Stanford Makes It Four Straight with win Over Purdue

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By: Joe Lami

Stanford started their week in Mexico with a win against Purdue on Tuesday.  The Cardinal took on the Boil Makers as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. This is the first time that Stanford has played a regular season matchup outside of the United States, they have played tournaments in Alaska, Hawaii and even the Virgin Islands, but never outside the United States.  Purdue was coming into the contest with a perfect record of 4-0 and the rank of the 16th best team in the country.

Stanford beat Purdue by the final score of 86-69.  With the win, Stanford is now 1-1 against ranked opponents, with the only loss of the season coming to number one ranked Connecticut.  The Cardinal had the five-point lead going into the half, and were able to extend the lead to 17 by the end of the game.

Chiney Ogwumike lead the team once again with 22 points.  For the second straight game she was unable to record a double-double.  This was after she started the season with four straight.  The Boil Makers held Ogwumike to eight rebounds.

Guard, KK Houser had a great game for Purdue, she led the Boil Makers with 20 points in the 31 minutes she played.  Courtney Moss had 12 points herself and was the only other player for Purdue to get to double-digits in scoring.

The win for Stanford gives head coach, Tara VanDerveer, win number 899 in her career.  “I know that everyone keeps reminding me of it (win #900), but I look at it as Florida Gulf Coast is our next opponent and we are going to watch video on them tonight and prepare for them like any other game” said VanDerveer on not looking to far ahead towards win 900.

Stanford will try to get VanDerveer win number 900 on Wednesday, as they continue their play in Puerto Vallarta where they take on Florida Gulf Coast.

Stanford beats Houston in Brooklyn

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford beats Houston in Brooklyn

The Stanford Cardinal traveled all the way across the country to meet the Houston Cougars in the second round of the Progressive Legends semi-final game of the tournament in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center. The winner of the game will meet the University of Pittsburgh for the title Tuesday night. Prior to the game, Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins said that he is “happy the way way we run the offense” and that Houston is “ a well-coached team and that they they use a lot of multiple defenses.” The first half of the game was

even after 20 minutes of play but the Cardinal owned the second half and beat Houston 86-76.

The play in the first half was very fast but scoring was at a premium. Houston had a two point lead with 10:30 left in the half but both teams started to score in the second half of the first period.

Houston went on a 15-4 run to take a 28-19 lead but the Cardinal came back with a 9-0 run of their own and the score was at 32 at the end of the first half. Anthony Brown was the scoring leader for Stanford with 11 points and Houston’s TaShawn Thomas put in 10 for the Cougars and had 11 rebounds.

Houston scored 13 points on turnovers while the best Stanford could get was just 3 on Houston mistakes.

Stanford came to life in the second half. Led by Dwight Powell, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic, The Cardinal was able to take a 10 point lead with7:50 left to play in the game. Houston went to an full court press but Stanford met the challenge. Houston did creep to within seven as Stanford was in foul trouble early in the second half. Houston made eleven free throws in a row to get back in the game but Anthony Brown made a big bucket with just 1:56 left in the game. Houston kept fouling Stanford but it was not enough as the Cardinal won the game 86-76.

Game notes- Stanford is now 5-1 for the season while Houston ,with the loss, drops to 5-1.

Stanford Forward, Josh Huestis, also had a strong game for the Cardinal as he was in double digits in scoring and rebounding. Huestis is also the front runner for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year., Huestis is averaging 11.2 and 7.8 rebounds per game and is hoping to be the first Cardinal to average a double-double- since Curtis Borchard in 2001-2002.

It was the fourth meeting ever between the two teams and with the win Stanford and Houston each have two wins.

Strong Second Half Leads Cardinal to Victory

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By: Joe Lami

The number six-ranked Stanford Cardinal traveled to Austin, Texas where they played the unranked Longhorns on Saturday.  Stanford defeated Texas by the final score of 63-54.  The Cardinal extend their record to 4-1 with the nine-point victory.

It was a very impressive win for the Cardinal, as they were able to come back from the seven-point deficit they faced going into halftime.  Texas was able to get on the board first with Nneka Enemkpali’s bucket and the foul to put the Longhorns up 3-0.  Mikaela Ruef then knocked down her first of many on the night.  Texas answered when Imani McGee-Stafford hit her only three-pointer of the night.  Scoring changes would go back and forth until there was 4:23 to go in the first half, where Texas would hold the lead going into the half.  The halftime score was 37-30.

Coming out of the half, Texas would get the two points off of free throws.  Stanford would then go on a 22-5 run to take over the game, giving them a 52-44 lead with 7:25 to go in the game.  The Cardinal would not loose the lead, as they carried it out for the victory.

It was a strong performance from the redshirt senior, Ruef, who picked up her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and picking up ten rebounds.  Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal in scoring with 18 points, however she was held to only six rebounds.  Saturday was Ogwumike’s first game this season without recording a double-double.  Amber Orrange had yet another fantastic game scoring 13 points.  Though the bench for Stanford had some trouble only notching 8 points total, Sara James was impressive as she led the team in assists with four.

Texas was led by Guard Chassidy Fussell scoring 15 points, with six of them coming from the charity strike, from which she was perfect.  McGee-Stafford was right behind Fussell with 12 points of her own on the way to a double-double with the 14 rebounds that she brought down.

Stanford next travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they will take on Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  In Mexico, head coach, Tara VanDerveer expects to pick up win number 900, which she is now only two-wins away from the historic feat.

Stanford Rolls Over Texas Southern

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by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford rolls over Texas Southern

The Stanford Cardinal won their fourth game of the year to start the Progressive Legends Classic by beating the Texas Southern Tigers by a score of 97-71. The game was close for the first half but the Cardinal blew the Tigers away in the second half. Below is a summary of the format of the Legends Tournament and the game.

Progressive Legends Classic Format
Stanford is participating in the seventh annual Progressive Legends Classic, which gets underway with Stanford, Houston, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech hosting regional round games this week. The eight-team event, which also includes Howard, Lehigh, South Dakota State and Texas Southern, will be aired on the ESPN family of networks and wraps up next week with the championship rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following Thursday’s meeting against Texas Southern, Stanford will face Houston (Mon., Nov. 26) and either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech (Tue., Nov. 27) at the Barclays Center. The Cardinal will then host South Dakota State (Sun., Dec. 1) at Maples Pavilion in a regional round contest.

The Stanford Cardinal played the visiting Tigers of Texas Southern University Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. Texas Southern is located in Houston and has about 10,000 undergraduates. The Tigers came into the game with a record of 2 wins against 3 losses and all three losses have been on the road.

Stanford,looking to improve to 4-1 for the season, played a very fast uptempo first half against Texas Southern. The Tigers are led by their 6ft 10 inch center Aaric Murray who is averaging over 20 points per game. The Cardinal took a 51-44 lead at halftime. Anthony Brown led the Cardinal with 15 points

and he had great support from Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Aaron Bright. Bright,Powell and Huestis all had 9 points each. The Tigers were led by Murray and Jose Rodriguez. These two accounted for 28 points. Stanford shot 51.4% from the floor with Texas Southern shot just 40%. Rebounds were even at 20 apiece.

In the second half, Stanford’s defense shut down the Tiger offense. Stanford pulled away to lead by 26 points with 8 minutes left in the half. The Tigers’ Aaric Murray and Jose Rodriguez were held to just 8 points total between them up to this point. The Cardinal offense was led by Anthony Brown and the Cardinal had four other players in double figures. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins pulled all his key players with about five minutes left in the game but TSU could not mount a charge and they lost their fourth straight game. TSU’s Aaric Murray had 28 points in a losing effort and Jose Rodriguez added 24 for the Tigers.

Second game of the Classic will be Monday night against the University of Houston.

The Big Game Preview

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by Jerry Feitelberg

Well folks. It’s time for the Big Game. There are lots of Big Games around the country. On the West Coast, the Big games are UCLA vs USC, Oregon vs Oregon State, Washington vs Washington State but the Big Game that the people of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area , in particular, are interested in is the 116th renewal of the rivalry between Stanford University and the University of California.

The game will be played at Stanford Stadium on Saturday at 1pm and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Stanford, coached by David Shaw, enters the game with a record of 8-2,6-2 Pac-12 and is still smarting from the upset loss last week to USC. That loss may have cost the Cardinal a trip to the Rose Bowl this year. The California Golden Bears are now coached by Sonny Dykes. Dykes is in his first year as coach and his team is having a woeful season with a record of 1-10, 0-9 Pac-12. The Bears have lost nine games in a row and are a 31 ½ point underdog to Stanford.

This game, on paper, looks like an easy win for Stanford. However, records just do not count when Big Games are being played. The Bears will go all out as they have nothing to lose. Stanford, on the other hand, does have a lot to lose as they will not get a top Bowl invitation if they fall to California.

The Bears quarterback, Jared Goff said” No one thinks we have a chance. That’s not what we think inside our team.” That’s a lot of confidence for a young man on a 1-10 team. The Bears can put up points but their defense has been dismal as they showed in a 62-28 loss to USC.

Stanford, on the other hand, is highly motivated since they lost last week 20-17 to USC and Coach Shaw said” Our guys can’t wait to get back on the field.” Stanford does have an outside chance of going back to the Rose Bowl. Oregon will need to be upset by either Arizona or Oregon State and the Cardinal will have to beat Cal and Notre Dame.

Stanford leads the series 58-46 with 11 ties. The first game was played in1892 in San Francisco and the Stanford’s team manager was Herbert Hoover. Stanford has won three in a row and four of the last six games. Lots of strange things can happen in the Big Game. The most memorable came in 1982

when Cal scored the winning touchdown running through the Stanford Marching Band to defeat the Cardinal. Joe Starkey, the voice of the Cal Bears on radio, made one of the greatest calls in the history of college football that day and that call is still played every year to remind people of how unpredictable college football can be and especially in the Big Game.

The winner of the game gets possession of the Stanford Axe. The trophy consists of an axe-head mounted on a large wooden plaque ,along with scores of past Big Games.

The Game will be a sellout and even with the huge point spread, it should be a fun game and Stanford cannot afford to be caught napping and lose this game.

Ogwumike Records Fourth Double-Double of the Season in Win Over UC Davis

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal came into Sunday’s contest against the UC Davis Aggies riding a win from Friday night, where they defeated the Cal Poly Mustangs 86-51.  The Aggies came into Maples Pavilion with a record of 0-2, with losses to USC and Pacific.

Davis was the first team to get on the board after four missed baskets by the Cardinal to start the game.  The 2-0 lead for the Aggies would be the only one they would see all day, as Stanford would get two baskets in a row from Lili Thompson and Mikaela Ruef.  The Cardinal would not look back as they extended their lead to 14 going into halftime.

Coming out of the first half Stanford would knock down four baskets before the Aggies would find the hoop again, this time a three-pointer coming from Sydnee Fipps.  Stanford would struggle a bit to extend their lead further in the second half, only outscoring the Aggies by four, but it was a strong enough performance to net their third victory of the year.

Chiney Ogwumike lead the way for the Cardinal scoring 28 points, she also recorded 15 rebounds on her way to achieving her fourth double-double on the young season.  Freshman Karlie Samuelson led the bench in scoring for Stanford with eight points in 33 minutes played.  Stanford out rebounded the Aggies 49-37, but was still in double digits in turnovers with 11.

Fipps was the only Aggie to get into double figures for UC Davis as she recorded 14, Kelsey Harris had nine and Briana Salvatore had eight.

With the win, head coach Tara VanDerveer, records her 897th win in her prestigious career and Stanford also moves onto a record of 3-1.  The Aggies fall to 0-3, and are still looking for their first win of the season.  UC Davis hosts San Jose State on November 26.

Stanford has almost a week off until they tip-off once again.  They travel to Austin, Texas to take on the Longhorns next Saturday.

Michelle Richarson on the NCAA

by Michelle Richardson

 

 

Stanford 20 USC 17: I’ll be honest with you this game really surprised me, in the end you would think Stanford would eek out the win after losing in the last 25 seconds of the game on a field goal by USC kicker Andre Heidari who hit a 47 yarder. It’s never easy this is a tough loss for Stanford and they played at USC which is a tough school to play at. Stanford looked like they had that extra push that would put them over the top but it got late and the Trojans got in range to get three points at the end of the game.

 

Southern Cal basically played bowl crasher and their the first team this year to play bowl crasher this year in knocking down Stanford in their bid to the Rose Bowl. USC beat Oregon State back on November 1st and beat Stanford last Saturday with that being said Stanford had three turnovers but everything else was pretty much even.

 

You can’t turn over the ball and expect to win and that’s been pretty much the story of the game, turnovers you can not have them they had two interceptions and one fumble. You can not turn over the ball especially against a highly effective team like SC and to expect to come out with a victory.

 

Alabama 20 Mississippi State 7: Alabama kind of got ahead of themselves that happened after they beat LSU last week 38-17, and the Crimson Tide thought all they had to do was go on cruise control, it’s one of those teams their about to change the tide in the SCC. Their no longer whipping boys they’ve proved they can play with the best in the SCC they can beat them or play them very close.

 

For Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron this was not his best work he threw for 187 yards, went 18-32, with two touchdowns, and two interceptions, which means there was a mistake in the secondary and Mississippi St was ball hawking and they were on it. MS was on McCarron and the Tide knew it and they knew how he played. Alabama not only threw for two interceptions they had two fumbles on top of that.

 

Alabama gave up four turnovers in the game for 41 yards, you can not make stupid penalties and give up the ball if you expect to win the game. The Crimson Tide were lucky in this one and strangely enough they came back and won this game. Alabama head coach Nick Saban I’m sure talked to his players during half time to get them to shake some of these turnovers and other mistakes off as the Tide held on.

 

Charleston Classic coming November 21st: I love all the tournaments that are playing at the end of the year and we can get an idea how they play before they get into the conference and none of the teams going into this classic are slouches. A lot of these teams are doing well that’s in there, Nebraska, UMass, UAB, New Mexico, Georgia, Davidson, Temple and Clemson.

 

The smaller schools like UAB and Davidson the other big schools can not take these teams lightly, this is going to be very interesting, there’s some great talent scheduled for this tournament and there is going to be some great basketball and I can’t wait to see it.

 

Michelle Richardson will be covering the Charleston Classic Tournament for Sportstalk Radio

Late field goal helps Trojans stun No. 5 Stanford

By Daniel Dullum

Andre Heidari’s 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter vaulted Southern California past Stanford 20-17 Saturday night in a Pac-12 football thriller at the L.A. Coliseum.

The upset defeat, Stanford’s second of the season, all but squelched the No. 5-ranked Cardinal’s shot at a national championship and put their possible berth for the Pac-12 championship game at risk as well.

It was the fifth win in six games for USC under Coach Ed Orgeron, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin in late September after a 3-2 start. Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler passed for 288 yards, completing 25 of 37 passes for one TD and no picks. Nelson Agholor, Kessler’s primary target, snared eight passes for 104 yards.

Stanford (8-2 overall, 6-2 Pac-12) tied the game with 9:03 left in the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by Tyler Gaffney. That completed the scoring until Heidari – who missed an extra point kick on the Trojans’ first touchdown – booted his dramatic game-winning field goal.

Gaffney scored both Cardinal touchdowns while gaining 154 yards on 24 attempts. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 14 of 25 passes for 127 yards, but was also picked off twice as Stanford’s offense stalled in key situations most of the night.

USC (8-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) took a 14-7 first quarter lead, scoring first on a 1-yard TD pass from Cody Kessler to Soma Vainuku, and a 1-yard run by Javorius Allen. In between, a 35-yard touchdown run by Gaffney put Stanford on the board.

The two teams swapped field goals in the second qauarter. Heidari hit one from 23 yards out, and Stanford’s Conrad Ukropina kicked a 26-yarder 25 seconds before halftime.

Next Saturday, Stanford faces a must-win situation in The Big Game, when the Cardinal host California. Game time is yet to be determined, pending the wants of the television networks.

 

Stanford Ladies Return Home and to Their Winning Ways

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By: Joe Lami

The number three Stanford Cardinal returned to Maples Pavilion for the first time this season on Friday night, where they beat the Cal Poly Mustangs by the final score of 86-51. It was the first time that the Cardinal have played on their home floor since March 26th, where they hosted Michigan in a second round NCAA tournament matchup.

The Cardinal are coming off a two game east coast road trip which started the season with a record of 1-1.  After a win against Boston College, the Cardinal went to take on number one Connecticut, a game where they would fall 76-57.

Friday night’s game was back and forth between Stanford and Cal Poly for the first ten minutes, seeing six different lead changes.  It was a close game up until Stanford broke free and went on a 27-10 run to end the half.  The halftime score was 41-27.  Stanford continued to dominate the second half of play as well, outscoring Cal Poly 45-24.

Stanford was led by Chiney Ogwumike, who scored 36, a new career high.  She also brought down 11 rebounds in Friday nights’ win.  For Ogumike, its’ her third double-double in as many games and also the 61st in her career on the farm.  Ogwumike was also the only Stanford player to get into double figures, as the next closest player was Mikaela Ruef with nine.  Though Stanford only had one player in double digits, it was a complete team game for the Cardinal as ten different players got onto the scoring sheet.  All of Stanford’s starters got on the scoring sheet as well, as Ruef scored nine, Ogwumike had 36, Kailee Johnson scored seven and Lili Thompson and Amber Orrange each had six.

Stanford continues to struggle with turnovers however, where Cal Poly forced another 15, totaling 46 in only three games.  Luckily for the Cardinal, they were able to dominate the boards once again, outrebounding the Mustangs 47-37.The Cardinal up their record to 2-1 in the win, and they will cap off their short two game home stand on Sunday against the UC Davis Aggies with a scheduled tip for 2 p.m. before they go back on the road to take on Texas.

Stanford Regains Defensive Form, Tops Northwestern 71-58 at Home

By Matthew Harrington

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA- The buzzword around Maples Pavilion Thursday night was “inside-out” as the Stanford Cardinal downed visiting Northwestern University 71-58 in a non-conference showdown. The Cardinal turned Monday’s lackluster defensive effort that saw Brigham Young University hang 112 points on Stanford inside-out to hold their Big Ten foe Thursday to a season-low 58 points while flipping the trend on what has been a historically tight match-up.

“We should never give up that many points, regardless of who we play,” said senior forward Josh Huestis of Monday’s loss to BYU. “Defense is something we take pride in. We were embarrassed Monday night so we got back to our roots and worked on defense. We made sure that was what we fell back on. That’s what we need to do to be successful.”

The Cardinal were so successful on defense that its offensive contributions were almost overshadowed. Stanford worked the ball from the outside in to help Huestis and center Stefan Nastic crack double-digits in scoring then worked the ball outside to Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown at the guard positions who put the ball inside the basket to the tune of 14 and 12 points respectively. Dwight Powell was the only one of the five Cardinal starters to not break double figures. The forward ended the night one-point shy with nine in the scoring column.

“We like to play inside-out,” said Brown. “Anytime (Nastic) can get easy baskets then the defense has to start sinking in and we can start making easy threes.”

Nastic, a junior, matched a career-high with 11 points while Huestis lead all Cardinal shooters with 18 points. Wildcat guard JerShon Cobb led all scorers with 19 points while teammate Drew Crawford added 15 on 6 of 15 from the field.

“We knew coming in to this game he was a guy we had to look out for,” said Huestis of Crawford. “He got going early. At half-time we made it a point to talk about that. We had to make sure we took him out of the game in order for us to be successful tonight.”

Crawford had a then game-high 13 points going at the half on 5 of 7 field goal attempts in a wild first half that saw the lead change hands six times , but Stanford went in to the locker room with a 29-27 lead that it would not relinquish.

“He’s the guy who gets them going,” said Brown. “If we can cut the head off then a lot of people have to step up. One of their guys stepped up and started make threes but other than that they started to fall apart.”

The Cardinal defense held Crawford to just two second-half points on eight attempts. With Crawford’s output diminished, so too went the Wildcat offense. From Nikola Cerina’s lay-up with 3:04 left in the first half to Cobb’s three-pointer with 9:33 left to play, the hosts held their opponents to six points on 14 attempts. In that span Stanford saw its lead grow from the slim two points to a comfortable 50-39 margin.

“I’m really happy with our guys defensively,” said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins. “I’ve really challenged them the last few days. I really liked the way they responded. (Northwestern) can really shoot the basketball. Coach Collins (of Northwestern) inherited a Princeton offense so they’re all capable shooters. We knew we had to guard the perimeter. They knocked some down but for the most part we really contained their three-point shooters.”

Tonight marked the first meeting between Stanford and Northwestern in eight games where the final score was decided by more than 11 points. The 13-point margin of victory certainly eclipsed Stanford’s slim two-point advantage when the two teams met last season in Evanston. Stanford was victorious 70-68. Stanford now holds a commanding edge in the series 6-2.

The Cardinal will now leave the friendly confines of the Farm for its first road trip this season. They head to Denver to face the Pioneers in a Sunday morning tilt where coach Dawkins will surely hope they keep their defense from flipping outside-in while the offense continues to thrive from the inside to out on the perimeters.