Game Four Post-Game Notes: Stanford vs. Arizona

March 12, 2010

·         Stanford has qualified for the semifinals in each of the Tournament’s nine seasons, having won all of its quarterfinal contests.


·         This was the 6th time that Arizona and Stanford have met in the Tournament, with the Cardinal winning each time.  It was the 4th time in the quarterfinals (’06, ’07, ’09 and ’10).  Twice the teams met in the championship game (’03 and ’04).


·         Stanford’s all-time record in Tournament games is 23-2.  Arizona’s all-time record is now 8-9.


·         Stanford has a chance to complete the season without losing to a Pac-10 opponent, something no team has done since the Conference began playing a tournament in 2002.  In that season, the Cardinal entered the Tournament undefeated in conference play but lost in the final to ASU.  Stanford has a streak of 35 wins vs. conference opponents.


·         Cardinal freshman Joslyn Tinkle started in place of Jayne Appel.  It was Tinkle’s second start of the season.


·         Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe broke the school’s single season rebounding record with 18:23 to go in the first half.  It was her 340th of the season, eclipsing the 339 gathered by Shawntinice Polk in 2004.


·         The Wildcats held the Cardinal scoreless (0-6 from the field) for the game’s first 3:37 and took a 2-0 lead.  Stanford took its first lead of the game, 7-5, on two Nnemkadi Ogwumike free throws at 15:38.  The points were part of a 14-2 run that gave the Cardinal a 16-7 lead.  Six straight points by Ibekwe cut that lead to 16-13 at 7:47.  Stanford pushed its lead to 10 points on 4 occasions, including at the half (34-24).  Ogwumike and Ibekwe each had 15 first half points.


·         Arizona’s Soana Lucet, who had a game high 22 points against WSU in the opening round, scored her first points of the game on 2 free throws with 17:17 to go in the game.  She then quickly added 2 field goals to cut the Cardinal lead to under double digits (41-33).  Wildcat Brooke Jackson’s 3 point field goal at 13:35 cut the Cardinal lead to 43-40.   Stanford then inserted Appel into the game for the first time, which was quickly followed by an 8-0 Cardinal run.  After the Wildcats closed to within 8 points (54-46), the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run to put the game away; Appel had 6 points in the run.


·         Ibekwe earned her second double-double of the tournament and 40th of her career (in 84 games).  She had 18 points and 13 rebounds.


·         Ogwumike scored 25 points, her 15th 20+ point game of the season.  Her 10 rebounds gave her the 11th double-double of the season.  Teammate Kayla Pedersen added her 11th double-double of the season (11 points-11 rebs.)


·         Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen attempted 11 3 point field goals, equaling the most in a Tournament quarterfinal game.  Her 5 made three pointers ties for 2nd in a quarterfinal contest.



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