Women's Basketball Hosts Weber State In NCAA First Round
March 12, 2002
LET THE MADNESS BEGIN: The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal has made the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for the 15th consecutive season, and will host a West Subregional this Saturday and Monday at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is the second seed in the West Regional, marking its highest seed since it was No. 1 in the West in 1998 ... The Cardinal was also a No. 2 seed in 1989 (advanced to the Midwest Regional Final), 1991 (National Semifinals), 1994 (West Regional Final) and 1995 (National Semifinals) ... Stanford has racked up a 30-2 mark this season (the fifth 30-win season in school history), including a perfect 18-0 record in Pacific-10 Conference play ... The Cardinal, which is led by Naismith Player of the Year Candidate and Associated Press Second Team All-American Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS), rattled off 22 straight victories from Dec. 19-March 3 ... The Cardinal will open NCAA Tournament play against 15th-seeded Weber State (22-8, the only automatic qualifier in the subregional) on Saturday night at 9:06 p.m. (Pacific Time) on ESPN ... In Saturday's first game, seventh-seeded Colorado State (24-6) will take on 10th-seeded Tulane (23-10) at 6:15 p.m. ... The winners of Saturday's game will meet in the second round on Monday at 9:06 p.m. (Pacific Time) on ESPN ... The winner of the subregional will advance to the NCAA West Regional next weekend in Boise, Idaho.
THE FIELD: The four teams playing at Stanford this weekend are a combined 99-24 this season ... The 99 wins is the most of any of the 16 subregionals, and the combined .805 winning percentage of the four clubs is the second best (South Carolina is first at .814, 96-22) ... Stanford, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season, is 30-2 overall and won the Pac-10 Regular Season Championship with a perfect 18-0 record ... The Cardinal, which won 22 straight from Dec. 19-March 3, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling in the final of the Pac-10 Tournament ...This is the Cardinal's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 15th in a row (tied for the fourth longest active streak) ... Weber State was an NCAA automatic qualifier after winning the Big Sky Tournament Championship on its home floor last weekend in Ogden, Utah ... The Wildcats are 22-8 overall (11-3 in conference), and have won eight of their last nine ... Weber State is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance ... Colorado State, which is currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation in both polls, is 24-6 overall and won the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 12-2 mark ... The Rams, who lost in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament, have won five of their last six and eight of their last 10 ... The Rams are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, and fourth in a row ... Tulane is 23-10 overall and went 8-6 in Conference USA ... The Green Wave advanced to the finals of the Conference USA Tournament, and have won eight of their last 10 ... Tulane is in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time overall, and eighth in a row.
HOME SWEET HOME: Stanford is hosting NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in school history, and first since 1998 ... The Cardinal hosted 10 straight seasons from 1989-98, but was sent to Old Dominion (1999, No. 7 seed in the Midwest), Georgia (2000, No. 9 seed in the West) and Oklahoma (2001, No. 10 seed in the West) the past three seasons ... Stanford hosted Subregional games from 1989-98 and also hosted the NCAA West Regional in both 1990 and 1994 ... The Cardinal will once again host the NCAA West Regional next year (2003) at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is 16-2 in NCAA Tournament play at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is 4-1 in the first round (the Cardinal received first round byes in 1989, '90, '91 and '92), 9-0 in the second round, 2-0 in regional semifinals and 1-1 in regional finals ... Stanford owns an all-time home record 310-76 (.803), including a 13-1 record this season ... Stanford is 1-0 against Colorado State at Maples Pavilion, while both Tulane and Weber State are making their first-ever trips to The Farm.
NCAA HISTORY: The Cardinal has an all-time postseason record of 34-16 (.680), including a 34-13 (.723) record in NCAA Tournament competition ... The Cardinal won NCAA Championships in both 1990 and 1992, and also advanced to the Final Four in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... Stanford captured the 1990 NCAA Championship by defeating Auburn 88-81 in Knoxville, Tennessee ... The Cardinal then won the 1992 crown by knocking off Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game in Los Angeles ... Last season, Stanford advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional despite receiving a No. 10 seed (lowest in the history of the program) ... The Cardinal routed seventh-seeded George Washington 76-51 in the first round before losing to host Oklahoma 67-50 in the second round.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is ranked fifth in the nation in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls ... The Cardinal, which was ranked No. 2 in both polls from Feb. 4-March 4, dropped three spots after falling to Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament Final ... The No. 2 ranking was Stanford's highest since it was No. 1 for the first six weeks of the 1996-97 season ... The Cardinal began this season ninth in the AP Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... Stanford is one of 14 schools that was ranked in the AP Top 25 all season long, and one of only five that has been ranked in the top 10 since the beginning of the campaign ... Colorado State is ranked 18th in the Coaches Poll and 20th in the AP Poll ... Tulane and Weber 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 ... VanDerveer, who has guided the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament in each of her last 14 seasons, has already been named the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year and is 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 546-155 (.779) ... VanDerveer coached the 700th game of her collegiate career in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals as the Cardinal turned back Oregon State 71-55 on March 3 ... 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 394-104 (.791) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 227-43 (.841) Pac-10 record during her tenure ... VanDerveer won her 10th Pacific-10 Conference title, and second in a row, this season ... In NCAA Tournament competition, VanDerveer has compiled a 34-12 (.739) record in 13 previous appearances ... In the 1990's alone, VanDerveer was 25-7 with two NCAA Championships and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an 88-8 (.917) international 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/Olympic Team.
NICOLE POWELL, TARA VANDERVEER EARN PAC-10 HONORS: Stanford's Nicole Powell became just the second sophomore to ever win Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year honors when she received the award on Feb. 28 ... Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer also earned her fifth career Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honor, and first since 1996-97 ... Powell averaged 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in conference play, and ranks in the top eight in the Pac-10 in nine out of a possible 12 statistical categories ... Powell is the sixth Stanford player to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, and first since Kate Starbird in 1996-97 ... The only other sophomore to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors was Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 1999-2000 ... Powell was also named First Team All-Pac-10 for the second consecutive season (only the seventh Stanford player to become a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and first since Milena Flores in 1998-99 and 1999-2000), and was joined on the all-conference squad by senior teammate Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) ... The First Team All-Pac-10 honor is the first of Yamasaki's career ... She was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection in both 1998-99 and 2000-01 ... Stanford earned two spots on the All-Pac-10 First Team for the first time since Vanessa Nygaard and Olympia Scott in 1997-98 ... The Cardinal has 33 all-time Pac-10 selections to easily outdistance second place Washington's 22 ... Stanford senior center Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) received Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors ... VanDerveer led Stanford to a perfect 18-0 Pac-10 record for the third time in her career ... She has guided the Cardinal to 10 Pacific-10 Conference regular season titles, including two in a row ... The Cardinal also landed two of the five spots on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Stanford was represented on the team by guard Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) and forward T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) ... Stanford has not had two All-Freshman Team selections since Kristin Folkl and Naomi Mulitauaopele in 1994-95 ... The Cardinal leads the way with 17 all-time Pac-10 Freshman Team selections, while Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington are tied with eight ... Stanford has also not had both two First Team All-Conference (Anita Kaplan and Starbird) and two All-Freshman Team selections since 1994-95 ... Cardinal guard Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood School) received Honorable Mention All-Freshman honors.
YAMASAKI EXPECTED BACK FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT: Stanford University senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) is expected to return to action this week after missing the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament ... Yamasaki missed the Pac-10 Tournament after undergoing a laparoscopic appendectomy on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Stanford Hospital ... A laparoscopic appendectomy is a removal of the appendix with a scope ... Yamasaki returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, March 6.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAPS:
Final - Arizona State 70, #2/#2 Stanford 63 (March 4 @ McArthur Court): Stanford, which was playing its third game in as many days without leading scorer Lindsey Yamasaki, dropped a seven-point decision to third-seeded Arizona State in the inaugural Pacific-10 Tournament Final ... The Cardinal led 40-31 at the 18-minute mark of the second half, but was out-scored 39-23 the rest of the way ... Stanford, which had its 22-game winning streak snapped, shot 39.2 (20-of-51) percent from the floor overall and 36.0 (9-of-25) percent in the second half ... The Cardinal trimmed a nine-point deficit to three (64-61) on three free throws by freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu with 35 seconds remaining but could get no closer as ASU made all six of its free throw attempts in the final 32 seconds ... Sophomore Nicole Powell, who was named tournament MVP played all 40 minutes and finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists ... Senior Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS), who was also named to the all-tournament team, tied a career-high with 22 points while Kimyacioglu added 10.
Semifinals - #2/#2 Stanford 71, Oregon State 55 (March 3 @McArthur Court): Sophomore Nicole Powell scored a career-high 37 points to lead the top-seeded 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, 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 span of 7:10, 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 Bethany Donaphin and 10 from T'Nae Thiel ... 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.
Quarterfinals - #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 the Cardinal's 96 points, and pulled down 24 of 40 rebounds ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu 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 ... The Cardinal was also an amazing 33-of-35 (94.3 percent) from the foul line, which is the second highest single game percentage in school history ... The Cardinal also received impressive performances from seniors Enjoli Izidor and Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy), who were playing in place of 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.
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 Adam Rapp and Lilla Toal calling the action ... Saturday's Colorado State-Tulane game will not be televised ... The Stanford-Weber State game will be televised live nationally by ESPN on Saturday at 9:06 p.m. (Pacific Time) with Doris Burke and Michele Tafoya calling the action ... Monday's second round game will also be televised live nationally by ESPN on Monday at 9:06 p.m. (Pacific Time).
STANFORD VS. COLORADO STATE: Stanford and Colorado State have met once previously, with that game also coming in an NCAA Subregional at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal and Rams met in the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament (March 18), with Stanford prevailing 94-63 ... Stanford led 51-33 at the half, and never looked back behind 22 points from Kate Starbird and 15 points and seven rebounds from Naomi Mulitauaopele ... The Cardinal went on to advance to the NCAA Final Four that season under Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley (Tara VanDerveer was on a one-year hiatus with U.S. National/Olympic teams) before losing to Georgia 86-76 in the semifinals in Charlotte, North Carolina ... The Cardinal is 18-7 all-time against the Mountain West Conference ... This season, Stanford and Wyoming were in the same bracket of the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine Classic but did not play ... The Cardinal's last game against an MWC opponent was a 72-58 home win over Utah on Dec. 30 of last season ... Stanford is 2-1 against BYU, 1-0 against Colorado State, 5-2 against Nevada-Las Vegas, 3-4 against San Diego State, 6-0 against Utah and 1-0 against Wyoming ...
STANFORD VS. TULANE: This would be the first ever meeting between the Cardinal and the Green Wave ... The Cardinal is 2-2 all-time against Conference USA, with the latest meeting coming on Nov. 29, 1996 when it defeated Houston 83-51 in the openinf round of the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Stanford is 2-0 against Houston and 0-1 against both East Carolina and Memphis.
STANFORD VS. WEBER STATE: Stanford is 1-0 all-time against Weber State, and this will be the first meeting between the schools since the 1981-82 season ... In the only previous meeting between the Cardinal and the Wildcats, Stanford prevailed 83-79 in the third place game of the San Jose State Tournament on Nov. 21, 1981 ... Louise Smith led the Cardinal with 26 points ... Stanford and Weber State were in the eight-team University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic over Thanksgiving, but did not play ... Stanford is 9-5 all-time against the Big Sky Conference ... The Cardinal is 2-2 vs. Montana, 2-0 vs. Montana State, 1-0 vs. Northern Arizona, 1-0 vs. Portland State, 2-3 vs. Sacramento State and 1-0 vs. Weber State.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The 2001-02 Cardinal has already broken Pac-10 and school single season team records for 3-pointers made (240), 3-pointers attempted (596), and lowest field goal percentage allowed (34.9) ... Stanford also needs only one more blocked shot to match the school record of 176 set last season.