No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (20-1, 9-0 Pac-12)
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No. 21/19 California Golden Bears (14-6, 6-2 Pac-12)
Sunday, February 2, 2014 – 1 p.m. PT
Haas Pavilion (11,877) – Berkeley, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads 61-18
Last Meeting: Jan. 30, 2014 (Stanford 70, California 64) – Stanford, Calif.
TV: ESPN2 (P-x-P: Brenda VanLengen, Analyst: LaChina Robinson)
Webcast: ESPN3 (http://www.espn3.com)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - The 2014 edition of the regular-season Battle of the Bay concludes Sunday afternoon in Berkeley as No. 4/4 Stanford aims to complete the sweep of No. 21/19 California at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game will air on ESPN2 with Brenda VanLengen and LaChina Robinson on the call. The contest can also be heard on 90.1 KZSU and online at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Last Time Out
The first Battle of the Bay of 2014, a 70-64 Stanford victory, seemed like two different games packed into one. Over the first 27-plus minutes Stanford had rolled to a 59-29 lead and looked to be cruising to another blowout win, but California picked up and stormed back, pulling to within five with 18 seconds left before ultimately succumbing. Chiney Ogwumike scored 23 points with 12 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the season while Mikaela Ruef grabbed 12 rebounds to go with eight points. Stanford got key contributions from its bench, as Karlie Samuelson scored 14 points along with 10 from Taylor Greenfield as the Cardinal bench outscored that of the Golden Bears by a 32-19 margin.
California (14-6, 6-3 Pac-12) is feeling momentum after its strong finish to Thursday night’s first bout with the Cardinal, and knows how far a win Sunday would in the Pac-12 standings. The Golden Bears opened the Pac-12 slate with four straight wins, but have dropped three of their last five, and are facing a battle to stay in the conference’s top four and in position for a bye into the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. Head coach Lindsay Gottlieb is in her fourth season at the helm in Berkeley, guiding a squad led by the play of point guard Brittany Boyd (14.6 ppg, 5.50 apg) and forward Reshanda Gray (16.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg).
All-Time Against California
Stanford leads the all-time series against California, 61-18, and is 54-7 against the Golden Bears since the first season of Pac-12 (then Pac-10) play in 1986-87.
In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 30 Stanford ranks in the top three of 10 categories: scoring defense (59.8 - first), scoring margin (+20.1 - first), rebounding margin (+8.0 - first), field-goal percentage (48.9 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.3 - first), field-goal percentage defense (34.5 - first), assists (19.95 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61 - first), scoring offense (79.9 - second), and rebounding defense (35.2 - second). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (26.9 ppg) and field-goal percentage (63.4), and is second in rebounding (12.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.81 bpg). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (9.2 rpg), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73), and 14th 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 (3.37) and is second in assists (4.81 apg). Lili Thompson (44.6) leads the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage while Bonnie Samuelson (43.1) is third and Karlie Samuelson (42.1) is tied for fourth. Thompson is also fourth with a 2.06 assist-to-turnover ratio and 10th with 3.33 assists per game.
In The National Stat Rankings
Through Jan. 30 Stanford ranked in the top 20 of seven categories: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61 - third), field-goal percentage (48.9 - fifth), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.3 - fifth), assists (19.95 - fifth), turnovers per game (12.4 - eighth), field-goal percentage defense (34.5 - ninth), scoring margin (+20.1 - 10th). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike is the only player to rank in the national top 10 in field-goal percentage (63.4 - second), scoring (26.9 ppg - third), rebounding (12.1 rpg - eighth) and double-doubles (16 - seventh). Amber Orrange’s 3.37 assist-to-turnover ratio is fifth in the country.
Notes From Stanford’s 70-64 Victory Over California Thursday
• Stanford is now 61-18 all-time against California after Thursday night’s 70-64 win.
• Stanford and California finished tied with 44 rebounds apiece, the second time this season Stanford has been matched by an opponent on the boards. The first time was Nov. 11 at Connecticut, when both teams finished with 42 rebounds.
• Chiney Ogwumike posted her 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
• Stanford shot 42.2 percent (27-for-64) Thursday night, snapping a streak of four games in which the Cardinal shot at least 50.0 percent.
• With 12 rebounds apiece from Chiney Ogwumike and Mikaela Ruef Thursday, it marked the seventh time this season that the pair has each grabbed double-digit rebounds in the same game.
• Freshman guard Lili Thompson passed out a season-high eight assists.
• The combined 43 points from California’s Brittany Boyd (25) and Afure Jemerigbe (18) Thursday night was the highest combined point total by two opposing teammates against the Cardinal this season. The previous best was 39 combined points from Colorado’s Jamee Swan (20) and Arielle Roberson (19) on Jan. 12 in Boulder.
• The 25 points by California’s Brittany Boyd marked the first time this season that an opposing player against Stanford was the game’s high scorer.
Cardinal Success In Berkeley
The common thought is that it’s tough for a team playing on the road, but the Cardinal hasn’t seemed to have gotten that memo when traveling to Berkeley, going 26-11 all-time there against the Golden Bears. Eight of those 11 losses came from 1978-87, meaning that since an 84-65 loss at California on Feb. 20, 1987, Stanford has gone 23-3 at Haas Pavilion. Last year the Cardinal captured a 62-53 win there. In fact, over the past 20 years Stanford has only lost twice to California at Haas Pavilion, a 64-59 loss on Feb. 12, 1993 and a 57-54 loss on Jan. 18, 2009.
Six Top-25 Wins For The Cardinal
Stanford collected its sixth straight win over a Top-25 team with Thursday’s 70-64 win over No. 21/19 California. Currently 6-1 against Top-25 teams, the Cardinal lost its first matchup with a ranked foe back on Nov. 11, falling 76-57 at No. 1/1 Connecticut. Since that loss, the Cardinal has defeated No. 16/22 Purdue in Puerto Vallarta, No. 23/22 Gonzaga, No. 3/3 Tennessee and No. 21/19 California at home, and No. 17/18 Colorado and No. 14/24 Arizona State on the road over its 19-game winning streak.
But Seriously, National Player Of The Year Here
After finishing second to Brittney Griner in the Associated Press National Player of the Year voting last season, Chiney Ogwumike has put together a 2013-14 campaign that should put her at the front of the pack. Through Jan. 30, Ogwumike is the only player to rank in the national top 10 in scoring (26.9 ppg - third), rebounding (12.1 rpg - eighth), field-goal percentage (63.4 - second) and double-doubles (16 - seventh). She has also reached the 30-point mark 10 times this season. Ogwumike opened 2013-14 with two 30-point performances over the first three games, including a career-high 36 against Cal Poly on Nov. 15, and over Stanford’s last 12 games has reached the 30-point mark eight times.
Previewing The Future Of Stanford-California
While senior captains Chiney Ogwumike and Mikaela Ruef were busy combining for 31 points and 24 rebounds against California Thursday, freshmen Erica McCall, Karlie Samuelson and Lili Thompson were proving that Stanford’s future in this rivalry continued to look bright. In the paint, McCall went 4-for-5, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds, while on the outside Samuelson scored 14 points and Thompson passed out a career-high eight assists. In conference play, Samuelson is third on the team with 8.4 points per game, and leads the team with 16 3-pointers (in 31 attempts) while Thompson averages 10.3 points and 4.56 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 56.5 percent (13-for-23) over the first nine conference games. McCall has wowed many with her athleticism in the paint and recently has found touch with her scoring, on the season averaging 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Working For The Weekend
Redshirt senior Mikaela Ruef’s workday isn’t limited to basketball. The Beavercreek, Ohio native is finishing her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering this quarter and since last spring has been working as an engineer on Stanford’s energy-conversion projects around campus. Even with that busy schedule, Ruef in Thursday’s win over California grabbed 12 rebounds with eight points and a pair of assists while on defense holding Cal’s leading scorer, Reshanda Gray, scoreless with just five rebounds. Monday against USC Ruef posted her third double-double of the season, grinding her way to 11 points and 10 rebounds. She also had the outside touch going, hitting just her second 3-pointer of the season as well as a textbook turnaround jumper later in the game. Ruef’s performances the last two games have highlighted her career year in 2013-14, as she is fifth in the Pac-12 with 9.2 rebounds per game and tops among all conference frontcourt players with 3.35 assists and a 1.73 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Ogwumike Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team
Proving that she gets it done in the classroom as well as on the court, Chiney Ogwumike on Thursday was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team for the third straight year. Owner of a 3.46 cumulative grade-point average, Ogwumike is on pace to finish her academic requirements at the end of the current winter quarter this March, and earn her bachelor’s degree in international relations. She was joined on the five-woman District 8 squad by Ruth Hamblin of Oregon State, Jennifer Hamson of BYU, Judy Jones from Grand Canyon University, and Jennifer Schlott of Utah State.