Home Sweet Home: No. 11/8 Stanford Returns To Maples To Host UC Davis In Non-Conference Finale
Dec. 24, 2008
No. 11/8 Stanford Cardinal (8-3)
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UC Davis Aggies (4-5)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11/8 Stanford (8-3) returns home to Maples Pavilion Sunday afternoon, Dec. 28 for its regular-season non-conference finale, a 2 p.m. contest against the UC Davis Aggies (4-5). The Cardinal will look to get back into the win column following a 79-69 overtime loss at Tennessee. Sunday's contest can be heard live on the radio at 90.1 KZSU as well as on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Kevin Danna handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal ended its nine-day, three-game trip through the South with a 1-2 mark after dropping a 79-69 overtime decision to No. 11/13 Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena. Jayne Appel (19 points, 14 rebounds) and Kayla Pedersen (15 points, 11 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in the contest, and Nnemkadi Ogwumike grabbed 12 rebounds to help Stanford win the battle of the boards by a 50-43 margin, but the Lady Vols were able to force the Cardinal into 18 turnovers in the game, and most importantly, held the Cardinal to one point and an 0-for-7 showing from the field in the overtime period to sew up the win.
Scouting UC Davis
The UC Davis Aggies (4-5) head into their fifth straight road game Sunday at Maples Pavilion, and are looking to snap a three-game slide. The Aggies, with 12th-year head coach Sandy Simpson at the helm, are led on the court by Paige Mintun (13.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Haylee Donaghe (11.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
All-Time Against UC Davis
UC Davis leads the all-time series against Stanford by a 7-3 margin, with nine of the 10 contests taking place from 1974-79. Since a Stanford win on Dec. 4, 1979, the Cardinal and Aggies went just short of exactly 28 years between meetings, as the Cardinal defeated the Aggies, 62-41 on Dec. 2, 2007.
In The National Polls
Following last week's 1-2 road trip, Stanford fell to No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in various statistical categories through the games of Dec. 22. The Cardinal figures that sit in the top 50 are: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.18 - seventh), assists per game (17.6 - 11th), rebound margin (+10.3 - 13th), points per game (76.5 - 17th), fewest turnovers per game (14.9 - 17th), scoring margin (+18.1 - 18th), field-goal percentage (45.2 - 21st), blocked shots per game (5.2 - 36th) and field-goal percentage defense (35.6 - 45th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the national top 50 of three categories: blocked shots per game (2.5 - 23rd), rebounds per game (10.3 - 24th) and field-goal percentage (54.7 - 33rd).
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 committees 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.
Extended Family Christmas
Sunday afternoon's contest between Stanford and UC Davis will once again feature sisters on opposite ends of the court, as older sister Haylee (UC Davis) and younger sister Hannah Donaghe (Stanford) get to spend an additional day of the holiday break together, albeit on separate benches. This season, Hannah has seen action in eight games for the Cardinal, averaging 1.9 points, while Haylee, a junior wing, is averaging 11.6 points for the Aggies heading into Sunday's game.
Busier Than In-N-Out
Junior center Jayne Appel posted her fourth double-double in a row last Sunday at Tennessee, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in Stanford's 79-69 overtime loss. On top of her scoring and rebounding efforts, Appel also delivered on defense, blocking five Lady Volunteer shots.
The Team's Workhorse
The unmatched work ethic of sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen has been praised by head coach Tara VanDerveer, and it is no surprise why after Pohlen's effort in last week's nine-day, three-game road trip. Pohlen played 113 of the 125 minutes of game action last week, averaging 12.7 points and going a combined 10-for-22 (45.5%) from behind the arc. On the year, Pohlen paces the squad averaging 32.4 minutes per game.
On The Outside Looking In
Many opposing teams likely find themselves stuck outside the paint when playing the Cardinal, mostly because of the dominant rebounding of the Stanford post players. Last Sunday at Tennessee, Jayne Appel (14 rebounds), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (season-high 12 rebounds) and Kayla Pedersen (11 rebounds) helped the Cardinal win the rebounding battle for the ninth time in 11 games this season.
Movin' On Up The Career List
Jayne Appel continued her climb up the Stanford career record books last week, as her scoring, rebounding, and blocked shot totals continued to ascend. With her solid trio of outings last week, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,178 points (23rd overall), 706 rebounds (tied for eighth) and 172 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 29 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201.
Finding The Touch
Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen has been a true team player this season, switching between the three and four positions and taking on more outside-shooting responsibilities while continuing to be a rebounding presence inside. On the year, Pedersen is averaging 11.9 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, and over the past two contests has shot a combined 50 percent (10-for-20) from the floor.
Sharing The Rock
Stanford's 18 assists last Sunday at Tennessee raised the Cardinal's season average to 17.6 per game, 11th-best in the country. The Cardinal's unselfish play is shown by a look at the team's assist figures, as five players have at least 21 assists, led by Jayne Appel's 33.
Time And A Half
Sunday's overtime game at Tennessee marked the second year in a row that Stanford has played in at least two overtime contests. The game also marked Stanford's ninth overtime game this decade (beginning with the 2000-01 season), exactly three times the amount of overtime games played during the 1990s.
The Health Report
Forward Jillian Harmon returned to action Sunday after sitting out at South Carolina due to a sprained right ankle suffered against Duke. Grace Mashore has missed the past four games with a pulled groin, and Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers. Morgan Clyburn will be out of action until at least the Pac-10 season after offseason foot surgery.