Women's Basketball To Face Colorado In NCAA West Regional Semifinals
March 20, 2002
HOW SWEET IT IS: For the 11th time in school history, and the first time since 1996-97, Stanford University has reached the 'Sweet 16' of the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal, which advanced to the 'Sweet 16' eight consecutive times in the 1990's (1990-97), will compete in the NCAA West Regional at Boise State University this Saturday and Monday ... The fifth-ranked Cardinal (32-2), which is seeded second in the West, will play 12th-ranked and third-seeded Colorado (23-9) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (MT)/6:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN ... The Cardinal has won all 10 of its Saturday games this season ... The other regional semifinal matches 17th-ranked and fourth-seeded Texas Tech (20-11) against second-ranked and top-seeded Oklahoma (29-3) on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (MT)/8:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2 ... The semifinal winners will play for a berth in the NCAA Final Four on Monday at 7:30 p.m. (MT)/6:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2 ... Stanford owns an all-time regional record of 14-4 (.778), including six consecutive victories ... In 10 previous trips to regional competition, Stanford has gone 2-0 six times, 1-1 twice and 0-1 twice ... The Cardinal is shooting for the seventh NCAA Final Four appearance in program history, and the first since 1996-97 ... Stanford advanced to the Final Four six times in an eight-year span in the 1990's, including NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1992.
THE FIELD: Stanford, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season, is 32-2 overall and won the Pacific-10 Conference 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 ... Stanford is 4-1 in neutral site games this season ... The Cardinal advanced to regional competition by posting opening round home wins over 15th-seeded Weber State (76-51) on Saturday and 10th-seeded Tulane (77-55) on Monday ... Stanford is joined in the NCAA West Regional by three teams from the Big XII Conference ... Colorado is 23-9 overall and 12-5 in the Big XII (tied for third place) ... Colorado has won 13 of its last 16 after a 10-6 start ... The Buffaloes advanced with home victories over 14th-seeded Southern (88-61) on Friday and sixth-seeded Louisiana State (69-58) on Sunday ... Colorado, which is 1-1 at neutral sites this season, has one common opponent with the Cardinal --- UCLA ... The Bufffaloes defeated the Bruins 79-48 on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles ... Oklahoma is 27-3 overall and won both the Big XII regular season (14-2) and tournament titles ... The Sooners have won 15 of their last 16, including NCAA Subregional home victories over 16th-seeded Hartford (84-52) on Saturday and ninth-seeded Villanova (66-53) on Monday ... The Sooners are undefeated in eight neutral site games this season ... The Cardinal and Sooners do not have any common opponents ... Texas Tech is 20-11 overall and 8-8 in the Big XII (seventh place) ... The Lady Raiders, who are 1-1 in neutral site games this season, advanced to the NCAA West Regionals with home wins over 13th-seeded Stephen F. Austin (84-63) on Friday and 12th-seeded Mississippi State (77-55) on Sunday ... Texas Tech and Stanford have three common opponents --- Oregon, Oregon State and Rutgers ... The Lady Raiders defeated all three of those teams on the road, winning at Oregon State 64-60 (Nov. 24), at Oregon 72-65 (Nov. 16) and at Rutgers 62-49 (Dec. 21).
NCAA HISTORY: The Cardinal has an all-time post-season record of 36-16 (.692), including a 36-13 (.735) record in NCAA Tournament competition ... This is the Cardinal's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 15th in a row (tied for the fourth longest active streak) ... Stanford, which advanced to the second round in each of the last two seasons, is making its 11th all-time appearance in the 'Sweet 16' ... Stanford won NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1992, and also made Final Four appearances in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... The Cardinal captured the 1990 NCAA Championship by defeating Auburn 88-81 in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Stanford 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 falling to host Oklahoma 67-50.
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 has been 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 is ranked 12th in the nation in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls ... Oklahoma is ranked second in the nation in both polls, while Texas Tech is ranked 17th according to both the AP and Coaches polls.
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 earned her share of honors this year ... She is one of eight finalists for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Award, and was also a finalist for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Award ... She was also named the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year ... VanDerveer is 548-155 (.780) in 22-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, which includes stops at Idaho and Ohio State ... VanDerveer coached the 700th game of her collegiate career in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals vs. Oregon State 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 396-104 (.792) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1990 & 1992) and five Final Four appearances ... VanDerveer coached her 500th game at Stanford last Monday night vs. Tulane in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... 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 36-12 (.750) record in 14 appearances ... In the 1990's alone, VanDerveer was 25-7 in postseason competition 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.
THE HONORS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN ...: Stanford sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) received more national recognition last week, as she was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American and an Associated Press Second Team All-American ... Powell, who is also one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, was also named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year ... Powell and senior teammate Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) have also been named Kodak First Team All-District VIII, and are among 48 finalists for Kodak All-American honors ... Head coach Tara VanDerveer was also named as one of eight finalists for Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honors last week.
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 1997 ... Powell averaged 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in conference play, and ranks in the top seven 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 1997 ... The only other sophomore to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors was Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 2000 ... Powell, who was 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 1999 and 2000), was joined on the all-conference squad by senior teammate Lindsey Yamasaki ... 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 1999 and 2001 ... Stanford earned two spots on the All-Pac-10 First Team for the first time since Vanessa Nygaard and Olympia Scott in 1998 ... 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 squad 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 1995 ... 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 not had two First Team All-Conference (Anita Kaplan and Starbird) and two All-Freshman Team selections in the same year since 1995 ... Cardinal guard Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood School) received Honorable Mention All-Freshman honors.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECAPS:
First Round - #5/#5 Stanford 76, Weber State 51 (March 16 @ Maples Pavilion): Sophomore Nicole Powell recorded the fifth triple-double of her career - and fourth this season - as the second-seeded Cardinal rolled to the easy victory ... Powell had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes of action as the Cardinal won by 25 points or more for the 11th time this season ... Weber State (22-9), which was making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the opening 3:46 thanks to a pair of 3-pointers ... Stanford took over from there ... The Cardinal used a 23-0 first half run (its longest run of the season) to turn a 17-12 deficit at the 13:45 mark into a commanding 35-17 advantage with 5:17 remaining before halftime ... Senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) scored 11 of those 23 points en route to a double-double of 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds ... Powell had nine points in the decisive spurt, and finished the first half with 16 points, six assists and six rebounds ... The Cardinal led 41-29 at the half, and broke the game wide open with a 16-3 run midway through the second half that gave it a 71-42 advantage with 6:19 remaining ... Saturday's victory also marked the return of senior forward Lindsey Yamasaki, who sat out the Pac-10 Tournament after undergoing a laparoscopic appendectomy on Tuesday, Feb. 26 ... Yamasaki finished the night with nine points and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Second Round - #5/#5 Stanford 77, Tulane 55 (March 18 @ Maples Pavilion): Sophomore Nicole Powell made it back-to-back triple-doubles with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the easy second round victory over Tulane (24-11) ... Powell now owns six of the 12 triple-doubles in the 16-year history of the Pacific-10 Conference and six of the eight in the 28-year history of Stanford Women's Basketball ... The Cardinal pulled away early to lock up its first trip to the 'Sweet 16' in five years ... Stanford used an 18-4 run midway through the first half, keyed by five points from Powell and four from Lindsey Yamasaki, to take a commanding 35-18 advantage 3:38 before the break ... The Cardinal led 40-24 at the half (the 31st time in 34 games this season that Stanford has led at the half), thanks to 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Powell ... After the teams traded 3-pointers to open the second half, Stanford went on a 9-2 run to go ahead 52-29 with 16:49 remaining ... The Green Wave could get no closer than 18 points (52-34) the rest of the way ... Yamasaki, who was playing in just her second game since having her appendix removed on Feb. 26, scored a game-high 24 points in 28 minutes of action ... Senior center Bethany Donaphin added 21 points (just one shy of her season-high), including 10-of-11 shooting from the floor, and eight rebounds in 29 minutes ... Freshman T'Nae Thiel added 10 rebounds as Stanford won the battle of the boards 48-40 ... The Cardinal shot 50.8 (32-of-63) percent in the contest, compared to just 30.9 (21-of-68) percent for the Green Wave.
ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 rpostseason contests will be broadcast live on the internet at www.gostanford.com with Dave Raymond (play-by-play) calling the action ... 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 of Stanford's postseason contests with Lilla Toal (play-by-play) and Adam Rapp (color) calling the action ... The Stanford-Colorado game will be aired live nationally by ESPN on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (MT)/6:00 p.m. (PT) with Pam Ward (play-by-play), Carolyn Peck (color) and Heather Cox (sidelines) calling the action ... Monday's regional final will be aired live nationally on ESPN2 (same broadcast crew) at 7:30 p.m. (MT)/6:30 p.m. (PT).
STANFORD VS. THE BIG XII: The Cardinal is 21-12 (.636) all-time against the schools in the Big XII Conference ... Stanford is 0-1 vs. Baylor, 5-3 vs. Colorado, 2-0 vs. Iowa State, 1-1 vs. Missouri, 2-0 vs. Nebraska, 1-2 vs. Oklahoma, 3-2 vs. Texas, 1-0 vs. Texas A&M and 6-3 vs. Texas Tech ... The Cardinal has not played a Big XII opponent this season, but was 0-2 last year with a pair of losses at Oklahoma ... Stanford is 3-3 against the Big XII in NCAA Tournament play - 1-1 vs. Colorado, 0-1 vs. Oklahoma, 0-1 vs. Texas and 2-0 vs. Texas Tech ... Stanford's last post-season meeting against a Big XII school was a 67-50 second round defeat at Oklahoma on March 19 of last season.
STANFORD VS. COLORADO: Stanford is 5-3 all-time against the University of Colorado ... The series began in 1987-88, and the last meeting was in 1999-2000 ... The Cardinal has won three of the last four in the series, including an 83-48 victory at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 2, 2000 ... In that contest, Stanford led 49-23 at the half and never looked back ... The Cardinal held the Buffaloes to just 27.9 (17-of-61) percent shooting overall and 14.3 (2-of-14) percent from 3-point range ... Bethany Donaphin led the Cardinal with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds ... This will be the third NCAA Tournament meeting between Colorado and Stanford, and both of the previous meetings also came in regional semifinals ... In the first match-up, Colorado defeated the Cardinal 80-67 on March 25, 1993 at the University of Montana ... Val Whiting led the Cardinal with 21 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in the loss ... Stanford avenged the loss just a year later - March 24, 1994 - with an 78-62 win over the Buffaloes at Stanford's Maples Pavilion ... Anita Kaplan led Stanford with 29 points and seven rebounds.
STANFORD VS. OKLAHOMA: The University of Oklahoma leads the series 2-1, with two of those three meetings coming last season ... The schools met in non-conference competition on Dec. 27, 2000, and Oklahoma came back to win 102-98 in overtime ... Stanford led by four points (98-94) with 1:59 to play in overtime, but the Sooners finished the game on an 8-0 run to post the win ... Lindsey Yamasaki led the Cardinal with 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals ... The Cardinal and Sooners met again in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19 at Oklahoma ... The Sooners prevailed 67-50, as it out-rebounded the Cardinal 52-34 and held the visitors to just 10.0 (2-of-20) percent shooting from behind the arc ... Cori Enghusen had 14 points and a school record tying six blocked shots for the Cardinal ... In the first-ever meeting between the schools, Stanford won 91-66 in the final of the Cardinal Classic on Dec. 30, 1987 ... Stanford and Oklahoma are tentatively scheduled to meet again on Friday, Jan. 3 of next season at Maples Pavilion.
STANFORD VS. TEXAS TECH: Stanford holds a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series with Texas Tech University ... The series began in 1981-82, and the last meeting was in 1998-99 ... The Cardinal won the first three games against the Lady Raiders, and the schools have split the last six ... In the last meeting, Texas Tech recorded a 75-69 road win on Nov. 27, 1998 at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal received 19 points and seven rebounds from Lindsey Yamasaki in that contest ... Stanford is 2-0 against Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament ... On March 26, 1992, the Cardinal prevailed 75-63 in the West Regional Semifinals at the University of Washington and eventually went on to win the NCAA Championship ... Rachel Hemmer had 21 points and eight rebounds for the winners ... Stanford also recorded a 67-45 NCAA Second Round win over the Lady Raiders on March 18, 1997 at Maples Pavilion ... Olympia Scott (-Richardson), who is now a member of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The 2001-02 Cardinal has already broken (or is on pace to break) Pac-10 and school single season team records for 3-pointers made (253), 3-pointers attempted (638), blocked shots (191) and lowest field goal percentage allowed (34.5) ... Sophomore Nicole Powell has also shattered the school single season rebound mark with 319, and is 23 assists short of the school single season record.