No. 6 Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play In Arizona

Dec. 18, 2001

STANFORD SHOOTS FOR UNPRECEDENTED 11TH PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: In the 15 years that the Pacific-10 Conference has sponsored women's basketball, Stanford University has walked home with 10 conference championships ... The sixth-ranked Cardinal (8-1) will aim its sights on Pac-10 title #11 this weekend when it opens conference play with visits to Arizona (4-4) and Arizona State (9-2) ... The Cardinal boasts an all-time Pac-10 record of 227-43, which is an impressive .841 winning percentage ... No other Pac-10 team has won as many as 200 conference games (Washington is second at 180), and the Cardinal is the only Pac-10 program to have a conference winning percentage better than .700 (Washington is second at .667) ... Stanford, which tied for the Pac-10 regular season crown with Arizona State and Washington last season, has had one conference loss or less in six of those 15 seasons ... In each of the last 14 seasons, Stanford has finished third or higher and went at least 12-6 ... In fact, Stanford's 162 conference wins in the 1990's was the most of any Division I program in the country ... Wednesday's opener at Arizona marks the first time Stanford has ever opened Pac-10 play before January 1 ... The schedule change was made to accommodate the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-4 in Eugene, Oregon.

RANKING REPORT: Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the nation in both polls ... The Cardinal's highest rankings this season were fifth in the Coaches Poll (December 3-10) and tied for fifth in the Associated Press Poll (December 3) ... Those season-high rankings represented Stanford's first appearance in the top five since the conclusion of the 1997-98 regular season when it was ranked fifth by the Associated Press ... Arizona and Arizona State are not ranked.

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 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 at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 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.

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 a pair of prestigious milestones in 2000-01 ... VanDerveer recorded her 500th career win on November 26, 2000, and became the first Pac-10 coach women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories on January 25, 2001 ... In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 524-154 (.773) ... 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 372-103 (.783) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five 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 post-season record of 34-12 (.739) ... VanDerveer was the head coach of the gold medal winning United States Olympic Team 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.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA: Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona 31-10, including a 14-6 advantage in Tucson ... Stanford won 22 straight in the series from Jan. 24, 1987-March 6, 1997, but the schools have split the last eight dating back to the 1997-98 season ... The Cardinal has won two straight at the McKale Center, and the visiting team has won the last four games in the series ... Last season, the Wildcats prevailed 68-65 on The Farm (January 6) and the Cardinal posted a 74-66 victory in Tucson (March 8) ... In the contest in Tucson, freshman Nicole Powell had a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds to give the Cardinal a crucial conference road win in the final weekend of the season ... Powell was also an impressive 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point line, as the Cardinal led 36-23 at the intermission and never looked back ... Stanford shot 10-of-20 (.500 percent) in the contest, while Arizona was 5-of-23 (.217 percent) ... In the game at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal committed 21 turnovers, including 12 in the second half as the Wildcats pulled out the three-point win ... Stanford was also 0-of-3 from the foul line, marking the first time in program history (762 games) that the Cardinal was held scoreless from the foul line ... Powell led the Cardinal with 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes of action.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA STATE: Stanford is 31-8 against the Sun Devils, and has won 17 of the last 18 dating back to February 7, 1993 ... More impressively, 14 of those 17 wins have come by 15 points or more ... The Cardinal owns a 12-7 all-time record in Tempe, and has won eight of the last nine ... Stanford swept the season series in 2000-01, including a 51-49 victory in the regular season finale in Tempe (March 10) ... The Cardinal entered that contest one game back of the Sun Devils and Washington in the Pac-10 standings, but its victory over the Sun Devils (and UCLA's win over the Huskies) gave Stanford a share of the conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament ... In that contest, the Sun Devils led by six (29-23) in the opening minutes before Phoenix native Nicole Powell took over ... The Cardinal freshman had 15 points and 12 rebounds, including 12 points and nine boards in the second half alone, and had a crucial 3-pointer with 3:20 to play that gave the Cardinal a 48-43 advantage ... In last year's meeting on The Farm (January 4), Stanford shot .596 (34-of-57) from the floor and .667 (10-of-15) from 3-point range to cruise to a 92-64 victory ... Sarah Dimson and Lindsey Yamasaki paced the Cardinal with 21 points apiece ... ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne is a 1988 graduate of Stanford, and was a four-year women's basketball letter-winner on The Farm (1985-88), including three seasons under Tara VanDerveer.

FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) made her 2001-02 debut on Sunday against Tennessee ... King underwent a scope to clean out her right knee on November 8, and missed the Cardinal's first eight regular season games ... Sophomore forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) suffered a stress fracture to her right foot in early November, and has yet to see action this season ... Bonner will be available for action against Arizona and Arizona State ... Sophomore forward/center Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees.

ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 regular and post season 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 post season contests ... Neither game in Arizona will be televised ... Stanford's next TV game is a tape-delayed broadcast by Silicon Valley Community Communications on December 28 vs. UCLA (air times for the games have yet to be announced).

PLAYERS AT A GLANCE:#00 Chelsea Trotter (6-3, F/C, So.): Will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees ... Appeared in 28 games last season, including three starts, and averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.

#5 Kelley Suminski (5-9, G, Fr.): Averaging 9.1 points and 2.2 rebounds ... Has appeared in all nine games, including starts against Pepperdine and Santa Clara ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading .615 (16-of-26) from 3-point range, and is also seventh in 3-pointers per game (1.78) and tied for eighth in free throw percentage (.783, 18-of-23) ... Also shooting .545 (24-of-44) from the field ... Had a career-high 23 points in just 28 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/28), including 5-of-6 from 3-point range ... Had nine points, three assists and three boards in career-best 36 minutes vs. Tennessee (12/16).

#10 Becky Bonner (6-2, F, So.): Has missed the first nine regular season games with a stress fracture in her right foot that was sustained in early November ... Is available for action this week in Arizona ... Appeared in 22 games off the bench last season, and averaged 1.6 points and 1.0 rebound ... Brother, Matt, is the leading scorer for the University of Florida men's basketball team.

#14 Nicole Powell (6-2, F, So.): Phoenix native (Mountain Pointe High School) is one of 30 preseason candidates for Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year honors ... Other preseason accolades include: G-Ball Mag Preseason All-American, Basketball Times Second Team All-American, Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American and First Team Preseason All-Pac-10 ... Averaging 16.7 points and team-highs of 9.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists ... Ranks second in school history and ninth in Pac-10 history in career rebounds per game (8.7) and fourth in school history in points per game (14.7 pg, needs to play 11 more gamesto reach the stat minimum of 50) ... Owns three of the nine triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and three of the five in Stanford history ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding for the second straight year (9.4 pg) ... Ranks among the top eight in the Pac-10 in an amazing 11 out of 12 categories: rebounds (1st, 9.4), assists (T2nd, 5.00), defensive rebounds (2nd, 6.44), 3-point percentage (3rd, .462), offensive rebounds (T4th, 3.00), 3-pointers per game (T5th, 2.00), free throw percentage (6th, .811), assist/turnover ratio (6th, 1.55), scoring (6th, 16.7), steals (T8th, 1.78) and field goal percentage (10th, .495) ... In the only category she is not ranked, she has 0.89 blocked shots per game and is just outside of 10th place's 1.00 ... In 38 career games, has 11 double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Against Santa Clara (12/2), had triple-double of 29 points (tied career-high), 15 rebounds (tied career-high) and 10 assists in only 28 minutes ... In the first half alone, had 22 points and 12 boards in 18 minutes vs. the Broncos ... Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 after averaging 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in wins over San Francisco, Pepperdine and Santa Clara ... The Player of the Week honor was the second of Powell's career ... Had triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16) ... Posted 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. Tennessee (12/16).

#22 Enjoli Izidor (6-0, G, Sr.): Averaging 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in nine starts at the off-guard position ... Career averages are 4.8 points and 2.7 boards ... Had a season-high 11 points - 4-of-6 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws - in championship game of Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Did not start a game in her first two years, but has started 20 of the last 22 dating back to last season.

#24 Susan King (5-7, G, So.): Saw her first action of the 2001-02 season when she started Sunday's game against Tennessee ... Had five points, three boards and two assists against the Lady Vols ... Missed the first eight games of the year after undergoing a scope to clean out her right knee on November 8 ... Career averages are 10.7 points and 2.8 rebounds ... Played just nine games last year after tearing her right ACL in late December, and averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 assists.

#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (6-1, F, Sr.): Averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game in nine starts at forward ... Also averaging 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists ... Has scored in double figures eight times, and has put up 20 points or more on four occasions ... Named Tournament MVP of both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.1 pg), ninth in field goal percentage (.496), tied for ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.56), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.35) and tied for 17th in rebounding (5.4 pg) ... Has made two or more 3-pointers in six of nine games this year ... Became the 22nd player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career points on November 23 vs. Minnesota ... Now ranks 20th on the school scoring list with 1,109 points, and is 25 behind 19th place Jill Yanke (1,134, 1985-89) ... Career averages are 12.1 points (11th in school history) and 4.7 rebounds ... Also ranks sixth in Stanford history with 144 career 3-pointers ... Shooting .496 (59-of-129) percent from the field --- previous best was .457 (58-of-127) in her sophomore campaign ... Had season-high 27 points and career-high 13 rebounds in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16) ... Had 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Penn State (11/25) in championship game of Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Recorded 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists vs. Tennessee (12/16).

#32 Katie Denny (6-1, G/F, So.): Averaging 3.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in six appearances off the bench ... Career averages are 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds ... Had season-high seven points, including two 3-pointers, vs. Penn State (11/25).

#33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu (5-11, G, Fr.): Averaging 5.3 points, 3.6 assists and 1.7 rebounds in nine games ... Started the first six games at point guard, and has come off the bench in the last three contests ... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.68) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.429) ... Had eight points and career-best nine assists vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Had career-best nine points vs. Santa Clara (12/2).

#34 T'Nae Thiel (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in nine games off the bench ... Had career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 19 minutes vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Had seven points and career-high nine rebounds at Hawaii (11/24) ... Recorded four points, five boards and two assists in 20 minutes vs. Tennessee (12/16).

#41 Bethany Donaphin (6-2, F/C, Sr.): Averaging 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in nine appearances off the bench ... Shooting a Pac-10 best .596 (31-of-52) percent from the floor, including a .759 (22-of-29) percent clip over the last four games ... Also ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.67 pg) ... Owns a career field goal percentage of .527 (307-of-583), and needs 17 attempts to qualify for the Stanford record book in that category (would currently rank fifth) ... Needs two more blocked shots for 100 in her career ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Stanford Invitational ... Career averages are 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds ... Had double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. San Francisco (11/28) ... Also tied school single game record with six blocked shots vs. the Lady Dons ... Had 10 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench vs. Tennessee (12/16).

#42 Lauren St. Clair (6-0, G/F, Sr.): Averaging 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in nine appearances off the bench ... Ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in career 3-point percentage at .397 (124-of-312), and eighth in Stanford history in 3-pointers made with 124 ... This season, ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage at .370 (10-of-27) ... Career averages are 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds ... Has been at .800 percent or better from the foul line in all four seasons (.857, 6-of-7 this year) ... Has made at least one 3-pointer in seven of Stanford's nine games ... Had season-high 15 points, including three 3-pointers, vs. UC Santa Barbara (11/17) ... Scored all 12 of her points in the final 11 minutes to lead Cardinal to win at Hawaii (11/24).

#44 Azella Perryman (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 boards in eight games off the bench ... Shooting 65.0 (13-of-20) percent from the field, and has made six of her last seven (85.7 percent) ... Had season-highs of eight points and five rebounds vs. Minnesota (11/23).

#51 Cori Enghusen (6-7, C, Sr.): Averaging 6.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game in nine starts at center ... Leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game at 2.33, and needs just one more block to reach 100 for her career ... Has recorded two or more blocked shots in six of Stanford's nine games ... Her 21 blocks through nine games is equal to or better than her full season totals as a freshman (21 in 25 games) and sophomore (19 in 29 games) ... Career averages are 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds ... Had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes vs. Santa Clara (12/2) ... Had 12 points and eight rebounds at Hawaii (11/24) ... Recorded 12 points and five blocked shots vs. Penn State (11/25).

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