No. 2/2 Stanford Takes On UCLA Sunday At Pauley Pavilion
Jan. 9, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10)
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UCLA Bruins (10-4, 3-0 Pac-10)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford's opening road trip of the Pac-10 season comes to a close Sunday afternoon as the Cardinal heads to historic Pauley Pavilion for a 2 p.m. contest against the UCLA Bruins. Both teams enter the game with spotless Pac-10 records and are coming off of victories Friday night. Sunday's contest will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal picked up a conference road win in its first try Friday night, riding a hot start to an 82-62 victory at USC. The Cardinal made seven of its first eight shots from the field in the contest, and opened up a 22-4 lead over the first 6:42 of the game. Despite USC cutting the deficit to nine at 43-34 with 15:13 to play, Stanford answered with a 14-2 run and never led by less than 17 points the rest of the way. Forwards Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal with a pair of double-doubles, as Pedersen led all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds and Ogwumike was close behind with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Center Jayne Appel scored 11 points and nine rebounds while guards Jeanette Pohlen (seven assists) and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (six points, four rebounds, three assists) helped hold USC's starting backcourt of Briana Gilbreath and Ashley Corral to a combined 9-for-25 shooting (36.0 percent).
UCLA (10-4, 3-0) is off to a 3-0 start in Pac-10 play following a road sweep of the Arizona schools and a home victory Friday night against California. Under second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell, the Bruins are led on the court by the play of Jasmine Dixon (12.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Markel Walker (12.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Darxia Morris (10.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg).
All-Time Against UCLA
Stanford leads the all-time series against UCLA, 43-22, and has won the past five meetings dating back to Feb. 2, 2008. Last year the Cardinal swept all three games against the Bruins, taking both regular-season meetings then eliminating the Bruins from the Pac-10 Tournament with a 73-47 win in the semifinal round on March 14, 2009.
A Look At The National Rankings
After opening the Pac-10 season with a win over California, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 7, Stanford was ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: fouls per game (13.3 - eighth), rebound margin (+11.6 - eighth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16 - eighth), three-point field goal defense (24.6 - ninth), assists (17.92 apg - 10th), scoring (79.9 - 12th), scoring margin (+22.5 - 13th), and field-goal percentage (46.8 - 13th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike was fourth with a 63.4 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 8, Stanford leads the conference in seven statistical categories: scoring margin (+22.3), field-goal percentage (46.8), free-throw percentage (74.4), rebounding (46.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+11.8), blocked shots (4.69 bpg) and assist-to-turnover margin (1.19).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen are 1-2 in the Pac-10 with 18.9 and 18.5 points per game, respectively. Ogwumike and Jayne Appel are tied for third with 9.6 rebounds per game, while Pedersen is fifth with 9.0. Ogwumike is second with a 63.9-percent shooting mark from the field. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.93 and with 4.46 assists per game. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.05 assist-to-turnover figure.
Success In L.A.
Friday night's 82-62 victory over USC at the Galen Center marked Stanford's fifth straight victory over a Los Angeles-based school in the City of Angels, and the Cardinal will go for six in a row Sunday at UCLA. Since the Cardinal suffered back-to-back upsets to UCLA and USC on Jan. 4 and 6, 2008 in L.A., it has gone unbeaten against the Bruins and Women of Troy in the southern half of the state.
Don't Touch Our Glass
Stanford put up yet another dominating effort on the glass on both ends of the court in Friday's win at USC, out-rebounding the Women of Troy by a 54-27 margin. The Big Three of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen combined to grab 35 of those boards, while Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Joslyn Tinkle chipped in with four rebounds apiece. More proof of Stanford's control of the glass can be seen in USC's offensive rebounding numbers, as the Women of Troy only grabbed six offensive boards in a 22-for-66 team shooting performance.
Quite The Multi-Tasker
The stat line of junior forward Kayla Pedersen showed yet again why she is one of the most well-rounded players in the nation, as the Fountain Hills, Ariz. native went 9-for-16 from the field, including 2-for-5 from behind the arc, for 24 points, grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds and passed out three assists in Friday's win at USC. The scoring effort marked Pedersen's fifth 20-point performance of the season, and combined with her 14 rebounds was also her third straight double-double and fifth of the season.
Can't Even Contain Her
Another member of Stanford's Big Three, sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, kept her breakout season rolling right along with her seventh 20-point performance of the season and her fifth double-double as she scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at USC Friday night. Ogwumike, fourth in the nation in shooting percentage at the start of the week, raised her mark to 63.9 percent with a 9-for-13 effort from the field in the win.
Flexing The Defensive Muscle
Hiding in the shadows of the accomplishments of the Big Three is the performance of redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude in defending a seemingly never-ending rotation of some of the top guards in the country and conference. Gold-Onwude has capably filled the role of Stanford's go-to defender and her intensity and toughness on the defensive end has helped the Cardinal limit the back courts of such teams as DePaul, Duke, Tennessee, California and most recently USC. Friday night at the Galen Center, Gold-Onwude helped limit USC's starting backcourt of Briana Gilbreath and Ashley Corral to a combined 9-for-25 shooting effort (36.0 percent).
Finding The Groove
Despite entering the 2009-10 season following surgery over the summer to repair a torn meniscus, senior center and 2009 All-American Jayne Appel has still managed to be a force on the hardwood. Through the first 13 games of the season, Appel is averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 42 assists. Appel's passing skills, which long ago cemented her in the conversation of the nation's best passing centers, have played a key role in opening up the Stanford offense, allowing for players like Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen to enjoy career years and sit atop the Pac-10 scoring list. And Appel still gets the job done under the hoop, battling constant double teams to score her share of points and share the team lead in rebounding.
The Big Three Does Work
The amount of production that Stanford gets from its Big Three of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen is staggering, and Friday was no exception. The imposing trio accounted for Stanford's first 18 points of Friday's game at USC, and that burst led to an 18-4 Cardinal lead just 5:30 into the game. For the game, the trio scored 56 of Stanford's 82 points, grabbed 35 of the team's 54 rebounds, and shot a combined 59.0 percent (23-for-39).