First Place Women's Basketball To Host Second Place Arizona State
CARDINAL FACES CRUCIAL PAC-10 TEST VS. ARIZONA STATE: Stanford University's bid for a 11th Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball title in 16 years receives a major test on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Arizona State in a nationally-televised contest at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is currently 9-0 in the Pac-10 (19-1 overall), and leads both Arizona State (16-5, 7-3) and Oregon State (11-9, 7-3) by two-and-a-half games ... Stanford, which defeated the Sun Devils 75-66 on Dec. 21 in Tempe, can take a giant step towards the title with a win on Saturday ... Following this weekend, Stanford plays four of its final eight conference games against the bottom three teams in the Pac-10 standings (UCLA, California, Washington State) ... The Cardinal will also be shooting for its 20th win of the season on Saturday ... The 20-win season would be the 14th in the 28-year history of the program, and 13th in the last 15 years ... Stanford last won 20 games when it went 21-9 in 1999-2000 ... After Saturday's game, the Cardinal remains in the Bay Area for a home-and-home series against arch-rival California (6-12, 1-8) next week ... Stanford will host the Golden Bears on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., and will travel to Berkeley on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is ranked third in the nation in both polls, marking its highest rankings since the conclusion of the 1996-97 season ... Stanford was ranked No. 4 last week, and jumped over Oklahoma in both polls on Monday ... Arizona State is not ranked, but received 55 votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and nine votes in the Associated Pres Poll.
THE VANDERVEER FILE: Stanford University coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, signed a five-year contract extension on Sept. 10 that will keep her on The Farm through March 31, 2007 ... In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 535-154 (.776) ... 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 383-103 (.788) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 218-43 (.835) 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 Nov. 26, 2000, and became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories on Jan. 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 squad 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.
GAME RECAPS:Game #20 - #3/#3 Stanford 76, Arizona 62 (Jan. 24 @ Maples Pavilion): Senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) scored a game-high 22 points to lead Stanford to its 11th straight victory ... The win streak is Stanford's largest since it won 15 straight near the end of the 1997-98 season (Jan. 16-March 7) ... Stanford, which matched its entire 2000-01 win total by posting its 19th victory of the season, broke the game open with an 11-0 run near the end of the first half ... The spurt gave the Cardinal a 40-24 lead with 41 seconds left in the first half, and the Wildcats could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way ... Stanford pushed the lead to as many as 23 points at 66-43 with 5:08 to play, before Arizona closed the margin in the final moments ... Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for the winners, while freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood School) added 11 points thanks to 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc ... Senior Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) chipped in 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting as Stanford shot an even 50.0 (29-of-58) percent from the floor ... Arizona was held to 38.7 (24-of-62) percent from the field, marking the 15th time this season, and ninth in a row, Stanford has held its opponent under 40.0 percent ...Stanford, which owns five of the top 10 individual 3-point percentages in the Pac-10, also shot 58.3 (7-of-12) percent from 3-point range ... Arizona, which had won two straight at Maples, was led by 24 points and nine boards from Elizabeth Pickney.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: Stanford is 32-8 against Arizona State, and has won 18 of the last 19 dating back to Feb. 7, 1993 ... More impressively, 14 of those 18 wins have come by 15 points or more ... The Cardinal has won 19 of the 20 meetings on The Farm, including 17 straight dating back to Jan. 21, 1985 ... In the first meeting between the teams this season (Dec. 21), Stanford erased an early 12-point deficit (31-19) to post a come-from-behind 75-66 victory at Wells Fargo Arena ... Stanford, which outscored ASU 56-34 over the final 26 minutes, received 25 points and nine rebounds from Phoenix native Nicole Powell ... The Cardinal put the game away with a 10-2 second half run that gave it a 62-49 advantage with 7:58 remaining ... Stanford shot 58.1 (25-of-43) percent from the field, compared to 43.8 (21-of-48) percent for the Sun Devils ... Last season at Maples Pavilion (Jan. 4, 2001), Stanford shot 59.6 (34-of-57) percent from the floor and 66.7 (10-of-15) from beyond the arc to cruise to a 92-64 win ... Sarah Dimson and Lindsey Yamasaki paced the Cardinal with 21 points apiece ... In the second meeting last year (March 10, 2001), Stanford secured a share of the Pac-10 title with ASU and Washington after a 51-49 victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe on the final day of the regular season.
FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) will miss the remainder of the 2001-02 season with a stretched anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee ... The season-ending injury will qualify her for an NCAA medical hardship ... King suffered the injury on Wednesday, Dec. 19 against Arizona ... The game was just King's second of the season, as she missed the first nine contests after undergoing a scope to clean out her right knee ... Sophomore Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) has missed the last two games with the flu and is questionable for Thursday's game ... 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 tip-off with the 'Tara VanDerveer Show' ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all regular and post season contests ... The Arizona State game will be broadcast live nationally by the Fox Sports Network on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy handling the broadcasting chores.
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 9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists ... Averaging 9.7 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Has appeared in all 21 games, and started 14 of the last 15 at point guard ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading 51.9 (27-of-52) percent from 3-point range, and is also fourth in free throw percentage (84.6) ... Has made 11 straight free throws dating back to Jan. 5 ... Recorded a career-high 24 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, at Arizona (12/19) ... Had 23 points in just 28 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/28), including 5-of-6 from 3-point range ... Posted career-high eight assists vs. Oregon State (1/10) ... Had four points in 14 minutes on Thursday night vs. Arizona ... Recorded 10 points, three assists and three boards in first meeting with Arizona State (12/21).
#10 Becky Bonner (6-2, F, So.): Averaging 0.4 points and 0.7 rebounds in seven appearances off the bench ... Averaging 0.5 points and 0.7 boards in Pac-10 action ... Career averages are 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds ... Missed the first nine regular season games with a stress fracture in her right foot ... Scored first points of the season on a 3-pointer vs. Oregon (1/13) ... Brother, Matt, starts for the nationally-ranked University of Florida men's basketball team ... Had one rebound in three minutes vs. Arizona on Thursday ... In first game vs. ASU (12/21), was scoreless in one minute of action.
#14 Nicole Powell (6-2, F, So.): Averaging 15.1 points, a Pac-10 leading 10.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists overall, and 15.7 points, 10.9 boards and 6.7 assists in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists ... Set Stanford single game rebounding mark with 21 (old record: 20) in the Jan. 13 win over Oregon --- a record which had stood since 1977 ... Has 456 career rebounds, and though just a sophomore, needs just 42 more to break into Stanford's all-time top 20 ... The 2000-01 Pac-10 rebounding champion has grabbed 12 or more rebounds in three of the last five games ... One of just two players to have started all 20 games (with Lindsey Yamasaki) ... One of 30 preseason candidates for Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year honors ... Three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, Dec. 31 and Jan. 14 ... All-Tournament selection at both the Stanford Invitational and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Ranks first in school history and eighth in Pac-10 history in career rebounds per game (9.1) and fourth in school history in points per game (14.5) ... Owns three of the nine triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and three of the five in Stanford history ... In 50 career games, has 16 double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... In 20 games this season, has six double-doubles and two triple-doubles ... Ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in 10 of a possible 12 categories: rebounding (1st, 10.1), defensive rebounding (1st, 7.40), assists (T1st, 5.85), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 1.98), field goal percentage (5th, 48.3), 3-point percentage (5th, 43.0), offensive rebounding (6th, 2.65), 3-pointers per game (T6th, 1.70), scoring (7th, 15.1) and free throw percentage (9th, 76.5) ... Had triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16) ... Against Santa Clara (12/2), had triple-double of 29 points (tied career-high), 15 rebounds and 10 assists in only 28 minutes ... Has made 18 of her last 21 free throws (85.7 percent) ... Averaging 8.4 assists per game over the last five contests ... Earned Pac-10 POW honors on Dec. 31 after recording 15 points and 13 boards against UCLA (12/28) and 26 points and 10 rebounds vs. USC (12/30) ... Received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 14 after averaging 21.5 points, 17.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the home wins over the Oregon schools ... Had 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists vs. Oregon State (1/10) and 23 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists vs. Oregon (1/13) ... On Thursday vs. Arizona, just missed triple-double with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes ... In first meeting with Arizona State, Phoenix native had 25 points, including 10-of-15 from the floor, and nine rebounds in 30 minutes ... In three career games against the Sun Devils, is averaging 19.0 points and 11.7 rebounds.
#22 Enjoli Izidor (6-0, G, Sr.): Averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 20 games, including 10 starts at off-guard ... Has come off the bench in the last nine games ... Shooting 52.6 (40-of-76) percent from the field overall, and 63.0 (17-of-27) percent in Pac-10 play ... Averaging 4.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in conference play ... Career averages are 4.7 points and 2.5 boards ... Had 11 points in final of Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Recorded season-high 13 points and six boards at WSU (1/17) ... Had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes vs. Arizona on Thursday ... Did not score in five minutes of play in the first game against ASU (12/21).
#24 Susan King (5-7, G, So.): Out for the remainder of the 2001-02 season with a stretched anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee ... Season-ending injury qualifies her for an NCAA medical hardship ... Suffered the injury in just her second game of the season (Dec. 19 at Arizona) ... Missed the first eight games of the year after undergoing a scope to clean out the right knee on Nov. 8 ... Averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two games this season, and conference averages were 2.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists ... Career averages are 9.9 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds ... Played in just nine games last year after tearing her right ACL in late December.
#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (6-1, F, Sr.): Averaging team-high 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists ... Joins Nicole Powell as the only Stanford players to have started all 20 games ... Conference averages are 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists, and career averages are 12.3 points (12th in school history) and 4.6 rebounds ... Has made 10 of her last 20 3-pointers (50.0 percent) ... Has scored in double figures in 17 of Stanford's 20 games this season, including each of the last six ... Named Tournament MVP of both the Stanford Invitational and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.3), tied for sixth in 3-pointers per game (1.70) and seventh in field goal percentage (47.8) ... Became the 22nd player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career points on Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota ... Now ranks 16th on the school scoring list with 1,272 points, and is seven behind 15th place Vanessa Nygaard (1,279, 1993-98) and 17 behind 14th place Rachel Hemmer (1,289, 1991-95) ... Also ranks fifth in Stanford history with 164 career 3-pointers ... 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 14 points and six assists in 17 minutes at Washington State (1/17) ... On Thursday vs. Arizona, scored game-high 22 points, including 7-of-7 from the foul line, in 33 minutes ... Had 22 points and four rebounds in 35 minutes of first meeting vs. ASU (12/21).
#32 Katie Denny (6-1, G/F, So.): Averaging 2.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 13 appearances off the bench overall, and is averaging 2.0 points and 0.7 boards in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 1.6 points and 0.5 rebounds ... Had seven points, including two 3-pointers, vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Had career-high eight points and three assists at WSU (1/17) ... Did not score in four minutes vs. Arizona on Thursday night ... Did not play (coach's decision) in first meeting with Arizona State.
#33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu (5-11, G, Fr.): Averaging 5.9 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds ... Started the first six games at point guard, and has come off the bench in the last 14 ... Ranks third in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage (46.2) ... Has made six of her last eight (75.0 percent) from 3-point range ... Had career-best nine assists vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Recorded career-highs of 14 points and five rebounds at Fordham (1/5) ... Tied career-highs with 14 points, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and five boards at Washington (1/19) ... On Thursday vs. Arizona, had 11 points, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, in 32 minutes ... Played 20 minutes of first game vs. ASU (12/21), and had three points and one assist.
#34 T'Nae Thiel (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 7.0 points and 5.9 rebounds overall, and 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in conference play ... Started the last nine games at power forward after coming off the bench in the first 11 ... Ranks 13th in the Pac-10 in rebounding (5.9) ... Made 39 of her last 64 shots from the floor (60.9 percent) and 19 of her last 23 free throws (82.6 percent) ... Had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 19 minutes vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Had 14 points and career-high 11 boards at Rutgers (1/2) ... Recorded career-high 19 points, including 14 in the first half, and eight rebounds vs. Oregon (1/13) ... Recorded four points and six boards in 22 minutes of action on Thursday vs. Arizona ... In first meeting with ASU (12/21), had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and six rebounds in 27 minutes ... The last meeting with ASU also marked the last time she did not start.
#41 Bethany Donaphin (6-2, F/C, Sr.): Averaging 8.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots overall, and 8.1 points, 4.2 boards and 1.3 blocks in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds ...Started the last 11 games at center after coming off the bench in the first nine ... Ranks third in Stanford history with 111 career blocked shots ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (53.9) and blocked shots (1.40) ...Owns a career field goal percentage of 52.4 (345-of-659), which ranks sixth in school history ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Stanford Invitational ... Had double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. San Francisco (11/28) ... Had 13 points and six rebounds at Washington State (1/17) ... Had four points and two boards in 14 minutes vs. Arizona on Thursday ... Had six points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes of first meeting with ASU (12/21).
#42 Lauren St. Clair (6-0, G/F, Sr.): Averaging 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 19 appearances off the bench ... Averaging 5.9 points and 1.5 boards in conference play ... Ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in career 3-point percentage at 40.2 (135-of-336), and eighth in Stanford history in 3-pointers made with 135 ... Ranks sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage this season at 41.2 ... Career averages are 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds ... Scored all 12 of her points in the final 11 minutes to lead Cardinal to win at Hawaii (11/24) ... Posted season-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and six rebounds vs. Oregon (1/13) ... Did not play (coach's decision) on Thursday vs. Arizona ... In first meeting with ASU (12/21), did not score in seven minutes of action.
#44 Azella Perryman (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 boards in 18 games off the bench ... Averaging 3.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Shooting 93.8 (15-of-16) percent from the foul line ... Had career-highs of 10 points and 13 rebounds at Washington State (1/17) ... Posted six points, two rebounds and an assist in eight minutes vs. Arizona on Thursday ... Did not score in four minutes of action at Arizona State (12/21).
#51 Cori Enghusen (6-7, C, Sr.): Averaging 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game overall, and 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in conference ... Leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game at 1.55 ... Her 31 blocks through 20 games is better than her full season totals as a freshman (21 in 25 games) and sophomore (19 in 29 games) ... Recorded 2.1 blocks per game in 11 non-conference contests .... Has 109 career blocked shots ... Career averages are 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds ... Coming off the best weekend of her collegiate career ... Scored a career-high 24 points, including 11-of-15 shooting, at WSU (1/17) and had 13 points and five boards in 11 minutes at Washington (1/19) ... Big weekend raised conference scoring average from 2.3 to 6.4 ... Had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes vs. Santa Clara (12/2) ... Recorded 12 points and five blocked shots vs. Penn State (11/25) ... On Thursday vs. Arizona, had six points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes before fouling out ... Played four scoreless minutes at Arizona State (12/21).