Tough Stretch Continues For Nationally-Ranked Women's Basketball

Dec. 20, 2000

After a two-week break for final examinations, the Stanford women'sbasketball team will be extremely well tested on the hardwood with athree-week stretch that includes six consecutive games against teamsthat reached the postseason a year ago ... The #14 (AP)/#19 (Coaches)Cardinal (5-3) opened the stretch with road losses at No. 2 Tennessee(63-58, Dec. 17) and No. 8 Purdue (90-60, Dec. 19), and will returnfrom the holidays with a pair of rugged tests to close out thenon-conference portion of the schedule ... Stanford first visits #17(Coaches)/#20 (AP) Oklahoma on Dec. 27 in Norman, before returninghome to meet #25 (AP)/NR (Coaches) Utah on Dec. 30 at Maples Pavilion... The Cardinal has already played five of its first eight gamesagainst 1999-2000 postseason qualifiers, and is 2-3 ... Next week,Stanford opens Pacific-10 conference play with home games againstArizona State (Jan. 4) and Arizona (Jan. 6).

STANFORDWOMEN'S BASKETBALL
December 27 - at Oklahoma, 7:00 (CT)
December 30 - vs. Utah, 2:00 (PT)

TARA VANDERVEER EARNS CAREER WIN #500:
Stanford University women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer joined an elite and prestigious group on Sunday, Nov. 26 when a 73-65 victory over Pacific made her just the 17th coach in Division I women's basketball history to record 500 career wins ... In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is an amazing 502-145 (.776) ... VanDerveer reached another milestone in an 85-50 home win over Massachusetts on Dec. 3, as she recorded her 350th victory at Stanford ... In 14-plus seasons on The Farm, she is 350-94 (.788) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and eight Pacific-10 Conference titles ... The three-time National Coach of the Year has led Stanford to 11 20-win seasons in her last 12 years, including nine campaigns of 25 victories or more ... The Cardinal head coach entered this season averaging 23.7 victories, which is higher than 13 of the 16 other coaches who have reached the 500-win plateau ... She has also coached two Naismith Players of the Year (Jennifer Azzi & Kate Starbird), five Kodak All-Americans and 22 players who have participated in the USA Basketball program ... Prior to coming to Stanford, VanDerveer spent two years at Idaho (1978-80, 42-14) and five seasons at Ohio State (1980-85, 110-37) ... In addition to her collegiate success, VanDerveer is also one of the most accomplished coaches in international women's basketball history ... She led the United States to the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and led that National/Olympic Team to a 60-0 cumulative record during its time together in 1995-96 ... In her seven international assignments, she has compiled an 88-8 (.917) record and won four gold medals and one bronze.

LAST WEEK:
Game #7 - #2/#2 Tennessee 63, #15 (AP)/#22 (Coaches) Stanford 58 (Dec. 17 @ Thompson-Boling Arena): The Lady Vols used a 12-0 run over the final five-plus minutes to overcome a 58-51 deficit and avoid the upset ... After trailing by as many as five in the early going, Stanford went on a 17-7 run near the end of the first half to take a 31-24 advantage just before the break ... Stanford led 31-28 at the half, and extended the lead to eight points on four different occasions in the final 20 minutes ... Tennessee then held the Cardinal scoreless for the final 5 minutes, 33 seconds, and shot 8-of-12 from the charity stripe down the stretch to pull out the win ... The Cardinal held the lead for the majority of the game thanks to a breakthrough performance from freshman guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) ... King, who earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for her performance, had a career-high 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, and helped the Cardinal neutralize the Lady Vols' full-court pressure ... She did not step off the floor until fouling out with two seconds to play ... The Cardinal also received nine points and six rebounds from freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) and nine points and five boards from junior Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy) ... The late run marked Tennessee's second last-minute comeback against the Cardinal in as many years, as last Nov. 26 the Lady Vols finished the game with an 11-0 run to win 79-73 at Maples Pavilion.

Game #8 - #8/#8 Purdue 90, #14 (AP)/#19 (Coaches) Stanford 60 (Dec. 19 @ Mackey Arena): Boilermaker senior Katie Douglas had 20 points and 10 assists to help the hosts snap a two-game losing streak ... Stanford jumped out to a 16-9 lead, thanks mainly to 17 first half points from Nicole Powell, but Purdue responded with a 17-2 run to take the lead for good ... The Boilermakers led 41-34 at the half, and went on a 21-4 run in the second half to take a 25-point lead (78-53) with seven minutes to go ... Powell finished with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds, while Susan King had eight points and six assists and Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) eight points.

THE RANKINGS:
In the Dec. 18 polls, Stanford is ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... Stanford moved up three spots in the Coaches Poll and one slot in the AP Poll after losing by just five points at No. 2 Tennessee (63-58) on Dec. 17 ... Stanford's AP ranking is its highest since the 1997-98 season ... The Cardinal finished last season ranked No. 29 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll ... Oklahoma is ranked 17th in the Coaches Poll and 20th by the Associated Press ... Utah is ranked 25th by the AP, but is not ranked in the Coaches Poll.

THE RECORDS:
Stanford is 5-3 as the non-conference campaign winds down, but enters the week with a two-game losing streak ... Stanford also started off the 1999-2000 season 5-3 ... Last week, Stanford dropped games at No. 2 Tennessee (63-58, Dec. 17) and No. 8 Purdue (90-60, Dec. 19) ... Prior to that grueling road stretch, Stanford enjoyed a 5-0 homestand on Nov. 20-Dec. 3 in which it outscored its opposition by over 20 points a game (82.8-62.0) ... The Cardinal is a perfect 5-0 at home this year, but is winless in three games away from The Farm ... Stanford has not opened a campaign with three straight road losses since 1979-80, and has never lost its first four road games in a season ... On the other hand, the Cardinal has simply dominated its home floor ... Stanford has won 16 of its last 17 at Maples dating back to last year, and more impressively, has an all-time home record of 288-72 (.801) ... Stanford is 136-9 (.938) at home over the last 10-plus years, and 55-7 (.887) over the past five-plus seasons ... Oklahoma is 6-3 (3-0 at home), pending a Dec. 21 game at San Diego ... Last week, the Sooners fell at #18 (AP)/#21 (Coaches) Southwest Missouri State 71-68 on Dec. 16 and defeated North Texas State 75-61 on Dec. 18 in Norman ... Last season, Oklahoma went 25-8 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Connecticut (102-80) ... Utah is a perfect 10-0, and hosts SMU on Dec. 28 before visiting the Cardinal ... The Utes are also 3-0 against Pac-10 teams this season (at UCLA, Oregon, at Oregon State) ... Last week, the Utes upset 13th-ranked Oregon 63-48 on its home floor on Dec. 16 in Salt Lake City, and knocked off previously unbeaten Oregon State 53-49 on Dec. 18 in Corvallis.

STANFORD VS. OKLAHOMA:
This will be only the second all-time meeting between the Cardinal and the Sooners, and Stanford's first ever game in the state of Oklahoma ... The game is also a homecoming for Cardinal senior Sarah Dimson, who hails from Norman and attended Norman High School ... While at Norman High, Dimson played for current Sooner coach Sherri Coale through her junior season, and won the state championship in 1996 ... In the only previous game between the teams, Stanford prevailed 91-66 on Dec. 30, 1987 at Maples Pavilion.

STANFORD VS. UTAH:
Stanford is a perfect 5-0 against Utah, though just one of the previous five meetings has come on The Farm ... Last season in Salt Lake City (12/29/99), Stanford held Utah to 36.2 (17-of-47) percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers in a 57-48 road victory ... The 48 points was the lowest total allowed by the Cardinal since Mar. 24, 1997 ... Center Carolyn Moos (Wayzata, MN/Blake School) led the way for the winners with 20 points and six rebounds ... In the only game between the schools at Maples Pavilion, Stanford recorded a 77-65 victory on Jan. 13, 1986.

MEDIA COVERAGE:
The Oklahoma game will not be televised ... The Utah game will be aired live in Northern and Central California on Fox Sports Bay Area on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m. (PT) ... The Utah game is the fourth of 13 Stanford games that will be televised during the 2000-01 campaign ... Both games can also be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and www.gostanford.com, beginning at 4:45 p.m. (PT) on Dec. 27 and 1:45 p.m. (PT) on Dec. 30 ... Veteran minor league baseball announcer Dave Raymond will call the games for www.gostanford.com, while Eric Harp and Lilla Toal will call the action on KZSU (90.1 FM).

CAREY'S CAREER CUT SHORT:
The Stanford University women's basketball program announced on Tuesday, Nov. 7 that 1999-2000 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year Jamie Carey has ended her collegiate career because of recurrent concussions ... In her one year in the women's basketball program, Carey turned in one of the finest freshman seasons in Stanford history ... Besides being named conference frosh of the year, she earned Freshman All-America honors from Basketball News, the Women's Basketball Journal and the Women's Basketball News Service ... She set a Stanford single season record for 3-pointers made with 81, and finished 14th in the nation and second in the conference in 3-point percentage at 45.5 (81-of-178) ... Carey, who has remained a Stanford student, also ranked 12th in the nation in 3-pointers per game with 2.8 as she helped lead the Cardinal to a 21-9 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... In 29 games (all starts at off-guard), she averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

2000-01 PLAYER NOTES:
#00 Chelsea Trotter (Fr., F/C, 6-3): Appeared in all eight games off the bench, and is averaging 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.4 minutes ... Shooting 52.2 (12-of-23) percent from the field ... Enjoyed her best game of the year vs. San Francisco (11/28), as she just missed a double-double with eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes ... Had six points and six boards in just 12 minutes against Saint Mary's (11/17) ... 2000 Parade Magazine Fourth Team Prep All-America.

#10 Becky Bonner (Fr., F, 6-2): Played in seven of Stanford's eight games (all off the bench), and is averaging 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.1 minutes ... Had the best game of her career vs. Massachusetts (12/3), with eight points, including 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc, in 10 minutes ... Had an impressive collegiate debut vs. RTU Clondica Riga of Latvia (11/9), collecting nine points and seven boards in 20 minutes ... Brother, Matt, is a sophomore on the University of Florida men's basketball team ... 2000 Parade Magazine Third Team Prep All-America.

#14 Nicole Powell (Fr., G/F, 6-2): Having an outstanding freshman season, and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding ... Started all eight games at off-guard, and is averaging 12.4 points, 6.5 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.0 minutes ... Enjoyed the best game of her brief career with 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals in 30 minutes vs. Pacific (11/26) ... Scored a game-high 21 points - 17 in the first half alone - to go along with seven rebounds and three assists at Purdue (12/19) ... Her 13 rebounds vs. St. Joseph's was the most by a Cardinal since Carolyn Moos had 13 vs. Washington on February 18, 1999 ... Had a spectacular collegiate debut in the Cardinal's Nov. 9 exhibition game vs. RTU Clondica Riga of Latvia as she posted a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in only 29 minutes ... 2000 Parade Magazine First Team Prep All-America ... Starting forward and leading rebounder for the USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that won gold this summer.

#22 Enjoli Izidor (Jr., F, 6-0): Appeared in all eight games off the bench, and is averaging 6.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11.8 minutes ... Shooting an even 50.0 (20-of-40) percent from the field ... Coming off a career-high 17-point performance, including 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, in just 17 minutes against San Francisco (11/28) ... Previous career-high was 14 (twice), which was last achieved against Washington State on Feb. 24 of last season ... Had 12 points against Santa Clara (11/20), including two 3-pointers.

#24 Susan King (Fr., G, 5-7): Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 18 after putting up a career-high 21 points at No. 2 Tennessee (12/17) ... Started all eight games at point guard, and is averaging 11.1 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a team-high 33.1 minutes ... Has scored in double figures five times this season ... In addition to the career-high 21 points against the Lady Vols, had five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers ... Recorded 16 points, six assists and three steals to lead Stanford over Pacific (11/26) ... Just missed a double-double with nine points and a career-high nine assists in the win over Santa Clara (11/20) ... USA Today and Women's Basketball Coaches Association First Team Prep All-America last season.

#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (Jr., G, 6-1): Appeared in all eight games off the bench, and is averaging 6.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 16.1 minutes ... Stanford's top scorer off the bench ... Had her best game of the season with season-highs of 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win over San Francisco (11/28) ... Had eight points, including two 3-pointers, in 11 minutes at Purdue (12/19) ... Matched that season-high with 10 points against Massachusetts (12/3) ... Has recovered from a stress fracture to her left foot suffered over the summer.

#32 Katie Denny (Fr., G/F, 6-1): Played in six games off the bench, and is averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.0 minutes ... Had three assists vs. Massachusetts (12/3) ... Had career-best two points vs. San Francisco (11/28) ... Had three boards vs. Santa Clara (11/20).

#33 Sarah Dimson (Sr., F, 6-0): Started all eight games (six at power forward, two at small forward), and is averaging 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21.0 minutes ... Returning to her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma for the Dec. 27 match-up vs. the Sooners ... Shooting an amazing 68.2 (15-of-22) percent from the floor, while her career field goal percentage is an equally impressive 56.9 (173-of-304) ... Had a career-high 13 rebounds (eight offensive) and 10 points vs. Pacific (11/26) ... Scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. San Francisco (11/28).

#41 Bethany Donaphin (Jr., F, 6-2): Started all eight games (six at center, two at power forward), and is averaging 11.8 points to go along with 4.6 rebounds in 24.1 minutes ... Has scored in double figures five times this season ... Shooting 50.0 (39-of-78) percent from the floor, and owns an impressive career field goal percentage of 52.3 (226-of-432) ... Scored season-high 23 points (10-of-17 shooting) and pulled down six rebounds vs. St. Joseph's (11/24) ... Had an impressive season-opening performance against Saint Mary's, with 17 points (15 in the second half) and six rebounds ... Scored 10 points against both San Francisco (11/28) and Massachusetts (12/3) despite logging only 13 minutes in each contest.

#42 Lauren St. Clair (Jr., G/F, 6-0): Played in all eight games, including six starts at small forward ... Averaging 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 27.1 minutes ... Last season, ranked first in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in 3-point percentage at 46.6 (61-of-131), which ranked as the second best single season percentage in Stanford history and fifth best in Pac-10 history ... Her career 3-point percentage of 42.2 (79-of-187) is the eighth best in Pac-10 history ... Philadelphia native drained the eventual game winning 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in OT vs. St. Joseph's (11/24) - her hometown school - and finished with 18 points ... Had 12 points and six boards, including 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, vs. Massachusetts (12/3).

#51 Cori Enghusen (Jr., C, 6-7): Played in all eight games off the bench, and is averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.3 minutes ... Had eight points in only six minutes against Santa Clara (11/20) ... Recorded eight points and three boards vs. Massachusetts (12/3) ... Turned in one of the finest performances of her career in the Nov. 9 exhibition game with 18 points and six rebounds in only 14 minutes.

#53 Carolyn Moos (Sr., F/C, 6-6): Has played in all eight games, and started her second game of the season at Purdue (12/19) ... Averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes ... Named to the 2000-01 Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team ... Shooting 62.5 (5-of-8) percent from beyond the arc ... Grabbed 16 of her 29 rebounds on the offensive end ... Had season-high 11 points in the victory over San Francisco (11/28) ... Recorded nine boards, four rebounds and three blocks vs. Massachusetts (12/3) ... Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection a year ago.

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