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February 10, 2011

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By The Daily Axe Staff
Butch the Cougar

On a night when the Stanford men and women faced the same school at exactly the same time, both Cardinal basketball squads were able to handily beat Washington State. The women used their first home court advantage in nearly three weeks to obliterate the Cougars, while the men avenged a disappointing January loss to Ken Bone and Company.

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Men defeat Washington State, 75-62

Although 13-point conference wins are nice, Stanford fans will likely be most pleased by a different statistic: shooting percentage. The Cardinal shot 50% from the field, 56% from three, and 84% from the free throw line. Considering their efficiency shooting the ball and the quality of their opponent, the Cardinal’s shooting in Pullman on Thursday night was their best of the season.

Stanford also got big games from three players that the Cardinal faithful have been waiting for all season. Junior shooting guard Jeremy Green scored a season-high 24 points on 7-9 shooting and 5-5 from three. Freshmen Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown each broke double digits in scoring, with Powell recording 16 points and Brown netting 12. Powell also pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds against the big bodies of Washington State’s DeAngelo Casto and Brock Motum. Stanford juniors Jarrett Mann and Josh Owens, who rounded out the Card’s starting five, combined for just 9 points and 8 rebounds, but Mann recorded a career-best 11 assists (his previous high was 8). Most impressively, Mann committed just 2 turnovers despite his tendency to turn the ball over more than almost any other player in cardinal and white.

Stanford held the Cougars to just one more point than WSU scored in the teams’ meeting earlier this year, and Johnny Dawkins’s team made sufficient improvement on offense to win in Pullman. But the Card still struggled to prevent Washington State from creating a prolific scoring duo. We thought that that duo would be junior guards Klay Thompson and Faisel Aden, but forward DeAngelo Casto took Aden’s place as a primary scoring threat. Casto led the team with 22 points, and Thompson scored 15. After them, though, the Cougars had no place to look for offensive explosion. Aden scored only 3 points, and no other Cougar scored in double digits.

Although the turnover and rebounding battles ended in relative stalemates, Stanford’s shooting from three and points off turnovers made the difference between tonight’s outcome and another tough defeat to Washington State. Stanford committed 11 turnovers to WSU’s 12, but Stanford scored 16 points off turnovers, while WSU managed only 5 points.

With the win, Stanford pulls into a three-way tie for 4th place in the PAC-10. Washington State and Cal share the position with the Card.

Stanford will play next on Saturday at 5:30 PM in Seattle’s Alaska Airlines Arena against the Washington Huskies.

Women defeat Washington State, 100-59

Stanford made its record 49th consecutive PAC-10 win look easy by knocking off the Cougars in Maples Pavilion. Washington State kept the game close for much of the first half, and were within single digits of the Cardinal with under 4 minutes remaining in the first half. But a welcome homecoming for the returning Cardinal, and the good karma of cancer awareness pink shoelaces, evidently propelled Stanford to close out the half well, lead by 12 at halftime, and double Washington State’s scoring in the second 20 minutes.

Nneka Ogwumike led all scorers with 19 points, and seniors Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen both had double-digit nights for Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. Freshman guard Toni Kokenis, who has battled a head injury in the past couple of weeks, scored 13 points and dished out 3 assists in just 13 minutes on the floor.

VanDerveer opened up her rotation and let 13 of the team’s 14 players see game action. Only Pohlen played as many as 30 minutes, and one can only imagine what the score would have been had VanDerveer left her starters playing for longer.

Jazmine Perkins came off the bench to give Washington State 18 points, 14 of which came in the first half. But Washington State struggled to score as a team, shot nearly 20 percentage points below the Cardinal from the field, and could not find a second scorer. The Cougars’ troubles are hardly surprising: in the 52 times that these two teams have met, Washington State has never won.

Stanford improves to 21-2 overall and 12-0 in the PAC-10. They will host Washington on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Maples Pavilion.

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