Freshman Joslyn Tinkle and Kayla Pedersen had some good moments for No. 2 Stanford, but overall the Cardinal’s performance in its 63-47 win over Oregon State on Thursday in Corvallis, Ore., was not what Stanford wanted.
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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has been worried about her team’s play of late, and her concern no doubt deepened after seeing her team struggle for much of the game against an Oregon State team that had lost four straight and was 1-4 in the conference. Pedersen and Tinkle were the only Cardinal players with productive offensive games, but the Cardinal did improve to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10, which is the bottom line.
Lindy La Rocque started for the second straight game in the Stanford backcourt, because JJ Hones, who has had swelling in her knee, and Jeanette Pohlen, who has a sprained ankle, had not practiced this week. Hones and Pohlen both played in the game, but Hones played only four minutes and did not score. Pohlen played 27 minutes, but was just 1-for-4 from the field for three points, although she did add six assists. Melanie Murphy, who also has an ongoing knee problem, did not play at all.
Stanford’s four guards – Hones, Pohlen, La Rocque and Ros Gold-Onwude – combined for just seven points against Oregon State.
The Cardinal let an early 10-2 lead slip away and trailed Oregon State by a point with 26 seconds left in the first half.
Pedersen, who finished with 23 points, converted a three-point play with two seconds left in the first half to give the Cardinal a lead it never relinquished, but with 10:47 left in the game, Stanford still held only a three-point lead.
Pedersen then scored eight straight points to push the margin to 11 points, and the Cardinal was safe.
Tinkle had nine points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of action, for one of her best games as a Cardinal.
Nneka Ogwumike, who had six points in the first 3:12 of the game, finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jayne Appel had nine points and seven rebounds in 19 foul-plagued minutes.
Oregon State was able to stay in the game in the first half because Talia Rhea had 17 of her 26 points in the first 20 minutes. The Beavers shot only 36.6 percent from the field for the game, but they collected 16 offensive rebounds, which won’t please VanDerveer.
The Cardinal must prepare for a fast-paced game when it plays Oregon in Eugene in an 11 a.m. game on Saturday. The Ducks lost to Cal on Thursday, but their pressing, uptempo style could cause problems for the Cardinal if its guards are not healthy.
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