No. 2 Women's Basketball Versus Arizona State In Pac-10 Championship
March 4, 2002
Eugene, OR - For the second time in as many years, second-ranked Stanford and Arizona State will go head-to-head forthe Pacific-10 Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ...Last season, Stanford needed a win at Arizona State on the final day of the regularseason to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title with Washington and ASU ... TheCardinal did just that, pulling out a 51-49 decision to grab the conference regularseason crown, and on the basis of its tiebreaker victories over the Sun Devilsand Huskies, a guaranteed trip to the NCAA Tournament ... The format may bedifferent this season with the inception of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament,but the stakes are the same ... Both the Cardinal and Sun Devils won two gamesin as many days this weekend to set up Monday night's battle for the Pac-10Tournament Championship at McArthur Court in Eugene, Oregon ... Stanford ,which earned the top-seed in the tournament after going a perfect 18-0 in conferenceregular season play, reached the championship game with impressive wins over eighth-seededUCLA (96-61) and fifth-seeded Oregon State (71-55) ... Stanford has won 23straight games over Pac-10 opponents dating back to last season, including sevenin a row by 15 points or more ... The Cardinal enters the championship gamewith a 30-1 record, and 22-game winning streak ... The 22-game winning streakties for the third longest in school history, and with a win on Monday, the Cardinalcan tie for the second longest streak (1995-96, 23 consecutive wins) ... Stanfordis also shooting for its third tournament title of the season ... The Cardinaldefeated Indiana and UC Santa Barbara to capture the Stanford Invitational onNov. 16-17 and beat Minnesota, Hawaii and Penn State to win the University ofHawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic on Nov. 23-25.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is ranked second in the nation in both polls for thefourth consecutive week ... Both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coachespolls jumped the Cardinal over Tennessee on Monday, Feb. 4 after the Lady Volslost 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 the1996-97 campaign 34-2 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four before falling in thesemifinals ... The Cardinal began this season ninth in the AP Poll and 10th inthe ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
THE VANDERVEER FILE: Stanford University coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inductedinto the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, coached her 700th careergame on Sunday ... VanDerveer, who recently signed a five-year contract extensionthat will keep her on The Farm through March 31, 2007, recently earned nationalacclaim by being named as one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Women'sBasketball Coach of the Year Award ... In 22-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines,VanDerveer is 546-154 (.780) ... In 15-plus seasons on The Farm (VanDerveer tookthe 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team),she is 394-103 (.793) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90& 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has compiled an impressive227-43 (.841) Pac-10 regular season record during her tenure, and won her 10thPacific-10 Conference regular season title, and second in a row, this season ...VanDerveer has also guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tourney appearances, and rackedup a career post-season record of 34-12 (.739) ... Internationally, she has compiledan 88-8 (.917) mark with four gold medals and one bronze in seven assignments,including her highly publicized 60-0 (1.000) run with the 1996 United States National/OlympicTeam.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: Stanford is 33-8 against Arizona State, and has won 19 ofthe last 20 dating back to Feb. 7, 1993 ... More impressively, 14 of those 19wins have come by 15 points or more ... The Cardinal and Sun Devils have nevermet on a neutral court ... Stanford, which has swept nine of the last 10 regularseason series between the schools, is 20-1 against the Sun Devils at Maples Pavilionand 13-7 at Wells Fargo Arena ... This season, Stanford prevailed 75-66 onDec. 21 in Tempe and 62-48 on Jan. 26 on The Farm ... The Cardinal shot a combined51.6 (47-of-91) percent from the floor in the two games, compared to ASU's34.3 (36-of-105).
A LOOK AT THE SEASON SERIES:
Game #9 - #6/#6 Stanford 75, Arizona State 66 (December 21 @ Wells Fargo Arena): Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) and senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) 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 12 points in the first half (31-19, representing its largest deficit of the season), 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 (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) chipped in 11 points and five assists, including 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line ... As a team, Stanford shot 58.1 (25-of-43) percent from the field compared to ASU's 43.8 (21-of-48) ... Stanford 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 could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Game #21 - #3/#3 Stanford 62, Arizona State 48 (Jan. 26 @ Maples Pavilion): Stanford picked up its 20th win of the year as it completed a season sweep over Arizona State ... Stanford took control early, using a 9-0 run that gave it a 14-6 lead just 5:52 into the contest ... The Cardinal led 35-23 at the half, and built the lead to 47-25 with 11:19 remaining ... The Sun Devils trimmed the lead to eight (54-46) with 2:56 remaining, but Nicole Powell answered with a pair of 3-pointers in the next 1:43 to put the game away ... Lindsey Yamasaki was a one-player wrecking crew for the Cardinal as she scored 23 of the Cardinal's 35 first half points ... Besides Yamasaki's 27 points, the Cardinal received 13 points, six rebounds and six assists from Powell and 10 boards from freshman T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) ... Stanford also held the Sun Devils to just 26.3 (15-of-57) percent shooting, including a 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) effort from 3-point range ... The win was Stanford's 15th straight at home over ASU dating back to the 1987-88 season.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAPS:
Game #30 - #2/#2 Stanford 96, UCLA 61 (March 2 @ McArthur Court): Freshman Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK/East HS) had a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds as the Cardinal defeated the Bruins for the second time in seven days ... Perryman, who was also 11-of-12 from the foul line, highlighted a strong performance by the Cardinal's freshman class ... Stanford's frosh quartet scored 42 of its 96 points, and pulled down 24 of the Cardinal's 40 rebounds ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood HS) tied her career-high with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while T'Nae Thiel just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds ... After the teams played scoreless ball for the first three minutes of the contest, Stanford scored eight points in a span of 50 seconds to take a lead it would never relinquish ... The Cardinal later scored the final 12 points of the first half to take a 44-24 lead at the break ... UCLA could get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, as Stanford broke the game wide open with an 18-4 run over the final 7:01 of the contest ... Sophomore Nicole Powell, who earned Pac-10 Payer of the Year honors on Thursday, had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the victory ... The Cardinal also received impressive performances from seniors Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) and Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy), who were playing in place of injured All-Pac-10 selection Lindsey Yamasaki (appendectomy) ... St. Clair, who earned the starting nod in Yamasaki's place, had 12 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 16 minutes ... Izidor chipped in 12 points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
Game #31 - #2/#2 Stanford 71, Oregon State 55 (March 3 @McArthur Court): Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) scored a career-high 37 points to lead the Cardinal to the 16-point win over the fifth-seeded Beavers ... The 37 points is the fifth highest single game total in Stanford women's basketball history ... Powell, who had 36 points at USC on Feb. 24, has turned in two of the seven highest single game scoring outputs in Stanford history in an eight-day span ... Powell scored 19 of Stanford's final 23 points of the first half, including 11 in a row in a 7 minute, 10 second span, to give the Cardinal a 37-19 halftime lead ... Powell had 27 of the Cardinal's 37 first half points, as she was 10-of-16 from the floor, 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe ... In 38 minutes of action, Powell finished 13-of-22 from the field, 3-of-7 from behind the arc and 8-of-8 from the free throw line ... Oregon State cut Stanford's 19 point halftime lead to eight (47-39) with 10:23 to play, but the Cardinal immediately responded with 10 unanswered points to put the game away ... Stanford out-rebounded the Beavers 50-36, highlighted by 14 from Powell, 12 from senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) and 10 from freshman T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) ... Stanford shot just 38.2 from the field, which was its lowest since a 35.4 (23-of-65) percent outing at Oregon on Feb. 7 ... The Cardinal, however, held the Beavers to 29.4 (20-of-68) percent from the floor and 22.7 (5-of-22) percent from 3-point range.
YAMASAKI SIDELINED FOR PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasakiwill miss this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournamentafter undergoing a laparoscopic appendectomy on Tuesday afternoon at StanfordHospital ... A laparoscopic appendectomy is a removal of the appendix with a scope... Yamasaki is expected to return to action when Stanford begins NCAA Tournamentplay on Friday, March 15 or Saturday, March 16.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Here is a look at where the 2001-02 Stanford team stacksup in the school record book ... The 2001-02 Cardinal ranks in the school singleseason top 10 in 15 of a possible 21 categories ... Stanford is also makingits mark in the Pac-10 record book ... The Cardinal tied the Pac-10 recordfor 3-pointers in a single season on Sunday with 237 (Washington, 2000-01) ...Stanford has already shattered the old school record of 213 that was set in 1999-2000... Stanford is also on pace to break both the school and Pac-10 marks forlowest opponent field goal percentage ... Individually, Sanford has five playerswho have broken into the school single season top 20 in nine different categories.