A Stanford Matinee: No. 2/2 Cardinal Close Weekend Saturday With 2 p.m. Contest Against Washington
Jan. 15, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10)
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Washington Huskies (8-7, 3-2 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford closes out the weekend Saturday afternoon as it hosts the Washington Huskies for a 2 p.m. tip at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, alone in first place in the Pac-10, will look to up its spotless conference mark to 5-0 in the contest. Saturday's game will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and John Watson handling the analysis.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal jumped out to a 13-2 lead against Washington State in just under five minutes before cruising to an 80-43 victory over the Cougars Thursday night. Center Jayne Appel once again produced one of her impressive all-around lines, scoring 14 points to go with nine rebounds, a career high-matching six blocks, four assists and four steals. Forwards Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen each posted their sixth double-double of the season, as Ogwumike led all players with 22 points (on 11-for-15 shooting) and 13 rebounds, while Pedersen put up 13 points and grabbed 10 boards. Guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit three triples and scored 11 points, her second straight double-digit scoring performance, in addition to pulling down seven rebounds. In the win, Stanford held the Cougars to just 25.0-percent shooting while grabbing a season-high 58 rebounds.
Washington (8-7, 3-2) enters Saturday's contest after having its season-best three-game winning streak snapped with a 60-43 loss at California. Prior to this weekend, the Huskies had defeated Oregon State on the road before sweeping the Arizona schools at home. Under the guidance of third-year head coach Tia Jackson, the Huskies are led by the play of Sami Whitcomb (13.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Kristi Kingma (8.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg).
All-Time Against Washington
Stanford leads the all-time series against Washington, 36-14, and has won seven straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. The only Stanford loss in that span came on Dec. 22, 2005, when the Huskies claimed a 77-72 decision in Seattle.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following its sweep of the L.A. schools last weekend, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 14, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: three-point field goal defense (23.3 - first), rebound margin (+13.3 - fifth), fouls per game (13.5 - eighth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16 - eighth), scoring margin (+22.1 - ninth), scoring (79.1 - 10th), assists (17.60 apg - 10th), field-goal percentage (46.3 - 13th) and free-throw percentage (75.6 - 17th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike iss second in the nation with a 65.1 shooting percentage.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 14, Stanford leads the conference in 10 statistical categories: scoring (79.1), scoring margin (+22.1), field-goal percentage (46.3), free-throw percentage (75.6), rebounding (46.6 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.3), three-point field-goal percentage defense (23.3), defensive rebounding (30.8), assists (17.60) and assist-to-turnover margin (1.16).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen are 1-2 in the Pac-10 with 19.3 and 17.3 points per game, respectively. Ogwumike is second in the Pac-10 with a 65.1-percent shooting mark from the field and is third with 9.8 rebounds per game. Jayne Appel is fourth with 9.4 rebounds per game and Pedersen is fifth with 9.3. Appel also paces the loop with 2.13 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.33 assists per game and is third with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.76 and. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.00 assist-to-turnover figure.
Not Just Another Line
Senior center and 2009 All-American Jayne Appel turned in a stat line Thursday night that showcased the depth of her all-around game. Over 28 minutes of action, Appel just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, but also made her mark on the contest with her defense and passing. She was a force on the defensive end, matching career highs with six blocks and four steals, and again displayed the passing skills that have made her one of the best passing posts in the nation by handing out four assists.
Don't Smudge Our Glass
Stanford bared its rebounding teeth once again in Thursday's victory over Washington State, out-rebounding the Cougars by a 58-35 margin. The 58 rebounds marked a season high for Stanford, and the effort was shared among many players, as seven individuals grabbed at least four boards, led by Nnemkadi Ogwumike's total of 13. Kayla Pedersen also reached double digits with 10 rebounds and Jayne Appel grabbed nine, while guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude clawed her way to seven boards. Michelle Harrison and Ashley Cimino kept up the pressure off the bench, as each player grabbed four rebounds in the win.
Extending The Range
Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike went 11-for-15 from the field in her 22-point, 13-rebound effort against Washington State Thursday, raising her shooting percentage on the year to 65.1 percent. That total is second-best in the nation, behind only the 65.6-percent rate of Boston College's Carolyn Swords. Ogwumike's percentage does not reflect only layups and inside shots, as the Cypress, Texas native has bolstered her arsenal to include put-backs and 15-18-footers that routinely find nylon. Her current mark of 65.1 percent is also second on Stanford's single-season list, behind only Kristin Folkl's 69.5-percent mark in 1997-98.
Closing Downtown Early
One of the strengths of the Stanford defense has been its refusal to cede the big three-pointers to its opponents. Through the first 15 games of the season, the Cardinal is holding opponents to a paltry 23.3 percent from behind the arc, a mark that stands as best in the nation. Thursday night against Washington State, that trend continued as the Cardinal defense hounded the Cougars into going 4-for-28 from behind the arc.
RGO Finding The Touch
Thursday's victory over Washington State also saw the second straight double-digit scoring performance for redshirt senior guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who netted 11 points. While Gold-Onwude has played admirably as the defensive heart and soul of the Cardinal this season, routinely tasked with the duty of hounding the opponent's best outside scorer, her increased production on the offensive end is a welcome thing. The Queens, N.Y. native continued her hot shooting after an 18-point effort at UCLA last Sunday, hitting three triples for 11 points in addition to passing out three assists and grabbing seven rebounds Thursday night.
Closing In On A Record
Center Jayne Appel, after already becoming just the third Stanford player to reach 1,000 career rebounds, is quickly closing in on the program's career mark for boards. Heading into Saturday's game against Washington, Appel stands at 1,083 rebounds, just 60 behind Nicole Powell's program record of 1,143. With 14 Pac-10 games left and the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments on the horizon, Appel, who is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game, has made the eclipsing of Powell's mark a matter of 'when,' and not 'if.'
Here's Your Chance
With point guard JJ Hones sitting out Thursday's game against Washington State and shooting guard Jeanette Pohlen leaving early with a right ankle sprain, some Cardinal guards may have the chance to capitalize on more playing time and move up in the rotation. Redshirt junior Melanie Murphy grabbed two rebounds and scored two points Thursday, and will be looked upon to run the offense in Hones' absence, while sophomore Lindy La Rocque went 2-for-3 from the field for five points and passed out two assists against Washington State. Fellow sophomore Grace Mashore hit a triple and grabbed a rebound in the win, further demonstrating Stanford's potential at the position.
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