The women made easy work of putting away Arizona State in Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon, but the story of the weekend transcended mere basketball games. The killing in Tucson, Arizona–the home of the Arizona Wildcats, the Stanford men’s opponent–resulted in the death of 6 people, many injuries, and a delayed and somber basketball game on Sunday in Tucson’s McKale Center.
Women defeat Arizona State, 82-35
Stanford took down the Sun Devils with a cartoonish score, despite Arizona State’s respectable 10-4 record so far this season. The Card, whose only loss in history to ASU came in 1984, were able to give 12 players time in the blow-out, while holding the Sun Devils to fewer points than Stanford scored in the first half and limiting ASU’s top scorer–guard Dymond Simon–to just 7 points on the day.
Point guard Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford with 18 points and 3 steals in the 24 minutes she played. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer didn’t leave Pohlen and the rest of the Cardinal starters on the court for long, and not one played for longer than 26 minutes. Nneka Ogwumike, who played exactly 26, put up 16 points and 8 rebounds, putting her well on pace to complete her customary double-double had Arizona State put up more of a fight.
Field goal percentage alone can ordinarily indicate which team will win a given game, and Saturday’s match-up was no exception. Stanford shot a remarkable 65% from the field and 80% from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the clearly outmatched Sun Devils shot just 23% from the field and 24% from three.
Stanford moves to 12-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play. They will travel to Seattle to take on Washington on Friday night at 7:00.
Men fall to Arizona, 67-57
Wearing their all-black uniforms (although it is unclear whether that was out of respect for the previous day’s shootings or just Nike’s new design) the Card could not recover from a first half in which a very talented Wildcat team built an 11-point lead. When Stanford got to within 5 points late in the second half, Arizona kicked back into gear and cruised to the double-digit win.
While no team wants to lost by 10 points, it’s hard not to call Sunday’s defeat a quality loss. In the wake of the shooting, the Tucson community rallied around the Wildcats, and created the largest crowd of the season for McKale Center. Following the game, multiple Arizona players noted that they felt they were playing for the city and the state during a game with increased security screening and a substantially larger police presence.
Senior forward Jamelle Horne provided the main scoring punch for the Wildcats. In 24 minutes off the bench, Horne led all Wildcats with 16 points, and added a game-high 12 rebounds. Rebounds played a big role in Arizona’s success, as not a single Cardinal grabbed more than 6 rebounds and Arizona out-rebounded Stanford, 40-23. Teams like Arizona–and the Washington team that Stanford will face on Thursday night–are most successful when they use their physical big men to exploit the lack of size and depth that Stanford has in the low post.
Josh Owens led the Card with 18 points, and Jeremy Green chipped in 15. Outside of Green and Owens, only one Stanford player–guard Jarrett Mann (6 points, game-high 4 assists)–scored more than 5 points. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins once again opted for a young starting 5, featuring freshmen Aaron Bright and Dwight Powell alongside juniors Green, Owens, and Mann.
Shooting continues to cause Stanford fits. The Card shot only 42% from the field, 60% from the line, and a putrid 17% from three. Arizona made the most of open men on the perimeter, and shot 59% from three.
Stanford incurs its first loss of PAC-10 play and falls to 9-5 overall. They return to the Farm to host Washington on Thursday at 7:00 PM.