Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Season On Wednesday

Nov. 6, 2001

FOR OPENERS: The Cardinal (#9 AP#10 Coaches Poll) gets the ball rolling next week with a pair of exhibition games at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford hosts KSC Szekszard of Hungary (0-2) on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Love & Basketball (0-1) on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. ... All Stanford students will be admitted to Wednesday's game for free, as will all fans who present their ticket stubs from the October 27th football game vs. UCLA ... The season starts for real on Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th as the Cardinal hosts the Stanford Invitational Basketball Tournament ... The talented tournament field includes 2000-01 NCAA Tournament qualifier UC Santa Barbara and 2000-01 WNIT qualifiers Indiana and Western Kentucky ... Stanford opens its campaign against Indiana on Friday the 16th at 8:00 p.m., as it hosts its first tournament since the 1995-96 season ... The Cardinal then hits the road the following week for the eight-team Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu (November 23-25), which features Penn State, Oklahoma State and host Hawaii ... Stanford opens defense of its Pac-10 title on Wednesday, December 19th at Arizona.

A LOOK AHEAD: The 2001-02 season looks promising for the Stanford University Women's Basketball Team ... The Cardinal returns 10 letterwinners and three starters this season as it attempts to build on its 19-11 record and Pacific-10 Conference title in 2000-01 ... Stanford, which is shooting for its 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th Pac-10 title in 2001-02, fields a deep squad led by Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year candidate Nicole Powell and two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection Lindsey Yamasaki ... The group of talented returners is joined by a four-player freshman class that was ranked fourth in the nation last fall.

'This is a go-for-it year. We've got great personnel, great depth and great experience - everything you need to have a shot at both regular- and post-season success. We need to have high expectations and work very hard to accomplish our goals.'- Tara VanDerveer

BACK IN THE TOP 10 ...: For the first time since the conclusion of the 1997-98 regular season, the Stanford women's basketball team is ranked in the top 10 in the country ... Stanford is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Pre-Season Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... The rankings are the Cardinal's highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... Stanford is the only team in this year's top 10 that was not in the final polls at the end of last season.

PRESEASON PRAISE: Stanford is earning a great deal of national attention in the 2001-02 preseason publications, and is a consensus top 10 pick ... The Cardinal is ranked anywhere from #7-#10 nationally, after finishing the 2000-01 season just outside the top 25 ... Stanford was also picked to finish first in both the Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Polls (coaches and media) ... In the Coaches Poll, the Cardinal received nine of a possible nine first place votes in the annual preseason coaches poll ... The Cardinal received nine of a possible nine first place votes from the Pac-10 coaches ... Individually, sophomore Nicole Powell has earned her share of preseason acclaim ... The 1999-2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award.

Team:National -#7 - Street & Smith's#8 - Athlon Sports#9 - Lindy's Basketball#9 - Women's Basketball Journal#10 - G-Ball Mag.com

Conference -1st, Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll1st, Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Media Poll

Nicole Powell:2001-02 Naismith College Player of the Year Pre-Season CandidateG-Ball Mag.com Preseason All-AmericanStreet & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-AmericanFirst Team Preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference

'Nicole Powell showed plenty of star potential as a freshman, and senior swing player Lindsey Yamasaki helps balance the Cardinal attack. Coach Tara VanDerveer will also have a superb supporting cast that will include the nation's fourth-best recruiting class.'- Athlon Sports

SUMMER SUCCESS: The summer of 2001 was a successful one for Stanford women's basketball ... Three players - seniors Cori Enghusen and Lindsey Yamasaki and sophomore Nicole Powell - represented the United States in international competition ... Enghusen and Yamasaki both played for the U.S. World University Games Team that captured gold in China in August ... Stanford joined Vanderbilt as the only university to have more than one payer on that squad ... Yamasaki averaged 6.9 points and 1.3 rebounds, and led the team in 3-pointers made with 11 ... Enghusen averaged 6.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, and was second on the team in blocked shots with seven ... Powell started at forward for the U.S. team that won bronze at the FIBA Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic in July ... She averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in her second international competition in as many years.

TARA VANDERVEER SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION: On September 10th, Stanford University women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer signed a five-year contract extension that will keep her on The Farm through March 31, 2007 ... VanDerveer, who won her ninth Pacific-10 Conference title last season, reached two milestones during the 2000-01 campaign ... A 73-65 win over Pacific on November 26, 2000, made VanDerveer just the 17th coach in Division I women's basketball history to record 500 career wins ... In 21 seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is an amazing 516-153 (.771) ... In the January 25th home win over Washington, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... In 15 seasons on The Farm (VanDerveer took the 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team), she is 364-102 (.781) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five NCAA Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 209-43 (.829) Pac-10 record during her tenure on The Farm ... She has also guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and compiled a career postseason record of 34-12 (.739) ... VanDerveer led the United States to the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and has racked up an 88-8 (.917) international record with four gold medals and one bronze in seven assignments.

'I am thrilled to extend my affiliation with Stanford University. I am very excited about the things we have been able to accomplish, and look forward to the very bright future ahead.'- Tara VanDerveer

ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 regular- and postseason contests will be broadcast live on the internet at www.gostanford.com ... Each broadcast begins 15 minutes prior to tipoff with the 'Tara VanDerveer Show' ... The play-by-play chores will be handled by Dave Raymond, who doubles as a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer for the Iowa Cubs in the summer ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all Stanford regular- and postseason contests.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:KSC Sekszard-Hungary (0-2) - Stanford is the fourth of eight stops for this professional club that finished sixth in the Hungarian Championships last season ... KSC Sekszard opened their West Coast swing with a pair of weekend defeats in the Pacific Northwest - 83-77 at Oregon on Friday and 94-68 at Oregon State on Sunday ... Kristina Szemeredi, a 25-year old, 5-foot-9 guard/forward, had a team-high 20 points against the Ducks and 15 against the Beavers ... KSC Sekszard takes on Saint Mary's on Tuesday before visiting The Farm on Wednesday ... The squad then concludes its trip against Santa Clara, San Francisco, Nevada and California.Love & Basketball (0-1) - This AAU squad is comprised of Southern California residents, most of whom are former collegiate players at L.A. area universities ... Love & Basketball opened its eight-game exhibition tour with an 81-70 loss at Cal State Northridge on Sunday ... The 12-player roster includes former Cardinal Melody Peterson and ex-USC standout Tashara Carter ... Love & Basketball faces USC, Cal State Fullerton and Pepperdine, before its one-game trip to Northern California to take on the Cardinal ... The AAU squad then wraps up its tour against Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly Pomona.

THE 2000-01 SEASON IN REVIEW: Stanford finished the season 19-11 and tied for the Pacific-10 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 then advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament --- beating George Washington 76-51 before falling at Oklahoma 67-50 ... Stanford finished 12-3 at home, 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 or more regular season wins for the 14th straight season.

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