The two halves of the Stanford basketball program could not have had more different nights while both facing Oregon State on Thursday evening. The women nearly doubled the Beavers’ score before clinching at least a share of the regular season PAC-10 championship. In Corvallis, the men squandered a double-digit lead while ensuring a losing conference season for the third consecutive year. Here is your Friday morning Stanford hoops round-up.
Women defeat Oregon State, 73-37
Stanford put on a shooting clinic by making 57% of its field goal attempts and outscoring Oregon State by 36 despite taking 3 fewer shots than the Beavers did. The usually exceptional Kayla Pedersen (13 points, 5 rebounds), Jeanette Pohlen (10 points, 6 assists), and Chiney Ogwumike (10 points, 9 rebounds) all scored in double digits from the starting line-up. Freshman point guard Toni Kokenis (10 points)–who enjoyed a break-out game last Sunday–and Sarah Boothe (16 points, 6 rebounds) both had effective scoring days coming off the bench for the Card.
Only sophomore guard Sage Indendi (12 points, 6 rebounds) posted double digits for the Beavers, who shot under 25% from the field as a team. Upsets can happen, but Oregon State was no match for Stanford: the Beavers entered the game with a 2-12 conference record, and will likely finish the season at 10th in the PAC-10 standings.
Stanford clinched at least a share of the PAC-10 regular season championship with the win, and could win the title outright with a win on Saturday afternoon against Oregon in Maples Pavilion.
Men fall to Oregon State, 87-80
Stanford led by as many as 13 and shot a remarkable 52% from three, but fell to the seemingly unbreakable Oregon State press that baffled the Card during the teams’ first meeting. Stanford guard Jeremy Green led all scorers with 24 points and freshman point guard Aaron Bright tied his career high with 15 points, but Oregon State used a superior second half to overcome a 6-point halftime deficit and defend their home Gill Coliseum.
Guard Jared Cunningham led the Beavers with 21 points on 6-8 shooting, while chipping in 3 of the team’s 9 steals. 4 of his teammates, including now-starter Ahmad Starks (11 points, 3 assists)–also turned in over 10 points for Craig Robinson’s team, which won just its 2nd game out of their last 9. The Beavers shot 62% from the field and scored the most points they have since a December 12 win against Texas-Pan American.
Oregon State has proven dangerous at times this year–the Beavers have defeated Washington and Arizona–but find themselves at 5-10 and 9th place in the conference. With three remaining conference games (including a date with 10th-place Arizona State) the Beavers could overtake Stanford for 8th place in the PAC-10 by season’s end.
Stanford must win the rest of its 3 games to finish the year with an overall winning record, and can secure a .500 overall record by winning 2 out of 3. Regardless of the remaining results, Stanford will finish with a losing conference record for the third straight year and prevent head coach Johnny Dawkins from realizing his first winning or .500 conference season in his career as a head coach.
Stanford travels to Eugene to take on Oregon (14-13, 7-8) on Saturday at 3:00 PM at Knight Arena.