Nov. 10, 2012
No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
- at -
Santa Clara Broncos (1-0)
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 - 2 p.m. PT
Leavey Center (4,500) - Santa Clara, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads 27-4
Last Meeting: Feb. 5, 2008 (Stanford 96, Santa Clara 74) - Santa Clara, Calif.
Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Preston Chin, Joe Lami)
Game Notes vs. Santa Clara
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 4/4 Stanford closes out the opening weekend of the 2012-13 campaign Sunday, heading 20 minutes south on U.S. 101 to visit the Santa Clara Broncos at the Leavey Center. Sunday's 2 p.m. contest will be available on a live stream HERE and on the radio at 90.1 KZSU with Preston Chin and Joe Lami on the call.
Last Time Out
For the 11th straight time Stanford opened a new campaign with a win, extending its national-best home winning streak to 80 games with a 72-61 victory over Fresno State. Preseason All-American Chiney Ogwumike and senior forward Joslyn Tinkle paced the Cardinal effort, with Ogwumike going for a 23-point, 17-rebound double-double and Tinkle scoring 20 points with eight boards. Each player hit 10 field goals, Ogwumike matching her career best and Tinkle setting a new personal standard, while on defense the duet combined for seven of the Cardinal's nine blocks. Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange, running head coach Tara VanDerveer's new free-flowing, pick-and-roll offense, scored 14 points and passed out five assists. Toni Kokenis came off the bench to go 4-for-7 from the field for eight points.
About Santa Clara
Santa Clara (1-0) opened the new campaign brightly, routing UC Irvine, 77-54 at the Leavey Center Friday night. The Broncos, with Jennifer Mountain in her fifth year at the helm, returned 11 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that went 12-18 overall. Guard Meagan Fulps scored 23 points to lead all players, and the Broncos shot 50.9 percent collectively.
Against Santa Clara
Stanford and Santa Clara met for the first time in the 1974-75 season, with Stanford capturing the 56-53 victory. Overall the Cardinal leads the all-time series by a 27-4 margin and has not lost to the Broncos since an 81-65 defeat back on Dec. 4, 1998. The Cardinal captured a 96-74 decision the last time the teams met, on Feb. 5, 2008 at Santa Clara.
Stanford Extends Nation's Longest Home Winning Streak
Friday's 72-61 victory over Fresno State extended Stanford's national-best home winning streak to 80 games. The Cardinal went 16-0 at Maples Pavilion last season and has posted five straight undefeated home seasons. This season Stanford plays at least 13 and up to 15 games at home, including a Dec. 29 non-conference tilt with No. 2 Connecticut.
Orrange Directs A New-Look Offense
Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange received the keys to the new-look Stanford offense from head coach Tara VanDerveer and didn't get a scratch on the paint in her first outing. Orrange passed out five assists and directed an offense that scored 72 points and shot 49.2 percent from the field. Her passing and even six field goals helped open up the defense and allowed posts Chiney Ogwumike (23 points) and Joslyn Tinkle (20 points) to each hit the 20-point mark. One of the young rising stars in the game, Orrange also added 14 points of her own to the winning effort.
Stanford's New Inside Duo
Posts Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle gave an early preview of the solid partnership that had been talked about during the preseason, combining for 43 points and 25 rebounds and collectively shooting 64.5 percent (20-for-31) from the field in Friday night's win over Fresno State. Defensively, the tandem caused more problems for the Bulldogs, teaming up to block seven shots. While Ogwumike has received a lion's share of preseason honors, being named to the preseason All-America teams of the Associated Press and ESPN, as well as to the preseason watch lists of the Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award, Tinkle is well-worthy of praise. After a breakout 2011-12 season in which she averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, the Missoula, Mont. native is intent on making others take notice of her talents, including a reliable outside shot on top of her rebounding and post moves.
Keep On Defending
Stanford's defense showed it hadn't missed a beat during the offseason, harassing Fresno State all night and holding the Bulldogs to just 34.2 percent shooting. The defensive effort ended up being a boon for the Cardinal, as it offset a cold night from the outside in which Stanford players went just 1-for-16 from behind the arc. Although the Bulldogs thrice scrapped their way to within a point in the second half, and even tied the game at 42-42 with 15:06 to play, the Cardinal defense stepped up the pressure, laying the groundwork for a 14-2 run over a 7:02 span that gave Stanford a cushion that it would not relinquish.
Sixth Woman Of The Year Potential?
Junior guard Toni Kokenis, a 2012 All-Pac-12 Team selection, saw her first minutes of action Friday night after sitting out last weekend's exhibition contests. Over 14 minutes of action, the Second City Sparkplug went 4-for-7 from the field for eight points, using her speed to get around defenses and make a few driving layups. Kokenis also made her presence felt on defense, making a steal and grabbing a pair of defensive boards. Should Kokenis take on a new role of top reserve, she would be a valuable speed option for the Cardinal to use on tiring opponents.
Four members of Stanford's "Six Pack", the six-woman Class of 2015, played in Friday's win over Fresno State. Two of the women, Amber Orrange and Taylor Greenfield, started the contest and accounted for a combined 19 points and six rebounds. Forward Bonnie Samuelson played 25 minutes off the bench, grabbing three rebounds and passing out two assists while guard Jasmine Camp saw a few minutes of action in her return from a stress fracture that derailed her rookie campaign. While one member of the pack, guard Alex Green, is still rehabbing from the torn Achilles' that curtailed her freshman year last November, the other five members are expected to provide a healthy amount of production both in terms of scoring as well as hustle.