No. 3/3 Stanford Cardinal (0-0)
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Boston College Eagles (0-0)
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 10 a.m. PT
Conte Forum (8,606) – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Series History: Stanford leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Dec. 28, 2005 (Boston College 77, Stanford 69) – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Webcast: Boston College All-Access (fee required)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Preston Chin)
STANFORD, Calif. - Third-ranked Stanford opens the 2013-14 campaign on the East Coast this weekend, visiting Boston College Saturday and closing the trip Monday at defending NCAA champion and No. 1 Connecticut. Saturday’s opener against BC is set for a 10 a.m. PT tip. The game is available to watch online via www.bceagles.com’s All-Access, and on the radio at 90.1 KZSU with Preston Chin on the call.
Last Time Out
Stanford played its only official exhibition of the preseason this past Sunday, Nov. 3, defeating Vanguard 79-47. Senior forward and preseason All-American Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points with 15 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action, while freshmen forwards Kailee Johnson and Erica McCall went for 13 and nine, and 14 and four, respectively. Redshirt senior Mikaela Ruef grabbed nine rebounds and junior point guard Amber Orrange passed out six assists. On the boards, the Cardinal out-rebounded the Lions by a 53-35 margin.
About Boston College
Boston College opens the year tabbed to finish 11th in the ACC Preseason Poll. The Eagles went 12-19 last season, ending their campaign with a 62-57 loss to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Head coach Erik Johnson enters his second year at the Eagle helm, and the team is led by sophomore Nicole Boudreau, a 2013 ACC All-Freshman Team pick who hit a team-high 64 3-pointers and averaged 11.1 points per game a year ago. Seniors Kristen Doherty (12.3 ppg) and Katie Zenevitch (12.1 ppg) also return.
Against Boston College
Stanford leads the all-time series against Boston College, 2-1, and Saturday’s meeting will be the first since Dec. 28, 2005, when the Eagles defeated the Cardinal 77-69 in Chestnut Hill.
Connecticut On Deck
Following Saturday’s game, Stanford will bus to Hartford to prepare for Monday night’s nationally-televised clash at No. 1 Connecticut in Storrs. It will be just the second trip to Gampel Pavilion for the Cardinal, with the previous trip a 68-54 win on Feb. 20, 1993. The Huskies lead the all-time series 8-6 and captured the most recent meeting 61-35 last Dec. 29 at Maples Pavilion, snapping Stanford’s program-record 82-game home winning streak.
VanDerveer Knocking On 900-Win Club
Head coach Tara VanDerveer enters her 35th season as a head coach and 28th at the Stanford helm in 2013-14. Her career record of 894-203 leaves her just six wins away from becoming the fifth women’s basketball coach to win 900 games, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell in the exclusive club. This season Stanford’s sixth, seventh and eighth games take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, meaning VanDerveer could very likely hit the 900-win mark on foreign soil.
The 2013-14 Schedule
Stanford will play one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2013-14. The Cardinal’s slate includes not only Pac-12 competition that sent four teams (California, UCLA, Colorado) to the NCAA Tournament last season but also features a 12-game non-conference schedule that includes seven NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Defending national champion Connecticut headlines the non-conference schedule, as the Cardinal travels to Storrs for a Nov. 11 matchup. The Cardinal also travels to Texas (Nov. 23), then to Puerto Vallarta for a three-game set from Nov. 26-28 against Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State. At home, Stanford will face Cal Poly (Nov. 15), UC Davis (Nov. 17), Gonzaga (Dec. 14), New Mexico (Dec. 16) and Tennessee (Dec. 21) then conclude the slate with a trip to Fresno State on Dec. 28.
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 Associated Press Preseason All-America Team on Nov. 5, and prior to that was named a preseason candidate for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year, 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.
Four Returning Starters
Stanford also returns three starters in addition to Ogwumike as All-Pac-12 point guard Amber Orrange (10.8 ppg, 4.08 apg, 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio), redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef (4.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 22 blocks) and senior guard Sara James (5.3 ppg, 33.0 3-point FG pct.) bolster the starting lineup. The Cardinal also returns key contributors in junior forwards Bonnie Samuelson (5.4 ppg, team-leading 49 3-pointers and 35.0 3-point FG pct.) and Taylor Greenfield (3.9 ppg, 26 3-pointers) as well as redshirt sophomore guard Jasmine Camp (1.2 ppg, 9.1 mpg). Sophomore Tess Picknell (32 games, 4.4 mpg, 1.5 rpg, 15 blocks) provides depth inside as well.
Also returning are junior forward Erica Payne (1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg), who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, and redshirt sophomore guard Alex Green who returned last February and played seven games after being out for 15 months due to a torn Achilles suffered in Nov. 2011.
The Freshman Class
Stanford also features a five-woman freshman class that includes forwards Erica McCall (Bakersfield, Calif.), a multiple-time gold medal-winner with USA Basketball youth teams, and Kailee Johnson (Portland, Ore.), a 2013 McDonald’s All-American and Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year, as well as guards Lili Thompson (Mansfield, Texas), a Sporting News All-America honorable mention, Briana Roberson (Fullerton, Calif.), a two-time All-CIF Southern Section Team selection, and Karlie Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.), the younger sister of Bonnie, who was named a 2013 WBCA All-American after leading Mater Dei to the CIF Open Division championship game.
Key Personnel Losses
Stanford lost a pair of All-Pac-12 performers due to injury and graduation after the 2012-13 season. Forward Joslyn Tinkle, a 2013 All-Pac-12 pick, averaged 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and led the team with 66 blocks while hitting 39 3-pointers. Tinkle would go on to sign with the Seattle Storm for the final month of the 2013 WNBA season. Also ending her playing days, but remaining a part of the program, is 2012 All-Pac-12 guard Toni Kokenis, who announced her medical retirement in July due to concussions. Kokenis played 21 games last year, starting 19, averaging 7.7 points a game and making 17 steals. As a senior Kokenis will remain with the team, tutoring Stanford’s young backcourt and assisting the team with other duties.