One More Look at the ASU Game

The New Year is ushering us quickly to the next Cardinal contest, but the biggest win of the 2006-07 Stanford season merits one more look. Tom Knecht takes another view on the 77-71 victory over Arizona State with his player and team stats of the game, plus the biggest surprise and disappointment from the evening at Maples Pavilion.

Player Statistic of the Game…

For StanfordBrooke Smith - 19 points, 46% field goal shooting, 7-of-8 free throw shooting, nine defensive rebounds (10 total rebounds), seven assists with only three turnovers in 35 minutes with four fouls.

Candice Wiggins exploded in the second half, and made it a winnable game.  Jillian Harmon played great defense, collecting only two fouls in 39 minutes.  But Brooke Smith won the game by re-entering the game with 8:40 left in the second half with four fouls.  She had to play smart to avoid fouling out, and her free throws at the end of the game sealed the win.  If Smith fouls out…

For Arizona StateEmily Westerberg - eight points, 22% field goal shooting, 4-of-4 free throw shooting, three rebounds, two assists with three turnovers in 23 minutes with four fouls.

Westerberg only made two field goals, both in the first half; one field goal came on a jail-break transition lay-up.  Westerberg saw, up-close and personal, Smith's six field goals.  Westerberg tried (and failed) to defend Smith.  Smith defended Westerberg well, and this containment was key to the win.

Team Statistic of the Game…

Stanford:  2nd half field goals 56.3%, three-point field goals 83.3%

Arizona State:  1-of-15 three-point field goals 6.7%

Stanford maintained composure and accuracy against an aggressive Pac-10 defensive leader; the same cannot be said about ASU.

Surprise of the Game…

ASU's sophomore center, Kirsten Thompson - 17 points, 64% field goal shooting, 3-of-3 free throw shooting in 19 minutes.

Where did Thompson come from???  I've never seen anyone shoot over Stanford's Kristen Newlin.  Thompson has a quick, powerful wrist release, that can reach the net from 10-plus feet out with very little movement.

Disappointment of the Game…

From the game's box score:  "Officials: Eric Larson, Melissa Barlow, Mary Whatford"

I am loathe to analyze games, entering the referees as factors.  Say what you will about the pros and cons of allowing a physical game, the officiating should at least be consistent and accurate; neither could be said for this game, as the game was dangerously out-of-hand at times.

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