Men's Basketball

January 6, 2011

Hoops Round-Up: Taking down the Desert

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By The Daily Axe Staff

The men and women took home big wins on Thursday night while taking on the Arizona schools. While the women defend their lengthy home court winning streak in Maples Pavilion, the men are down south for the weekend.

Men defeat Arizona State, 55-41

Sparky the Sun Devil

In a defensively driven game, Stanford shut down the Sun Devil offense on their home court to glide to the 14-point victory. Forward Josh Owens (15 points, 11 boards) and guard Jarrett Mann (11 points, 7 boards) led a Cardinal team that also struggled to find consistent scoring production. Owens and Mann were the only members of the Card to score in double figures, and the team shot 42% from the field and just 20% from three.

Dwight Powell and Jeremy Green, both of whom had a big game on Sunday against Cal, combined for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins used the tightest rotation of the season, and played only 9 men. Of the four non-starters (Jack Trotter, Anthony Brown, Josh Huestis, and Gabriel Harris) not one played more than 10 minutes.

The line-up change also deserves mention because freshman point guard Aaron Bright got the start. His stat line was fairly unremarkable (2 points, 4 assists) but Bright’s increased play at the 1 allows Mann to play off the ball and score more, as he did against ASU. Bright also figures to be the point guard of the future, or at least until highly touted recruit Chasson Randle arrives next season and a possible position battle ensues. The freshman class as a whole continues to be unpredictable from game to game, a trend we can hope will begin to disappear as they accustom themselves to the routine of the college game.

Stanford now has a 9-4 mark overall (a big improvement from their 6-7 record through 13 games last year) and are 2-0 in the conference, which puts them at second in the PAC-10. The Card will travel to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

Women defeat Arizona, 87-54

Athletics logo for the University of Arizona

#4 Stanford took advantage of a monstrous second half to put away the Wildcats on the Farm. Arizona trailed by just 7 at halftime, but the Card more than doubled Arizona’s second half point total and received a big night from Nneka Ogwumike (24 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks) en route to the blow-out.

Stanford nearly out-everything’d Arizona, and the sheer size of the Cardinal roster gave Arizona problems from the opening tip onward. Nneka Ogwumike and her sister Chiney (11 points, 11 rebounds) got inside seemingly at will and disrupted the Arizona defense. Stanford shot 53% from the field and had put the game away with over 10 minutes left to play in the second half.

Freshman guard Toni Kokenis also saw a lot of action in the game. Like Bright on the men’s side, the freshman’s numbers (4 points, 3 assists, 2 steals) don’t accurately convey the extent of her contribution. Kokenis has shown a great handle, a sharp basketball intellect, and an overall savvy that head coach Tara VanDerveer must love to see from a young point guard. In addition to looking like a good starting point guard when Jeanette Pohlen graduates after this season, Kokenis is a nice piece of a line-up (Pohlen, Kokenis, C. Ogwumike, Kayla Pedersen, N. Ogwumike) that can spread the floor, run the break, and score in bunches. That lineup was virtually unstoppable against Arizona.

Stanford moves to 11-2 and 2-0 in the PAC-10. They will host Arizona State on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

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