No. 2 Stanford 82, Oregon St. 48
On a night she made her final regular season appearance at
Maples Pavilion, Jayne Appel fittingly cemented her place in
Stanford’s record books.
Now she wants to take the second-ranked Cardinal deep into the
Appel became only the third player in program history to reach
2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career while leading No. 2
Stanford to an 82-48 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.
“It’s a tremendous honor but I want a national championship,”
said Appel, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “Coming
in to the game I had the mentality of just win the game first
because it really wouldn’t have been a celebration if we had
The Cardinal (25-1, 15-0 Pac-10) clinched at least a share of
their 10th straight conference title while extending their home
winning streak to 44 games, the second-longest in school
They did it behind another stellar effort from Appel and
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 17 points, including eight straight
as part of Stanford’s game-opening 13-1 run.
“We’re playing our best when it counts,” Cardinal coach Tara
VanDerveer said. “I think we can go a long way. We kind of hit a
little bit of a lull through January but we’ve really picked it up
in February. Obviously the best time to play your best is in
Jeanette Pohlen added 13 points and five assists for Stanford,
which has won 16 straight since losing to top-ranked Connecticut
80-68 on Dec. 23.
The Cardinal can clinch the Pac-10 regular season title outright
by winning just one of their final three games. Stanford plays at
Arizona State and Arizona next week, then closes out with a road
game against California on March 6.
Appel scored on a short layup with 8:48 remaining in the first
half to go over the 2,000-point mark in her career, joining Nicole
Powell and Val Whiting.
She’s also just 13 boards short of breaking Lisa Leslie’s Pac-10
career rebounding record, though she didn’t show much emotion until
walking to midcourt with her parents as part of a post-game
ceremony honoring Stanford’s seniors.
“I kind of learned that my freshman year,” Appel said. “That
was the last year we did (the ceremony) before the game and I was a
disaster. So my mindset was ‘OK, get through this, then you can
Haiden Palmer scored 16 points for Oregon State (9-16, 1-13),
which has lost its 14th straight. Beavers Oregon State coach
LaVonda Wagner said. “My main thing was our defensive pressure
wasn’t there and we got beat on the boards. Those are things we’ve
been good at.”
The Cardinal opened a 25-point advantage at halftime and
increased it to as much as 29 midway through the second half when
Ogwumike scored on a quick layup to make it 65-36.
Oregon State, which was coming off a 66-62 loss to California on
Thursday, couldn’t keep up. The Beavers shot just 26.7 percent from
the floor in the first half and were only slightly better after the
Haiden, the only freshman starter for Oregon State, went 7 of 15
from the floor and reached double figures for the 14th time this