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VanDerveer Approaches 900
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/25/2013
Game #6

No. 6/5 Stanford Cardinal (4-1)

- vs. -

No. 16/22 Purdue Boilermakers (4-0)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 2 p.m. PT
Puerto Vallarta Convention Center – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Series History: Stanford leads 6-3
Last Meeting: Nov. 28, 2008 (Stanford 78, Purdue 70 - OT) – Honolulu, Hawaii
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 KZSU

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6/5 Stanford continues its eight-day, four-game road trip this week with three games in three days at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico beginning with Tuesday’s 2 p.m. PT clash with No. 18/22 Purdue. Head coach Tara VanDerveer goes for career win number 899, and the action can be heard on 90.1 KZSU and online at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu.

Last Time Out
The Cardinal opened its season-long trip with a 63-54 come-from-behind victory at Texas Saturday. Trailing 37-30 at halftime and by as much as nine early in the second half, the Cardinal defense clamped down on the Longhorns, limiting them to just five field goals and 17 points over the final 20 minutes. The offense, meanwhile, reeled off a 15-0 run that turned a 40-32 deficit into a seven-point lead at 47-40 which held up the rest of the way. Mikaela Ruef posted her first double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 11 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Chiney Ogwumike scored 14 second-half points to finish with 18 for the day and six rebounds.

About Purdue
Purdue, ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll and 22nd in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll,  comes to Mexico with a 4-0 record to start the year, having earned victories over Ball State, IUPUI, Toledo and Belmont. The Boilermakers are helmed by head coach Sharon Versyp in her eighth season in West Lafayette, and are led on the court by the play of KK Houser (19.3 ppg, 4.67 apg), Whitney Bays (15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Courtney Moses (14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg).

All-Time Against Purdue
Stanford leads the all-time series with Purdue, 6-3, and the teams have split the past four meetings. The Cardinal captured the most recent meeting between the schools, defeating the Boilermakers 78-70 in overtime on Nov. 28, 2008 at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. Tuesday’s contest will be just the second meeting of the schools over the past 13 years.

In The National Rankings
Stanford remained sixth in Monday’s Associated Press Poll (reflecting Nov. 11’s loss at Connecticut), and remained at No. 5 in last Tuesday’s USA Today Sports Coaches’ Poll.

In The Pac-12 Rankings
Through Nov. 23 Stanford ranks in the top three of five categories: field-goal percentage defense (33.4 - second), rebounding offense (44.4 rpg - third), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.20 - third) and scoring defense (60.0 - third). The Cardinal ranks fourth in scoring margin (+11.0), turnover margin (+1.6) and defensive rebounds (29.8 drpg). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike is second in the Pac-12 in scoring (25.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg) and is sixth in field-goal percentage (57.0). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (10.2 rpg) while Amber Orrange is seventh in assists (4.00 apg) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.50).

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 898-204 after Saturday’s win at Texas moves her to just two 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 week 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.

Stanford’s First Games On Foreign Soil
This week’s three-game set in Puerto Vallarta marks the first time in program history that Stanford has played a regular-season game on foreign soil. While the Cardinal has played games outside of the “lower 48” on numerous occasions (Hawaii seven times, Alaska twice) and once on a trip to a U.S. territory (U.S. Virgin Islands in Nov. 2007), Tuesday’s contest against Purdue will go in the books as Stanford’s first contest outside of U.S. jurisdiction.

Ogwumike Named To Naismith Trophy Preseason Player Of The Year List
Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the preseason list for the James Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Tuesday. A consensus Preseason All-American and preseason national player of the year candidate of the WBCA’s Wade Trophy and the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award, Ogwumike has now been named a player of the year candidate by all three major postseason awards. After her 18-point performance in Saturday’s 63-54 win at Texas Ogwumike sits second in the Pac-12 with 25.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and sixth with a 57.0 field-goal percentage.

Grinding Out Another Productive Day
Ohio native Mikaela Ruef plays with the grit and blue-collar determination reflective of her home state, and Saturday’s 63-54 win at Texas was another demonstration. Ruef hit her first four shots from the field to keep the struggling Cardinal offense afloat early, and finished the game with a season-high 11 points to go with 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. While not expected to be a big scorer for the Cardinal, Ruef’s contributions come on the boards, where she is averaging 10.2 rebounds a game (second on the team), and on the defensive end, where she guards the opposing team’s top post. Saturday she helped hold Imani McGee-Stafford and Nneka Enemkpali to a combined 7-for-21 effort from the field as Texas shot just 26.2 percent for the game.

Stifling Defense
Stanford’s defense had its best performance of the season Saturday at Texas. In fact, one could attribute the win to the defensive effort, as it picked up what was Stanford’s second-lowest offensive output of the season. For the game, the Cardinal held the Longhorns to just 26.2-percent shooting and posted season-bests in steals (nine), opponent field goals (16), opponent field-goal percentage (26.2 percent) and turnovers forced (20). The game turned in the second half thanks to the defense’s performance in which it held the Longhorns to just five field goals and 17 points, including a scoreless drought of 6:33 during which the Cardinal went on a 15-0 run to turn a 40-32 deficit into a 47-40 lead which it would not relinquish.

Makings Of A Strong Backcourt
Blending new pieces into a rotation is never easy, but through the first five games of the season Tara VanDerveer has made great progress with her backcourt. With junior Amber Orrange entrenched as the team’s point guard, freshmen Lili Thompson and Karlie Samuelson, redshirt junior Alex Green and senior Sara James have worked well at the second guard position, and even the “3” spot. Saturday in Austin, Orrange started at point with Thompson at the “2” and Samuelson at the “3.” Orrange went for 13 points and eight rebounds while Thompson (seven points) and Samuelson (six points) combined for 13 points, and James came off the bench for six points in a season-high 18 minutes. Although Green did not see action, she has earned praise from VanDerveer for her defensive skill.


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