No. 6/5 Stanford Cardinal (3-1)
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Texas Longhorns (3-0)
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 10:30 a.m. PT
Frank J. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center (16,540) – Austin, Texas.
Series History: Stanford leads 5-2
Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2011 (Stanford 72, Texas 59) – Austin, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6/5 Stanford embarks on an eight-day, four-game road trip that tips off Saturday in Austin as the Cardinal visits Texas for a 10:30 a.m. PT contest. From there, the Cardinal will travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where it will play a three-game set at the 2013 Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Saturday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Net with Mike Morgan and Brenda Van Lengen on the call. The game will also be available on 90.1 KZSU.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal closed out a sweep of its opening weekend at Maples Pavilion Sunday with a 66-48 victory over UC Davis. Forward Chiney Ogwumike went 13-for-22 from the field and posted her fourth double-double of the season with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Amber Orrange scored 10 points with four assists while Mikaela Ruef scored eight points with eight rebounds. Freshman forward Erica McCall made her first collegiate start, scoring five points with six rebounds over 17 minutes. Fellow freshman Karlie Samuelson scored eight points and passed out six assists in 33 minutes off the bench.
Texas has opened the new campaign unbeaten over its first three games, most recently capturing its first win on the road, a 67-52 decision over New Mexico Tuesday night. Karen Aston, in her second year at the Texas helm, oversees a Longhorn squad that is led by the play of Nneka Enemkpali (15.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and Imani McGee-Stafford (13.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg).
All-Time Against Texas
Stanford leads the all-time series with Texas, 5-2. Five of the previous seven matchups between the schools came from 1981-95, with the Longhorns winning the first two. Since then, Stanford is on a five-game winning streak against Texas, capturing both ends of a home-and-home on Nov. 28, 2010 (93-78 at Maples Pavilion) and Nov. 11, 2011 (72-59 in Austin).
In The National Rankings
Stanford dropped to sixth in the Associated Press Poll (reflecting Nov. 11’s loss at Connecticut), and remained at No. 5 in Tuesday’s USA Today Sports Coaches’ Poll.
In The Pac-12 Rankings
Through Nov. 19 Stanford ranks in the top three of three categories: field-goal percentage (46.3 - third), field-goal percentage defense (35.2 - third) and offensive rebounding percentage (39.6 - third). The Cardinal ranks fourth in rebounding offense (45.5 rpg), rebounding defense (35.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+10.2), offensive rebounds (15.3 orpg), defensive rebounds (30.3 drpg) and defensive rebounding percentage (71.6). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (27.5 ppg) and rebounding (13.3 rpg) and is third in field-goal percentage (65.2). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (10.3 rpg) while Amber Orrange is fifth in assists (4.75 apg) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.17).
VanDerveer Knocking On 900-Win Club
Head coach Tara VanDerveer is in her 35th season as a head coach and 28th at the Stanford helm in 2013-14. Her career record of 897-204 after Sunday’s win over UC Davis moves her to just three 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.
Ogwumike Claims Second Straight Pac-12 Player of the Week Honor
Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was voted Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks on Monday, extending her record amount of honors to 11. Ogwumike averaged 32.0 points and 13.0 rebounds and shot 68.3 percent from the field over the Cardinal’s weekend sweep of Cal Poly and UC Davis. Friday night against Cal Poly Ogwumike set career highs with 36 points and 15 field goals.
Practically A Homecoming Weekend
This weekend’s trip to Austin will serve as a homecoming of sorts for a quartet of Texans on the Stanford squad. Returning to their home state will be senior forward Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress), junior point guard Amber Orrange (Houston), redshirt sophomore guard Alex Green (Dallas) and freshman guard Lili Thompson (Mansfield). For Ogwumike, Orrange and Green it will be their second trip to Austin as collegians, as two years ago the Cardinal opened the 2011-12 season with a 72-59 win over the Longhorns. In that contest Ogwumike scored 16 points with 14 rebounds while Orrange came off the bench to score 14 points with six rebounds. Green did not see action that night, but along with Thompson will look forward to taking the court in her home state Saturday afternoon.
Fiesta de los 900 Triunfos
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer heads onto this four-game road trip needing just three more wins to become the fifth women’s basketball head coach to reach 900 for her career. Should the Cardinal get three wins on the trip, the third would come at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As the rest of the season moves along, VanDerveer also has the chance to move into second place on the all-time wins list by the end of the campaign, as she is currently just three wins back of Jody Conradt (900), seven back of C. Vivian Stringer (907) and 11 behind Sylvia Hatchell (908). Tennessee’s Pat Summitt is the all-time leader with 1,098 career wins.
Stanford has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in each of the first four games this season, with a high of 49 set Sunday against UC Davis. Through the first four games the Cardinal is averaging 45.5 rebounds per game, a figure that is only decimal points away from the Stanford all-time single-season mark of 45.9 set in 1979-80.
Freshmen Gaining Confidence
It’s all about reps, and all about what Tara VanDerveer likes to say is letting them learn on the job. Stanford’s five-woman freshman class has gotten plenty of game time through the first two weeks, and with each passing game more and more growth is evident. This past Sunday against UC Davis, four freshmen saw action (guard Briana Roberson did not suit up) with guard Lili Thompson starting her secdon straight game and forward Erica McCall making her first collegiate start. McCall scored five points with a season-high six rebounds but the star freshman Sunday was guard Karlie Samuelson, who came off the bench and set season highs for points (8), assists (6), rebounds (4) and minutes played (33). Thompson and forward Kailee Johnson also combined to play 31 minutes.