Dec. 2, 2011
No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal (5-1)
- at -
Fresno State Bulldogs (5-2)
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 - 2 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) - Fresno, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads 19-6
Last Meeting: Dec. 12, 2010 (Stanford 77, Fresno State 40) - Stanford, Calif.
Webcast: Fresno State All-Access
Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Sam Fisher)
Game Notes vs. Fresno State
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 5/5 Stanford boards the bus for the three-and-a-half hour drive to Fresno this weekend, taking on the Fresno State Bulldogs Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's contest is the last for Stanford before it takes its annual two-week break for final exams, not returning to action until Dec. 17 at home against Princeton. Sunday's contest will be webcast on Fresno State's All-Access and can be heard on 90.1 KZSU with Sam Fisher on the call.
Last Time Out
The Cardinal used its size and strength to its advantage Wednesday night, scoring 42 points in the paint and out-rebounding UC Davis 47-16 en route to a 93-44 win. Senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike went 7-of-10 and 6-of-7 from the stripe for 20 points in addition to grabbing nine rebounds, while junior Joslyn Tinkle went 8-for-9 for a career-high 19 points to go with nine boards. Chiney Ogwumike also grabbed nine rebounds to go with 18 points. Freshman Bonnie Samuelson hit five 3-pointers for 15 points as the Cardinal shot 54.7 percent (35-for-64) from the field. Sophomore guard Sara James hit a pair of key 3-pointers early on to spur the Cardinal offense which hit 11 treys in the contest.
Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State (5-2) brings a four-game winning streak into Sunday's meeting with Stanford. The Bulldogs are fresh off of an 81-71 victory over Oregon Thursday night in Fresno. In his seventh full season at the helm of the program, Adrian Wiggins has guided the Bulldogs to four straight NCAA Tournaments. The Bulldogs are led by the play of former Washington State player KiKi Moore (19.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and Rosie Moult (14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg).
All-Time Against Fresno State
Stanford leads the all-time series against Stanford, 19-6, and has won the past seven meetings. The series goes all the way back to Jan. 29, 1977, when the Cardinal defeated the Bulldogs, 63-41. Last year, Stanford claimed a 77-40 win at Maples Pavilion. Stanford has won the past five meetings by an average of 29.4 points.
Stanford In The Polls
Stanford dropped two spots to No. 5 in Monday's Associated Press Poll and remained in the No. 5 spot in Tuesday's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
In The Pac-12 Statistical Rankings
Through games of Dec. 1, Stanford ranks in the Pac-12's top three in: free-throw percentage (74.7 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (23.0 - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34 - first), offensive rebounding (17.5 rpg - first), scoring margin (+22.0 - second), field goal percentage (46.3 - second), 3-point field goal percentage (36.3 - second), assists (17.67 apg - second), offensive rebound percentage (46.1 - second), scoring (79.3 ppg - third), rebounding (46.8 - third), rebounding defense (31.7 - third), rebounding margin (+15.2 - third), 3-pointers per game (6.2 - third) and defensive rebounding (29.3 rpg - third).
Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the conference with 25.6 points a game and Chiney Ogwumike is third with 9.8 rebounds per game. Chiney also leads the Pac-12 with 5.4 offensive rebounds per game. Lindy La Rocque is third with a 2.50 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Tinkle's Career Best
Junior forward Joslyn Tinkle enjoyed a career night in Wednesday's 93-44 rout of UC Davis, hitting a career-best eight shots in nine attempts and scoring a career-high 19 points. The Missoula, Mont. native hit her only 3-point attempt and went 2-for-2 from the line, as well. On the boards, Tinkle grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to help the Cardinal's 47-rebound effort.
No Second Chances
Stanford used its advantages in the size and strength departments to completely control the glass on both ends. The Cardinal not only out-rebounded UC Davis, 47-16, but also did not allow the Aggies to grab an offensive rebound. No Aggie players grabbed more than three rebounds in the contest, while Stanford won the offensive-rebounding battle, 17-0.
Point And Shoot
Freshman forward Bonnie Samuelson gave Stanford fans a taste of her 3-point shooting ability when she hit five treys in Nov. 2's exhibition win over UC San Diego. Wednesday night against UC Davis she repeated the feat, and this time it counted in the official stats, going 5-for-8 from behind the arc for a season-high 15 points. Samuelson's effort helped bring Stanford's team 3-point shooting percentage to 36.3, the second-best figure in the Pac-12.
In its past two games, Stanford has started a lineup featuring one senior (Nnemkadi Ogwumike), two sophomores (Toni Kokenis, Chiney Ogwumike) and two freshmen (Jasmine Camp, Taylor Greenfield). While one of the youngest starting lineups that Tara VanDerveer has gone with in recent years, Nov. 25's game at Xavier, with Camp and Greenfield in the lineup, marked the first time that two freshmen were in the starting five since Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Jillian Harmon both started as rookies on March 20, 2006 against Florida State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Prior to that, one must go back to the 2001-02 season to see a starting five that featured true freshmen T'Nae Thiel and Kelley Suminski.
The "Sedge" Hammer
Another member of Stanford's talented sophomore class, shooting guard Sara James, has quietly made her way up the depth chart and made the most of her playing time so far in 2011-12. Wednesday, James, nicknamed "Sedge" by her teammates, came off the bench with the game tied at 13-13 and 11:53 to go in the first half, and proceeded to knock down a 3-pointer to halt a 6-0 UC Davis run and put the Cardinal ahead for good. She would hit a second triple a few possessions later to put Stanford up 21-15 and from there the rout was on. James also grabbed five rebounds in the win. On the year, James has been a valuable weapon from long range, shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc (5-for-11).