Women's Basketball Set To Host USC
Dec. 30, 2001
PAC-10 POWERS TO CLASH AT MAPLES PAVILION: Sixth-ranked Stanford University (11-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) and USC (7-5, 3-0) will lock horns on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion in a game that figures to play a major role in the Pac-10 race ... The Cardinal and the Women of Troy, which were picked to finished first and third, respectively, in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, are the only undefeated teams left in the conference ... Both teams have been dominant in the opening two weeks of Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal, which is off to its best conference start since it went 3-0 in 1997-98, has outscored its three conference opponents (at Arizona, at Arizona State, vs. UCLA) by an average of 21.3 points (79.0-57.7), while the Women of Troy have outscored their opposition (vs. Oregon State, vs. Oregon, at California by an even 10.0 points (73.7-63.7) ... Stanford is coming off an 81-50 home win over UCLA on Friday night ... The Cardinal led 39-35 with 17:30 remaining in the game, but outscored the Bruins 42-15 the rest of the way ... Stanford has now posted 10 of its 11 victories by 11 points or more, including four by 30 or more ... In the entire 2000-01 campaign, Stanford posted 10 of its 19 victories by 11 points or more, and just one by greater than 30 ... The Cardinal and the Women of Troy will not see each other again until the final weekend of the Pac-10 regular season, when Stanford visits the L.A. Sports Arena on Friday, February 22 ... Following this afternoon's tilt, the Cardinal takes a week off from conference play when it travels to the East Coast to play Rutgers (Jan. 2) and Fordham (Jan. 5).
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the nation in both polls (as of 12/17) ... The Cardinal's highest rankings this season were fifth in the ESPN/USA Today 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 ... USC is not ranked.
THE VANDERVEER FILE: Stanford University women's basketball 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 ... In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 527-154 (.774) ... 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 375-103 (.785) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 212-43 (.831) Pac-10 record during her tenure ... VanDerveer, who won her ninth Pacific-10 Conference title last season, reached a pair of prestigious milestones in 2000-01 ... She recorded her 500th career win on November 26, 2000, and became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories on January 25, 2001 ... 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.
TARA VANDERVEER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE 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.
GAME RECAPS:Game #11 - #6/#6 Stanford 81, UCLA 50 (December 21 @ Maples Pavilion): The Cardinal outscored the Bruins 42-15 over the final 17 minutes, 30 seconds to pull away to the easy victory ... Stanford has now won 13 of its last 14 meetings with UCLA in Maples Pavilion, including three in a row ... The Cardinal never trailed in the contest, and bolted out to an early 18-6 lead behind three lay-ups by senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) and 3-pointers from senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) and sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) ... UCLA wouldn't go away, however, and cut the Cardinal lead to 37-29 at the half ... UCLA then went on a 6-2 run at the start of the second half to trim the margin to 39-35 with 17:30 to play ... It was all Stanford the rest of the way ... The Cardinal immediately went on a 10-0 run over the next 4 minutes, 33 seconds to push the margin back to 14 ... Stanford then closed the game on a 16-0 run, as UCLA did not score over the final 5 minutes, 18 seconds ... Donaphin led the Cardinal in scoring for the first time this season with 18 points in 31 minutes, while Powell notched her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds ... Freshman forward T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) pitched in eight points and nine boards in her first collegiate start ... Stanford used its sixth different starting lineup in the last seven games ... The Cardinal shot just 43.9 (25-of-57) percent from the floor, but held UCLA to 27.9 (17-of-61) percent overall and 20.0 (6-of-30) percent in the second half ... Stanford has outshot its opposition from the floor in 11 of its 12 games this season, and has won all 11 of those contests.Game #10 - #6/#6 Stanford 81, Arizona 57 (December 19 @ McKale Center): Freshman Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Cardinal to an easy win in the Pac-10 opener for both teams ... Suminski was 9-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead the Cardinal to its third straight win in Tucson ... After the Wildcats took a 7-2 lead at the game's outset, Stanford responded with 13 consecutive points, and 18 of the next 20, to take control ... The Cardinal maintained the lead throughout the rest of the half, and led 35-25 at the intermission ... Suminski finished with 12 points in just 13 minutes in the first half, while Nicole Powell had eight points in 11 minutes ... The Wildcats made a brief run in the second half when point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the lead to 54-46 with 7:34 remaining ... Powell, however, answered back with a 3-pointer of her own just 17 seconds later and Stanford never looked back ... Senior Lindsey Yamasaki had 18 points and a team-high eight boards for the Cardinal, while Powell finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.Game #9 - #6/#6 Stanford 75, Arizona State 66 (December 21 @ Wells Fargo Arena): Sophomore Nicole Powell and senior Lindsey Yamasaki combined for 47 points to lead Stanford University to a come-from-behind victory over host Arizona State ... Stanford, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, outscored the Sun Devils 56-34 over the final 26 minutes ... Powell, playing in front of her hometown friends and family, was 10-of-15 from the floor en route to 25 points and nine rebounds ... Yamasaki had 22 points, including 8-of-12 from the foul line, and four rebounds ... Freshman guard Kelley Suminski chipped in 11 points and five assists, including 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line ... As a team, Stanford shot .581 (25-of-43) from the field compared to ASU's .438 (21-of-48) ... Stanford, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, took its first lead of the game on the strength of a 17-5 run to open the second half ... The Cardinal took the lead at 39-37 on a Powell lay-up at 18:22 and built the lead to 50-41 just 3:27 later ... The Sun Devils cut the lead to five at 52-47 with 11:17 remaining, but Stanford went on a 10-2 run behind six points from Yamasaki to push the lead to 62-49 at the 7:58 mark ... The Sun Devils, who tied for the Pac-10 title with Stanford and Washington last season, got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
STANFORD VS. USC: Stanford leads the series 27-15, and has won 14 of the last 15 and 25 of the last 28 ... The Cardinal owns a 12-11 home record against the Women of Troy, and has won 13 of the last 14 ... USC snapped a 14-game losing streak against Stanford with a 62-59 win on March 1 of last season ... The Cardinal led for almost the entire second half, but Ebony Hoffman scored to give USC the lead for good at 61-59 with 12 seconds remaining ... Last season in Los Angeles (Feb. 4, 2000), Stanford raced out to a 26-point (55-29) halftime lead and cruised to an 89-75 victory ... The Cardinal, which was led by 28 points and a season-high eight rebounds from Lindsey Yamasaki, led by as many as 32 points (63-31) in the second half.
FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) re-injured her right knee in the closing moments of the first half of Wednesday's game at Arizona ... The Cardinal point guard underwent an MRI the next day, and was 'inconclusive' in regards to an ACL tear ... She is out indefinitely, and will be re-evaluated on January 2 ... King was appearing in just her second game of the season after undergoing a scope to clean out her right knee on Nov. 8 ... She also missed the final 21 games of the 2000-01 campaign after suffering a near complete tear of her right ACL in late December ... 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 ... The USC game will not be televised ... Stanford's next televised game will be Sunday, January 13 when Fox Sports Net will broadcast live (1:00 p.m. PT) from Maples Pavilion as the Cardinal hosts the University of Oregon.