No. 3/3 Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
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No. 1/1 Connecticut Huskies (1-0)
Monday, November 11, 2013 – 4 p.m. PT
Gampel Pavilion (10,167) – Storrs, Conn.
Series History: Connecticut leads 8-6
Last Meeting: Dec. 29, 2012 (Connecticut 61, Stanford 35) – Stanford, Calif.
TV: ESPN2 (P-x-P: Dave O'Brien, Analyst: Doris Burke)
Webcast: Watch ESPN
Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Preston Chin)
STORRS, Conn. - Third-ranked Stanford visits Gampel Pavilion for just the second time, and the first since 1993, Monday to face defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut at 4 p.m. PT. The contest, televised on ESPN2 with Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke on the call, will open ESPN’s 2013 Tip-Off Marathon. The game will also be available on 90.1 KZSU with Preston Chin calling the action.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal used a 28-0 run to turn an 18-13 deficit into a 41-18 lead and pull away from Boston College for an 83-71 win in Saturday’s season opener. Chiney Ogwumike went 11-for-12 from the field, scoring 30 points with 14 rebounds, and junior point guard Amber Orrange scored 19 points with 10 assists and nine rebounds, just missing Stanford’s first triple-double since March 18, 2002. Fellow junior Bonnie Samuelson hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points while redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef scored eight points with 10 rebounds.
The defending national champion and top-ranked Huskies opened their 2013-14 campaign Saturday with an 89-34 victory over Hartford. Head coach Geno Auriemma is in his 29th season at the Connecticut helm, and guides a roster which features preseason Associated Press All-Americans Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, along with center Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley.
All-Time Against Connecticut
Connecticut leads the all-time series against Stanford, 8-6, heading into Monday’s clash. The Huskies have won two in a row and five of the last six in the series, most recently a 61-35 victory last Dec. 29 at Maples Pavilion which ended the Cardinal’s program-record 82-game home winning streak. Monday’s contest will be just Stanford’s second visit to Gampel Pavilion and first since Feb. 20, 1993, when the Cardinal defeated the Huskies 68-54.
Stanford vs. No. 1 All-Time
Monday’s game at Connecticut will mark the 19th time that Stanford has faced off against the nation’s top-ranked team. The Cardinal is 6-12 over its previous 18 meetings with a No. 1 team, most recently defeating No. 1/1 Baylor 71-69 in Honolulu last Nov. 16. Monday’s game will also mark the seventh straight year in which Stanford has played the top-ranked team, and the Cardinal has a record of 3-5 in those eight previous meetings since the 2007-08 season.
Stanford Football : Beating Oregon :: Stanford Women’s Basketball : Beating No. 1 Team?
The connection between Stanford women’s basketball and Stanford football is not limited to both teams being ranked in the national top five. While the teams share a strong bond of friendship, they have also been linked with some big games against top competition the past two Novembers. Last November 16, the Cardinal women upset No. 1/1 Baylor 71-69 in Honolulu, and just one day later the football team pulled their own upset, beating No. 2 Oregon 17-14 in Eugene. Fast-forward almost exactly one year to this past Thursday, Nov. 7, when the Cardinal football team again upset a heavily-favored, second-ranked Oregon team, 26-20, at Stanford Stadium. Now, four days later, the Cardinal women will face the top-ranked team in the land, visiting Connecticut. Will this friendly one-upsmanship continue Monday in Storrs?
Ogwumike Earns Preseason Accolades
Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike, coming off of a dominant 2012-13 season, has earned a bounty of preseason honors ahead of her final campaign. The Cypress, Texas native was unanimously voted to the Preseason All-America Teams of the Associated Press and ESPN. and was the only unanimous choice to the AP team. Prior to that she was named a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award and the Senior CLASS Award. Ogwumike is coming off of a junior year in which she captured the Pac-12 Triple Crown with 22.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game and a 58.6 field-goal percentage, figures that ranked seventh, fifth and fourth in the nation, respectively.
Not Missing A Beat
In Saturday’s season opener at Boston College, Chiney Ogwumike picked up right where she left off from 2012-13. Ogwumike opened her senior year by going 11-for-12 from the field, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for her 59th-career double-double. It was the third 30-point game of Ogwumike’s career and she finished just two points off of her career-high of 32. She also made her presence felt on the defensive end, blocking a pair of shots and making three steals.
Junior point guard Amber Orrange opened her 2013-14 campaign in style and came oh-so-close to joining a very select group in the Stanford annals. Orrange came just one rebound short of a triple-double, scoring 19 points with 10 assists and nine rebounds Saturday at Boston College. There have been just eight triple-doubles in Stanford history, notched by only three players (Jennifer Azzi, Sonja Henning and six by Nicole Powell), with the last coming March 18, 2002 when Powell went for 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an NCAA Tournament game against Tulane.
The Cardinal’s “Grand Olde Dame”
Redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef, this year’s “Grand Olde Dame” as the team’s oldest player, proved that her return for a fifth year will be a boon to the Cardinal front line as she grabbed 10 rebounds to go with eight points in Saturday’s 83-71 win at Boston College. The Beavercreek, Ohio native posted the ninth double-digit rebounding game of her career.
A Long Road Back
Saturday’s game was also a special moment for redshirt sophomore guard Alex Green, who made her first collegiate start for the Cardinal against Boston College. Green, a Dallas native, tore her ACL before her senior season in high school, then saw sparse action in two games early in the 2011-12 season for Stanford before tearing her Achilles’ tendon in mid-November. That injury led to a 15-month layoff and rehab after which she finally returned to the court this past February. Finally healthy, Green worked her way up the Cardinal depth chart this past offseason and earned the first start of her career Saturday in which she hit a first-half jumper to score the first points of her collegiate career. Green would finish the game with two points over eight minutes of action.
Defensive Streak Comes To End
The 2012-13 season featured the greatest defensive team in Stanford women’s basketball history. The Cardinal defense set new program records in opponent scoring average (51.9 ppg) and opponent field-goal percentage (31.6), eclipsing the previous marks of 53.9 points per game (set in 2009-10) and 33.6 percent (set in 2010-11). Both figures this year also ranked first in the nation. Yet one of the defense’s big points of pride was a streak that came to an end Saturday at Boston College. The Eagles’ 71 points Saturday snapped a streak of 54 games in which the Cardinal had held opponents to under 70 points. The last team to score more than 70 before Saturday was California, which fell 74-71 in overtime to the Cardinal on Jan. 28, 2012.
Leaving Bonnie Open Was A Bad Choice
Just like milk on a hot day, leaving Bonnie Samuelson open behind the arc is a bad choice. The junior from Huntington Beach made Boston College pay for the space Saturday, hitting on three of her seven attempts from downtown and scoring 15 points in the Cardinal win. The Cardinal’s leader in 3-pointers made the past two seasons, Samuelson entered 2013-14 with 93 career triples and now has upped her total to 96.