's own Candice Wiggins. Appel was then named to the preseason list of 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and the Wooden Award All-American Team in early November. Appel was also named to espn.com's Preseason All-America Second Team, as well.
Pohlen's No Poseur
Sophomore Jeanette Pohlen made the first two starts of her collegiate career last weekend and showed that she is ready to take the next step after a successful debut season in 2007-08. After appearing in all 39 games last year and averaging 4.9 points a game, Pohlen has more than doubled that average two games into the new season, averaging 11.5 points last weekend.
Sending The Fans Home Happy
Stanford won its eighth consecutive season opener and improved its mark to 7-0 in home season openers under Tara VanDerveer's watch with Friday's 68-55 win over Minnesota. Kayla Pedersen posted Stanford's first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds while her post partner Jayne Appel also posted 14 points to go along with her nine rebounds and five blocks. The physical contest saw the Cardinal prevail over the Golden Gophers, out-rebounding the tough Big Ten school by a 45-33 margin and block eight shots.
Freshman Hardly Misses
Rookie forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike displayed her athleticism and touch over the weekend to the tune of a 75.0-percent showing from the field. While going 5-for-6 from the field for 11 points Friday against Minnesota and 4-for-6 for eight points at Baylor, Ogwumike has made her presence felt as a dependable option down low. Ogwumike has also used her athleticism and leaping ability to grab some key rebounds for Stanford, averaging 3.5 rebounds over the weekend over 18.0 minutes a game.
Harmon's All Over The Place
Senior Jillian Harmon has stepped into her leadership role on the court very well, averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over last weekend's games and displaying her trademark hustle the whole time. Harmon put up a fine all-around line Friday night against Minnesota with seven points, six rebounds, two assist, two steals and two blocked shots, and despite Sunday's loss at Baylor, she still put up a respectable line with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Finish Off The Home-And-Home
Thursday's game marks the 'return' bout between the Cardinal and Lobos, as New Mexico visits Maples Pavilion for the first time after Stanford traveled down to Albuquerque last season. There, in 'The Pit,' Stanford pulled away for a 73-54 victory behind 21 points from Candice Wiggins. This year, the Cardinal will attempt to complete the 'sweep' by beating the Lobos at Stanford.
Rounding Back Into Form
After missing all but one game of last year's schedule due to a torn ACL suffered four minutes into the season opener at Yale, redshirt sophomore Michelle Harrison is steadily regaining the touch that has given her potential as a productive wing in Stanford's offense. Averaging 8.0 minutes a game over the opening weekend, Harrison went 4-for-6 from the field, including some mid-range jumpers, highlighted by six points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action at Baylor.