No. 11/11 Stanford Returns To The Road To Meet Oregon Thursday
Jan. 20, 2009
No. 11/11 Stanford Cardinal (13-4, 4-1)
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Oregon Ducks (7-9, 4-2)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11/11 Stanford looks to rebound from last Sunday's loss at California as it makes its first Pacific Northwest trip of the year, visiting the Oregon Ducks Thursday night for a 7 p.m. contest then closing things out with Saturday night's 7 p.m. game against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. Both contests can be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal dropped the opening 'Battle of the Bay' meeting to California Sunday afternoon, falling 57-54 in Berkeley. The loss snapped Stanford's 18-game winning streak in Pac-10 play, dating back to last Jan. 6 at USC. Despite the defeat, Stanford dominated inside against the Golden Bears, as junior center Jayne Appel scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and passing out four assists, and sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen also pulled down eight rebounds to go with her 14 points. While the duo played a major role in limiting California's talented post pair of Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker to just 11 points and 11 rebounds, the Golden Bears were instead carried by a career-best 37 points from guard Alexis Gray-Lawson.
The Oregon Ducks (7-9, 4-2) come into this weekend's contests tied for third place in the Pac-10 with a 4-2 mark after earning a weekend sweep against Washington and Washington State. Guided by head coach Bev Smith in her seventh year in Eugene, the Ducks are led by the play of Micaela Cooks (14.8 ppg, 2.3 three-pointers per game) and Taylor Lilley (12.0 ppg, 3.70 apg).
All-Time Against Oregon
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon, 37-8. The Cardinal have won seven in a row in the series heading into Thursday's game and have also won 13 of the last 15 meetings.
In The National Polls
After Sunday's loss in Berkeley, Stanford dropped to No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. It is the first time since the week of Feb. 5-11, 2007 that Stanford has been outside of the top 10 in each poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 11 statistical categories through Jan. 18. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: assists per game (18.7 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32 - second), rebound margin (+11.6 - fourth), scoring margin (+21.7 - fifth), points per game (78.1 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (14.2 - 12th), field-goal percentage (45.6 - 14th), three-pointers per game (7.2 - 23rd), blocked shots per game (5.0 - 31st), field-goal percentage defense (35.3 - 32nd) and scoring defense (56.4 - 43rd). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (60.9 - fifth) and rebounds per game (9.5 - 37th). Jeanette Pohlen is 20th in the nation with 2.6 three-pointers per game, 22nd with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio and 50th with a 40.2 percent three-point shooting mark.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in eight statistical categories through Jan. 18: scoring (78.1 ppg), scoring margin (+21.7), field-goal percentage (45.6 percent), field-goal percentage defense (35.3 percent), blocked shots (5.0 per game), assists per game (18.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers per game (7.2). Individually, Jayne Appel (60.9 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (59.6) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.5 rpg), fifth in scoring (14.6 ppg) and first in blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 2.6 three-pointers per game and second with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio.
We Own The Paint
If there is one thing that Stanford has continually done this season, it is dominate in the paint. Sunday afternoon, the Cardinal duo of Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen combined for 32 points on 13-for-25 shooting (52.0 percent), 16 rebounds and five assists while limiting California's posts to just 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds.
Pullin' it Down
By outrebounding California 37-31 in Sunday's game, Stanford won the battle of the boards against an opponent for the 14th time in 17 games this season. In those 14 games, Stanford has a 12-2 mark when outrebounding an opponent. A big reason for the Cardinal's dominance on the boards is the play of posts Jayne Appel (9.5 rpg), Kayla Pedersen (7.2 rpg) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (5.8 rpg).
Pohlen Puts In A Full Day
Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen continues to embody the hard-nosed spirit and relentlessness of the Cardinal squad, playing all 40 minutes of Sunday's game in Berkeley while scoring five points, grabbing six rebounds and passing out five assists. The outing marks the third time this season that Pohlen, the team's leader in minutes played (31.8 per game) has logged at least 40 minutes on the court.
Good Times In Oregon
Stanford will be looking forward to this weekend's trip up to Oregon, as the Cardinal has not lost a game to the two Pac-10 schools in the state since a 62-58 loss in Eugene on Dec. 29, 2004. Since then, the Cardinal has won seven straight within the state boundaries (four in Corvallis, three in Eugene).
Harmon Comes Home
This weekend's trip also marks a homecoming for senior forward Jillian Harmon, who makes her final trip to her home state as a member of the Cardinal. The Lake Oswego native raises her game against the schools of her home state, shooting 52.9 percent (37-for-70) all-time against Oregon and Oregon State and averaging 8.3 points over 11 games against the two schools.
Redshirt sophomore point guard Melanie Murphy returned to the lineup Sunday in Berkeley after missing the previous three games with injuries to her big toes. In 14 minutes of action, Murphy grabbed a rebound and had an assist, and for the season is averaging 2.43 assists and 3.4 points per game over 15.9 minutes per contest.
Harmon's Closing In On A Grand
Senior forward Jillian Harmon has been closing in on becoming the 29th player in Stanford women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point mark. Through the Jan. 18 game at California, Harmon stands at 888 career points, and with 13 regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 7.5 points per game to reach 1,000.
Olympic Teammates Face Off
Thursday's game between Stanford and Oregon features a special matchup between a pair of players who were Olympic teammates at the 2008 Beijing Games. Stanford's Jillian Harmon and Oregon's Micaela Cocks each played for the Tall Ferns in the Olympics, and in Beijing each players saw action in New Zealand's five games. Harmon averaged 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while Cocks averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds a game over 12.7 minutes per game.
On The Road Again
Stanford takes its third Pac-10 road trip of the season this weekend, but despite coming off of a road loss at California on Sunday, the Cardinal actually meets with good fortune more often on the road. Since dropping three Pac-10 road games in 2005-06, Stanford has bounced back on the road, dropping just three contests away from Maples in Pac-10 play dating back to the beginning of the 2006-07 season. Since a 62-59 loss at Arizona State on Feb. 16, 2006, the Cardinal has won 19 of its past 22 Pac-10 road games.
Pohlen's Threes Keeping Pace
While sharing the Pac-10 lead with 2.6 three-pointers per game, Jeanette Pohlen is also keeping up the pace to land a spot in the top 10 for most three-pointers by a Stanford player in a single season. With 44 triples and at least 15 games remaining, Pohlen, should she continue her pace of 2.6 threes a game, can finish with 83 triples on the year, which would give her the fourth spot on the list. The current record is 91 by Krista Rappahahn in 2005-06.
The Health Report
Guard Melanie Murphy returned to action Sunday after missing three games due to injuries to her big toes. Junior JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee Nov. 23 against Rutgers. Morgan Clyburn is also out for the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery.
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 1,270 points (21st overall), 754 rebounds (seventh) and 177 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 24 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.