Cardinal Ready To Soar
March 13, 2001
March 17, 9:07 p.m.(CT)
STANFORD HEADS BACK TO OKLAHOMA FOR NCAA SUBREGIONAL: The Stanford University women's basketball team (18-10 overall, 12-6 Pacific-10 Conference) makes its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and 18th post-season appearance overall, when it heads to the Lloyd Noble Center and the University of Oklahoma for the second time this season ... In its first trip to Norman, the Cardinal dropped a 102-98 overtime contest to the Sooners on Dec. 27 ... Stanford received the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after claiming the regular season tri-championship with Arizona State and Washington, and winning the ensuing tiebreakers ... Stanford received the 10th seed in the West Regional and will face seventh-seed and Atlantic-10 runner-up George Washington (22-9 overall, 14-2 Atlantic 10 Conference) in the first round on Saturday, March 17th at 9:07 p.m. (CT)/7:07 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2 ... The winner of that game will face the winner of Saturday's early contest between second-seeded Oklahoma (26-5 overall, 15-1 Big 12) and 15th-seeded Oral Roberts (20-10 overall, 11-5 Mid-Continent Conference) on Monday at 8:37 p.m. (CT)/6:37 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.
STANFORD VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON: Stanford is 1-0 against all-time against George Washington ... In the only meeting between the Cardinal and Colonials, Stanford prevailed 74-71 in the finals of the UNLV Desert Classic on Nov. 30, 1991 ... In that game, Val Whiting led the Cardinal with 19 points and 11 rebounds ... Stanford went on to finish the 1991-92 season 30-3 and capture its second NCAA Championship.
STANFORD VS. OKLAHOMA: Stanford has split its two previous meetings with the University of Oklahoma, but dropped a 102-98 overtime decision on Dec. 27th of this season in Norman ... The Cardinal, which was then ranked 17th in the nation by the Associated Press and 21st in the Coaches Poll, led 98-94 with 1:59 left in overtime before the then-#17 (Coaches)/#22 (AP) Sooners scored the final eight points of the contest ... Junior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) had 30 points and eight rebounds for Stanford, while freshman Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) had 13 points before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in her right knee with 1:04 remaining before halftime ... In that same game, Stanford trailed by as many as 11 points (35-24) in the first half before rallying to take a 50-47 lead at the break ... The Cardinal led the majority of the second half, but the Sooners' Stacy Dales forced overtime with a jumper with four seconds remaining ... In the other previous meeting between the teams, Stanford won 91-66 on Dec. 30, 1987 at Maples Pavilion in the finals of the Cardinal Classic ... This weekend will also be a homecoming for Cardinal senior Sarah Dimson, who hails from Norman and Norman High School, where she prepped three years for current University of Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale.
STANFORD VS. ORAL ROBERTS: In the only previous meeting between the schools, Stanford defeated Oral Roberts 112-74 on Dec. 19, 1991 at Maples Pavilion in the first round of the Cardinal Classic (just three weeks after its only previous meeting with George Washington).
NCAA NOTES: Stanford has made 17 previous post-season appearances and owns an all-time record of 33-15 (.688) ... The Cardinal is 33-12 (.733) in 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and prior to that, was 0-3 in three AIAW Tournament appearances ... The Cardinal is making its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, with 13 of them coming under current head coach Tara VanDerveer ... During the current run, the Cardinal has won two NCAA Championships (1989-90, 1991-92) and made six Final Four appearances (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97) ... Stanford has never met any of the three teams in the Oklahoma Subregional in post-season play ... This weekend also marks the third straight season the Cardinal has been on the road for the NCAA Tournament (1998-99 @ Old Dominion, 1999-2000 @ Georgia) after a 10-year streak of hosting at least one NCAA Tournament game (1988-89 through 1997-98).
CARDINAL NOTES: Stanford set the school single season blocked shot record on Saturday, March 3 vs. UCLA ... The Cardinal has swatted away 158 shots in 28 games (5.64 pg) this season to break the old mark of 141 set in 33 games (4.27 pg) by the 1989-90 squad ... The Pac-10 record for blocked shots in a season is USC's 172 in 1993-94 ... Stanford currently has four of the top 10 shot blockers in the conference (T5. Cori Enghusen, 7. Lauren St. Clair, T8. Carolyn Moos, 10. Bethany Donaphin) ... On Feb. 24 at Washington, the Cardinal equaled the Pac-10 team and individual single game 3-point records ... The team's 16 3-pointers tied the Pac-10 record and shattered the old school single game mark of 14 (established on two occasions) ... Junior Lindsey Yamasaki also tied the conference and school single game record (set by Stanford's Molly Goodenbour on Dec. 21, 1992 at Tennessee) with nine 3's in that same game ... The nine 3-pointers was also the most ever in a Pac-10 game ... On Feb. 22 at Washington State, freshman Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) turned in just the third double-double in Stanford history, and seventh in Pac-10 history, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists ... The triple-double was the first by a Stanford player since Mar. 26, 1991 (Sonja Henning vs. Cal State Fullerton) and first in the Pac-10 since Feb. 24, 1996 (UCLA's Erica Gomez vs. USC).
TARA VANDERVEER RECORDS 500TH CAREER VICTORY, 200TH PAC-10 WIN: Stanford University women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, who won her ninth Pacific-10 Conference title last weekend, reached two milestones during the 2000-01 regular season ... A 73-65 win over Pacific on Nov. 26 made VanDerveer 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 515-152 (.772) ... In the Jan. 25 home win over Washington, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... In 13-plus seasons (VanDerveer took the 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team), she has compiled an impressive 209-43 (.829) Pac-10 record ... In 14-plus seasons on The Farm, she is 363-101 (.782) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five NCAA Final Four appearances ... VanDerveer has led Stanford to 13 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, and compiled a 33-11 (.750) record ... VanDerveer 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.
NICOLE POWELL NAMED PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Nicole Powell became the fourth Stanford player, and second in a row, to earn Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors, the conference announced on March 12 ... Powell joins Val Whiting (1989-90), Rachel Hemmer (1991-92) and Jamie Carey (1999-2000) as the only Cardinal players to win the prestigious honor ... The freshman from Phoenix, who was selected as Pac-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 12 for recording back-to-back double-doubles at Arizona and Arizona State, was also the only Stanford Cardinal named to the 10-player All-Pac-10 First Team ... Both senior Sarah Dimson and junior Lindsey Yamasaki were named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford is not ranked in either poll for the ninth straight week ... Stanford, which was ranked in both polls from the preseason through Jan. 8, received 29 votes in this week's AP Poll and nine votes in the Coaches Poll ... Earlier this season (Dec. 18), the Cardinal achieved a #14 ranking in the AP Poll, which was its highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament at #5 ... George Washington received 19 votes in this week's Coaches Poll and seven votes in the AP Poll ... Oklahoma is ranked #7 in both the AP and Coaches polls ... Oral Roberts is not ranked.
BY THE NUMBERS: Stanford finished the regular season 18-10 overall and 12-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal tied for the conference title with Arizona State and Washington, and received the conference's automatic bid via tie-breaker ... Stanford won the tiebreaker over Arizona State by virtue of its season sweep over the Sun Devils, and edged out the Huskies based on its record against the next team in the standings (Oregon) ... Stanford went 1-1 against the fourth place Ducks, while Washington went 0-2 ... The Cardinal assured itself a share of its 10th Pac-10 title in 15 years with a road sweep in Arizona last weekend ... Stanford defeated Arizona 74-66 on Thursday night in Tucson and knocked off Arizona State 51-49 on Saturday afternoon in Tempe ... The victories gave Stanford six road wins in its last seven games, after the Cardinal lost its first six games away from Maples Pavilion this season ... Stanford finished 12-3 at home this year, and its all-time Pac-10 home record now stands at 124-11 (.919) over the 15 years the conference has sponsored women's basketball ... The Cardinal's 12-6 conference record marks its 14th Pac-10 winning season in 15 years ... Stanford also recorded 18 regular season wins for the 14th straight season ... In this week's RPI Report, the Cardinal ranks 30th in the nation overall and owns the 25th best strength of schedule ... Stanford's 179 3-pointers ranks third on the school single season list, while its 38.1 shooting percentage from behind the arc ranks sixth ... Rebounding has been the key to victory for Stanford this season ... The Cardinal is 17-2 when it grabs equal or more rebounds than its opponent, and 1-8 when it gets beat on the glass ... Stanford's two-point win at Arizona State this season was its first victory by five points or less in five tries this season.
MEDIA COVERAGE: Saturday's game against George Washington will be televised live by ESPN2 (Dave Ryan play-by-play & Heather Cox color) on Saturday at 9:07 p.m. (CT)/7:07 p.m. (PT) ... If Stanford wins on Saturday, it will face the Oklahoma/Oral Roberts winner on Monday at 8:37 p.m. (CT)/6:37 p.m. (PT) live on ESPN2 ... All NCAA Tournament games can also be heard live on both www.gostanford.com (Dave Raymond play-by-play) and KZSU 90.1 FM (Lilla Toal play-by-play & Eric Harp color).
JAMIE CAREY FORCED TO RETIRE: 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 been forced to retire from women's basketball because of recurrent concussions ... 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).
2000-01 PLAYER NOTES:
#00 Chelsea Trotter (Fr., F/C, 6-3): Averaging 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.2 minutes (26 games - 3 starts) ... Shooting 54.8 (40-of-73) percent from the field overall, and 56.5 (26-of-46) percent in conference play ... Has made 17 of her last 27 field goal attempts (63.0 percent) ... Did not play in the regular season finale at Arizona State (3/10) because of bilateral compartment syndrome in both legs, and is currently listed as day-to-day.
#10 Becky Bonner (Fr., F, 6-2): Averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.7 minutes (20 games - 0 starts) ... Shooting 61.5 (8-of-13) percent from 3-point range ... Brother, Matt, is averaging 13.4 points and 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore for the University of Florida.
#14 Nicole Powell (Fr., G, 6-2): Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference and Women's Basketball Journal First Team Freshman All-America selection ... Also named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 12 ... Recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history at Washington State (2/22) ... Had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes to join Jennifer Azzi (1/15/87 vs. BYU) and Sonja Henning (Mar. 26, 1991 vs. Cal State Fullerton) as the only Cardinal players to accomplish that feat ... Averaging team-highs of 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33.4 minutes (28 games - 27 starts) ... In Pac-10 play, averaged a near double-double of 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 35.5 minutes (18 games - 17 starts) ... Recorded eight double-doubles (all in Pac-10 play) ... Started the last 19 games at point guard following the season-ending ACL injury to fellow freshman Susan King ... Scored in double figures in 20 of the last 25 games ... Ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in eight of a possible 12 categories: rebounding (1st, 8.5 pg), defensive rebounding (1st, 6.07 pg), assists (4th, 4.79 pg), assist/turnover ratio (6th, 1.23), 3-point percentage (8th, 36.5), free throw percentage (8th, 72.7), offensive rebounding (T9th, 2.43 pg) and scoring (10th, 13.9 pg) ... Bidding to become the first Stanford player, and first freshman, to ever win the Pac-10 rebounding title (currently leads UCLA's Kristee Porter 8.5-8.1) ... Had made eight of her last 12 3-point attempts (66.7 percent) ... Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after averaging 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in the two game in her home state of Arizona last weekend ... Had career-highs of 29 points and six 3-pointers, to go along with 12 rebounds, at Arizona (3/8).
#22 Enjoli Izidor (Jr., G, 6-0): Averaging 7.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.9 minutes (28 games - 9 starts) ... Career averages are 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds (80 games - 9 starts) ... Has started the last two games at off-guard ... Has made 27 of her last 31 free throws (87.1 percent) ... Recorded a career-high six assists in the regular season finale at Arizona State (3/10).
#24 Susan King (Fr., G, 5-7): Suffered a near complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at Oklahoma (12/27), and is out for the season ... Underwent successful surgery to repair the torn ACL on Jan. 18 ... Before the injury, was emerging as one of the top freshman point guards in the country ... Averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a team-high 33.1 minutes (9 games - 9 starts) ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 18 after putting up a career-high 21 points at then-#2 Tennessee (12/17).
#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (Jr., F, 6-1): Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection for the second time in her career (1998-99) ... On the season, averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.8 minutes (28 games - 6 starts) ... Averaged 14.6 points in Pac-10 play ... Scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games, and is averaging 18.9 points during that span ... Led the Pac-10 in free throw shooting in conference games (88.9, 48-of-54), and has made 23 straight dating back to Feb. 22 ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in both 3-point percentage (43.6) and free throw percentage (81.6), seventh in 3's per game (1.71) and 13th in scoring (12.8 pg) ... Career averages are 11.5 points (12th in school history) and 4.6 rebounds (81 games - 29 starts) ... Tied the school and Pac-10 record for 3-pointers in a game with nine at Washington (2/24), which is also the most ever in a Pac-10 game ... The nine treys ties the record set by Stanford's Molly Goodenbour at Tennessee on Dec. 21, 1992, and is the second most in Division I women's basketball this season ... Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Feb. 26 after scoring the career-high 34 points at Washington on 10-of-21 shooting overall and 9-of-16 from behind the arc, just two days after scoring 25 points with five 3-pointers at WSU (2/22) ... Had 30 points and eight rebounds at Oklahoma (12/27).
#32 Katie Denny (Fr., G/F, 6-1): Averaging 1.1 points and 0.3 rebounds in 3.3 minutes (19 games - 0 starts) ... Only player on Stanford's roster from Northern California.
#33 Sarah Dimson (Sr., F, 6-0): Named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 for the first time in her career ... Returns to her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma this weekend ... Played for Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale for three years at Norman High School ... Averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.9 minutes (28 games - 28 starts) ... Only Stanford player to start all 28 regular season games ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 58.6 (85-of-145), and career field goal percentage is also an impressive 56.9 (243-of-427) ... Career averages are 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds (106 games - 71 starts) ... In her first trip to Norman this season, had seven points and five boards against the Sooners on Dec. 27.
#41 Bethany Donaphin (Jr., F, 6-2): Averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.5 minutes (27 games - 15 starts) ... Ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (50.9, 85-of-167) and 10th in blocked shots (0.87 pg) ... Owns career field goal percentage of 52.2 (272-of-521), and career averages are 8.2 points and 5.0 boards (84 games - 54 starts).
#42 Lauren St. Clair (Jr., F, 6-0): Averaging 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 28.0 minutes (28 games - 21 starts) ... Ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage (37.0) and blocked shots (1.04 pg), and eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.68) ... Shooting 83.0 (44-of-53) percent from the free throw line ... Career 3-point percentage of 40.5 (113-of-279) is the seventh best in Pac-10 history ... Career averages are 7.3 points and 3.0 rebounds (72 games - 45 starts).
#51 Cori Enghusen (Jr., C, 6-7): Averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes (28 games - 0 starts) ... Ranks tied for fifth in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.11 pg) ... Career averages are 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds (82 games - 0 starts) ... Her 31 blocked shots this season is tied for ninth in school single season history with teammate Bethany Donaphin (1999-2000).
#53 Carolyn Moos (Sr., C, 6-6): Averaging 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.6 minutes (28 games - 22 starts) ... Ranks tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (0.93 pg), and is ninth on the conference's all-time block list with 106 ... Also ranks 20th in Stanford history in rebounds (495), 23rd in points scored (937) and 24th in points per game (8.60) ... Named to the 2000-01 Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team ... Career averages are 8.6 points and 4.5 boards (109 games - 81 starts).