A Night of Records as Stanford Stomps Lobos

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal hosted the New Mexico Lobos on Monday in their final tune-up before the big matchup this Saturday, where the number six-ranked team hosts the third ranked Lady Vols.  They defeated the Lobos by the final score of 75-41, to move their record to 9-1.  The team has also won the last 8 in a row.  For the Lobos, they saw their two-game winning streak snapped and their record falls to 4-5 in the process.

The night for Stanford started great for Chiney Ogwumike, who recorded her 2,000th career point just minutes into a first half that she will never forget.  The Stanford All-American Senior recorded 24 of the team’s 40 first half points.

“She’s such an anchor for us” raved VanDerveer on Ogwumike’s performance.

Ogwumike eventually would slow down the production as she finished off her night with eight in the second half ending with 32 points, only four shy of tying her career high, which is set earlier this season against Cal Poly.

The team production was something to be impressed about, as eight different players got on the scoreboard.  The bench scored 32 points of their own. Bonnie Samuelson and Taylor Greenfield led the bench with eight each.  Alex Green and Erica McCall were right behind them with six.  McCall also added eight rebounds, tying her career high, which she set against Purdue in November.  Though Mikaela Ruef only scored two points, she was outstanding on the boards, leading the team with ten.

“Mikaela got it done on the boards”praised VanDerveer on Ruef on her performance.

New Mexico was led by Guard, Bryce Owens, who scored 12 points.  She was the only Lobo to get into double-digits.  Brooke Allemand came off of the bench to add eight points. She was also great on the defensive side of the ball, with her only steal being a memorable one as she anticipated a pass, jumped in front of it and it led to a lay-up.

Lobos coach Yvonne Sanchez stated “it was an opportunity for us to go and play a great team” in her chance to go up against the sixth-ranked team.

The only down side for the Cardinal was that they once again gave up way too many offensive rebounds, with 20.  “We have to do a lot better job of keeping teams off of the glass offensively, but that will give us something to work on between now and when we play Tennessee” said VanDerveer.  The Lobos, who are ranked second in the Mountain West in rebound differential, did a great job against the Cardinal as they were out-rebounded by only two.  The Cardinal won the rebound battle 43-41, however lost the offensive rebound battle 20-12.

The win for the Cardinal also marks the 750th win for VanDerveer as Stanford’s head coach.

The Stanford Cardinal have the rest of the week to prepare for what will be their toughest challenge at home yet, in number three ranked Tennessee.  New Mexico will take a break for Christmas holiday and will return to the court on December 28th.


Stanford Continues Dominance of Davis in 83-56 Win as Huestis Moves Up Cardinal All-time Blocks List

By Matthew Harrington

Stanford continued its dominance over UC Davis Saturday night at Maples Pavilion, with the Cardinal (7-2) crushing the visiting Aggies 83-56. The victory stands as Stanford’s 17th triumph against Davis (3-8), while the Aggies’ lone victory in the series came in December of 2005.

Stanford forward Dwight Powell registered a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while guard Chasson Randle netted a game-high 16 points, all but one of them coming on his five three-pointers. The Cardinal nailed 31 of 53 field-goal attempts, including 11 shots from beyond the arc. Forward Georgi Funtarov led the Aggies on the stat sheet, dropping 13 points for an otherwise offensively-stymied UC Davis squad. In total, the visitors connect on only 20 of 58 field goal tries.

Forward Josh Huestis had 15 points on the night and swatted away four Aggies shots to continue his climb up the Cardinal all-time blocks list. The four rejections places the senior from Great Galls, MT into a tie for third-best alongside Curtis Borchardt who ended his Stanford career with 146 denials.

With UC Davis trailing 8-0 four minutes in to the game, Darius Green made the first Aggie basket, a three-pointer to cut the Cardinal advantage to five points. Corey Hawkins would add the only other two points Davis would score in the next eight minutes of play, as Stanford went on a run to expand its lead to a commanding 22-5 edge. By the half the hosts held a 40-23 lead and did not let up. The closest Davis came to catching up with Stanford came 2:30 into the half after a Hawkins trey trimmed the Cardinal lead to a 16-point, 46-28 margin. That would be the closest they got as Stanford coasted to its second-straight victory.

The Cardinal next travels to Hartford to take on perennial power Connecticut in a Wednesday night tilt that will air on ESPN2. Following the contest, Stanford will travel to Brooklyn for a Saturday marquee match-up against Michigan, the team that nearly upset top-ranked Arizona Saturday afternoon, in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.

Morris Phillips on the NCAA

by Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–The Cal Bears are getting confidence with these non conference games wins like the one Saturday against the Fresno State Bull Dogs 67-56 in an 11 point victory and it’s an opportunity to gain confidence with a young basketball team which is great. The Bears have got new players that haven’t had expereince at the division one level and that’s why home games or pre conference games are so critical so that will help them.

The Bears didn’t see anybody of size this week and obviously when the conference games start they will be seeing bigger teams and taller players and the Bears will have to contend with those teams. At that point Cal will be the smaller team of the group. Especially they played Nevada and Fresno State on Saturday at Haas Pavilion and they saw a pair of undersize teams and that won’t be the case in the Pac 12.

The one thing that’s going on right now for the first time since 2006 the number one team in the country is from the Pac 12 Arizona who won against Michigan to secure that number one spot and the Pac 12 looks to be as balanced and competitive as it has been in years top to bottom and their already getting raves for being one of the strong leagues in the country.

Once again Cal is not in a conference schedule there is nothing compared to what they will see once the conference season starts. Just to run through the team, Arizona is number one, Oregon is ranked, Washington State looks to be much improved, Washington as like Cal a younger team trying to find it’s way.

Stanford is kind of interesting they just lost their point guard Aaron Bright for the season the Pac 12 is going to be a bear and every week it’s going to be tough ball games that are going to be very closely contested. Cal is going to be right there in the mix. They are younger and less experienced than some of the teams that they will face.

Morris Phillips covers Cal basketball and is filling in for Dr.Michelle Richardson this week for the NCAA commentary

Cardinal Keeps Bulldogs on Leash

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By Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal returned to the court on Saturday, after a two-week long hiatus for finals.  They took on the number 23 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, and defeated them by the score 73-45.

The Bulldogs came into the game with a record of 8-1, with their only loss coming to the 11 ranked Oklahoma Sooners by the final score of 82-78.  The Zags were also riding a six-game winning streak coming into Maples Pavilion.

The first couple of minutes were going back and forth with a score of 9-8 in favor of Stanford, until around the 15-minute mark Stanford started to pull away from the Bulldogs. Stanford had gone on a 24-8 run to end the half to make the lead 33-19.

Stanford continued the dominance in the second as well, outscoring their opponent 40-26, to give them the 73-45 win.

Stanford was lead by Senior, Chiney Ogwumike who scored 19 points, just one point shy of recording her seventh 20-point game.  However, she was held to only seven rebounds, a season low at home.  Amber Orrange had anther strong outing for the Cardinal scoring ten points and three assists.  Freshman, Kailee Johnson came off of the bench to score 11 points, a new career high. Johnson also led the Cardinal in rebounding with eight, another career high for her young career.

Sonja Greinacher led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18, all of them coming from the field.  Greinacher also had six rebounds, with five of them coming on the offensive side.  Elle Tinkle, younger sister of former Stanford player Joslyn, was held scoreless, but still had two rebounds.

With the win, Stanford ups their record to 8-1, seven of them have been consecutive.  The Cardinal return to Maples on Monday, where they will host the New Mexico Lobos.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live in the Bay Area on Stanford radio, 90.1 FM KZSU, or online at kzsuive.stanford.edu.



Michelle Richardson on the NCAA


by Michelle Richardson

It was a very interesting Saturday litterally of games and any one of them were not disappointing we’ll start with the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game I was truly surprised that OU went into Still Water and came home with a victory. Number 17 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is their archrival over in Still Water Oklahoma.

Number six Oklahoma State they did it for bedlum and they came back with a victory and I’m just surprised that just really surprised me to me it was those turnovers and once again it’s always about those turnovers and penalties whereas Oklahoma State had seven penalties they had two turnovers and it was still pretty much even.

Oklahoma had the ball a little bit more and this came down to who wanted it more and I kind of think that Oklahoma State really took it as “oh we got this” and really didn’t think about “hey Oklahoma has less to lose in this” this was a big win for Oklahoma. OU as soon as you count one of those teams out they got and the win and when you expect everything from them they don’t show up.

It’s one of those weird things about OU and this team but this was a real shocker to go into Still Waters and do this what can you say it’s like Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf he was 19-35 for 200 yards plus one touchdown and one interception Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell was 10-16 for 140 yards, one touchdown with one interceptions.

The rushing game was pretty much non-existant there wasn’t a lot of rushing this was truly a non spectacular game that came out with a very surprising outcome. Baylor totally ran over the University of Texas what can you say it is what it is in a 30-10 win. We go back to Bowling Green State University Friday night who is the max conference champion beating Northern Illinois University 47-27.

The loss didn’t allow Northern Illinois to get into a BCS Bowl they were undefeated up until then I don’t see them in a BCS game possibly a non-BCS game will get them into Fresno State who had a very convincing win against Utah State 24-17. I don’t see any other non-BCS team making it to the BCS Bowl game.

Stanford definitley let them know they are here and their a force to be reckon with winning the Pac 12 over Arizona State 38-14. Stanford has been looking for some respect all year long people thought that after they lost to Utah then of course they lost to Oregon people really didn’t give them the respect that they truly deserved.

The Cardinal are truly the better team in the Pac 12, everybody was talking about UCLA, Oregon and Stanford turned out to be the team to watch. Auburn”s win over Missuori 59-42 I had Missouri winning this one and it almost happened. It was a barnburner and it went back and forth all four quarters and Auburn came back the victor being the champion of the South Eastern Conference.

Michelle Richardson does commentary each week on the NCAA

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

 by Michelle Richardson
Auburn 34 Alabama 28: This was one of the most exciting games and exciting might not be even the right word to use that’s how great it was and at the very end of the game when Chris Davis returned the ball from a botched field goal for over 100 yards that’s how you want to win the game. Auburn did this against their arch rival and you can’t ask for anything more. The game was great it was pretty evenly matched the time of possession was about the same. Alabama has about 1:34 left and couldn’t hold the ball and Alabama had more penalties they had six penalties for 45 yards.
Auburn had only three penalties for 21 yards, Auburn had a fumble and they had a turnover and Alabama had no turnovers and there were no interceptions so the game was played well. It was just one of those things. How do you explain it, you just can’t explain it was one of those things that makes football in November so exciting and I tell people over and over it’s great when football season starts but November it is the time of the year that’s when you know who the real deal and whose not.
Remember what it doesn’t matter what happens in September or October in football but it’s November it’s all about what happens in November because that’s when the games really matter. People play these games and know they have to win them because these are the ones that have to be won in order to advance to the next level for bowl games. Auburn let it be known they won it. I can’t tell you Alabama wasn’t in it maybe they thought they should be looking forward to the SCC Championship instead of concentrating on the game that was in front of them.
Pac 12 Championship: Stanford is made up of a group of very poised young men and they can play anywhere as they play this Championship in Arizona State this coming Saturday night. They have more issues amongst their peers than on the field. Arizona State is not going to let you just walk in and take over by no means and their not going let you do this last dynasty stuff. Stanford is going to go in there and play but it’s believed that Stanford can and should go down there and pull off a win.
It will be a good game and who would have thought this would be the year that it would be Stanford and Arizona State to represent the Pac 12 as everybody had Oregon picked to win and these teams proved otherwise. Oregon was just a little bit over hyped and that’s why they play the games. That’s why the games are played. Somebody isn’t just going to show up and get handed the title. Stanford had a tough loss against USC in their last loss but it ended the season with a 10-2 record.
Stanford is in the Pac 12 Championship and have earned a spot in the BCS bowl and Arizona State who quietly dominated for the most part the Pac 12 south. It’s going to be a great game and it’s evenly matched but I have still have Stanford coming out on top. I wouldn’t be surprised however if ASU shows us a little something something on Saturday night.
Villanova 88 Iowa 83 Big Ten/ACC hoops: Honestly this was a great game with Villanova winning it on Saturday and I take nothing away from either team but I’ll be honest with you it’s too early. This tournament was a great tournament and these were great games but don’t talk to me until you get to conference play. It’s December and January you’ll be in the conference play and you’ll be getting beat up and we might not see these teams again and then again you might not.
It’s like the last week in August or the second week in September when their still beating up on Liberty or Appalachian State. Lets all kind of calm down we’ve seen some really good basketball so far, there’s some very exciting players out there for Iowa and this was really a good game. Villanova was all over the floor with players like Jayvaughn Pinkston with 14 points and James Bell at guard he had 20 points and then they had Chris Jenkins, Josh Hart had 14, also they had key help from Ryan Arcidiacono.
This game came down to bench play and Villanova had three people on the bench that was in double figures and that’s a good showing that was very large. This was a great game and I can’t wait to see more games like this and it’s just the beginning and we have to wait until they get into conference play.
Michelle Richardson does NCAA commentary each week for Sportstalk Radio

Stanford Vs.Notre Dame Preview

Very interesting game will take place Saturday and Stanford Stadium. The Stanford Cardinal will be hosting the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Irish beat Stanford last year when the game was played at South Bend. The Irish finished the season by playing for the BCS National Championship in Miami

against the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide rolled to a 42-14 victory over Notre Dane.

The Cardinal, on the other hans, won the Pac-12 Championship and won a trip to the Rose Bowl where the beat the University of Wisconsin.

Notre Dame and football go together like Ham and Eggs. The have had legendary coaches such as Knute Rockne, Elmer Layden, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian,Dan Devine and Lou Holtlz. Notre Dame has won many National Championships under the leadership of these men. Notre Dame used to have a

national following all over the country as the games were broadcast on radio. Since the advent of television and the ability to watch many,many more games in the past, the bloom has gone off the rose, so to speak. Also, Notre Dame has not won a National Championship since 1988.

The Irish, under Head Coach Brian Kelly, full expected to return to the BCS Championship game,

However, His star quarterback, Everett Golson, was expelled from school; for cheating. The Irish decided to use senior QB Tommy Rees. Rees started 11 of 12 games in the 2011 season.

Expectations have dropped but the Irish still have a record of 8-3 so far this season. The Irish feel that they still will go to a bowl but their defense has dropped off from last year and that has the coaches worried.The Irish rank 68th nationally in rushing defense and rank 80th in turnover margin. The Irish have 3 more giveaways than takeaways.

The Stanford Cardinal has a record of 9-2 and are coming off a big win over California in the Big Game last week. The Cardinal lost to an 8-3 team two weeks ago when they were upset by USC.

Stanford’s Ty Montgomery was spectacular last week against Cal and Tyler Gaffney has proved to a hard running tailback. If Stanford can get the running game going, Kevin Hogan should be able to

do well controlling the ball. The Stanford defense will be strong. Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds and A.J.Tarley and company have performed well all season.

Hard to say who will will but Stanford probably will be the favorite but it’s college football and the Cardinal cannot afford to take Notre Dame lightly. Coach Shaw will have his troops ready.

Stanford Has the Perfect Mexican Road Trip

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal wrapped up their three game road trip with a victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Thursday. The Cardinal were victorious in all three of their games as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, with victories over Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State.  The number six-ranked team moves onto a record of 7-1, and improves their winning streak to 6 games.

Stanford beat the Jackrabbits by the final score of 80-60.  Their first half was quite impressive as they held the Jackrabbits to only 19 points.  The Cardinal were leading 20-14 with about ten minutes left in the first half when they completely took over the game; Stanford then went on a 20-5 run to end the half.

Stanford came out of half time leading by the score of 40-19.  The game was completely in their hands.  The second half went back and forth and was really tight, but the 21-point lead going into the half would be more than enough for Stanford to earn the victory.

Chiney Ogwumike led the squad with 29 points in 29 minutes.  The pre-season All-American also added 12 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the year.  Guard Amber Orrange also contributed 13 points, four assists and five steals.  Freshman Kaliee Johnson came off of the bench and had her second straight game where she found double digits in scoring with ten points.  Redshirt Senior, Mikaela Ruef helped out a lot as well, though she only recorded one point, she had 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block.

Ogwumike was also given the tournament MVP, as she averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds and shot nearly 78 percent over the three days.

Megan Waytashek led the Jackrabbits with 13 points, including nine from beyond the arc.  Forward Megan Stuart was the only other player to hit double digits in scoring, as she came off of the bench to add 11.

The Cardinal return back to the farm with a record of 7-1 and get a couple of weeks off for finals. They then return back to Maples Pavilion on December 14 to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

VanDerveer Records Win Number 900

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal took on the Florida Gulf Eagles on Wednesday afternoon, as part of the Hardwood Tournament for Hope.  It was the second game in as many days for Stanford in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and for the second straight day, the Cardinal came away victorious.

Stanford beat the Eagles by the final score of 83-59, with a strong first half showing by the Cardinal outscoring their opponent 45-28.  Three different players got into double digits in scoring; including Mikaela Ruef with 14, Freshman Lili Thompson with her career high of 12 and Chiney Ogwumike with 27.  Ogwumike and Ruef also got double-double as Ruef picks up her second of the year with 12 rebounds and Ogwumike her fifth of the year with 13 rebounds.

Three players for Florida Gulf Coast also got into double digits in scoring as Kaneisha Atwater led the way with 15, right behind her was Stephanie Haas with 14 and Sara Hansen had 11.

Though the win gives Stanford their sixth of the season and makes it five straight for the Cardinal, there was a much more important number, and that is 900.  As in the 900th career win for hall of fame coach Tara VanDerveer.  With achieving the milestone, she just becomes the fifth coach in women’s basketball history to reach the historic number, joining the ranks of Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.

VanDerveer has an outstanding record of 748-153 with her tenure at the farm.  She was also presented the game ball, with the inscription of “900” on it.  Two players are still on the team when the coach hit her 800th win in 2010, with Ogwumike and Reuf.

VanDerveer looks to make it win number 901 when her Cardinal take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits to finish off their historic week in Mexico on Thursday.

Cardinal routed in Brooklyn

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

By Jeremy Kahn

Traveling across the country proved to be difficult for the Stanford Cardinal in the championship game of the Progressive Legends Classic.

Lamar Patterson scored 24 points, as the Pittsburgh Panthers never trailed in their two games and won the championship in a 88-67 victory over the Cardinal at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jamie Dixon’s team also got help from Durand Johnson and Talib Zanna each scored 14 for the Panthers, who improve to 6-0 on the season.

Dwight Powell led the Cardinal with 20 points, while Anthony Brown scored 16 and Chasson Randle added 10, but the Cardinal fell to 5-2 on the season.

Despite Powell grabbing a game-high nine rebounds, the Panthers out rebounded the Cardinal 34-30 and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, while the Cardinal pulled down eight offensive boards.

The Cardinal cut the Panthers lead down to 11, but the Panthers got a big three and a free throw for a four-point play to put the Panthers up by 15 and they never looked back.