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With the tailgate crowd outside preparing for the big Stanford-Arizona football game, it’s a little quieter in Maples where the 2010-2011 debut of the Stanford Cardinal is taking place.
Need to go for pregame: All-American forward Nneka Ogwumike is sitting this one out with a sore ankle. No need to have her on the floor. She’s in warm-ups along with Mel Murphy and Hannah Donaghe.
Donaghe sustained another ACL tear and is out for the year.
Starting lineup on the floor for opening tip is: Jeanette Pohlen, Kayla Pedersen, Joslyn Tinkle, Chiney Ogwumike and Sarah Boothe.
- Pedersen opens the proceedings with a 3.
- Chiney with the rebound and the follow. First points and rebound of her college career.
- Tinkle out on the wing is an interesting look.
- Tinkle comes off after shoe came apart. Never seen that.
- First look at Toni Kokenis, in the game
- Alumni section: Jayne Appel in the house today along with Morgan Clyburn and JJ Hones.
- First look at Toni Kokenis running the point.
- Stanford up 18-6 with 15:19 to go.
- And here comes Sara James, the third freshman to get into the game.
- Timeout: Stanford 27-12 with 11:54 to go. All four of Vanguard’s baskets from beyond the arc. Which makes sense because there’s no way Vanguard matches Stanford’s size anywhere on the floor.
- Cardinal 3 of 4 beyond arc.
- Chiney O scores after three offensive rebounds.
- Another media timeout. Stanford up 36-17. Outrebounding 19-2. Vanguard’s Ariel Castillo is a one-woman offense with four 3 pointers in five attempts.
- Six different Stanford players have scored so far.
- Mikaela Ruef in for the first time at 6:15.
- Coming out of time out Stanford up 50-28 with 3:48 to go. Chiney Ogwumike 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- Vanguard within 54-37 with their continued barrage of 3-pointers. They’ve hit 10 so far before halftime. Not sure what to read into that about Cardinal’s perimeter defense.
- Halftime score: Stanford 57, Vanguard 39.
- Stats of note: 11 3-pointers for Vanguard. 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chiney O. 14 for Jeanette Pohlen.
May not make it to the end here. Football duties beckon.
- Think it’s going to take time to see the true differences between Nneka and Chiney on the floor, because right now, they look an awful lot alike – athletic, fast, long and aggressive under the basket.
- Media timeout: Stanford 67, Vanguard 50. Somehow, I think letting Vanguard get to 50 and bury 13 3?s might come up in the team’s postgame conversation.
- Kayla Pedersen has taken over the scoring lead for the game with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting.
- OK, I’m taking my leave. Stanford up 71-50. Nice showing by the youngsters…the real thing comes in eight days. Expect Nneka O to be back on the floor and the Cardinal to spend a lot of time on defending shooters this week.