No. 2/2 Stanford Goes For Seventh Pac-10 Tournament Title Sunday Against UCLA
March 14, 2010
2010 Pac-10 Tournament
No. 2/2 Stanford Cardinal (30-1, 18-0 Pac-10)
UCLA Bruins (24-7, 15-3 Pac-10)
Tournament Seeds: Stanford (1); UCLA (2)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford will contend for its seventh Pac-10 Tournament title Sunday afternoon as it takes on the second-seeded UCLA Bruins at 3 p.m. Sunday's battle for the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be televised on Fox Sports Net and in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with Jim Watson on the call and Mary Murphy and Lisa Leslie on color commentary. The game will also be broadcast 90.1 KZSU with David Lombardi on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal moved into the Pac-10 Championship Game with a 64-44 rout of California Saturday, keeping alive the program's streak of reaching all nine Pac-10 Tournament finals since 2002. Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted her second double-double of the tournament with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinal in victory. Pac-10 Co-Defender of the Year Rosalyn Gold-Onwude scored 10 points and played a major role in the Stanford defense limiting California to just 44 points, and allowing just one Golden Bear to reach double figures in points (Gennifer Brandon - 10). Kayla Pedersen posted yet another of her all-around efficient stat lines, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds and passing out four assists in the win.
UCLA (24-7) the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, earned its way into the championship game with victories over Oregon State and USC on Friday and Saturday, respectively. With Nikki Caldwell in her second year at the helm, the Bruins are led by the play of Jasmine Dixon (15.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Markel Walker (10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
Stanford leads the all-time series against UCLA, 45-22, and has won the last seven meetings. The Cardinal and Bruins have met six times previously in the Pac-10 Tournament, with Stanford holding a 5-1 edge. Sunday's meeting will be the second time that Stanford and UCLA have met in the conference title game. UCLA defeated Stanford, 85-76 in overtime, to win the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament on March 6, 2006.
Stanford At The Pac-10 Tournament
Stanford enters Sunday's Pac-10 Tournament title game seeking its seventh title in the nine-year history of the event (2003-05, 07-09). The Cardinal has now been the tournament's top seed and has reached the championship game in all nine editions of the event. As a result, Stanford has played the most Pac-10 Tournament games out of all conference teams with 26, and has posted a remarkable 24-2 record in those contests.
Ogwumike Going For The Double
Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike posted her second double-double of the Pac-10 Tournament in Saturday's 64-44 win over California, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The performance puts Ogwumike in prime position to pull off a special double with a good performance Sunday, as she could become the fifth Pac-10 Player of the Year to also earn the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award in the same year. Heading into Sunday's game, Ogwumike has scored 21.5 points and grabbed 10.0 rebounds a game over the first two rounds while also shooting 59.3 percent.
Morale Booster Off The Bench
Despite battling a sprained ankle that forced her to miss last Saturday's regular-season finale at California, Jayne Appel has seen action in both Pac-10 Tournament games off the bench this weekend. Friday, Appel scored seven points with three rebounds in 10 minutes against Arizona, and on Saturday was on the court for 19 minutes, going 3-for-3 from the field for seven points and grabbing two boards.