Women's Basketball Hosts Utah

Dec. 29, 2000

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In the Dec. 25 polls, Stanford is ranked No. 17 (338 points) by the Associated Press and No. 21 (179 points) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... Stanford dropped three spots in the AP Poll and two spots in the Coaches Poll after its road loss at No. 8 Purdue on Dec. 19 ... Before the loss to the Boilermakers, the Cardinal's No. 14 ranking by the AP was its highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament at No. 5 ... The Cardinal finished last season ranked No. 29 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll ... Utah is ranked 23rd (160 points) by the AP, and is just outside of the rankings at No. 26 (95 points) in the Coaches Poll.

INJURY REPORT:
Freshmen Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) and Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will both miss Saturday's game because of injuries suffered in Wednesday's loss to Oklahoma ... King incurred a right knee injury when she was fouled while attempting a breakaway layup late in the first half ... The freshman point guard will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the extent of the injury ... Trotter suffered a sprained left ankle in the first half of the Oklahoma game ... She will not play against the Utes, but is probable for the Jan. 4 Pac-10 opener against Arizona State.

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 502-146 (.775) ... 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 350-95 (.787) 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.

THE RECORDS:
The Cardinal returns from two weeks on the road with a 5-4 overall record, including a 102-98 overtime loss at No. 17 Oklahoma on Wednesday, but enter this three-game homestand (Dec. 30-Jan. 6) with a perfect 5-0 record at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford won those five games in succession from Nov. 20-Dec. 3, and outscored its opposition by an impressive 20 points a game (82.8-62.0) during that span ... 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 ... With a win over Utah, the Cardinal can go unbeaten in non-conference home games for the first time since 1997-98 (2-0) ... A victory over the Utes would also put Stanford over .500 in non-conference play for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons ... Utah comes to The Farm with a perfect 11-0 record (3-0 on the road) after an easy 79-40 home win over Southern Methodist on Dec. 28 ... The Utes have stayed hot thanks to a stifling defense, which is giving up 46.5 points per game, held all 11 opponents to 65 points or less and is holding the opposition to 30.8 (169-of-548) percent shooting from the floor ... Utah is 3-0 against the Pac-10 this season, with a home win over No. 25 Oregon (63-48, Dec. 16) and road victories at UCLA (65-42, Nov. 17) and previously unbeaten Oregon State (53-49, Dec. 18).

MEDIA COVERAGE:
The Utah game will air live in Northern and Central California on Fox Sports Bay Area on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m. (PT) with John Cannon (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (color) calling the action ... The Utah game is the fifth of 14 Stanford games that will be televised during the 2000-01 campaign, as nine of the Cardinal's 18 Pac-10 contests will appear on live television ... Saturday's game can also be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and www.gostanford.com, beginning at 1:45 p.m. (PT).

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): Will miss Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle (suffered in the first half at Oklahoma), but is listed as probable for the Pac-10 opener on Jan. 4 vs. Arizona State ... Appeared in all nine games off the bench, and is averaging 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 9.9 minutes ... Shooting 51.9 (14-of-27) percent from the field ... Just missed a double-double vs. San Francisco (11/28), with eight points and eight rebounds in 13 minutes ... Had six points and six boards in just 12 minutes against Saint Mary's (11/17).

498 WINS AND COUNTING FOR TARA:
Tara VanDerveer - one of the most accomplished coaches in both collegiate and international women's basketball history - needs just two more victories to reach 500 for her illustrious career ... The head coach of the gold-medal winning 1996 United States Olympic Team and three-time National Coach of the Year (1988, '89, '90) has rolled up a 498-143 (.777) record in 20-plus years of collegiate coaching, including a 346-92 (.790) mark on The Farm ... With two more victories, VanDerveer will become just the 17 coach in Division I women's basketball history to reach the prestigious 500-win barrier ... VanDerveer also ranks sixth in Division I women 's basketball history in career winning percentage at .776911 ... During her time at Stanford, VanDerveer has led Stanford to two national titles, five Final Four appearances, 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and nine Pac-10 titles ... Prior to Stanford, VanDerveer recorded a 42-14 (.750) record and one post-season appearance in two seasons at Idaho (1978-80) and a 110-37 (.748) mark and two NCAA Tournament appearances in five years at Ohio State (1980-85) ... The 1998 inductee into the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame has coached two Naismith Players of the Year (Jennifer Azzi & Kate Starbird), five Kodak All-Americans and 22 All-Pac-10 selections during her tenure on The Farm ... In seven head coaching stints with the USA Basketball program, VanDerveer has compiled an 88-8 (.917) record to go along with four gold medals and one bronze.

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