Stanford women set to host unbeaten Tennessee in hoops


Chiney Ogwumike continues to work her way toward the top of Stanford's all-time scoring and rebounding lists.

The sixth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team will need Ogwumike and several other players to be on top of their game Saturday when No. 3 Tennessee visits Maples Pavilion for a nonconference showdown at 1:30 p.m.

The Cardinal (9-1) will put its eight-game winning streak on the line against the Lady Vols (10-0 after beating Tennessee State on Wednesday night), who average 83.4 points a game.

Tennessee also is balanced, with four players averaging double figures in scoring. Tennessee also has a plus-15.8 rebounding margin.

"I'll be focusing on boxing out," Stanford's Erica McCall said. "When you think Tennessee, you think big, tall and rebounding. I've got to work on posting up and hitting my outside shot. I'm pretty pumped up, excited. I have a couple of friends who play for Tennessee (Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds)."

Stanford, which beat New Mexico (75-41) on Monday behind Ogwumike's 32 points, averages 75.2 points a game, has two players averaging double digits scoring and has a plus-7.7 rebounding margin.

"We have to take care of the ball and we have to rebound," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Those two things are the keys."

Stanford and Tennessee have played every year since 1988, with the Lady Vols owning a 22-8 edge in the series. The Cardinal has won the past two meetings, though, and will be going for three straight for the second time ever. Stanford lost its last meeting, in 1997, when it had won the two previous meetings.

"There are certain things, when you play Tennessee, you have to do year in and year out," VanDerveer said. "They are aggressive, they are athletic and it is a big team that is active with their hands. They are also quick."

Stanford will be playing the Lady Vols for the fourth time on Dec. 21, losing the first three meetings by a combined 18 points, including a 10-point loss in overtime.

The Cardinal and Tennessee has played six overtime games, Stanford's most against any opponent. Cal is next, with four in the previous 78 meetings.

Ogwumike, who scored 23 of Stanford's first 25 points in the win over the Lobos, became the eighth Stanford player to record 2,000 points in her career.

The senior All-American became the fifth member of the exclusive 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club, which includes older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting.

Ogwumike is 50 points from matching Whiting for fifth on the all-time scoring list.

"Chiney is just such an anchor for us," VanDerveer said. "She calls for the ball, she rebounds, she scores, and she plays defense. She did a great job."

With seven rebounds, Ogwumike also moved past her older sister into third place on the all-time Stanford rebounding list with 1,227. Jayne Appel is second with 1,263 and Kayla Pedersen tops the list with 1,266.

Men's basketball

Stanford heads into Saturday's game against Michigan in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational in New York on a high note.

Chasson Randle scored 22 points, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell combined for 23 points and 25 rebounds and the Cardinal (8-2) stunned host Connecticut, 53-51, Wednesday night in a nonconference game in Storrs, Conn.

Michigan (6-4) plays for the first time since losing at home to top-ranked Arizona, 72-70, last Saturday.


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