No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (12-1, 1-0 Pac-12)
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Oregon State Beavers (8-5, 0-1 Pac-12)
Sunday, January 5, 2014 – 2 p.m. PT
Maples Pavilion (7,233) – Stanford, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads 51-6
Last Meeting: Feb. 22, 2013 (Stanford 90, Oregon State 53) – Stanford, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Network (P-x-P: Ann Schatz, Analyst: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude)
Webcast: Pac-12 Network Online (http://www.pac-12.com/live)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - The opening weekend of Pac-12 play comes to a close Sunday as No. 4/4 Stanford hosts Oregon State at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Ann Schatz and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on the call. The contest can also be heard on 90.1 KZSU and online at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal’s Pac-12 opener, a 96-66 win over Oregon, was one of milestones Friday, as Chiney Ogwumike grabbed 14 rebounds to become the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder, passing former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s mark of 1,266. Ogwumike, who now has 1,271 career rebounds, went 15-for-19 from the field and scored 33 points to post her ninth double-double of the season. Junior forward Bonnie Samuelson enjoyed a career day, going 7-for-10 from the field including a 6-for-9 effort from behind the arc and scoring a career-best 21 points. Mikaela Ruef scored eight points with nine rebounds and four assists as 12 Cardinal players scored in the contest. Stanford’s defense was strong, holding Oregon, the nation’s top-scoring team heading into Friday (105.3 ppg) to a season-low 66 points.
About Oregon State
Oregon State (8-5, 0-1 Pac-12) has lost two straight heading into Sunday’s contest, with both losses coming to ranked teams. The Beavers went toe-to-toe with No. 2/2 Notre Dame before falling 70-58 on Dec. 29, then Friday night dropped its Pac-12 opener, 72-63 at No. 23/21 California. With Scott Rueck in his fourth year at the Oregon State helm, the Beavers are led by the play of Jamie Weisner (15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Sydney Wiese (12.5 ppg, 3.92 apg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 51-6, and has beaten the Beavers 27 straight times as well as in 38 of the past 39 meetings. Oregon State’s last win over the Cardinal came in an 81-65 decision on Jan. 11, 2001 in Corvallis.
In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 3 Stanford ranks in the top three of nine categories: scoring defense (58.8 - first), scoring margin (+18.9 - first), field-goal percentage (47.1 - first), field-goal percentage defense (33.0 - first), assists (19.23 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.47 - first), scoring offense (77.7 - second), 3-point field-goal percentage (37.6 - second), blocked shots (4.31 bpg - second). The Cardinal also ranks fourth in rebounding offense (44.2), rebounding margin (+7.1), turnover margin (+1.6) and 3-pointers made per game (6.8). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (26.3 ppg) and field-goal percentage (64.6), and is second in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Mikaela Ruef is sixth in rebounding (9.2 rpg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.92) and eight in assists (3.69), while Amber Orrange leads the loop in 3-point field-goal percentage (46.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.46), fourth in assists (4.62 apg), tied for sixth in steals (2.00 spg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (51.5).
Good Start To Defending The Crown
Stanford, the 13-time defending Pac-12 champion, opened the campaign with a win Friday over Oregon. Stanford, which has won or shared the past 13 regular-season conference titles, and overall has captured 22 of the 27 previous Pac-12 crowns, is now 25-3 in its Pac-12 openers since the conference’s inaugural season of 1986-87.
Ogwumike Becomes Pac-12’s Top Career Rebounder
Chiney Ogwumike grabbed 14 rebounds in Friday’s win over Oregon, upping her career rebounding total to 1,271 and passing former teammate Kayla Pedersen (1,266) as the Pac-12’s top career rebounder. Ogwumike grabbed the record-breaking rebound on the defensive boards with 12:20 to go in the contest. The Pac-12’s all-time top-four rebounders are all Stanford players from the past four years: Chiney Ogwumike (1,271 rebounds), Pedersen (1,266), Jayne Appel (1,263) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (1,226).
Pac-12’s Top Defense Shuts Down Nation’s Top Offense
Oregon came into Friday’s matchup averaging a national- and Pac-12-best 105.3 points per game, while Stanford’s defense allowed just 58.2 points per game, tops in the conference. In the contest, the Cardinal held the Ducks to a season-low 66 points as well as a shooting percentage of just 33.8 percent (24-for-71) and a 23.1-percent mark (6-for-26) from behind the arc.
Stanford was deadly from behind the arc once again Friday night, hitting 12 3-pointers for the second straight game to match its season high. The long-range attack was led by Bonnie Samuelson, who matched her own career high with six triples and scored a career-high 21 points. Taylor Greenfield and Lili Thompson each added a pair of triples, while Jasmine Camp and Karlie Samuelson each hit one. Stanford is now hitting 6.8 3-pointers per game, and with 88 on the year is on pace to pass last year’s total of 188. Also, the Cardinal’s 37.6 3-point field-goal percentage is on pace to be the team’s highest since 2005-06 (39.6).
Bombin’ Bonnie At It Again
Junior forward Bonnie Samuelson will likely be commanding more attention from opposing defenses following her performance over the past two games. Samuelson has shot 70.6 percent (12-for-17) from the field and 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from 3-point range over the Cardinal’s wins over Fresno State and Oregon. The Huntington Beach native scored a career-high 21 points and matched her career best with six triples Friday against Oregon, and this year is one of the top Cardinal reserves Cardinal with 7.0 points per game over 12.0 minutes a game while shooting 42.2 percent (19-for-45) from behind the arc.
The Stanford Offense At Work
While players like Chiney Ogwumike and Bonnie Samuelson did the bulk of the scoring Friday, credit also has to go to two of the Cardinal’s top passers in keeping the offense moving. Point guard Amber Orrange and center Mikaela Ruef combined to hand out 12 assists, eight by Orrange, as the Cardinal passed out a season-high 28 assists for the game. The passing skills of Orrange and Ruef have been an underrated part of the Cardinal’s success this season, as both players rank in the Pac-12’s top-10 in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. Orrange leads the conference with a 2.46 ratio and is fourth with 4.62 assists per game, while Ruef’s figures of 1.92 and 3.69 are fifth and eighth, respectively. Ruef has also made herself invaluable on the boards, sitting sixth in the Pac-12 with 9.2 rebounds per game.