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No. 4 Stanford Closes Desert Trip Saturday In Tucson

Taylor Greenfield scored 10 points and hit three 3-pointers Thursday night in Tempe


Taylor Greenfield scored 10 points and hit three 3-pointers Thursday night in Tempe

Feb. 3, 2012

Game #21

No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (19-1, 10-0 Pac-12)

- at -

Arizona Wildcats (13-9, 2-8 Pac-12)

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 - 1 p.m. PT
McKale Center (14,545) - Tucson, Ariz.
Series History: Stanford leads 56-12
Last Meeting: March 11, 2011 (Stanford 100, Arizona 71) - Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: None
Webcast: Arizona All-Access
Radio: 90.1 KZSU (P-x-P: Joe Lami)

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TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 4 Stanford's trip to the desert ends Saturday as the Cardinal visits Tucson for a 1 p.m. PT contest against the Arizona Wildcats. The contest is the Cardinal's only regular-season meeting with the Wildcats, is available on webcast on www.arizonaathletics.com and will be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU with Joe Lami on the call.

Last Time Out
The Cardinal used a 14-0 run in the second half to break open a 40-40 deadlock and claim a 62-49 victory over Arizona State Thursday night in Tempe. The Ogwumike sisters provided the big numbers, with national player of the year candidate Nnemkadi Ogwumike going for a game-high 22 points and 16 rebounds and fellow All-America candidate and younger sister Chiney Ogwumike going for 20 points and 16 rebounds. It marked the third time this season that each sister has scored at least 20 points in the same contest. Sophomore guard Toni Kokenis passed out six assists to go with seven points and three steals, while freshman forward Taylor Greenfield went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and scored 10 points. Junior forward Joslyn Tinkle added six rebounds to a team rebounding effort in which Stanford outrebounded Arizona State by 48-24 margin.

Scouting Arizona
Arizona (13-9, 2-8 Pac-12) enters Saturday's contest on a five-game slide, having most recently dropped a 78-74 overtime decision to California Thursday night. With head coach Niya Butts in her third season at the helm, the Wildcats are led by the play of Davellyn Whyte (18.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Shanita Arnold (10.0 ppg, 4.86 apg).

All-Time Against Arizona
Stanford leads the overall series against Arizona by a 56-12 margin, and has won 20 in a row against the Wildcats.

Stanford In The Polls
Stanford remained at No. 4 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls this week.

In The Pac-12 Statistical Rankings
Through games of Feb. 2, Stanford ranks in the Pac-12's top three in: scoring (77.8 ppg - first), scoring margin (+21.1 - first), field goal percentage (45.2 - first), free-throw percentage (72.0 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (24.3 - first), defensive rebounding (29.7 - first), assists (17.50 apg - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.35 - first), field-goal percentage defense (34.9 - second), rebounding (46.8 - second), rebounding defense (33.7 - second), rebounding margin (+13.2 - second), offensive rebounding (17.2 rpg - second), offensive rebound percentage (44.0 - second), defensive rebound percentage (71.4 - second), scoring defense (56.8 - third), and turnover margin (+1.7 - third).

Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike leads the conference with 22.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and an 81.9 free-throw percentage. Chiney Ogwumike is second with a 58.2 field-goal percentage and 10.9 rebounds a game, and fourth with 15.9 points per game. Toni Kokenis (2.43) leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio, while Bonnie Samuelson (40.6) and Taylor Greenfield (40.4) are 1-2 in 3-point field-goal percentage.

In The National Statistical Rankings
Through games of Feb. 2, Stanford ranks in the national top 20 in: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.35 - third), turnovers per game (13.0 - fourth), rebounding margin (+13.2 - fifth), 3-point field-goal defense (24.3 - sixth), scoring (77.8 - eighth), scoring margin (+21.1 - ninth), assists (17.50 - ninth), field-goal percentage (45.2 - 13th) and personal fouls per game (13.5 - 17th).

Individually, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is seventh in the country with 11.3 rebounds per game and ninth in the country with 22.3 points a game. She is also 17th with a 53.8 field-goal percentage. Chiney Ogwumike is fifth with her 58.2 field-goal percentage and 12th with 10.9 rebounds a game, while Toni Kokenis (2.43) is eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio.

Chiney Ogwumike Earns Third Straight Bank Of The West Pac-12 Player Of The Week
For the third straight week, sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week. She became just the third player in Pac-12 history to earn the weekly honor three straight weeks, joining USC's Cherie Nelson (Feb. 22, Feb. 29, March 7, 1988) and UCLA's Natalie Williams (Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, 1994). Ogwumike earned her latest honor thanks to a career-best performance of 27 points and 18 rebounds over 42 minutes played in the Cardinal's 74-71 overtime win over second-place California.

Ogwumike Sisters Named To John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 List
After being consensus national player of the year candidates among the three major end-of-season awards (Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy), sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike were named to the John R. Wooden Award's Midseason Top 20 List on Jan. 27. Together, the sisters are among the national and Pac-12 leaders in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage and have combined to earn six conference player of the week honors. Nneka Ogwumike also has a USBWA National Player of the Week award under her belt following her 42-point, 17-rebound performance against then-No. 6 Tennessee back on Dec. 20.

Hindsight 20/20
In Thursday's 62-49 victory at Arizona State, sisters Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike matched each other with 16 rebounds, while Nneka edged her younger sister in scoring with 22 points to Chiney's 20. It marked the third time this season that the sisters had each scored at least 20 points in the same contest. They had pulled the feat before back on Dec. 17 against Princeton (Nneka scored 22 points, Chiney 21) and on Jan. 7 against Oregon State (33 points for Nneka, 20 for Chiney). Thursday night's contest was also the seventh this year in which the Ogwumikes posted double-doubles in the same game.

Dishin' The Dimes
Sophomore guard Toni Kokenis took direction of the Stanford offense Thursday night in Tempe, playing a key role in the production of the Ogwumike sisters. Kokenis, a native of the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., passed out six assists to go along with her seven points and made three steals on the defensive end. The six assists against just three turnovers upped the Second City Sparkplug's Pac-12-leading assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.43, a figure that also ranks in the nation.

Greenfield Was Red-Hot
The Stanford offense was bolstered in Thursday night's win at Arizona State by the hot shooting of freshman forward Taylor Greenfield. The Huxley, Iowa native went 3-for-5 from behind the arc in the contest and scored 10 points, joining the Ogwumike sisters as Stanford's double-figure point scorers. Her performance behind the arc upped her 3-point field-goal percentage to 40.4 on the year, ranking second in the Pac-12 behind fellow rookie Bonnie Samuelson's 40.6 percent showing.

Chiney Ogwumike Recognized For Academic Achievement
Off the court, Stanford and sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike earned yet another accolade, as Ogwumike was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team Thursday. Owner of a 3.46 grade-point average, Ogwumike was joined on the team by fellow Pac-12 players Amanda Johnson (Oregon) and Taryn Wicijowski (Utah) as well as Rebecca Dew of Hawai'i and Kate Kevorken of Nevada.

 

 

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