Stanford Prepares For Arizona

Jan. 5, 2001

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The Stanford University women's basketball team is making the most of its homecourt advantage ... The Cardinal is a perfect 7-0 on The Farm this season, and has won 18 of its last 19 at Maples dating back to December 18th of last year ... #21 (AP)/#22 (Coaches) Stanford looks to avenge that one loss on Saturday night when it plays host to the Arizona Wildcats (11-2, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. ... The Wildcats defeated the Cardinal 79-72 on Mar. 9, 2000 to become the lone Pac-10 team to win at Maples last season ... Prior to the defeat, Stanford had posted 13 consecutive home wins over Arizona dating back to Jan. 24, 1987 ... The Cardinal (6-4), which won Pac-10 titles in 1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97 and '98, has been dominant on its home floor in Pac-10 contests dating back to the conference's inception in 1986-87 ... The Cardinal owns an all-time Pac-10 home record of 119-8 (.937), and has gone unbeaten in home conference contests in nine of a possible 14 seasons ... Stanford, which was a unanimous choice to win the conference title in the preseason coaches poll and a near-unanimous choice (16 of 19 first place votes) in the preseason media poll, plays its first two Pac-10 road games next weekend when it visits Oregon State on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinal has won 30 of its 39 meetings with the Wildcats, including 17 of 19 at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford has won 25 of the last 28 meetings dating back to the 1986-87 campaign, and 13 of the last 14 on The Farm ... Last season, the teams split the season series with each team winning on the road ... Stanford shocked then-No. 15 Arizona 98-95 on Jan. 8 in Tucson, while the Wildcats returned the favor with a 79-72 triumph at Maples on Mar. 9 that was the Cardinal's only conference home loss of the year.

Freshman Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) was declared out for the year on Dec. 30 after an MRI revealed a near complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee ... King suffered the injury in the first half of the squad's Dec. 27 overtime loss at Oklahoma ... Freshman post Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) missed the Utah game because of a sprained left ankle, but returned to action on Thursday night against Arizona State ... Junior guard Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy) suffered a broken nose in practice on Jan. 1, but still started Thursday's game thanks to the use of a protective mask.

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 504-146 (.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 352-95 (.787) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and eight Pacific-10 Conference titles ... VanDerveer has also guided the Cardinal to a 198-37 (.843) Pac-10 mark during her tenure ... 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 ... Prior to coming to Stanford, VanDerveer was the head coach at Idaho (1978-80, 42-14) for two seasons and Ohio State (1980-85, 110-37) for five seasons ... 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 has compiled an 88-8 (.917) record with four gold medals and one bronze in seven international assignments.

Game #11 - #21 (AP)/#22 (Coaches) Stanford 92, Arizona State 64 (Jan. 4 @ Maples Pavilion): Senior Sarah Dimson (Norman, OK/Norman HS) had a season-high 21 points, and freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had her first-ever double-double with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the easy victory over the Sun Devils ... With the win, Stanford improved to 12-3 in Pac-10 openers, including a 7-0 mark at home ... The Cardinal enjoyed one of its best shooting games in recent memory, hitting on 93.3 (14-of-15) percent from the foul line (tied for third best single game percentage in school history), 66.7 (10-of-15) percent from 3-point range (tied for sixth best in school history) and a season-high 59.6 (34-of-57) percent from the floor ... Dimson helped the hosts break the game open early by scoring 17 of her points in the first half (8-of-9 from the floor), including her first career 3-pointer, to stake Stanford to a 49-34 halftime lead ... In the second half, the Cardinal ran away and hid as Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) had 13 of her 21 points in the final 20 minutes ... Yamasaki also drained a career-high five 3-pointers in just six attempts ... Melody Johnson had 17 points for the Sun Devils, who lost their 17th at Maples Pavilion, and eighth in a row by 15 points or more.

In the Jan. 1 polls, Stanford is ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... After the overtime loss at #16 (Coaches)/#19 (AP) Oklahoma and home win over #25 (AP)/NR (Coaches) Utah last week, the Cardinal dropped one spot in the Coaches Poll and four slots in the AP Poll ... On Dec. 18, the Cardinal achieved a No. 14 ranking in the AP Poll, which was its highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament at No. 5 ... The Cardinal finished last season ranked 29th in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll ... Arizona is just outside of the top 25, at No. 29 in the AP Poll (40 votes) and No. 30 in the Coaches Poll (31 votes).

Stanford is 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference after a convincing 92-64 home victory over Arizona State (8-5, 0-1) before 3,065 fans on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... The win over the Sun Devils continued the Cardinal's 2000-01 trend of being dominant at home, and struggling on the road ... Stanford is 7-0 at Maples Pavilion, and is outscoring opponents by an average of over 20 points per game (82.6-61.7) ... On the other hand, Stanford is 0-4 on the road, including defeats to three ranked teams (Tennessee, Purdue, Oklahoma), and is being outscored 82.3-69.8 ... Stanford has now won 18 of its last 19 at Maples, with the lone loss coming to Arizona on Mar. 9 of last season (79-72) ... Stanford's all-time home record now stands at 290-72 (.801), including a 138-9 (.939) record over the last 10-plus years and 57-7 (.891) mark in the last five-plus seasons ... Stanford has posted its 7-4 record against a difficult schedule, which has included eight of 11 games against teams that went to the postseason a year ago ... Arizona is 11-2 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10 and 3-1 on the road ... The Wildcats defeated California 79-68 on Thursday night in Berkeley thanks to 30 points, six rebounds and five assists from Reshea Bristol.

Saturday's match-up will be broadcast by Bay TV (San Francisco Bay Area only) at 7:30 p.m. ... Fourteen of Stanford's 28 regular season games will be on live TV, including nine of 18 Pac-10 contests ... On the radio, Saturday's game can be heard on both KZSU 90.1 FM and beginning at 7:15 p.m.

The Stanford University women's basketball program announced on Tuesday, Nov. 7 that 1999-2000 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year Jamie Carey (Thornton, CO/Horizon HS) 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 averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game in 29 starts.

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