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Top-25 Battle In Tempe
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/19/2014
Game #18

No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12)

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Arizona State Sun Devils (15-2, 4-1 Pac-12)

Monday, January 20, 2014 – 4 p.m. PT
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198) – Tempe, Ariz.

Series History: Stanford leads 54-11
Last Meeting: Feb. 10, 2013 (Stanford 69, Arizona State 45) – Stanford, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Network (P-x-P: Jim Watson, Analyst: Tammy Blackburn)
Webcast: Pac-12 Network Online (http://www.pac-12.com/live)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4/4 Stanford goes for a second straight road sweep Monday afternoon when it visits No. 19/24 Arizona State at 4 p.m. PT. It will be Stanford’s sixth meeting with a Top-25 team this season. Monday’s matchup will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Tammi Blackburn 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 hit 15 3-pointers, one short of matching the program’s single-game record, and shot 63.5 percent from the field in Friday’s 96-52 win at Arizona. The Samuelson sisters combined to score 25 points, 16 from younger sister Karlie and nine from older sister Bonnie, while Karlie went 4-for-8 from 3-point range and Bonnie hit on three of six attempts. Seven different Cardinal players hit a triple in the game, a season high, as Taylor Greenfield also hit three, and Amber Orrange hit a pair while scoring eight points with eight assists. Freshman Lili Thompson scored 12 points with six assists, and Chiney Ogwumike had her usual dominant outing inside, scoring 24 points with 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.

About Arizona State
Arizona State has defied preseason predictions of the Pac-12 head coaches and media, which picked the Sun Devils to finish 10th and ninth, respectively, in the 2013-14 preseason polls. The Sun Devils enter Monday night’s game 15-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play, and ranked 19th in the Associated Press Poll and 24th in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll. With Charli Turner Thorne in her second season back from the sabbatical she took in 2011-12, Arizona State is led by the play of point guard Deja Mann (11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Adrianne Thomas (10.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Kelsey Moos (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

All-Time Against Arizona State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona State, 54-11, and has won the past 14 meetings with the Sun Devils.

In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 17 Stanford ranks in the top three of 11 categories: scoring defense (60.1 - first), scoring margin (+20.5 - first), rebounding margin (+7.9 - first), field-goal percentage (48.6 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage (41.2 - first), field-goal percentage defense (34.5 - first), assists (20.12 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60 - first), scoring offense (80.5 - second), blocked shots (3.82 bpg - second), 3-pointers made per game (7.5 - third) and turnover margin (+1.8 - third). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (27.1 ppg) and field-goal percentage (64.1), and is second in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.71 bpg). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (9.1 rpg), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73) and tied for 12th in assists (3.35 apg), tops among all Pac-12 posts in the latter two categories. Amber Orrange leads the loop in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.28), is third in assists (4.82 apg), and ninth in field-goal percentage (48.5). Bonnie Samuelson and Lili Thompson are tied atop the 3-point field-goal percentage list (44.4) while Amber Orrange is third (44.2) and Karlie Samuelson ninth (39.6).

Cardinal Going For Back-To-Back Road Sweeps
Stanford returned to campus from Boulder last Sunday night at about 11 p.m., and had a quick turnaround before leaving on Thursday for this weekend’s five-day trip to Arizona. It is the Cardinal’s first set of back-to-back road weekends in Pac-12 play in three years, when Stanford made its trip to Oregon from Jan. 26-29, 2011 then to Arizona from Feb. 2-5, 2011. The Cardinal was perfect on that road trip, winning the four games by an average of 28.3 points, and has a chance to make this year’s back-to-back road swing another 4-0 sweep.

Stanford On The Road Against The Pac-12
The Cardinal’s second straight weekend on the road doesn’t seem so daunting when you look at how it has fared against the Pac-12 away from Maples Pavilion lately. After Friday’s win at Arizona and last weekend’s sweep at Utah and Colorado, Stanford has now won 59 straight games against the rest of the Pac-12 away from Maples Pavilion, a figure that includes 14 neutral court wins at the Pac-12 Tournament. As for true road wins against Pac-12 opponents (games at the opponent’s home court), Stanford has won 45 in a row. The Cardinal’s last loss to a Pac-12 foe away from Maples Pavilion was a 57-54 setback at California on Jan. 18, 2009.

Takeaways From Friday’s 96-52 Win At Arizona
• The Cardinal set new season highs with 96 points scored, a 46-point margin of victory, 40 field goals made a 63.5 field-goal percentage (40-for-63), 15 3-pointers made, and 32 3-pointers attempted. Stanford also matched a season-high with 28 assists (tied with 28 passed out against Oregon on Jan. 3).

• Stanford’s 15 3-pointers were just one shy of tying Stanford’s single-game record of 16, and accounted for the team’s seventh straight game with at least seven 3-pointers made, and the fifth game in which the Cardinal has made at least 10 triples.

• Seven different Cardinal players (Taylor Greenfield, Sara James, Kailee Johnson, Amber Orrange, Bonnie Samuelson, Karlie Samuelson, Lili Thompson) hit a 3-pointer Friday night, the most in a single game this season. Stanford had three times previously had six different players hit a triple in a game this season: Nov. 27 against Florida Gulf Coast, Jan. 10 at Utah, and Jan. 12 at Colorado.

• Freshman Karlie Samuelson has scored 35 points over the past two games, going 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from behind the arc.

Stanford Against Top-25 Teams
Monday’s game at No. 19/24 Arizona State will be Stanford’s sixth against a Top-25 team this season. The Cardinal is 4-1 in its previous five games against ranked teams, falling only at No. 1/1 Connecticut back on Nov. 11. Stanford has since defeated No. 16/22 Purdue (Nov. 26 in Puerto Vallarta), No. 23/22 Gonzaga (Dec. 14), No. 3/3 Tennessee (Dec. 21) and No. 17/18 Colorado (Jan. 12).

Wonder Twin Powers Activate!
Sisters Bonnie and Karlie Samuelson are the second pair of sisters to play for the Cardinal this decade, joining Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike, who played together from 2010-12. While the Ogwumikes were a dominant pair inside, the Samuelsons have made their mark on the perimeter, powering Stanford’s potent 3-point attack. Older sister Bonnie leads the Cardinal with 24 triples and is tied with teammate Lili Thompson atop the Pac-12 rankings with a 44.4 3-point field-goal percentage, while Karlie has hit 19, including nine over the past two games. Together the sisters combine to score 12.2 points per game (6.3 for Bonnie, 5.9 for Karlie), and Friday at Arizona combined to go 7-for-14 from behind the arc and score 25 points.

Ogwumike’s Tear Continues
Chiney Ogwumike continued her national player of the year-caliber season Friday night in Tucson, posting her 12th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds over 28 minutes against Arizona. Ogwumike, a six-time Pac-12 Player of the Week this season, remains the only player in the country to rank in the national top 10 in scoring (27.3 ppg - third), field-goal percentage (62.8 - fifth) and rebounding (11.8 rpg - ninth) through the games of Jan. 16.

Since Drinking The Water, They’ve Been Hitting All Day
A welcome factor into Stanford’s success this season has been the rejuvenation of its 3-point shooting accuracy. Like many personal rejuvenations and reboots, this one can be credited to a tropical vacation, as the Cardinal’s hot hands started at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta. In the five games prior to that trip Thanksgiving weekend, the Cardinal shot just 26.7 percent (23-for-86) from behind the arc, but maybe the Cardinal demonstrated that a previously-unknown result of drinking the water in Mexico is improved 3-point shooting, as the team has gone 105-for-225 (46.7 percent) since the first game of the tournament.

Orrange Named To Lieberman Award Watch List
Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange was named to the Lieberman Award Watch List Wednesday, and proved she’s among the best point guards in the country Friday night in Tucson. To go with her eight points Orrange passed out eight assists and did not turn the ball over in Stanford’s 96-52 win over Arizona. The performance, which included making a pair of 3-pointers, has her leading the Pac-12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.28), ranking third in 3-point field-goal percentage (44.2) and assists (4.82 apg), and ninth in field-goal percentage (48.5).


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