Making The Turn: No. 7/6 Stanford Opens Second Half Of Conference Play At Washington State
Feb. 3, 2009
No. 7/6 Stanford Cardinal (17-4, 8-1)
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Washington State Cougars (9-11, 2-7)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 7/6 Stanford makes its second-to-last road trip of the Pac-10 season, and final out-of-state trip of the regular season this weekend when it travels up to Washington for a pair of games. The Cardinal's weekend gets started with a 7 p.m. contest Friday night against Washington State in Pullman. The weekend continues with a 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon contest against Washington that will be televised on Comcast SportsNet. Both contests can also be heard live on 90.1 KZSU and on the Internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu, with Teddy Steinkellner handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal stayed perfect at home for the 2008-09 season after sweeping USC and UCLA this past weekend, defeating the Women of Troy, 81-53 Thursday night before downing the Bruins, 68-51 on Super Bowl Sunday. In Sunday's victory over UCLA, Jillian Harmon led the Cardinal with 17 points, just one short of her season-high, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted her second double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Kayla Pedersen hit three triples in a 13-point, nine-rebound effort and Jeanette Pohlen and Jayne Appel each passed out six assists.
Scouting Washington State
The Washington State Cougars (9-11, 2-7) head into Friday's game with some momentum following a 68-58 victory over Arizona this past Saturday in Pullman that snapped a four-game skid. With June Daugherty in her second year at the helm of Washington State, the Cougars are led on the court by the play of freshmen Jazmine Perkins (14.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and April Cook (12.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg), along with senior Kate Appleton (10.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington State, 47-0. The 47 straight victories date back to the first meeting between the schools on Feb. 1, 1983. The teams have already met once this season, with Stanford claiming a 102-53 victory at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 10.
In The National Polls
After sweeping the weekend, Stanford rose to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press Poll and to No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
A Look At The National Stat Leaders
Stanford was ranked in the national top 50 in 12 statistical categories through Feb. 1. The Cardinal figures that sat in the top 50 are: rebound margin (+13.2 - first), assists per game (18.8 - second), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31 - second), scoring margin (+21.8 - third), field-goal percentage (46.1 - fifth), points per game (77.6 - eighth), fewest turnovers per game (14.3 - 11th), field-goal percentage defense (34.8 - 13th), blocked shots per game (4.9 - 33rd), scoring defense (55.9 - 37th), three-pointers per game (6.6 - 41st) and fewest fouls per game (15.6 - 50th). Individually, Jayne Appel is in the top 50 of two categories: field-goal percentage (61.2 - eighth) and rebounds per game (9.2 - 46th). Jeanette Pohlen is 14th in the nation with a 2.12 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Stanford Rankings In The Pac-10
Stanford leads or is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in nine statistical categories through Feb. 1: scoring (77.6 ppg), scoring margin (+21.8), field-goal percentage (46.1 percent), field-goal percentage defense (34.8 percent), rebounding (44.6 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.2), blocked shots (4.9 per game), assists per game (18.8), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers per game (6.6). Individually, Jayne Appel (61.2 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (60.4) are one-two in field-goal percentage. Appel also ranks second in rebounding (9.2 rpg), third in scoring (14.9 ppg) and second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with a 2.12 assist-to-turnover ratio and third with 2.3 three-pointers per game.
Harmon Shoulders The Load
Senior Jillian Harmon, long a leader and sparkplug for the Stanford team, once again demonstrated the approach that has made her a fan favorite by stepping up and scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds in Sunday's win over UCLA. For the weekend, Harmon shot a combined 54.2 percent (13-for-24) while averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.00 assists a game over the weekend.
Pedersen Finding The Mark
Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen has continued to adjust to her new role as the team's 'three' in 2008-09, as she has spent more time on the perimeter with the addition of freshman posts Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe. Pedersen has been adjusting well to the increased outside shooting her role calls for, and this past weekend shot 50.0 percent (7-for-14), including an excellent 71.4 percent (5-for-7) from behind the arc. Yet she is still the same rebounding force this season, averaging 7.8 boards a game and grabbing 13 in Thursday's victory over USC.
Passing The Buck
A major reason for Stanford being one of the top passing teams in the nation with 18.8 assists per game is the fact that just about every Cardinal player can easily find the open teammate. Against the L.A. schools over the weekend, both Jeanette Pohlen (11 assists) and Jayne Appel (10) tallied double-digit assist figures, while Jillian Harmon and Kayla Pedersen each averaged 3.00 assists per contest.
Finding Other Ways To Hurt You
Everyone always assumes that center Jayne Appel hurts opponents just with her scoring and rebounding, but the truth is that Appel makes opponents pay through all facets of her game. using this past weekend as an example, Appel used her scoring (19 points) and rebounding (six rebounds) to hurt UCLA on Thursday, but also was a passing (four assists) and defensive (two blocks, one steal) threat to the Bruins. In Sunday's win over USC, Appel, despite an off-day scoring (six points) and rebounding (five rebounds) due to foul trouble, still made her presence felt by dishing out six assists, blocking a shot and making a steal.
Big Second-Half Boosts Win Games
Stanford showed that finishing a game is crucial this past weekend, using a pair of big second halves to pull away from a couple of scrappy opponents in USC and UCLA. Thursday night, the Women of Troy cut a 30-24 halftime deficit to two at 32-30 early in the second half, but the Cardinal then went on a 44-14 run over the next 14 minutes to put the game out of reach. Sunday, the scene just about repeated itself as the UCLA Bruins, down 25-23 at halftime, tied the contest with the opening bucket of the second half, then watched as Stanford ran off a 34-14 sequence over the next 11 minutes to pull away for the win. Overall last weekend, the Cardinal scored 94 second-half points.
Making The Turn
The Cardinal makes the turn in the Pac-10 schedule this weekend in Washington, beginning the second stretch of nine games that will decide whether or not Stanford claims a ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular-season title and the No. 1 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament. At the halfway point, Stanford is 8-1 and, just like last season, is in second place in the conference standings, one game back of California.
Takes More Than That To Stop Her!
Freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike turned in a fine weekend performance despite the discomfort of having to wear a face shield due to a broken nose suffered early last week in practice. Despite having to adjust to the shield, Ogwumike still managed to be effective, averaging 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two victories.
Making Mom Proud
Another of Stanford's freshman post players, Sarah Boothe, enjoyed a fine weekend which was made sweeter by the fact that it came in front of her mother, Rose, who was watching Sarah play live for the first time this season. With Mom in the stands, Sarah, a native of Gurnee, Ill., shot a combined 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from the field while averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over the two wins. Boothe also turned in her best scoring performance of the weekend with a 16-point effort Thursday against USC, eclipsing her previous season highs of 14 points.
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. 29 game against USC, Harmon stands at 919 career points, and with 10 regular-season contests, at least one Pac-10 Tournament game and at least one NCAA Tournament game remaining, Harmon needs only to average just 6.8 points per game to reach 1,000.
The Health Report
Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike suffered a broken nose in practice this week but will not miss this weekend's games against USC and UCLA. 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 Saturday's game, Appel now boasts career totals of 1,335 points (19th overall), 787 rebounds (fifth) and 183 blocked shots (second). Appel's tally of blocks is currently just 18 away from tying Val Whiting's all-time record of 201, and it is seventh on the all-time Pac-10 list.