November 18, 2015

Up next: Home with George Washington and Santa Clara

The Cardinal will be back home at Maples next weekend to host George Washington on Saturday at noon (leaving plenty of time before tuning in to the Big Game) and Santa Clara on Monday evening at 7:00.

Both games will be live-streamed by Stanford Athletics and broadcast by KZSU, with live stats here.

There will be a chalk talk in Kissick Auditorium before each of the games.

Cards need lots of rebounds next weekend

  George Washington Colonials

George Washington University, which is located in Washington DC, plays in the Atlantic 10 conference.

The Colonials and the Cardinal have played each other twice — in the postseason long ago (1991 & 2001). Do you remember seeing the Colonials when they played at Maples seven years ago in the opening rounds of the NCAA? They defeated Cal by two points in the second round.

The Colonials will pose a strong challenge to the Cardinal defense. They're currently ranked No. 22/20 in the national polls. They're the reigning Atlantic 10 champion and have been picked to win the title again this season.

espnW ranked the Colonials No. 20 in the preseason, with this evaluation:

Notable returners: Jonquel Jones (15.3 PPG, 12.5 RPG); Caira Washington (12.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG); Hannah Schaible (9.2 PPG, 2.2 APG) *

The Colonials should again be one of the best rebounding teams in the country because Jones and Washington return. The 6-4 Jones averaged a double-double in 2015 and should be a finalist for every national player of the year award. Kelli Prange, a 6-5 sophomore, gives fourth-year coach Jonathan Tsipis another potentially dominant rebounder.

Shannon Cranshaw as the primary deep threat and the return of Lauren Chase, fifth in the Atlantic 10 in assists, are the X factors for defending the conference championship and making a deeper NCAA tournament run.

Graham Hayes ranked the Colonials second-best in the mid-majors:

What they have: The Department of the Interior. All right, the nickname needs work, but not many programs, mid-major or otherwise, can talk about running out a lineup that goes 6-2, 6-4, 6-5 across the front. Colonials coach Jonathan Tsipis has talked about doing just that at times with All-America candidate Jonquel Jones, Caira Washington and Kelli Prange. The team led the nation in rebounding by a healthy margin a season ago.

Name to remember: Caira Washington. The headlines will go to Jones, and deservedly so, in the case of a player who can do things like put up 24 points and 17 rebounds at Dayton. But to use a comparison to a recent mid-major success, Washington is the Ta'Shia Phillips to Jones' Amber Harris -- not in stature, where Washington gives up inches to Phillips, but certainly in value. The junior forward just can't afford to hit triple digits in fouls this season.

Here are George Washington's statistics and roster.

* Hannah Schaible, George Washington's third-best scorer last season, has not played yet this season. I can find no report of an injury.

  Santa Clara Broncos

The Cardinal can realistically expect a victory over Santa Clara unless they get complacent.

The Broncos have been picked seventh in the West Coast Conference. They've had a tough start to their season — on the road to Washington and then USC. They lost both games.

You'll see something you've never seen before if you come to the game — the Cardinal outfitted in turquoise.

Stanford Athletics reports:

Stanford women’s basketball has partnered with Nike N7 to honor Native American Heritage Month and will wear N7-inspired turquoise uniforms at its November 23 game against Santa Clara. Turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in Native American culture.

“We are very excited and honored to host an N7 game,” Stanford’s Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer said. “My staff and I are fortunate to have been involved in several clinics with Native Americans and are happy to join Nike in supporting basketball and physical activity among Native youth.”

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Here are Santa Clara's statistics and roster.

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