Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal
(1) No. 4/3 Stanford Cardinal (28-2)
- vs. -
(8) UCLA Bruins or (9) Colorado Buffaloes
Friday, March 7, 2014 – 12 p.m. PT
KeyArena (17,000) – Seattle, Wash.
Series History: Stanford leads UCLA, 56-22; leads Colorado 11-4
Last Meeting:Feb. 23, 2014 at UCLA (W, 65-56); Jan. 12, 2014 at Colorado (W, 87-77)
TV: Pac-12 Network (P-x-P: Anne Marie Anderson, Analyst: Tammy Blackburn)
Webcast: Pac-12 Online (http://www.pac-12.com/live)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - The calendar has turned to March, and with that the postseason is upon No. 4/4 Stanford. The Cardinal travels to Seattle this week for the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena. The draw’s top seed, Stanford opens action in Friday’s quarterfinal round at 12 p.m. facing the winner of Thursday’s first-round matchup between No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Colorado. Friday’s game will air live on Pac-12 Network with Anne Marie Anderson and Tammy Blackburn on the call, and can also be heard on 90.1 KZSU.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal wrapped up the Pac-12 regular season at 17-1 with a home sweep of Washington and Washington State during Senior Weekend. Stanford avenged its only Pac-12 setback of the campaign Thursday night, defeating Washington, 83-60, before getting a career-high 37 points from Chiney Ogwumike Saturday night to down Washington State, 84-64. Ogwumike also grabbed 13 rebounds to post her 22nd double-double of the season, while junior point guard Amber Orrange scored 20 points with eight rebounds and four assists.
About UCLA And Colorado
Stanford’s quarterfinal opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s first-round match between No. 8 seed UCLA (13-17, 7-11 Pac-12) and No. 9 seed Colorado (16-13, 6-12 Pac-12). The Bruins are led by the play of Atonye Nyingifa (18.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Nirra Fields (17.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg), while the Buffaloes are led by the play of Arielle Roberson (12.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Jen Reese (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
All-Time Against UCLA And Colorado
Stanford is 56-22 all-time against UCLA, and 11-4 all-time against Colorado. This season the Cardinal swept UCLA, defeating the Bruins 72-55 at Maples Pavilion on January 24, then again by a score of 65-56 in Los Angeles on February 23. Stanford and Colorado played just once this regular season, with the Cardinal earning an 87-77 win on January 12 in Boulder.
In The National Rankings
Stanford moved up a spot to No. 4 in the Associated Press Poll and remained at No. 4 in the USA Today Sports Coaches’ Poll this week following its home sweep of Washington and Washington State.
In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through March 2 Stanford ranks in the top three of 12 categories: scoring defense (59.9 - first), scoring margin (+18.3 - first), rebounding margin (+9.0 - first), field-goal percentage (48.0 - first), field-goal percentage defense (34.9 - first), assists (18.27 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.44 - first), scoring offense (78.2 - second), rebounding defense (34.5 - second), 3-point field-goal percentage (37.6 - second), and defensive rebounding (30.8 drpg - second). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (27.0 ppg) and field-goal percentage (62.2), and is second in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.80 bpg). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (9.5 rpg), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.74), and 12th in assists (3.13 apg), tops among all Pac-12 posts in the latter two categories. Amber Orrange leads the loop in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.11) and is second in assists (4.67 apg). Lili Thompson (42.5) is third in the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage while Bonnie Samuelson (41.1) is fifth.
In The National Stat Rankings
Through March 2 Stanford ranked in the top 20 of eight categories: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.44 - fifth), field-goal percentage (48.0 - sixth), assists (18.27 - eighth), field-goal percentage defense (34.9 - eighth), scoring margin (+18.3 - ninth), rebound margin (+8.8 - 13th), 3-point field-goal percentage (37.6 - 15th) and turnovers per game (12.7 - 19th). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike is the only player to rank in the national top 10 in scoring (27.0 ppg - third), field-goal percentage (62.2 - third), rebounding (12.1 rpg - eighth), and double-doubles (22 - sixth). Amber Orrange’s 3.11 assist-to-turnover ratio is sixth in the country.
Chiney Ogwumike Headlines Pac-12 Awards
The Pac-12 announced its end-of-season honors Tuesday morning and senior forward Chiney Ogwumike headlined the list by sweeping the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second year in a row. While it was her second straight Pac-12 Player of the Year honor, the Defensive Player of the Year honor was her third in a row. She became the seventh Stanford player to win multiple conference player of the year awards, and for the fourth straight year was named to the All-Pac-12 Team.
Joining Ogwumike on the All-Pac-12 Team was junior point guard Amber Orrange, who earned her second nod to the all-conference team while averaging 10.1 points and 4.67 assists per game with a conference-best 3.11 assist-to-turnover ratio. Redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef earned her first nod from the conference, being named All-Pac-12 honorable mention for her year in which she is averaging career bests of 6.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.13 assists per game.
A pair of freshman guards were also recognized as Lili Thompson was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team while Karlie Samuelson was named All-Freshman honorable mention. Thompson played her way into the starting lineup by the third game of the year and has averaged 7.3 points and 2.90 assists per game, and is third in the Pac-12 with a 42.5 3-point field-goal percentage. Samuelson, meanwhile, averages 6.3 points over 25 appearances and is third on the team with 36 3-pointers.
Rounding out the honors is head coach Tara VanDerveer, who was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 14th time. This year VanDerveer became just the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to win 900 career games, getting No. 900 Nov. 27 against Florida Gulf Coast in Puerto Vallarta.
Stanford At The Pac-12 Tournament
Friday’s quarterfinal begins the 13th Pac-12 Tournament for Stanford, and the Cardinal will go for its 11th title. The Cardinal has been the top seed in every edition of the tournament since its inception in 2002. Stanford has made the tournament final at every event, with the only years it did not raise the trophy being the inaugural edition in 2002 (falling to Arizona State), and in 2006 (losing to UCLA). Stanford’s overall record at the Pac-12 Tournament is 33-2.
Chiney Ogwumike Against The Top-25
February 14’s 61-35 win over Arizona State improved Stanford’s record against Top-25 teams this season to 8-1. Over those nine games, Stanford’s received great performances from numerous players, most notably national player of the year candidate Chiney Ogwumike, the only player in the country to rank in the national Top 10 in scoring (27.0 ppg - third), rebounding (12.1 rpg - eighth), field-goal percentage (62.2 - third), and double-doubles (22 - sixth) through March 3. Over nine games against Top-25 teams this year, Ogwumike is averaging 25.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and shooting 59.4 percent with 14 blocked shots. Below is a game-by-game breakdown of Ogwumike’s lines against those teams:
Pac-12 Player Of The Week Record For Ogwumike
Chiney Ogwumike extended another record in her collection Monday, being named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the ninth time this season and the 18th time in her career. The Cypress, Texas native extended both her single-season and career marks for most weekly conference honors received, and earned this latest one after averaging 34.5 points and 12.0 rebounds over Stanford’s home sweep of Washington and Washington State. After going for 32 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday night’s 83-60 win over the Huskies, Ogwumike scored a career-high 37 points with 13 rebounds for her 13th 30-point game and 22nd double-double of the season Saturday against the Cougars.
Five Years Goes By That Quickly
It’s been quite a ride on The Farm for fifth-year senior and “Team Grandma” of the squad Mikaela Ruef. Taking over the role of oldest player on the team, Ruef has enjoyed a career year, being named All-Pac-12 honorable mention while averaging career bests of 6.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.13 assists per game. Not only has she performed at a high level on the court, Ruef has shined in other areas including owning a 3.38 cumulative grade-point average in finishing her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at the end of this month, and working part-time as an engineer on campus overseeing the university’s energy-conversion projects.
Junior forward Bonnie Samuelson has always been comfortable in her role as Stanford’s top 3-point bomber, but over the past few weeks she has begun to emerge as one of the team’s newest leaders, working into the starting lineup for the first time on February 23 and producing in that spot. Since making her first collegiate start three games ago, Samuelson has averaged 10.3 points and shot 36.8 percent (7-for-19) from behind the arc, highlighted by a 14-point effort Thursday against Washington. Over her last five games, in fact, Samuelson has scored in double digits four times, averaging 12.4 points and shooting 50.0 percent (16-for-32) from 3-point range during that span.
She’s On Point
Point guard Amber Orrange is peaking at the right time for the Cardinal, as the now two-time All-Pac-12 selection (after Tuesday’s announcement) averaged 15.0 points and 4.00 assists while shooting 64.7 percent from the field over the weekend sweep of Washington and Washington State. Saturday night against the Cougars Orrange recorded her second 20-point performance of the season, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds and four assists in the 84-64 win. For the year, the Nancy Lieberman Award finalist is averaging 10.1 points per game while leading the Pac-12 and ranking sixth in the nation with a 3.11 assist-to-turnover ratio and ranking second in the conference with 4.67 assists per game.