Complete Game Notes
STANFORD, Calif. - It is back to the road, but luckily this time just an hour and a half on a bus as No. 2/2 Stanford travels to Davis to take on the UC Davis Aggies Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The Cardinal will look to make it four in a row to start the new season, and Sunday's game will be available to fans on 90.1 KZSU as Teddy Steinkellner will be on the call.
Last Time Out
Stanford made a successful 2009-10 debut at Maples Pavilion Thursday night, running away with a 99-50 victory over Pepperdine. The Waves showed some fight early on, even holding a slim 13-11 lead seven minutes into the contest before the Cardinal turned the screws and stepped up on both ends to create a 31-3 run over a span of 7:09. That run turned the two-point deficit into a 42-16 Stanford lead, and the rout was on. Five Cardinal players scored in double figures in the win, with Kayla Pedersen leading the bunch with her second consecutive 22-point effort. Jeanette Pohlen scored 20 points as both she and Pedersen went an impressive 8-for-11 from the field. Jayne Appel (18 points on 7-for-9 shooting), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (14 points, 6-for-9 shooting) and JJ Hones (10 points, 4-for-4 shooting) rounded out the quintet.
Scouting UC Davis
UC Davis (2-1) enters Sunday's game off of a 69-47 victory over San Francisco Tuesday night at The Pavilion in Davis. The Aggies opened the season with a road split, capturing a 71-49 victory at Seattle University before dropping a 64-54 decision at Washington State. Head coach Sandy Simpson, in his 13th year at the helm of the Aggie program, oversees a team led by the play of Paige Mintun (15.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Heidi Heintz (10.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg).
All-Time Against UC Davis
UC Davis leads the all-time series with Stanford by a 7-4 margin, although the Cardinal has captured the past three meetings. In fact, nine of the first 11 meetings occurred prior to the end of the 1970s, as the teams' last two meetings over the past two seasons have been the first since a 94-55 Stanford victory back on Dec. 4, 1979.
A Look At The National Rankings
Following a pair of road victories last weekend to open the 2009-10 campaign, Stanford remained in the No. 2 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN national polls this week.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
After the season's opening weekend, Stanford sits in the top three of 10 team statistical categories. The Cardinal leads or shares the lead in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (23.5) and three-pointers made per game (9.0), is second or tied for second in rebounds per game (51.0), rebounding margin (+15.5), blocked shots per game (5.0), assists per game (20.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and offensive rebound percentage (52.8 percent), and is third or tied for third in scoring (85.0) and scoring margin (+24.0).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is second in the conference in scoring (23.0 ppg), sixth in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (64.0). Senior Jayne Appel leads the conference in blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and is third in rebounding (11.5 rpg), while Kayla Pedersen is tied for seventh in scoring (18.0 ppg), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (3.0 per game) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (60.0). JJ Hones is tied for second with 3.5 three-pointers made per game.
Stanford Stays Strong In Home Openers
Thursday night's 99-50 victory over Pepperdine at Maples Pavilion extended Stanford's winning streak in home openers to 11. Overall the Cardinal is now 29-7 in home openers since the 1974-75 season, and has won 14 of its last 16 dating back to the 1993-94 season. In fact, Stanford's last loss in a home opener at Maples Pavilion came on Nov. 19, 1998 when No. 24/24 Illinois captured a 76-58 victory over the Cardinal. The other loss since 1993-94 came on Dec. 3, 1993, when No. 1/1 Tennessee downed the Cardinal, 81-75.
Pedersen Heats Up
Junior forward Kayla Pedersen, one of Stanford's three preseason "Wade Watch" candidates for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year award, continued her excellent adjustment to the wing position in Thursday night's victory over Pepperdine. Pedersen went 8-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-6 on her three-point attempts for a second straight 22-point performance, and even grabbed a team high-matching nine rebounds in the win. The performance lifted her season averages to 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field.
The "Big Three" Are Automatic
Stanford's "Big Three" of Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen provide such a versatile combo in all facets of the game for the Cardinal, and Thursday night against Pepperdine it was their shooting that stood out. In Stanford's 99-50 victory, the trio combined to shoot 72.4 percent (21-for-29) from the field and score 54 points. The effort was just part of Stanford's 63.5-percent team shooting in the victory.
Sharpshooters From Outside, Too
The accuracy was not only limited to the Cardinal Bigs against Pepperdine, either, as Stanford's back court was just as deadly from the field. Point guard JJ Hones (4-for-4) and Melanie Murphy (3-for-3), along with shooting guard Jeanette Pohlen (8-for-11) combined to shoot 83.3 percent (15-for-18) total, and 71.4 percent (5-for-7) from behind the arc.
Pohlen's All Over
Another member of Stanford's junior class and the second of the Cardinal's "Wade Watch" candidates, guard Jeanette Pohlen has continued the super production following her breakout 2008-09 campaign. In Thursday's win over Pepperdine, Pohlen went 8-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc, for 20 points, just one off of her career high. The Brea, Calif. native also passed out three assists against just one turnover, and completed a fine all-around effort with three steals on the defensive end.
The Rock Of Stanford
That title would have to be given to senior All-America center and preseason "Wade Watch" list candidate Jayne Appel, who continues to be the rock that the Cardinal can count on both offensively and defensively. Appel's 18-point, nine-rebound effort on 7-for-9 shooting Thursday against Pepperdine exhibited her dominance inside, while her defensive stat line of three blocked shots showed how much she can affect a game on both ends of the court.
Out Of The Way Of Ogwumike
Another member of Stanford's "Big Three" underneath with Appel and Pedersen, sophomore Nnemkadi Ogwumike has started the 2009-10 campaign with the same explosiveness with which she finished last year's Final Four run. After Thursday night's 14-point, seven-rebound effort in the 99-50 victory over Pepperdine, Ogwumike's season numbers now stand at 20.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the floor. Yet Ogwumike's athleticism is not just limited to the offensive side of the floor, as the Cypress, Texas native is second on the team with five steals and has one blocked shot through the first three games of the season.