Women's Basketball Travels To The Islands

Nov. 20, 2001

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THANKSGIVING ON THE ISLANDS: Stanford University will spend its Thanksgiving holiday playing in its second tournament in as many weekends ... The #7 (AP)/#8 (Coaches Poll) Cardinal travels to Hawaii for the eight-team Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday-Sunday at the University of Hawaii ... The 2-0 Cardinal, which captured the Stanford Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend at Maples Pavilion and is shooting for its first 3-0 start since 1996-97, opens play against the University on Minnesota (2-0) on Friday at 4:50 p.m. (HT)/6:50 p.m. (PT) ... Joining the Cardinal and Golden Gophers in the bottom half of the bracket are Hawaii (2-0) and Wyoming (1-0), while Florida Atlantic (0-0), Oklahoma State (2-0), Penn State (0-1) and Weber State (2-0) make up the top half ... The islands have been kind to the Cardinal, which has won 10 of its 11 games in Hawaii ... The Stanford women's basketball program is making its fifth trip to Hawaii, and first since 1996-97 ... The Cardinal, which is making its fourth appearance in the Rainbow Wahine Classic, won the event in 1996-97 by defeating Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Michigan ... This weekend's event begins a stretch of six games in 10 days that will take the Cardinal into its annual two-week break for final examinations ... Waiting on the other end of that break is a home showdown with second-ranked Tennessee on December 16 at Maples Pavilion.

CLIMBING THE RANKINGS: 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 ... Following last weekend's home wins over Indiana and UC Santa Barbara, the Cardinal jumped up two spots to seventh in the Associated Press Poll and moved up one notch to eighth in the USA Today/ESPN 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 ... Penn State, which is ranked 23rd in this week's Coaches Poll and not ranked in the AP Poll, is the only other ranked team in this weekend's tournament field.

TARA VANDERVEER TO BE INDUCTED INTO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Stanford University head women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has been named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2002, as announced on November 11 at the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic ... Eight players, coaches and administrators who have made considerable contributions to women's basketball comprise the Class of 2002 ... The group of eight honorees will be recognized April 26-27, 2002, at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2002 Induction Ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Inductee selections are made based on moral character, integrity, sportsmanship and record of performance, ability and national or international recognition ... VanDerveer is joined in the Class of 2002 by Cindy Brogdon, Kamie Eithridge, Margaret Sexton Gleaves, Hortencia de Fatima Marcari Oliva, Sandra Meadows, Lea Plarski and Marianne Crawford Stanley.

FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) underwent a scope on her right knee on Thursday, November 8 and will miss 2-4 weeks ... Sophomore forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) suffered a stress fracture to her right foot in early November and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks ... The Cardinal also announced on November 7 that sophomore forward/center Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees.

STANFORD VS. MINNESOTA: The Cardinal and Golden Gophers have met just once previously, with Stanford claiming an 87-64 victory on December 29, 1987 in the first round of the Cardinal Classic at Maples Pavilion ... Katy Steding led the Cardinal with 20 points and six rebounds in that game, while Jennifer Azzi dished out 12 assists ... The Cardinal has one player from the state of Minnesota on its roster - sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) ... The Golden Gophers are off to a 2-0 start under first-year coach Brenda Oldfield, after winning its own Minnesota Basketball Classic with victories over Butler (114-65) and Santa Clara (92-73) last weekend.

STANFORD VS. WYOMING: The only previous meeting between the Cardinal and Cowgirls came on November 17, 1979 in the third place game at the San Luis Obispo Tournament ... Stanford won that game 71-57 behind 17 points and eight rebounds from Jeanne Ruark ... Wyoming started the 2001-02 season with a 101-47 home win over Sacramento State on Sunday ... The Cowgirls feature a pair of familiar faces in junior twin sisters Chassie and Cherrith Wiersma, who played at Oregon State in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 before transferring to Wyoming.

STANFORD VS. HAWAII: Stanford has won all five previous meetings with the Rainbow Wahine, including an 85-56 victory in the semifinals of the Wahine Classic on December 5, 1992 in Honolulu ... Anita Kaplan led the Cardinal with 20 points, while Rachel Hemmer had 19 points and eight rebounds ... Stanford also defeated Hawaii 106-76 in the first round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament on March 18 at Maples Pavilion ... The victory started the Cardinal's drive to its first NCAA Women's Basketball Championship ... Hawaii opened the season by catpuring the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic last weekend with wins over Washington State (65-50) and Portland State (68-55).

THE REST OF THE FIELD: Florida Atlantic will be opening its 2001-02 campaign with the Rainbow Wahine Classic ... In the exhibition season, the Owls beat Nova Southeastern 69-61 on November 10 and the NWBL 107-59 on November 17 ... This would be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Florida Atlantic ... Oklahoma State opened the 2001-02 season with a first place finish at last weekend's Bertha Teague Classic in Stillwater ... The Cowgirls defeated Tulsa 70-58 on Saturday and Oral Roberts 82-53 on Sunday ... Stanford and Oklahoma State have never previously met in women's basketball ... Penn State is 0-1 after a 74-58 home loss to Villanova last Friday night ... The Nittany Lions visit UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday before traveling to Hawaii ... In the only previous meeting between Penn State and Stanford, the Nittany Lions prevailed 73-63 on January 4, 1984 in the seventh place game at the Dial Classic in Miami ... Weber State has jumped out to a 2-0 start, with a 99-79 home win over UC Riverside on November 16 and a 70-67 win at Boise State on November 18 ... In the only previous meeting between Stanford and Weber State, the Cardinal prevailed 83-79 in the third place game of the San Jose State Tournament on November 21, 1981.

STANFORD INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT RECAP:Game #1 - #9/#9 Stanford 87, Indiana 72 (November 16 @ Maples Pavilion): Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) turned in just the fourth triple-double in Stanford history to lead the Cardinal to the impressive season-opening win ... Powell had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes to become the first Stanford women's basketball player to ever record two career triple-doubles ... She also accomplished the feat on February 22 of last year when she had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Washington State ... The only other two Stanford players to record triple-doubles are Jennifer Azzi and Sonja Henning ... Not to be outdone in Friday's win was senior forward Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS), who had 27 points and a career-high 13 rebounds ... Yamasaki had 20 points and six rebounds in the first half alone as the hosts jumped out to a 43-35 lead at the intermission ... The Hoosiers stayed close in the second half, however, and cut the lead to 70-65 with 7:10 remaining ... Stanford then reeled off eight straight points on a Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) 3-pointer, Yamasaki jumper and Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) 3-point play to put the game away ... Donaphin added 15 points for the Cardinal, who out-rebounded the Hoosiers 50-27 ... In the other first round game, UC Santa Barbara defeated Western Kentucky 90-78.Game #2 - #9/#9 Stanford 87, UC Santa Barbara 64 (November 17 @ Maples Pavilion): Behind tournament MVP Lindsey Yamasaki, the Cardinal cruised to the easy win over the Gauchos ... Yamasaki had a game-high 21 points, to go along with five rebounds, three steals and two assists in just 23 minutes ... Yamasaki was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Nicole Powell and Bethany Donaphin ... Powell had 12 points, five rebounds and four steals in the championship game win, while Donaphin had seven points and a pair of blocked shots ... Senior Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy) chipped in 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the easy win ... Stanford led from start-to-finish against UC Santa Barbara, scoring the first five points of the game and taking a 17-3 lead six minutes into the contest ... The Cardinal later used a 19-6 run to close out the first half that gave it a 48-29 lead at the intermission ... Stanford extended the lead to as many 29 points with eight minutes remaining, before both teams cleared their benches ... In the third place game, Indiana defeated Western Kentucky 85-70.

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 ... 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 (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) 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.

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 ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all Stanford regular- and postseason contests.

TARA VANDERVEER SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION: Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, signed a five-year contract extension on September 10 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-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is an amazing 518-153 (.772) ... Also last season, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... In 15-plus seasons on The Farm (VanDerveer took the 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team), she is 366-102 (.782) 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 ... VanDerveer has guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and racked up 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 put together 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

POWELL POWER: Sophomore forward Nicole Powell, who is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, made Stanford history last Friday night when he became the first player to ever record two career triple-doubles ... Powell had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in Friday's win over Indiana to record just the fourth triple-double in Stanford history ... Powell, who also recorded a triple-double on February 22 of last season at Washington State, joins Jennifer Azzi and Sonja Henning as the only Cardinal players to achieve triple-doubles ... Last season, Powell was a Kodak First Team All-District 8 and First Team All-Pac-10 selection, in addition to being named a Women's Basketball Journal First Team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Powell, who was moved from forward to point guard in late December because of injuries to the Cardinal backcourt, led the Pac-10 Champions in points (14.1 pg), rebounds (8.5 pg) and assists (4.7) ... She also became both the first Stanford player and first freshman to win the Pac-10 rebounding title ... Powell ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in seven of a possible 12 categories, including rebounding (1st), assists (4th), 3-point percentage (6th) and scoring (10th).

YAMASAKI NEARS 1,000 POINT MARK: Senior Lindsey Yamasaki earned MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend after averaging 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the two Cardinal victories ... Yamasaki had 27 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the season opener vs. Indiana and had 21 points and five boards the next night against UC Santa Barbara ... Yamasaki, who is a two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, was a member of the United States squad that won gold at the World University Games this summer ... She now has 994 career points as a Cardinal, and needs just six more to become the 22nd player in Stanford history to reach 1,000 points.

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