The Beat Goes On: No. 2/2 Stanford Prepares For Tuesday Night Battle Against No. 7/10 Duke
Dec. 14, 2009
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (7-0)
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No. 7/10 Duke Blue Devils (7-1)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford enters the penultimate contest of its season-long five-game homestand this Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion, as the Cardinal host No. 7/10 Duke for a 7 p.m. tip. The contest also marks the first visit by the Blue Devils to Maples Pavilion to take on the Cardinal. Tuesday night's contest will be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU with Taylor McAdam on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal shook off the rust from its two-week finals break quickly this past Sunday, running to a 96-60 victory over DePaul. Leading 21-16 just over halfway through the first half, Stanford went on a 24-9 run over the final 9:10 to take a commanding 45-25 halftime lead on the Blue Demons. The Cardinal then scored a season-best 51 second-half points to keep the Blue Demons from mounting a comeback. Nnemkadi Ogwumike led five Cardinal scorers in double figures with 24 points, a performance that netted her a second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. Jeanette Pohlen scored 17 points, Jayne Appel 15, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude 12 and Kayla Pedersen 11 in the win as well. Led by Appel's 7-of-8 performance from the field, the Cardinal also shot 59.3 percent (35-for-59) in the contest, including a sizzling 67.9 percent (19-for-28) in the second half.
Duke (7-1) makes its first-ever appearance at Maples Pavilion Tuesday night, and rolls in ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Joanne P. McCallie, in her third year at the Duke helm, has the Blue Devils on a six-game winning streak heading into Tuesday, as the team is led by the play of point guard Jasmine Thomas (17.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.13 apg) and forwards Bridgette Mitchell (10.4 ppg, 55.6 FG %) and Joy Cheek (10.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
All-Time Against Duke
Duke leads the all-time series against Stanford, 2-1, and has captured the past two meetings, including a 56-52 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Dec. 16. This season marks the first time that the teams play a pair of games within a decade of each other, as the past two contests took place during the 1998-99 and 2008-09 seasons, respectively.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a 7-0 start to the 2009-10 season, Stanford remained in the No. 2 spot in Dec. 14's Associated Press Poll with the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll coming out Dec. 15.
National Stat Rankings
Through Dec. 13, Stanford is ranked in the top five nationally in the following statistical categories: rebound margin (+16.6 - second), scoring margin (+29.7 - second), fouls per game (12.7 - second), scoring (86.6 - fourth), field-goal percentage (48.9 - fifth) and assists (19.71 apg - fifth). Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is fifth with a 63.9 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Dec. 13, Stanford leads the conference in nine statistical categories: scoring margin (+29.7), field-goal percentage (48.9), free-throw percentage (73.2), rebounding (47.4 rpg), rebounding defense (30.9 rpg), rebounding margin (+16.6), assists (19.71 apg), assist-to-turnover margin (1.30) and offensive rebounding percentage (51.3).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the Pac-10 with 20.1 points per game and Kayla Pedersen is second with 19.1. Jayne Appel is fourth in the Pac-10 with 9.1 rebounds per game, while Ogwumike is fifth with 8.7 and Pedersen is sixth with 8.6. Ogwumike is second in the Pac-10 with a 63.9 shooting mark from the field and Appel is third at 59.4 percent. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.21 as well as a 48.6-percent three-point shooting rate, and third with 4.43 assists per game. JJ Hones leads the conference with a 2.27 assist-to-turnover figure.
Appel Pulls Down The Milestone
The first of senior center Jayne Appel's seven rebounds in Sunday's win over DePaul marked a significant milestone on Stanford history. With the board, Appel became just the third player in program history to reach the 1,000-rebound mark, joining Nicole Powell (1,143) and Val Whiting (1,134) in Stanford's exclusive '1,000-Rebound Club.' With at least 24 games remaining this season as well as 64 rebounds through seven games (a 9.1 per-game average), Appel is well on pace to become Stanford's all-time rebounding leader.
Another 20 For Ogwumike
Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Monday after leading all players with 24 points in Sunday's 96-60 win over DePaul. The performance, her fourth 20-point game of the season, followed up her career-best 29 points two weeks ago against Gonzaga, and lifted her scoring average to a Pac-10-leading 20.1 points a game. Meanwhile, her 9-for-13 effort from the field increased her shooting percentage to 63.9 percent, good for second in the conference.
Collecting The Freebies
Tuesday night's game against Duke will bring back memories for fans of last season's tough 56-52 defeat, especially of Stanford's spotty performance at the free-throw line in the game (12-for-27). This season, the Cardinal has done a better job early on of taking advantage of the charity stripe, currently leading the Pac-10 with a mark of 73.2 percent. Over the past four games, Stanford has been especially solid from the line, shooting 80.2 percent (65-for-81) heading into the contest against the Blue Devils.
Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude enjoyed her best performance of the 2009-10 season in Sunday's 96-60 victory over DePaul, as the fifth-year senior posted season-bests of 12 points, five rebounds and four assists as well as a 5-for-6 showing from the free-throw line. Gold-Onwude, Stanford's go-to defender, also starred on that end of the court Sunday, helping limit DePaul's guard trio of Anna Martin, Sam Quigley and Jennifer Juergens to just 16 points on 5-of-22 shooting, including a 2-for-9 mark from behind the arc.
Stanford's seven-game winning streak to start this season is the program's longest since opening the 2004-05 campaign with eight straight wins. That year, the Cardinal went on an eight-game run that came to an end on Dec. 21 at Tennessee. This year, should the Cardinal defeat Duke this Tuesday, then it will match that 8-0 start and will have its ninth game of the season take place against the Lady Vols once again, but this time at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 19.
Knockin' `Em Down
It's tough to beat a team that doesn't seem to miss and on Sunday, Stanford was certainly no exception. The team shot an impressive 59.3 percent from the field in the win over DePaul, including a 67.9-percent mark in the second half. The Cardinal's performance featured saw Jayne Appel go 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) from the field, Jeanette Pohlen go 7-for-10 (70.0 percent) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike go 9-for-13 (69.2 percent). That trio, along with the rest of the squad, helped elevate Stanford's season shooting mark to 48.9 percent, good for fifth in the nation.
High Five To The Starting Five
Stanford's starting five of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Jeanette Pohlen shined brightly in Sunday's 96-60 win over DePaul, as for the first time all season each member of the quintet scored in double figures in the same game. For Gold-Onwude, it was her first double-figure scoring effort of the season, as she scored a season-high 12 points. Collectively, the unit accounted for 79 of Stanford's 96 points, grabbed 29 of the team's 44 rebounds, and combined to shoot 64.4 percent (29-for-45) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-for-7).