Women's Basketball Signs Four Players To National Letters-Of-Intent
Nov. 8, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford Women's Basketball program has announced the signing of four athletes - Sebnem N. Kimyacioglu (Los Altos Hills, CA/Pinewood HS), Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK/East Anchorage HS), Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/West Morris Mendham HS) and T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) - to National Letters-of-Intent beginning with the 2001-02 season.
'This is a very solid class for us, because it filled a lot of our needs,' Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'We're very excited about these four athletes. They will improve our depth both at guard and in the post, and give us a physical presence. Sebnem, Azella, Kelley and T'Nae also complement our excellent five-player freshmen class.'
The Stanford Women's Basketball program has won two NCAA titles (1990, '92), made six NCAA Final Four appearances (1990, '91, '92, '95, '96, '97 - more than any school in the 1990's), captured nine Pacific-10 Conference titles (1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '98) and made 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. This season, the Cardinal returns seven letter-winners from the 1999-2000 squad that went 21-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford has two seniors on its roster this season - forward Sarah Dimson and center Carolyn Moos.
Here's a complete look at the Stanford Women's Basketball Class of 2004-05:
Sebnem N. Kimyacioglu 5-11 Guard/Fwd. Los Altos Hills, CA Pinewood HS
Named Central Coast Section junior of the year, and first team all-section, after leading Pinewood to the CCS Division V Title and runner- up finish in the Northern California Championships ... The Nike Summer All-American Camp atendee averaged 19 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.4 assists a year ago ... As a sophomore, led her team to CCS, NorCal and California Division V State Championships after averaging 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds ... Named CCS Sophomore of the Year in 1998-99, and second team all-section ... Named CCS Freshman of the Year in 1997-98 for the Northern California runner-ups with 8.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest ... Plays for coach Doc Scheppler at Pinewood ... Is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
'I chose Stanford because no better combination of academics and athletics exists,' Kimyacioglu said.
'Sebnem is an outstanding outside shooter,' VanDerveer said. 'She is a powerful, strong fundamental player who fits into our system very well.'
Azella Perryman 6-1 Forward Anchorage, AK East Anchorage HS
Named the 2000 USA Today Alaska Player of the Year after leading East Anchorage to the state title ... Street & Smith's Honorable Mention Preseason All-American last year ... Averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, and led team to 23-4 record and state title ... Attended Nike Summer All-American Camp ... Named First Team All-Alaska as a sophomore, while nearly averaging a double-double (18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds) ... Also named to the Region IV All-Conference Team as a sophomore ... In her freshman season, averaged 10.0 points and was selected to the Region IV All-Conference Team ... Plays for coach Dorena Bingham at East Anchorage ... Winner of All-American Scholar Award ... Also participated in track and field at East Anchorage, and finished in the top five in her region and top 10 in the state in the high jump.
'I chose Stanford because it is a great school both academically and athletically,' Perryman said. 'I know that when I graduate, the possibilities will be endless.'
'Azella is an extremely versatile player,' VanDerveer said. 'At 6-foot-1, she can shoot the 3-pointer and is also a really good rebounder.'
Kelley Suminski 5-9 Guard Chester, NJ West Morris Mendham HS
Selected to Reebok/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Underclass All-American team last season ... Named 1999-2000 Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year after 22.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in leading her team to the state title ... Also named state player of the year last season by the Associated Press, Gannett Press and Newark Star-Ledger, and was a consensus First Team All-New Jersey selection ... As a sophomore, shot 59.0 percent from the field en route to averaging 19.0 points per contest ... Led team to 29-2 record in 1998-99 and second straight Group II State Championship, as well as being named First Team All-New Jersey by Gannett, the Associated Press and the Newark-Star Ledger ... Also named the Newark Star-Ledger County Player of the Year as a sophomore ... Had an impressive freshman season as well, averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds en route to all-county and all-league honors ... Team went a perfect 32-0 as a freshman, and has a combined record of 89-3 in her three seasons ... Plays coach Fed Corona at West Morris Mendham.
'Not only did I love the coaches and team, but Stanford has the best athletic and academic combination you can find in a college,' Suminski said.
'We wish Kelly was here right now,' VanDerveer said. 'We really need her guard skills. She is a very talented player, and someone who we can count on to come right in and contribute.'
T'Nae Thiel 6-1 Forward Weatherford, TX Weatherford HS
Named the MVP of the 2000 AAU Junior Olympics after leading Texas Best to the tournament title ... Also a 2000 AAU All-American ... As a junior at Weatherford High School, was named First Team All-Texas after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds an outing ... Was also named First Team All-Region and District MVP after guiding her team to a 36-2 record and state title ... As a junior, averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds for team that went 37-1 and advanced to state finals ... Also named district MVP and first team all-region as a sophomore ... Was named Panhandle Plains Freshman of the Year, second team all-district and all-region and Third Team All-Texas in 1997-98 after averaging 12 points and seven boards ... Plays for coach Phil King at Weatherford ... Father, Kenny, played football at Texas Tech from 1974-77.
'I chose Stanford because it will challenge me academically as well as athletically,' Thiel said.
'T'Nae gives us a go-to player on the blocks,' VanDerveer said. 'She provides a very physical, strong presence in the paint. She will provide a go-to presence in the post.'