A Chance For A Cushion: No. 2/2 Stanford Hosts Second-Place UCLA And UCLA This Weekend
Feb. 2, 2010
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (19-1, 9-0 Pac-10)
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UCLA Bruins (14-6, 7-2 Pac-10)
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford makes the turn in Pac-10 play this weekend, opening the back nine of the slate with its second straight home weekend, welcoming the UCLA Bruins and USC Women of Troy to Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal open the weekend Thursday, Feb. 4 against the Bruins at 7 p.m. before closing things out with a 1 p.m. Sunday tip against USC that will be televised on Fox Sports Net and locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Both contests will be available on 90.1 KZSU with Teddy Steinkellner on the call and John Watson on color commentary.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal won its 40th consecutive home game and finished the first half of Pac-10 play with a perfect 9-0 mark following an 83-62 victory over Arizona. Although the Cardinal trailed by two at the half against the hot-shooting Wildcats, Stanford would re-assert its dominance in all facets of the game in the second half, outscoring Arizona, 43-20. Kayla Pedersen scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, both game highs, while Nnemkadi Ogwumike matched Pedersen with 27 points of her own in addition to shooting 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from the field. Center Jayne Appel posted a solid line, scoring eight points, grabbing 12 rebounds and passing out six assists while freshman forward Joslyn Tinkle hit a pair of threes as part of her 10 points in the contest.
UCLA (14-6, 7-2 Pac-10) makes its annual visit to Maples Pavilion Thursday night technically in third place in the Pac-10 standings, due to a head-to-head loss to USC, which is also 7-2 in conference play. The Bruins enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak and having won nine of its last 11. With second-year head coach Nikki Caldwell at the helm, UCLA is led by the play of Jasmine Dixon (14.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Markel Walker (11.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Darxia Morris (10.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
All-Time Against UCLA
Stanford leads the all-time series against UCLA, 44-22, and has won the past six meetings, including the first of this season. Back on Jan. 10, the Cardinal held off a late Bruin charge to come away with a 65-61 victory at Pauley Pavilion.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a home sweep of Arizona State and Arizona, Stanford remained No. 2 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 31, Stanford is ranked in the national top 20 in the following categories: rebound margin (+13.4 - second), scoring margin (+21.3 - third), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21 - third), assists (17.95 apg - fifth), field-goal percentage (46.3 - 10th), fouls per game (13.9 - 10th), scoring (78.5 - 11th), three-point field goal defense (26.6 - 15th) and free-throw percentage (75.8 - 15th). Nnemkadi Ogwumike is third with a 64.7 shooting percentage, 18th with 10.3 rebounds per game and 20th with 19.3 points per game.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 30, Stanford leads the conference in 12 statistical categories: scoring margin (+21.3), field-goal percentage (46.3), field-goal percentage defense (35.5), free throw percentage (75.8), rebounding (45.8 rpg), rebounding margin (+13.3), three-point field-goal percentage defense (26.6), defensive rebounding (30.0), defensive rebound percentage (70.3), assists (17.95), assist-to-turnover margin (1.21) and blocked shots (4.45).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads or shares the lead in the Pac-10 with 19.3 points per game and a 64.7 shooting percentage, and is second with 10.3 rebounds per game. Kayla Pedersen is fourth in the conference with 17.7 points and fifth with 8.9 rebounds a game. Jayne Appel is third with 9.3 rebounds per game and second with 1.80 blocks per game. Jeanette Pohlen is second in the conference with 4.58 assists per game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.02. JJ Hones leads the Pac-10 with a 2.23 assist-to-turnover figure.
Honoring The Legends
This Sunday following Stanford 1 p.m. contest against USC, the Cardinal will be honoring the 1989-90 national championship team in the 20th anniversary of its winning the first women's basketball national title in school history. Eight players from that team, including 1990 Wade Trophy Player of the Year Jennifer Azzi, Val Whiting and Trisha Stevens will be at Maples Pavilion to celebrate their accomplishment.
And That's All She Wrote
This weekend's games against UCLA and USC could see a good bit of history being made, as Jayne Appel closes in becoming Stanford's all-time leading rebounder. Saturday's 12-rebound effort against Arizona brings Appel's career total to 1,127, just 17 away from breaking Nicole Powell's record of 1,143. As Appel is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game in 2009-10, it can be assumed that the record may fall Sunday at Maples Pavilion against USC.
She's Got That Going For Her, Which Is Nice
Junior forward Kayla Pedersen enjoyed her best statistical weekend of the season against the Arizona schools, averaging 25.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a game while shooting 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from the field and 88.9 percent (16-for-18) from the line in the two victories. Those numbers, which include her second back-to-back 20-point games, as she scored 23 points against Arizona State and 27 against Arizona, helped Stanford begin the Pac-10 season 9-0 for just the second time this decade.
Just Be The Ball. Be The Ball, Be The Ball
Stanford was able to overcome only its second halftime deficit of the season Saturday against Arizona thanks in part to the play of forwards Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Ogwumike in particular has been a key cog in the Cardinal offense, shooting a scorching 64.7 percent from the field this season. Ogwumike shot 70.0 percent (14-for-20) from the field in the sweep of the Arizona schools, including a solid 11-for-16 effort in Saturday's 83-62 victory over Arizona that led to 27 points, sharing game-high honors with Pedersen.
You'll Get Nothing And Like It!
The Cardinal defense showed how it can ratchet up the pressure this past weekend, slamming the door shut on Arizona State and Arizona in the second half of each contest. After each opponent managed to take a two-point halftime lead, Stanford's defense clamped down, only allowing a combined 39 second-half points (19 to ASU, 20 to Arizona). In those second halves combined, the Sun Devils and Wildcats managed to shoot only 28.3 percent (14-for-46), while in the rebounding battle, the Cardinal out-boarded the two opponents by a whopping 51-17 margin.