No. 6/5 Stanford Cardinal (23-2, 12-1 Pac-12)
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Arizona (5-19, 1-12 Pac-12)
Sunday, February 16, 2014 – 12 p.m. PT
Maples Pavilion (7,233) – Stanford, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads 59-12
Last Meeting: Jan. 17, 2014 (Stanford 96, Arizona 52) – Tucson, Ariz.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Webcast: Pac-12 Online (http://www.pac-12.com/live)
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6/5 Stanford can clinch a bye into the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and reach the cusp of securing its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title with a win Sunday against Arizona. Sunday’s noon contest will air live on Pac-12 Network with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy on the call, and the game can also be heard on 90.1 KZSU.
Last Time Out
Five days after allowing an opponent-best 46.9 field-goal percentage to Washington in its only Pac-12 loss, Stanford locked down and held Arizona State to a season-low 35 points and 24.2-percent shooting in a 61-35 win at Maples Pavilion. Arizona State missed its first 10 attempts and did not reach double figures on the scoreboard until 3:47 remained in the first half. Chiney Ogwumike posted her 19th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action, while Amber Orrange score 14 points with a career high-tying five steals. In fact, Ogwumike and Orrange combined to score 30 of Stanford’s 32 first-half points. Mikaela Ruef scored five points with seven rebounds and three assists while Lili Thompson scored eight points in the win.
Arizona (5-19, 1-12 Pac-12) captured its first conference win last Sunday with a 68-49 win at Arizona State, but heads into Maples off of a 65-49 loss at California Friday night. The Wildcats, with Niya Butts in her fifth season at the helm, are led by the play of Candice Warthen (11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Kama Griffitts (9.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
All-Time Against Arizona
Stanford is 59-12 all-time against Arizona, and has won 23 in a row against the Wildcats. In the first meeting of the teams this season, the Cardinal hit a season-high 15 3-pointers in a 96-52 win in Tucson on January 17.
In The National Rankings
Stanford fell three spots to No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll and two spots to No. 5 in the USA Today Sports Coaches’ Poll this week following Sunday’s loss at Washington.
In The Pac-12 Stat Rankings
Through February 14 Stanford ranks in the top three of 12 categories: scoring defense (60.4 - first), scoring margin (+18.6 - first), rebounding margin (+8.5 - first), field-goal percentage (48.4 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage (38.3 - first), field-goal percentage defense (35.1 - first), assists (18.84 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.53 - first), scoring offense (79.0 - second), rebounding defense (34.9 - second), 3-point field-goal defense (29.1 - second) and defensive rebounding (30.5 drpg - second). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 in scoring (26.9 ppg) and field-goal percentage (63.7), and is second in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.72 bpg). Mikaela Ruef is fifth in rebounding (9.6 rpg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.74), and 11th in assists (3.20 apg), tops among all Pac-12 posts in the latter two categories. Amber Orrange leads the loop in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.29) and is second in assists (4.60 apg). Lili Thompson (43.9) leads the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage while Karlie Samuelson (40.8) is fourth and Bonnie Samuelson (40.0) is fifth.
Looking Back On Friday’s 61-35 Win Over No. 15/21 Arizona State
• Stanford improved to 56-11 all-time against Arizona State and completed the season sweep of the Sun Devils with Friday night’s 61-35 win. The win is also Stanford’s 16th in a row against Arizona State.
• Friday night’s win also pushes the Cardinal’s lead atop the Pac-12 table to three games over the second-place Sun Devils. Stanford’s magic number for a first-round bye at March 6-9’s Pac-12 Tournament is now at 1 (either one more Stanford win or one more Oregon State loss).
• Chiney Ogwumike posted her 22nd 20-point game and 19th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds in just 24 minutes Friday.
• Arizona State’s 12 points at halftime matched the lowest first-half point total by a Stanford Pac-12 opponent. The previous time a Pac-12 opponent had managed just 12 points by halftime was by Washington on Dec. 28, 2007.
• Arizona State had no players score in double figures Friday night, the first time that has happened to a Stanford opponent this season. The last Cardinal opponent to not have any players score in double figures in a game was Washington State in a 72-50 loss to Stanford in Pullman on March 2, 2013.
• Arizona State’s 35 points for the game were just one point more than the lowest by a Stanford Pac-12 opponent. The record-low is 34 by Washington State in a 60-34 Cardinal win on Feb. 8, 2007.
• Amber Orrange scored 14 points Friday night, her highest scoring total since hitting that total Jan. 10 at Utah. She also matched her career high with five steals.
Pac-12 Title Race Update
Friday night’s win over No. 15/21 Arizona State improved the Cardinal to 12-1 in Pac-12 play and pushed Stanford’s lead atop the Pac-12 table to three games over the Sun Devils, California and USC (all 9-4). Stanford can clinch a bye into the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, set for March 6-9 in Seattle, with a win Sunday over Arizona or a loss by Oregon State to USC. Stanford is also on the precipice of clinching its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title and 23rd overall, as wins in its next two games (Sunday against Arizona and next Friday at USC) would clinch at least a share of the title.
Chiney Ogwumike Against The Top-25
Friday’s 61-35 win over Arizona State improved Stanford’s record against Top-25 teams this season to 8-1. Over those nine games, Stanford’s received great performances from numerous players, most notably national player of the year candidate Chiney Ogwumike, the only player in the country to rank in the national Top 10 in scoring (27.2 ppg - third), rebounding (12.3 rpg - eighth), field-goal percentage (63.2 - second), and double-doubles (18 - sixth) through Feb. 9. Over nine games against Top-25 teams this year, Ogwumike is averaging 25.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and shooting 59.4 percent with 14 blocked shots. Below is a game-by-game breakdown of Ogwumike’s lines against those teams:
Stanford Picks Up Eighth Top-25 Win Of Season
Stanford collected its eighth straight win over a Top-25 team with Friday’s 61-35 win over No. 15/21 Arizona State. Currently 8-1 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, and No. 3/3 Tennessee at home, defeated No. 17/18 Colorado on the road, and swept No. 14/24 and No. 15/21 Arizona State and No. 21/19 California.
Stanford’s defense enjoyed its best day of the season Friday, holding Arizona State to Cardinal opponent lows of 35 points, 15 field goals, a 24.2 field-goal percentage, three assists and zero blocked shots. Arizona State’s scoring output was just one point higher than the all-time low by a Pac-12 opponent against Stanford, and the Sun Devils’ 12 points at halftime matched Washington’s on Dec. 28, 2007 as the lowest first-half total by a Stanford Pac-12 opponent.
Bouncing Back After Losses
Stanford’s win Friday night following last Sunday’s loss at Washington prevented the Cardinal from losing consecutive games, something Stanford has only done twice since 2007-08. In January 2008, the Cardinal dropped two straight when it was swept by UCLA (Jan. 4) and USC (Jan. 6) in Los Angeles, and the only other occasion over the past seven years took place December 16 and 19, 2010, when the Cardinal fell at No. 22/25 DePaul and No. 6/6 Tennessee, respectively.
Orrange Gets Back On Track
In last Sunday’s loss at Washington junior point guard Amber Orrange struggled from the field, going 2-for-15 despite grabbing nine rebounds and passing out five assists. Friday against Arizona State, however, the Houston native got her shooting touch back, going 6-for-10 and scoring 14 points, her highest total since also scoring 14 January 10 at Utah. Defensively she was crucial to Stanford’s dominant effort, matching her career high with five steals.