No. 2 Women's Basketball Closes In On Pac-10 Championship
Feb. 5, 2002
| Oregon Info:
Record: 12-10 (7-6)
Thursday, Feb. 7
7:00 pm PT
| Stanford Info:
Mascot: Cardinal (No. 2)
Record: 22-1 (12-0)
Feb. 2 - 3:00 pm - Haas Pavilion
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: A lot has changed since the Stanford University women's basketball team's last trip to the state of Oregon ... Last January, the Cardinal lost 81-65 at Oregon State and 72-54 at Oregon to drop to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... But since that trip, the Cardinal has placed itself among the nation's elite by going 30-5 overall (.857) and 23-3 (.885) in the Pac-10 ... Stanford was unranked nationally and tied for eighth in the Pac-10 after that weekend ... Going into this weekend's games in Eugene and Corvallis, the Cardinal (22-1 overall, 12-0 Pac-10) is ranked second in the nation in both polls and is just two victories away from clinching at least a share of its 11th Pacific-10 Conference title in the last 16 years ... The Cardinal is also in the midst of a 14-game winning streak, which is tied for the seventh longest in the storied 28-year history of the program ... Stanford, which plays five of its last seven regular season game away from The Farm, opens the trip at Oregon (12-10, 7-6) on Thursday as it shoots for its first win in Eugene since Jan. 4, 1998 ... The Cardinal's three game road losing streak at McArthur Court is its longest ever in a Pac-10 venue ... Stanford concludes the road trip at Oregon State (12-11, 8-5) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ... Tara VanDerveer's squad currently holds a three-and-a-half game lead over Arizona State (18-6, 9-4) and a four game advantage over Washington (13-8, 8-4) with six games remaining ... The Cardinal needs to win three of its final six games to clinch the conference title outright and earn the top seed in the inaugural Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at the University of Oregon on March 1-4.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is now ranked second in the nation in both polls, as both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls jumped the Cardinal over Tennessee on Monday ... The No. 2 ranking is Stanford's highest since it was No. 1 for the first six weeks of the 1996-97 season ... The Cardinal finished the 1996-97 campaign 34-2 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four before falling in the semifinals ... The Cardinal began this season ninth in the AP Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... Oregon and Oregon State are not ranked.
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 22-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 538-154 (.777) ... 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 386-103 (.789) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 221-43 (.837) 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 Tourney appearances, and racked up a career post-season record of 34-12 (.739) ... She has also compiled an 88-8 (.917) international mark with four gold medals and one bronze in seven assignments.
Game #23 - #3/#3 Stanford 79, California 51 (Feb. 2 @ Haas Pavilion): The Cardinal completed its eighth season sweep of the Golden Bears in the last nine years with the 28-point win ... The margin of victory was Stanford's largest over Cal since it won by an identical 79-51 score on Feb. 6, 1998 at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford broke the game open with a 22-10 run to end the first half ... Freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood HS) drained one of her four first half 3-pointers at the buzzer to give the Cardinal a 42-27 lead at the break ... Stanford then used a 17-0 run midway through the second half, which was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore All-American candidate Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS), to take a 69-38 advantage with 8:31 to play ... Powell led the Cardinal with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Kimyacioglu matched her career-high with 14 points ... Senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) added her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds and senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Game #22 - #3/#3 Stanford 79, California 52 (Jan. 30 @ Maples Pavilion): Stanford placed five players in double figures as it rolled to its 13th straight victory ... Cal took a 10-8 lead 6:15 into the contest, but Stanford answered with a 13-1 run to take a 21-11 advantage ... Cal could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way ... The hosts led 37-23 at halftime and by as many 31 points (79-48 @ 1:39) in the second half en route to the easy victory ... Senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) led the Cardinal with a game-high 15 points, including 7-of-11 shooting, and eight rebounds in only 18 minutes of action ... Sophomore Nicole Powell added 12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while Bethany Donaphin, Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) and Lindsey Yamasaki all chipped in 11 points apiece ... The Cardinal also dominated the battle of the boards 51-32, including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive end.
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 Oregon and Oregon State games will not be televised.
STANFORD VS. OREGON: Stanford is 26-6 all-time against Oregon ... Stanford won 22 in a row over Oregon from Jan. 29, 1988-March 5, 1998, but the Ducks have since won three of the last seven ... The Cardinal is 11-5 in Eugene, but has lost three in a row dating back to the 1998-99 season ... No player on the 2001-02 Stanford roster has ever won at McArthur Court ... In the first meeting this year (Jan. 13 @ Maples Pavilion), Nicole Powell shattered a 24-year old Stanford single game record with 21 rebounds as the Cardinal bounced back from a slow start to prevail 91-76 and post its 15th straight home win over the Ducks ... Powell's 21 boards shattered the old Stanford record of 20 that was set by Kathy Murphy in 1978 and Maggie Nelson in 1977 ... Powell finished with 23 points, 21 boards and seven assists to help the Cardinal rebound from an early 15-4 deficit ... Stanford rallied with a 25-10 run to retake the lead and go up 46-40 at the half ... Oregon came back to take a 56-54 advantage with 14:25 remaining, but the Cardinal outscored the visitors 37-20 the rest of the way ... Stanford committed a season-low seven turnovers in the contest, and held the visitors to 34.2 (25-of-73) percent shooting from the floor ... Last season in Eugene (Jan. 13), the Ducks took a 44-27 halftime lead behind 64.0 (16-of-25) percent shooting and went on to a 72-54 victory ... Stanford shot just 30.9 (17-of-55) from the floor and was led by Powell's 12 points and nine rebounds.
STANFORD VS. OREGON STATE: Stanford has won 26 of the 32 meetings between the schools, and is 10-6 against the Beavers in Corvallis ... The Cardinal has won 13 of the last 14 meetings overall, and 18 of the last 20 ... On Jan. 10 of this season at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal tied its second largest margin of victory against the Beavers with a 91-54 win ... The Cardinal made 10 of its first 11 shots to take a commanding 24-4 lead just 6:03 into the contest ... Stanford then concluded the game on a 31-9 run to win going away ... Stanford placed all five starters in double figures for the only time this season, led by 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists from sophomore Nicole Powell ... The Cardinal shot 55.4 (36-of-65) percent from the floor, including a 60.0 (27-of-45) percent effort from its starting five ... Last season in Corvallis (Jan. 11, 2001), the Beavers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Cardinal with an 81-65 victory at Gill Coliseum ... In that contest, Oregon State used early runs of 11-0 and 14-0 to build a 28-point lead (39-11) just 12:26 into the game ... The Cardinal, which tied the school record for turnovers in a game with 30, was led by Lauren St. Clair's (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy) 21 points and 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.
PLAYERS AT A GLANCE:
#00 Chelsea Trotter (6-3, F/C, So.): Redshirting 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 8.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds overall and 8.8 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Started 16 of the last 17 games at point guard ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading 51.8 (29-of-56) percent from 3-point range, and is also third in free throw percentage (85.0) ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading 90.6 (29-of-32) percent from the free throw line in conference games ... Made 18 of her last 19 free throws (94.7 percent) dating back to Jan. 5 ... On pace to break the Pac-10's single season 3-point percentage record of 49.5 set by Stanford great Jennifer Azzi (53-of-107, 1988-89) ... Shot 56.3 (18-of-32) percent from 3-point range in non-conference games ... 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).
#10 Becky Bonner (6-2, F, So.): Averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in nine total appearances off the bench ... Averaging 0.4 points and 0.6 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 ... Had career-high three blocked shots at Fordham (1/5) ... Scored only 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.
#14 Nicole Powell (6-2, G, So.): Averaging 14.9 points, a Pac-10 leading 10.0 rebounds and 5.9assists overall, and 15.2 points, 10.5 boards and 6.5 assists in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 14.4 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 484 career rebounds, and though just a sophomore, needs only 13 more to break into Stanford's all-time top 20 ... Has pulled down 229 rebounds this season, which ranks 13th in school history, and leaves her just 81 shy of Val Whiting's record of 310 (1990-91) ... Currently leads the Pac-10 in both rebounding and assists, and is bidding to become the first player in Pac-10 men's or women's basketball history to ever win both of those titles (overall or in the same season) ... One of 30 preseason candidates for Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year honors ... Three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (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 career points per game (14.4) ... Owns three of the nine triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and three of the five in Stanford history ... In 53 career games, has 17 double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... In 22 games this season, has seven double-doubles and two triple-doubles ... Has pulled down 10 or more rebounds 21 times in her career, including 10 times this season ... Has made 23 of her last 26 free throws (88.5 percent) dating back to Jan. 10 ... Ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in nine of a possible 12 categories: rebounding (1st, 10.0), defensive rebounding (1st, 7.43), assists (1st, 5.87), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 1.88), 3-point percentage (4th, 43.3), 3-pointers per game (5th, 1.83), scoring (7th, 14.9), field goal percentage (8th, 47.7) and free throw percentage (9th, 77.8) ... 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 ... 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 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) ... Had double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds on Wednesday vs. California, and 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on Saturday at California.
#22 Enjoli Izidor (6-0, G, Sr.): Averaging 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 23 games, including 10 starts at off-guard ... Has come off the bench in the last 12 games ... Shooting 53.5 (23-of-43) 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 the final of the 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 (1/24) ... Scored eight points in 12 minutes off the bench at California (2/2).
#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, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists ... Earned second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, and first of the season, on Jan. 28 after averaging 24.5 points in home wins over Arizona and Arizona State ... Joins Nicole Powell as the only Stanford players to have started all 23 games ... Conference averages are 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... Career averages are 12.5 points (11th in school history) and 4.6 rebounds ... Has scored in double figures in 20 of Stanford's 23 games this season, including each of the last nine ... Named Tournament MVP of both the Stanford Invitational and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.3), seventh in field goal percentage (48.1) and eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.61) ... Became the 22nd player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career points on Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota ... Now ranks 14th on the school scoring list with 1,322 points, and is 38 behind 13th place Meg Metzger (1,360, 1979-83) ... Also ranks fifth in Stanford history with 167 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 the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Scored game-high 22 points, including 7-of-7 from the foul line, in 33 minutes vs. Arizona (1/24) ... Scored 27 points, including 23 in the first half alone, on Saturday vs. Arizona State ... In fact, with 11 minutes remaining in the contest Yamasaki was out-scoring the entire Arizona State squad 27-26 ... Coming off a 12-point, six-rebound and five-assist performance on Saturday at California (2/2).
#32 Katie Denny (6-1, G/F, So.): Averaging 2.4 points and 0.8 rebounds in 15 appearances off the bench overall, and is averaging 1.9 points and 0.8 boards in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds ... Had seven points, including two 3-pointers, in the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Had career-high eight points and three assists at Washington State (1/17).
#33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu (5-11, G, Fr.): Averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds overall, and 6.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Started the first six games at point guard, and has come off the bench in the last 17 ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage (50.8) and 10th in 3-pointers per game (1.39) ... Has made 14 of her last 19 (73.7 percent) shots from 3-point range dating back to Jan. 19 ... Shooting a Pac-10 best 57.6 (19-of-33) percent from beyond the arc in conference play ... 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) ... Matched person best with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, at California (2/2).
#34 T'Nae Thiel (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 6.4 points and 5.9 rebounds overall, and 6.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in conference play ... Started the last 12 games at either power forward or center ... Ranks tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.00) and 13th in total rebounding (5.9) ... Has made 41 of her last 71 shots from the floor (57.7 percent) and 21 of her last 25 free throws (84.0 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) ... Pulled down 10 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/26).
#41 Bethany Donaphin (6-2, C, Sr.): Averaging 8.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots overall, and 8.3 points, 4.4 boards and 1.5 blocks in Pac-10 play ... Career averages are 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds ... Started 11 consecutive games at center from Dec. 19-Jan. 24, and has started 12 overall this season ... Ranks third in Stanford history with 117 career blocked shots, and is five behind second place Jill Yanke (122, 1985-89) ... Leads the Pac-10 in both field goal percentage (55.8) and blocked shots (1.48) ...Owns a career field goal percentage of 52.8 (358-of-678), which ranks fifth 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) ... Posted double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, along with three blocked shots, on Saturday at California (2/2).
#42 Lauren St. Clair (6-0, G/F, Sr.): Averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds overall, and 4.6 points and 1.6 boards in conference play ... Made her first start of the season vs. Arizona State (1/26), and has now started twice this season ... Ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in career 3-point percentage at 39.7 (135-of-340), and eighth in Stanford history in 3-pointers made with 135 ... Career averages are 6.6 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).
#44 Azella Perryman (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 boards in 21 appearances off the bench ... Averaging 3.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Averaging 7.2 rebounds in her last five contests ... Shooting 85.0 (17-of-20) percent from the foul line overall, and 87.5 (14-of-16) percent in Pac-10 games ... Had career-highs of 10 points and 13 rebounds at Washington State (1/17) ... Had eight rebounds on Wednesday vs. California and pulled down seven boards on Saturday at California.
#51 Cori Enghusen (6-7, C, Sr.): Averaging 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game overall, and 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in conference ... Second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game at 1.43 ... Her 33 blocks through 23 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 111 career blocked shots, which ranks fourth in school history ... Career averages are 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds ... Scored a career-high 24 points, including 11-of-15 shooting, at Washington State (1/17) and had 13 points and five boards in 11 minutes at Washington (1/19) ... The weekend in Washington raised her conference scoring average from 2.3 points to 6.4 ... Had 11 points and career-high 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes vs. Santa Clara (12/2) ... Recorded five blocked shots vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Had 15 points, including 7-of-11 shooting, and eight rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday night vs. California.