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Stanford Women's Basketball - 2012-13 In Review




April 16, 2013

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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball's 2012-13 campaign came to an end earlier than expected, but the Cardinal can still point to numerous accomplishments from which to draw pride. The Cardinal racked up 33 wins for its sixth straight 30-win season and reached its 26th straight NCAA Tournament (and 27th overall), a streak that is third-best in the nation. Stanford also claimed its 13th straight Pac-12 regular-season title and seventh straight Pac-12 Tournament title.

Last Time Out
The Cardinal's season came to an end at the Spokane Regional Semifinal in a 61-59 loss to fourth-seeded Georgia. Despite leading 34-27 at halftime, the Cardinal could not close out the win. Consensus All-American Chiney Ogwumike went 12-for-15 from the field, scoring 26 points with 12 rebounds in the losing effort, while Amber Orrange scored 17 points with a career high-tying eight rebounds. Junior Sara James pulled down a career high-tying eight rebounds while forward Mikaela Ruef scored six points with seven rebounds.

Stanford In The NCAA Tournament
March 30's 61-59 regional-semifinal loss to Georgia leaves the Cardinal with an overall record of 71-25 in the NCAA Tournament. The 2013 NCAA Tournament marked Stanford's 26th straight appearance and 27th overall in the annual extravaganza. The Cardinal's 27 appearances now rank tied for third overall with Louisiana Tech, behind only Tennessee, which has appeared in all 32 NCAA Tournaments, and Georgia, which made its 30th appearance in 2013. The Cardinal's streak of 26 straight appearances is also the nation's second-longest current streak behind Tennessee's run of 32 straight appearances.

In The National Polls
Stanford finished the 2012-13 season ranked fourth in the final Associated Press Poll of the regular season and seventh in the final USA Today Sports Coaches Poll.

In The Pac-12 Statistics
At the end of the season, Stanford ranked in the top three of 13 statistical categories amongst Pac-12 schools: scoring defense (51.9 ppg - first), scoring margin (+18.6 - first), field-goal percentage (45.5 - first), field-goal percentage defense (31.6 - first), 3-point field-goal percentage defense (23.5 - first), free-throw percentage (71.8 - first), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17 - first), scoring offense (70.5 ppg - second), 3-point field-goal percentage (31.9 - second), assists (13.94 apg - second), blocked shots (5.17 bpg - second), defensive rebounds (29.5 drpg - second) and rebounding margin (+7.5 - third). Individually, Chiney Ogwumike captured the Pac-12 Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg), field-goal percentage (58.6) in addition to double-doubles (28). Ogwumike also finished third with a 77.6 free-throw percentage and fourth with 1.72 blocks per game. Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle led the conference with 1.83 blocks per game and Amber Orrange ended up second in the Pac-12 with a 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio and fourth with 4.08 assists per game.

In the National Statistics
In the final national rankings, Stanford ranked in the top 20 of 10 categories, highlighted by leading the nation in field-goal percentage defense (31.6) and 3-point field-goal defense (23.5). Stanford also finished in the Top-20 in turnovers per game (11.9 - fourth), field-goal percentage (45.5 - fifth), scoring margin (+18.6 - sixth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17 - 11th), scoring defense (51.9 - 11th), blocked shots per game (5.17 - 17th), rebound margin (+7.5 - 18th) and personal fouls per game (13.1 - 20th). Chiney Ogwumike finished the year as the only player ranked in the national top seven in scoring (22.4 ppg - seventh), field-goal percentage (58.6 - fourth) and rebounding (12.9 rpg - fifth) in addition to leading the nation with 28 double-doubles.

Chiney Ogwumike Finishes Memorable Junior Season
Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike wrapped up one of the most successful seasons by a Cardinal player. The Cypress, Texas native earned consensus All-America honors while leading Stanford to its 13th straight Pac-12 regular-season title, seventh straight Pac-12 Tournament crown and to the program's 26th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Ogwumike earned her second straight WBCA Coaches All-America Team nod, her first to the Associated Press All-America First Team and was a consensus national player of the year finalist. She became the first player in Pac-12 history to capture the conference's Triple Crown by leading the loop in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (58.6). She was the only player to rank in the national top seven in all three of those categories in addition to leading the country with 28 double-doubles. Ogwumike became the first player to earn the Pac-12's Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season and also claimed the Most Outstanding Player honor at the Pac-12 Tournament. In 2012-13 Ogwumike set the Pac-12 record for rebounds (466) while also setting Stanford single-season records in rebounding average (12.9 rpg), field goals made (317) and double-doubles (28). Her 805 points scored and 22.4 points per game both ended up second on Stanford's single-season records list, with her scoring total just four points off of the benchmark of 809 set by older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike in 2011-12, and Chiney's scoring average was just one-tenth of a point off of Nneka's 2011-12 record.

Give The Defense Its Due
The 2012-13 season featured the greatest defensive team in Stanford women's basketball history. This year's Cardinal team set new program records in opponent scoring average (51.9 ppg) and opponent field-goal percentage (31.6), eclipsing the previous marks of 53.9 points per game (set in 2009-10) and 33.6 percent (set in 2010-11). Both figures this year also ranked first in the nation. The Cardinal also blocked 186 shots this season, the fourth-highest total in program history and just 10 behind the record of 196 set in 2001-02. Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle led the Pac-12 with 1.89 blocks per game, blocking a total of 66 shots, the third-highest mark in Stanford history. Chiney Ogwumike, who captured Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, blocked 62 shots. The 2012-13 Stanford team also became the first in program history to never allow an opponent to score 70 points all season.

Ogwumike, Tinkle, Orrange, VanDerveer Recognized By Pac-12
The Pac-12 announced its regular-season awards and All-Pac-12 teams Tuesday and Stanford earned its big haul of the honors.

Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike became the first player to sweep the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, being named the conference's top player for the first time and its top defender for the second straight year. She also earned her third straight nods to the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive Teams for the third straight year. Ogwumike, at the time of the announcement was the only player to rank in the national top five in scoring (22.9 ppg), rebounding (12.7 rpg), field-goal percentage (59.1) and double-doubles (24), led the Pac-12 in all four categories and was instrumental in Stanford claiming its 13th straight and 22nd overall Pac-12 regular-season title in 2012-13.

Tinkle and Orrange each earned the first All-Pac-12 nods of their careers. Tinkle followed up her breakout 2011-12 season with career highs of 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds and a Pac-12-leading 1.90 blocks per game this season. Orrange, meanwhile, averaged 10.2 points a game and ranked second in the Pac-12 with a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio and third with 4.33 assists per game.

VanDerveer was named John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 13th time and third year in a row after leading the Cardinal to its 13th straight Pac-12 regular-season title.

Tinkle Leaves Stanford With A Career Year
Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle closed out her Stanford career with the best season of her four-year stay on The Farm in 2012-13. The Missoula, Mont. native averaged career bests of 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.89 blocks per game, along the way earning the first All-Pac-12 Team nod of her career. Tinkle opened the season on a scoring tear, registering a pair of 20-point games, including a career-high 25 against Tennessee-Martin, over Stanford's first five games. She shot 46.1 percent from the field and hit a career-high 39 3-pointers with a 32.2-percent showing from behind the arc. Tinkle even had a perfect 8-for-8 stretch from behind the arc over three games from Jan. 18-25, and in her final game at Maples Pavilion, a second-round NCAA Tournament matchup with Michigan, she went 5-for-5 on 3-point attempts for 21 points with six rebounds.

Tinkle also etched her name in the school record book by becoming the 34th player to join Stanford's 1,000-Point Club. She scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 22 against Oregon State at Maples Pavilion and would end her Cardinal career with 1,091 points, 31st on the Stanford career scoring list.

Ogwumike Thrives Against Top-25 Competition
Stanford faced 13 Top-25 teams in 2012-13, going 10-3 in those games. The Cardinal's impressive record in those contests is due in part to the performances of Chiney Ogwumike. The junior forward, who finished the season as the only player in the nation ranked in the NCAA's top seven in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and double-doubles, turned up her performance over this season's 13 games against Top-25 teams, averaging 20.1 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting 49.5 percent.

Orrange Shows She's The Future
Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange showed the beginnings of hitting her stride during the 2012 NCAA Tournament and in 2012-13 proved that she is the future at point guard for the Cardinal. Starting 35 of the 36 games in which she appeared this season, Orrange averaged 10.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while finishing fourth in the Pac-12 with 4.08 assists per game and second with a 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio. After being named Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorable mention in 2012, Orrange was honored with her first selection to the All-Pac-12 Team in 2013.

The Houston native not only led the Cardinal in assists but showed that she could be a consistent scorer as well, shooting 46.4 percent from the field on the year and hitting 18-of-45 3-point attempts for a 40.0-percent clip. Orrange posted one points-assists double-double (12-10) vs. Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 17 and scored in double figures on 23 occasions. The highlight of her season came in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game on March 10 in Seattle, where Orrange scored a career-high 20 points including the game-winning layup with 8.3 seconds remaining to give Stanford a 51-49 victory over UCLA.

Ruef With The Breakout Season
Many Stanford fans hoped that redshirt junior forward Mikaela Ruef could come back in 2012-13 and be a contributor after sitting out all but three games of 2011-12 due to a foot injury, and their hopes were more than realized as the Beavercreek, Ohio native put together a breakout year. After playing just 20 minutes over the Cardinal's first two games, Ruef was inserted into the starting lineup for Nov. 16's game against No. 1/1 Baylor in Honolulu with the tall (no pun intended) task of guarding reigning national player of the year Brittney Griner. Ruef held her own all game, getting help from her teammates in holding Griner to just four points in the first half, and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead all players in Stanford's 71-69 win.

That performance led to a full-time starter's role for Ruef, as she went on to start 29 games averaging 4.2 points and a career-best 6.6 rebounds per game. She would go on to grab a career-high 13 rebounds against Pacific on Dec. 15, and posted a pair of double-doubles as well as eight double-figure rebounding efforts. Ruef became one of the Cardinal's "do-everything" players on both ends of the floor, finishing second on the team in rebounding, third in assists (78) and third in blocks (22). With a redshirt season available, Ruef plans to return to the Cardinal for a fifth year in 2013-14.

James Also Breaks Through For The Cardinal
Mikaela Ruef did not provide the only breakthrough performance of the season as junior guard Sara James also reached the lofty potential many had foreseen in her as a prep. James' rise started with a career-best 18-point performance at Utah on Jan. 6 as she went 6-for-8 from the field and hit three 3-pointers in an aggressive outing. Three games later, against UCLA, James would get the start and would never leave the starting lineup the rest of the year, ending the season with 21 starts. She scored 20 points over her first two starts and finished the season averaging 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds over 16.8 minutes per game, while shooting 33.0 percent from behind the arc (37-for-112).

Greenfield And Samuelson Prove Deep Threats
A pair of super sophomores in Taylor Greenfield and Bonnie Samuelson proved themselves valuable reserves off the bench this season, as they made a combined 71 appearances and accounted for 9.3 points per game in 2012-13. The second-year pair made its biggest impact from behind the arc, hitting a combined 75 3-pointers with Samuelson leading the team for the second straight year as she hit 49 this year. Samuelson shot 35.0 percent from behind the arc while Greenfield played key roles in Stanford's wins over Baylor and Gonzaga, going a combined 10-for-14 on 3-point attempts. Greenfield would match her career high with a pair of 18-point games this season, while Samuelson posted a 19-point effort Feb. 10 against Arizona State behind six 3-pointers.

Kokenis Contributes In Shortened Season
Despite having her junior season shortened to just 21 games due to illness, guard Toni Kokenis was still an important part of the Cardinal's early-season success. The Second City Sparkplug averaged 7.7 points and 2.00 assists over 26.7 minutes per game for the Cardinal before missing the Cardinal's final 14 games. Kokenis scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Stanford's 71-69 victory over No. 1/1 Baylor on Nov. 16 in Honolulu, netted 15 again in a key win at South Carolina on Dec. 19 and posted her third 15-point game Jan. 27 against Colorado. Kokenis' status for 2013-14 is still uncertain.

Approaching Records In 2013-14
Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike finished the 2012-13 season with some Stanford records in her possession and with others just outside of her grasp, but she will enter 2013-14 within striking distance of some more Cardinal records. Currently the owner of Stanford's top career rebounding average (10.4 rpg), Ogwumike will enter next season just 146 rebounds shy of breaking Kayla Pedersen's Pac-12 and Stanford record of 1,266. Also, Ogwumike's 58.2 field-goal percentage is just four-tenths of a percentage point away from Jeane Ruark Hoff's Stanford record of 58.6. Finally, Ogwumike enters the 2013-14 campaign with 1,770 career points, 860 points away from breaking Candice Wiggins' Cardinal benchmark of 2,629 career points. With 230 more points next year, Ogwumike will also become just the sixth player in Stanford history to accumulate 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.

Ready For 2012-13
Many Cardinal players showed increases in production and minutes in 2012-13, setting themselves up for bigger roles next season. Point guards Jasmine Camp and Alex Green returned from injuries that ended their 2011-12 seasons prematurely, sophomore Erica Payne saw more playing time in her second season and freshman Tess Picknell proved herself a defensive presence with 15 blocks on the year. This quartet remains hungry for more opportunities and could be a group to watch in 2013-14.

Stanford vs. NCAA Tournament Teams In 2012-13
Ten of Stanford's 2012-13 regular-season opponents went on to make the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and the Cardinal racked up a record of 13-2 against those teams. Besides Pac-12 foes California, UCLA and Colorado, additional Cardinal opponents reaching the Big Dance include Fresno State (Mountain West), Baylor (Big 12), Tennessee-Martin (Ohio Valley), Gonzaga (West Coast), South Carolina and Tennessee (SEC) and Connecticut (Big East). Four of those schools (Baylor, Connecticut, Tennessee, California) reached the Sweet 16 with Connecticut and California reaching the Final Four.

 

 

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