Nov. 2, 2012
No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (0-0)
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Vanguard Lions (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 - 2 p.m. PT
Maples Pavilion (7,329) - Stanford, Calif.
Series History: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Radio: 90.1 KZSU
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford competes in its final tune-up of the exhibition season Saturday, hosting Vanguard University at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The contest will be available on live stream at http://pac-12.com/live/gostanford.aspx and 90.1 KZSU will be on the radio broadcast.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal opened its exhibition slate Thursday night with a 117-33 win over Corban University. Six Stanford players scored in double figures, led by sophomore Bonnie Samuelson's 27 points and 24 from junior Sara James. The Cardinal built leads of 18-2, 32-4 and 63-7 in a first half in which the team shot 64.3 percent from the field. For the game, Stanford went 14-for-25 from behind the arc (56.0 percent) led by Samuelson's 7-for-12 performance. James went 10-for-16 from the field and hit four triples, while Joslyn Tinkle scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes and Chiney Ogwumike scored 12 point with seven rebounds in 15 minutes of action. Point guard Amber Orrange stayed sharp with 10 points, eight steals and seven assists while Taylor Greenfield scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting to round out the scorers in double figures.
Vanguard University, located in Costa Mesa, Calif., is an NAIA program that will make the trip to Maples Pavilion for the fifth straight exhibition season. The Lions, ranked fourth in the NAIA Division I preseason poll, face Stanford as the second stop in its exhibition tour, having opened with a 98-57 loss at California Thursday night. Vanguard, which went 23-7 and reached the NAIA Tournament last year, was led Thursday by 21 points from junior Nicole Ballastero in the loss.
Bombin' Bonnie Leads The Three Parade
It was no surprise to Cardinal fans seeing sophomore Bonnie Samuelson lead the team with seven 3-pointers in Thursday's win over Corban. The Huntington Beach native paced the Cardinal with 44 triples in her debut season in 2011-12, and it's encouraging to see that her exemplary shooting form has remained intact. Sara James also had a hot hand, going 4-for-9 from downtown whil Taylor Greenfield hit two of her three attempts and freshman Kiran Lakhian nailed her only attempt.
Stanford Opens 2012-13 Ranked Fourth In Both National Polls
Stanford Women's Basketball checked in at No. 4 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Polls, which were released this week. The top five teams were the same in each poll, with Baylor being a unanimous No. 1 in both. Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland followed to make up the top five.
The announcements marked the fifth straight season in which the Cardinal women have opened a campaign ranked in the top five of both national polls. In last year's coaches' poll, Stanford opened fifth after having earned the No. 2 spot the previous three seasons, and in the AP poll the spots were the same except for a No. 3 ranking in the 2009-10 preseason poll.
Four of Stanford's 2012-13 opponents debuted in each poll. Along with Baylor (1, AP/1, Coaches) and Connecticut (2/2), Pac-12 rival California (13/15) and annual opponent Tennessee (20/16) were also in the preseason Top 25s.
Stanford Faces Another Top-Notch Slate
As is the norm, the Cardinal faces one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2012-13 beginning Nov. 9 against Fresno State. The campaign includes matchups with eight NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including national champion Baylor and fellow national semifinalist Connecticut. Stanford will face two NCAA Tournament teams at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic from Nov. 16-18, taking on Baylor Nov. 16 and UT Martin Nov. 18, and will travel to SEC powers South Carolina (Dec. 19) and Tennessee (Dec. 22) before the Christmas holiday. The non-conference schedule, which also includes a trip to Gonzaga (Dec. 2), concludes Dec. 29 at Maples Pavilion with a highly-anticipated meeting between the Cardinal and the Connecticut Huskies on ESPNU.