No. 3/3 Stanford Cardinal (22-1, 11-0 Pac-12)
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Washington Huskies (12-10, 5-6 Pac-12)
Sunday, February 9, 2014 – 12:30 p.m. PT
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) – Seattle, Wash.
Series History: Stanford leads 43-14
Last Meeting: Feb. 28, 2013 (Stanford 71, Washington 36) – Seattle, Wash.
TV: ESPNU (P-x-P: Steve Quis, Analyst: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude)
Webcast: ESPN3 (http://www.espn3.com)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 3/3 Stanford makes the first of two visits to Seattle in a five-week span this Sunday, taking on Washington for a 12:30 p.m. contest. The Cardinal will return to the Emerald City in one month’s time for the Pac-12 Tournament. Sunday’s game will air on ESPNU with Steve Quis and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude 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 faced a strong challenge from Washington State Friday night, but thanks to Chiney Ogwumike’s career high-matching 36 points held off the upset-minded Cougars for a 77-69 win. Ogwumike matched another career high with 15 field goals while also grabbing 17 rebounds in the contest, posting her 11th 30-point game and 17th double-double of the season. Taylor Greenfield and Karlie Samuelson each went 3-for-4 from behind the arc, with Greenfield just missing her first-career double-double, scoring 11 points with career highs of nine rebounds and five assists. Samuelson scored nine points while point guard Amber Orrange added 11.
Washington (12-10, 5-6 Pac-12) opened its weekend Friday with a 70-65 loss to No. 23/22 California. The Huskies led late in the game but could not hold as they were denied a Top-25 win. Head coach Mike Neighbors is in his first season at the helm, with a Washington squad led by the play of Jazmine Davis (19.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.18 apg) and freshman Kelsey Plum (19.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.86 apg).
All-Time Against Washington
Stanford is 43-14 all-time against Washington, and has won 14 in a row against the Huskies. The last time the Cardinal lost to Washington was a 77-72 decision on Dec. 22, 2005 in Seattle.
In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 7 Stanford ranks in the top three of 11 categories: scoring defense (60.3 - first), scoring margin (+19.3 - first), rebounding defense (34.7 - t-first), rebounding margin (+8.1 - first), field-goal percentage (49.0 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.5 - first), field-goal percentage defense (35.0 - first), assists (19.48 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58 - first), scoring offense (79.7 - second), and 3-point field-goal defense (29.1 - third). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (27.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage (63.6), and is second in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and blocked shots (1.78 bpg). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (9.2 rpg), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71), and 11th in assists (3.26 apg), tops among all Pac-12 posts in the latter two categories. Amber Orrange leads the loop in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.15) and is second in assists (4.65 apg). Karlie Samuelson (44.4), Lili Thompson (44.1) and Bonnie Samuelson (42.6) are second, third and fourth, respectively in the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage. Thompson is also fifth with a 1.85 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In The National Stat Rankings
Through Feb. 6 Stanford ranked in the top 20 of seven categories: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61 - third), field-goal percentage (49.1 - fourth), assists (19.82 - fourth), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.3 - fifth), turnovers per game (12.3 - ninth), field-goal percentage defense (34.7 - ninth), scoring margin (+19.9 - ninth). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike is the only player to rank in the national top 10 in field-goal percentage (63.3 - second), scoring (27.0 ppg - third), and rebounding (12.0 rpg - ninth), while ranking 11th with 16 double-doubles. Amber Orrange’s 3.25 assist-to-turnover ratio was sixth in the country.
Winning In Washington
Stanford has enjoyed much success in the state of Washington for the past 10 years, especially against the Pac-12. Friday’s 77-69 win in Pullman kept the Cardinal perfect all-time against Washington State, and it has defeated Washington six straight times in Seattle, last losing to the Huskies on the road in a 77-72 contest on Dec. 22, 2005. Stanford also defeated Washington State, Colorado and UCLA to capture last year’s Pac-12 Tournament title in Seattle, and has won the Spokane Regional twice in three trips, advancing to the Final Four in 2008 and 2011. Last year’s regional semifinal loss to Georgia in Spokane was the Cardinal’s first loss in the state since the aforementioned defeat at the hands of Washington.
Success Against The Pac-12 Away From Home
Friday’s 77-69 win at Washington State continued the Cardinal’s run of success against the Pac-12 away from home. The win over the Cougars stretched Stanford’s road/neutral court winning streak against the rest of the Pac-12 to 62 games. This figure includes both true road games as well as neutral-court victories at the Pac-12 Tournament. Stanford’s last loss to a Pac-12 team away from Maples Pavilion came on Jan. 18, 2009, when California defeated the Cardinal 57-54 in Berkeley.
Countdown To A Bye And The Pac-12 Title
Stanford improved to 11-0 in Pac-12 play with Friday’s win at Washington State, and more importantly brought itself one step closer to a first-round bye at the Pac-12 Tournament and its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title. The top four teams on the Pac-12 table receive byes into the quarterfinal round of the tournament, and after Friday’s action Stanford has a five-game lead on Washington State and Oregon State, the teams in fifth with five losses. As for the regular-season crown, Stanford is two games ahead of 9-2 Arizona State with seven to play, and a crucial matchup at home with the Sun Devils on tap for next Friday, Feb. 14.
The “Bomb”-bastic Samuelson Sisters
While from 2010-12 Stanford featured the Ogwumike sisters, Nnemkadi and Chiney, dominating the paint inside, the 2013-14 season has heralded the beginning of the Samuelson Sisters era, which highlights Bonnie and Karlie Samuelson flattening opponents with their 3-point bombing. Together the pair has combined for 54 triples, 28 from Karlie and 26 from elder sister Bonnie, and they each rank in the Pac-12’s top four in 3-point field-goal percentage. Karlie is second with her 44.2-percent mark while Bonnie’s 42.6 rate is fourth.