Women's Basketball Closes In On Perfect Pac-10 Record
Feb. 23, 2002
| UCLA Info:
Record: 8-18 (4-13)
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb. 24
7:00 pm PT
| Stanford Info:
Mascot: Cardinal (No. 2)
Record: 27-1 (17-0)
Stanford 78, USC 60
Feb. 22- at USC
STANFORD ONE AWAY FROM PERFECT PAC-10 SEASON: The second-ranked Stanford University women's basketball team (26-1 overall, 17-0 Pac-10) can lock up the fourth 18-0 Pac-10 season in program history when it visits UCLA (8-18, 4-13) on Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion ... The Cardinal previously went 18-0 in 1988-89, 1995-96 and 1996-97 ... Stanford, which has now captured 11 of the Pac-10's 16 regular season titles, has an amazing all-time Pac-10 record of 244-43 (.850) ... No other Pac-10 school has recorded 200 conference victories or a winning percentage better than .700 ... Two other milestones await with a win in Sunday's regular season finale .. The Cardinal can record just the fifth 20-game win streak in the history of the program with a win, as well as the second best regular season record in school history (behind only the 30-1 record in 1996-97) ... Stanford has won 19 straight games dating back to Dec. 19, and has won 20 straight Pac-10 games dating back to March 3 of last season ... The Cardinal will receive a first round bye in next week's inaugural Pac-10 Tournament, and will open play against the winner of Friday's UCLA-California (No. 8 vs. No. 9) game on Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Oregon.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is ranked second in the nation in both polls for the third consecutive week ... Both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls jumped the Cardinal over Tennessee on Monday, Feb. 4 after the Lady Vols lost at Vanderbilt ... 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 ... UCLA is 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 ... VanDerveer also earned national acclaim this week by being named as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Award ... In 22-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 543-154 (.779) ... 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 391-103 (.791) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also won 10 Pac-10 Championships, and compiled an amazing 225-43 (.840) Pac-10 record ... 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 #28 - #2/#2 Stanford 78, USC 60 (Feb. 22 @ Los Angeles Sports Arena): Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had a career-high 36 points (tied for the fifth highest single game total in school history) to lead Stanford to the come-from-behind victory ... Stanford jumped out to a 20-14 lead, but USC outscored Stanford 22-8 over the final 8:58 of the first half to take a 36-28 lead at the break ... The eight-point halftime deficit was Stanford's largest of the season ... But the second half was all Powell ... Stanford out-scored USC 50-24 over the final 20 minutes, and Powell matched the output of the entire USC squad with 24 points in 18 second half minutes ... The Cardinal quickly erased the deficit by starting the second half on a 14-0 run ... Powell hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark the run that put the visitors ahead to stay ... The Cardinal later broke the game open with a 14-3 midway through the second half that gave it a 20-point advantage (65-45) with 7:21 to play ... In fact, the Cardinal outscored the Women of Troy 37-9 in the first 13 minutes of the second half ... The Cardinal shot a blistering 68.0 (17-of-25) percent in the second half, compared to just 17.9 (7-of-39) percent for USC ... Powell also had eight rebounds five assists and three steals, while senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) chipped in 20 points and six rebounds.
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' ... Dave Raymond, who doubles as a minor league baseball radio announcer for the Iowa Cubs, calls the internet broadcasts ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all regular- and post-season contests with Lilla Toal and Adam Rapp calling the action ... The UCLA game will not be televised.
STANFORD VS. UCLA: Stanford has won 24 of its last 27 games against the Bruins dating back to 1988, and leads the all-time series 24-19 ... The Cardinal is 11-9 all-time at Pauley Pavilion, and has won six of the last seven ... Earlier this season at Maples Pavilion (Dec. 28), Stanford rolled to an 81-50 victory in its Pac-10 home opener ... UCLA trailed by just four (39-35) with 17:30 to play, but the Cardinal out-scored the Bruins 42-15 to blow the game wide open ... The Cardinal finished the game on a 16-0 run, and held the Bruins scoreless for the final 5:16 ... Senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) led the Cardinal in scoring for the only time this season with 18 points, while Nicole Powell recorded a double-double of 15 points and three rebounds ... Stanford shot just 43.9 (25-of-57) from the floor, but held the Bruins to just 27.9 (17-of-61) percent overall and 20.0 (6-of-30) percent in the second half ... Last season in Westwood (Feb. 2, 2001), Powell had 18 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as Stanford led wire-to-wire in a 60-52 victory ... The Cardinal scored the first 14 points of the game, and went on to build a commanding 34-18 halftime advantage.
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 8.0 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds overall and 7.5 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Started 20 games at point guard this season ... Entered Friday's game second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (87.3) and third in 3-point percentage (46.2) ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading 93.3 (42-of-45) percent from the free throw line in conference games ... Has made 31 of her last 32 free throws (96.9 percent) dating back to Jan. 5 ... 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) ... In the first meeting against UCLA, had eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes ... Had four points and two assists in 23 minutes at USC on Friday.
#10 Becky Bonner (6-2, F, So.): Averaging 0.5 points and 0.6 rebounds overall, and 0.6 points and 0.6 rebounds in conference play ... Has appeared in 13 games off the bench ... Missed the first nine regular season games with a stress fracture in her right foot ... Brother, Matt, starts for the nationally-ranked University of Florida men's basketball team ... Had career-high three blocked shots at Fordham (1/5) ... Scored season-high three points vs. Oregon (1/13) ... Played two scoreless minutes in first meeting with UCLA (12/28) ... Did not score in two minutes at USC on Friday.
#14 Nicole Powell (6-2, G, So.): Poured in a career-high 36 points, including 13-of-17 from the floor, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 5-of-7 from the foul line, as well as eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 36 minutes of Friday's win at USC ... In the second half alone, Powell had 24 points - which matched the scoring output of the entire USC team - six rebounds and three assists ... The 36 points ties Kristin Folkl (Jan. 24, 1998 vs. Washington) for the fifth highest single game total in school history ... Averaging 16.1 points, a Pac-10 leading 9.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists overall, and a near triple-double of 17.2 points, 9.6 boards and 6.5 assists in Pac-10 play ... Named as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award on Tuesday, Feb. 12 ... Has 522 career rebounds, and though just a sophomore, already ranks 18th in school history and trails 17th place Julie Zeilstra (532, 1988-91) by 10 ... Needs just 70 more rebounds to break into Stanford's career top 10 ... Set the Stanford single game rebounding mark with 21 (old record - 20) in the Jan. 13 win over Oregon --- a record that had stood since 1977 ... Has pulled down 267 rebounds this season, which ranks seventh on the school single season list and leaves her 43 shy of Val Whiting's record of 310 (1990-91) ... Has 162 assists this season, which ranks 15th on the school single season list and leaves her three away from a three-way tie for 12th place at 165 between Jennifer Azzi (1986-87), Milena Flores (1997-98) and Jamila Wideman (1995-96) ... Needs just 15 more assists to break into Stanford's all-time top 10 ... Entered Friday's game as the Pac-10 leader in rebounding (9.6 pg) and assists (6.0 pg), 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) ... Four-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (Dec. 3, Dec. 31, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11) ... Earned the honor again on Feb. 11 after averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in wins at Oregon and Oregon State ... She is the first player to win four Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in the same season since California's Jennifer Bennett in 1986-87 ... Ranks first in school history and tied for eighth in Pac-10 history in career rebounds per game (9.0) and fourth in school history in career points per game (15.1) ... Owns four of the 10 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and four of the six in Stanford history ... Is the only Pac-10 player to have ever recorded more than one career triple-double ... In 58 career games, has 18 double-doubles and four triple-doubles ... In 28 games this season, has eight double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... Has pulled down 10 or more rebounds 23 times in her career, including 12 times this season ... Entered Friday's game among the Pac-10 leaders in nine of a possible 12 categories: rebounding (1st, 9.6), defensive rebounding (1st, 7.26), assists (1st, 6.00), assist/turnover ratio (3rd, 1.88), 3-pointers per game (T3rd, 1.85), 3-point percentage (5th, 42.7), field goal percentage (6th, 48.4), scoring (7th, 15.4) and free throw percentage (9th, 78.2) ... All-Tournament selection at both the Stanford Invitational and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... 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 ... 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 ... Earned Pac-10 POW honors on Feb. 11, marking the second time she was honored this season for her performances against Oregon and Oregon State ... Had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists at Oregon (2/7) and 23 points, 11 boards and seven assists at Oregon State (2/9) ... Had triple-double of 21 points, a career-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes last Thursday vs. Washington (2/14) ... Earned Pac-10 POW honors on Dec. 31 following back-to-back double-doubles against UCLA and USC at Maples Pavilion ... Had 15 points, including 10-of-12 from the foul line, and 13 boards in 36 minutes vs. UCLA (12/28).
#22 Enjoli Izidor (6-0, G, Sr.): Averaging 4.3 points and 2.2 rebounds overall, and 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in conference action ... Has made 10 starts this season ... Shooting 52.7 (29-of-55) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play ... 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) ... Played five scoreless minutes against UCLA at Maples Pavilion (12/28) ... Had two points, two rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes at USC on Friday.
#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, and underwent surgery to repair the ligament on Friday, Feb. 8 ... 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.
#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (6-1, F, Sr.): Averaging team-high 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists, and conference averages are 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... Career averages are 12.8 points (tied for 10th in school history with Katy Steding/1986-90), 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists ... One of 10 finalists for the inaugural 2002 Senior CLASS Award, which is given to the top senior female collegiate basketball player ... Became the 22nd player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career points on Nov. 23 vs. Minnesota ... Now ranks 11th on the all-time school scoring list with 1,417 points, and is 28 points behind 10th place Sonja Henning (1,445, 1987-91) and 32 behind ninth place Virginia Sourlis (1,449, 1982-86) ... Ranks third in Stanford history with 181 career 3-pointers, and is 10 behind second place Jennifer Azzi (191, 1986-90) ... The 181 3-pointers also ranks her eighth in Pac-10 history ... Ranks 21st in school history with 516 career rebounds ... 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 ... Has scored in double figures in 25 of Stanford's 28 games this season, including each of the last 14 ... Has made 12 of her last 22 3-point attempts (54.5 percent) ... Named Tournament MVP of both the Stanford Invitational and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Entered Friday ranked tied for third in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game (1.85), sixth in scoring (16.7), eighth in 3-point percentage (37.0) and ninth in field goal percentage (47.5) ... Had season-high 27 points and career-high 13 rebounds in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16) ... Had double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Penn State (11/25) in the championship game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Scored 27 points, including 23 in the first half alone, on Saturday vs. Arizona State ... With 11 minutes remaining in the contest, Yamasaki was out-scoring the entire Arizona State squad 27-26 ... Had 24 points and five rebounds in 38 minutes at Oregon (2/7) ... Had 19 points, including 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, and eight rebounds in 35 minutes vs. Washington (2/14) ... In earlier meeting with UCLA, had nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes on Dec. 28 ... Had 20 points, including 8-of-14 shooting from the floor, and six rebounds in 37 minutes at USC on Friday.
#32 Katie Denny (6-1, G/F, So.): Averaging 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds overall, and 1.8 points and 0.7 boards in Pac-10 play ... Has appeared in 19 games off the bench ... 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 in 15 minutes at Washington State (1/17) ... Scored two points in two minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Did not score in two minutes at USC on Friday.
#33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu (5-11, G, Fr.): Averaging 6.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds overall, and 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in Pac-10 play ... Started the first six games at point guard, and has come off the bench in the last 22 ... Entered Friday's game as the Pac-10 leader in 3-point percentage (47.4) ... Has made 18 of her last 32 (56.3 percent) shots from 3-point range dating back to Jan. 19, and has made at least one trey in 21 of the Cardinal's 28 games this season ... Also shooting 50.0 (23-of-46) 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) ... Matched career-high with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, at California (2/2) ... Pulled down career-high seven rebounds at Oregon (2/7) ... Had six points on 2-of-3 from 3-point range in nine minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Had seven points and four rebounds in 21 minutes at USC on Friday.
#34 T'Nae Thiel (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 6.5 points and 5.7 rebounds overall, and 6.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in conference play ... Started 16 games this season ... Ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (3.89) and tied for 14th in total rebounding (5.7) ... Has made 24 of her last 30 free throws (80.0 percent) dating back to Dec. 19 ... 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) ... Had eight points and eight rebounds vs. Washington (2/14) ... Recorded eight points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Recorded nine points, six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes at USC on Friday.
#41 Bethany Donaphin (6-2, C, Sr.): Averaging 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots overall, and 8.5 points, 5.0 boards and 1.5 blocks in Pac-10 play ... Started 11 consecutive games at center from Dec. 19-Jan. 24, and has started 17 overall this season, including each of the last five ... Ranks second in Stanford history in blocked shots with 124, and 16th in career rebounds with 554 ... Also entered the week ranked ninth on the Pac-10's all-time blocked shot list ... Entered Friday's game as the Pac-10 leader in field goal percentage (57.8, 104-of-180) and is tied for the lead in blocked shots (1.44) ...Owns a career field goal percentage of 53.4 (380-of-711), which ranks fourth in school history ... Has blocked a career-best 41 shots this season, which is tied for sixth in school single season history ... Has made 35 of her last 52 shots from the field (67.3 percent) dating back to Jan. 26 ... 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, at California (2/2) ... Had third double-double of the season with 18 points and season-high 11 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Washington on Thursday ... Scored 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Had six rebounds and two blocks in 21 scoreless minutes at USC on Friday.
#42 Lauren St. Clair (6-0, G/F, Sr.): Averaging 4.4 points and 1.7 rebounds overall, and 4.0 points and 1.4 boards in conference play ... Has made two starts this season ... Entered the week ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in career 3-point percentage at 39.5 (136-of-344) ... Also ranks tied for eighth in Stanford history in 3-pointers made with 135 ... She needs six more treys to tie Katy Steding (141, 1986-90) for seventh on Stanford's all-time list ... 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) ... Recorded five points in 15 minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Did not play (sprained wrist) on Friday at USC.
#44 Azella Perryman (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 3.5 points and 3.5 boards overall, and 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in Pac-10 play ... Appeared in 26 games off the bench ... Had career-highs of 13 points and 16 rebounds in just 22 minutes on Saturday vs. Washington State (2/16) ... Shooting 51.6 (33-of-64) percent from the floor overall ... Grabbed seven or more rebounds in four of her last seven games ... Had double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds in 22 minutes at Washington State (1/17) ... Had six points and three rebounds in 12 minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Played three scoreless minutes on Friday at USC.
#51 Cori Enghusen (6-7, C, Sr.): Averaging 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots overall, and 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in conference ... Entered Friday tied for the Pac-10 lead in blocked shots per game (1.44) with teammate Bethany Donaphin ... Has 119 career blocked shots, which ranks fourth in school history ... Entered the week ranked 11th on the Pac-10's all-time blocked shot list ... Has career-best 41 blocks this year to rank tied for sixth on the school single season list ... Recorded 2.1 blocks per game in 11 non-conference contests ... 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 vs. California (1/30) ... Bothell, Washington native had the best weekend of her career during Stanford's trip to her home state in January ... Scored a career-high 24 points, including 11-of-15 shooting, in 24 minutes at Washington State (1/17) and had 13 points and five boards in 11 minutes at Washington (1/19) ... Had four points and three rebounds in seven minutes vs. UCLA (12/28) ... Recorded three rebounds and two blocked shots in seven minutes at USC on Friday.