No. 11/7 Stanford Opens Pac-10 Home Slate Thursday Against Washington
Jan. 6, 2009
No. 11/7 Stanford Cardinal (11-3, 2-0)
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Washington Huskies (5-6, 1-0)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11/7 Stanford (11-3, 2-0) opens up its first Pac-10 home weekend Thursday night, Jan. 8 with a 7 p.m. contest against the Washington Huskies (5-6, 1-0). The weekend will conclude with Saturday's 2 p.m. contest against the Washington State Cougars (7-5, 0-1) at Maples Pavilion. Thursday's contest can be heard live on the radio at 90.1 KZSU as well as on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties and Teddy Steinkellner on color commentary.
Last Time Out
For the fourth season in a row, the Cardinal swept the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, this time collecting victories over Arizona State and Arizona. Jillian Harmon led the Cardinal with 14.0 points per game over the weekend, including her first double-double of the season, an 18-point, 10-rebound effort against the Sun Devils. Harmon's play was key in Stanford's 64-61 comeback victory. Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted the first double-double of her collegiate career in Sunday's 70-61 win at Arizona, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kayla Pedersen (13.0 ppg), Jeanette Pohlen (11.5 ppg) and Jayne Appel (10.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) all joined Harmon in averaging double-figures in scoring on the weekend.
The Washington Huskies (5-6, 1-0) opened Pac-10 play Saturday afternoon with a 71-58 home victory over in-state rival Washington State. Sami Whitcomn led the huskies with 17 points in the win. under second-year head coach Tia Jackson, the Huskies are led on the court by Laura McClellan (11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Whitcomb (11.0 pgg, 3.8 rpg) and Michelle Augustavo (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington by a 34-14 margin, and has won the last five meetings and nine of the past 10 dating back to Jan. 4, 2004. The Cardinal has also won its last nine home games against the Huskies, with the last loss a 74-62 setback on Feb. 18, 1999.
In The National Polls
Following the weekend sweep, Stanford remained at No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll and rose a spot to No. 7 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 Jan. 4. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23 - fifth), assists per game (17.4 - 11th), rebound margin (+10.3 - 11th), fewest turnovers per game (14.2 - 12th), points per game (75.6 - 20th), scoring margin (+17.6 - 22nd), field-goal percentage (44.5 - 26th), blocked shots per game (5.2 - 27th) and three-pointers per game (6.6 - 40th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the national top 50 of three categories: field-goal percentage (57.0 - 20th), rebounds per game (10.0 - 26th) and blocked shots per game (2.1 - 46th). Jeanette Pohlen is 34th in the nation with 2.6 three-pointers per game.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford holds a spot in the top three of 10 statistical categories in the Pac-10 rankings through the games of Jan. 4. The Cardinal leads the conference in scoring (75.6 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (36.1 percent), blocked shots (5.2 per game), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23) and three-pointers per game (6.6). Other top three rankings for Stanford are: scoring margin (+17.6 - second), rebounding (43.4 rpg - second), rebounding margin (+10.3 - second), assists per game (17.4 - second) and field-goal percentage (44.5 percent - second). Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is second in the Pac-10 with a 61.7-percent shooting mark, and Jayne Appel's 57.0-percent mark is fourth. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (10.0 rpg), eighth in scoring (13.8 ppg) and first in blocked shots (2.1 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is second with 2.6 three-pointers per game.
Harmon Steps Up
A big reason that Stanford was able to come away from the state of Arizona with a 2-0 record to start Pac-10 play was the overall effort of senior Jillian Harmon. Over a weekend where the Cardinal struggled from the perimeter, Harmon was a steady force, shooting 65.0 percent (13-for-20) from the floor and averaging 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the two games. Harmon also enjoyed a season-best showing of 18 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season, as the catalyst in Stanford's 64-61 comeback win at Arizona State.
Keep An Eye On Pohlen's Threes
Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen has emerged as, among many of her notable talents, Stanford's most reliable three-point shooter this season, making 38.3 percent of her attempts and 36 overall. Her 2.6 triples per game are ranked second in the Pac-10 and 34th in the nation, and she is just over halfway to a spot on the team's single-season list for most three pointers (the ninth-place mark is 71, shared by two players).
The weekend in the desert saw two Stanford players post their first double-doubles of the 2008-09 season, bringing the total Cardinal players to notch a double-double to four this year. Jillian Harmon scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in last Friday's win at Arizona State, while Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted her first collegiate double-double Sunday at Arizona with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The weekend sweep of the Arizona schools also marked a second straight successful homecoming for sophomore forward and Fountain Hills, Ariz. native Kayla Pedersen. Over the two wins, Pedersen averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game, highlighting the weekend with a 17-point, six-rebound effort at Arizona State, which is approximately a half-hour away from her hometown.
Taking Care Of The Ball
One part of Stanford's game that reflects on its lofty standings in quite a few of the national statistical rankings is how well the team takes care of the ball. The Cardinal's 14.2 turnovers per game rank as the 12th-fewest among all Division I schools, while another aspect of taking care of the ball, namely, passing well, is reflected by Stanford's 17.4 assists per game ranking 11th in the nation. Those two stats work in tandem to come out to a 1.23 team assist-to-turnover ratio for the Cardinal, the fifth-best team mark in the nation.
Home Against The Washington Schools
In the current decade, Stanford has never lost at home to either Washington or Washington State, racking up a combined record of 18-0 against the Pac-10's northernmost members at Maples Pavilion. As a matter of fact, the Cardinal has dating back to 1989-90, the Cardinal have lost only twice at home to these schools, with both losses coming against Washington. They occurred on Feb. 9, 1991 (69-68 Washington win) and Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62 Washington win).
Familiar Faces Return To Maples
If Washington State head coach June Daugherty and Washington head coach Tia Jackson look familiar to longtime Stanford fans, there's good reason. Both are former assistant coaches for the Cardinal, with Daugherty having served on Tara VanDerveer's first staff at Stanford in 1985-86, and remaining on The Farm through the end of the 1988-89 season, after which she took her first head-coaching job at Boise State. In Daugherty's time on The Farm, she helped guide the Cardinal to the Midwest Regional Semifinal in 1988 and to the Midwest Regional Final in 1989. Jackson, meanwhile, was a member of VanDerveer's staff in 1999-2000, helping guide the Cardinal to a 21-9 record and an NCAA second-round appearance.
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. Following Friday's game, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,215 points (22nd overall), 733 rebounds (eighth) and 174 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 27 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201.
The Health Report
Guard Melanie Murphy missed Sunday's game at Arizona and is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington. Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers. Morgan Clyburn remains out of action after undergoing offseason foot surgery.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 304-32 (.905) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 186-12 (.939) all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has also won 103 of its last 110 games at Maples. The last time the Cardinal lost at Maples Pavilion was March 19, 2007 against Florida State in a second-round NCAA Tournament game. Stanford's last regular-season and conference loss at Maples was on Feb. 4, 2007, when California posted a 72-57 victory over the Cardinal.
Good Non-Conference Showing
Stanford completed the non-conference portion of its 2008-09 schedule with a 9-3 record, including victories over ranked teams such as Rutgers, Iowa State and Purdue. The Cardinal scored 77.1 points per game over the non-conference slate while allowing opponents just 57.6 points per game, and upped it's home winning streak to 20 with a perfect 5-0 showing at Maples Pavilion.
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