Stanford Visits San Francisco On Sunday Afternoon

Nov. 23, 2002

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CARDINAL LOOKS FOR WEEKEND SWEEP: Stanford University (1-0) aims for its third 2-0 start in the last four seasons when it visits the University of San Francisco (1-1) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at War Memorial Gym ... The game will represent Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer's first chance at picking up career win No. 550 ... The Cardinal, which is ranked fifth in the nation by the Associated Press and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, opened the season with a 64-60 victory over Rutgers (0-1) on Friday night at Maples Pavilion ... Following Sunday's tilt, the Cardinal returns home to host the Stanford Invitational on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 ... The field features No. 3/4 Kansas State (3-0), Temple (1-0), which is coached by former U.S. Olympian Dawn Staley, and Princeton (0-1).

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2002-03 CARDINAL:

* - Stanford returns eight letter-winners and three starters (F Nicole Powell, G Kelley Suminski, C T'Nae Thiel) from its 2001-02 roster.

* - Powell was a 2001-02 Kodak All-American, a finalist for Naismith National Player of the Year honors and the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year ... She is a consensus 2002-03 First Team Preseason All-American, and is a 'Preseason Candidate' for Naismith Player of the Year honors.

* - Both Thiel and Suminski were named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman Team a year ago, while sophomore G Sebnem Kimyacioglu was an Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman pick.

* - The Cardinal returns two players --- G Susan King and C Chelsea Trotter --- who redshirted the 2001-02 season with knee injuries ... Both King and Trotter are expected to see significant playing time in 2002-03.

* - Stanford also welcomes a talented four-player freshman class, including two who were Gatorade State Players of the Year in 2001-02 -F Eziamaka Okafor (Missouri) and G Krista Rappahahn (Connecticut).

RUTGERS RECAP:

* - Stanford opened the 2002-03 season with a 64-60 come-from-behind victory over Rutgers before 3,451 fans at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Cardinal led 33-23 at the half, but Rutgers opened the second half with a 22-3 run to take a 45-36 advantage ... Stanford, however, out-scored the visitors 28-15 over the final 11 minutes, 32 seconds to post the victory ... Stanford took the lead for good at 54-52 on a pair of free throws by sophomore F Azella Perryman with 4:55 remaining, and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel extended the lead to five 40 seconds later with a 3-pointer ... After Rutgers cut the deficit to one, Perryman scored five consecutive points to give the hosts a commanding 62-56 lead with 2:08 to play.

* - Perryman scored a game-high 15 points, including 9-of-11 from the foul line.

* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski and sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 12 points apiece, while Thiel had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

* - The four-point differential starts a new trend for the Cardinal ... Just three of Stanford's 35 games in 2001-02 were decided by five points or less (2-1 record).

* - Stanford had just eight players in uniform (2 redshirt sophomores, 4 sophomores, 2 freshmen) because of injuries.

* - Stanford won its fifth straight home season opener ... The Cardinal has not lost a season opener at home since a 68-66 loss to Fresno State on November 16, 1983.

* - The Cardinal is now 18-11 all-time in season openers, and has won two straight.

STANFORD VS. SAN FRANCISCO:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with San Francisco 16-9, and has won 10 in a row dating back to the 1984-85 season ... The schools have met annually since the 1996-97 campaign.

* - Last season against San Francisco, the Cardinal recorded a 103-72 victory on November 28 at Maples Pavilion.

* - This will be the first meeting between the two teams at USF since the 1999-2000 season opener (November 19) ... Stanford won that contest 75-64 behind a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds from Carolyn Moos ... Stanford jumped out to an early 32-15 lead, and led by as many as 21 (55-34) points in the second half.

* - Stanford is 7-4 all-time against the Lady Dons in San Francisco.

* - These schools used to be conference rivals in the Northern California Athletic Conference from 1977-78 through 1981-82.

* - The Lady Dons are 1-1 on the young season ... San Francisco lost at Colorado State 76-58 in the first round of the Preseason NIT on November 15, before returning home to defeat Nevada 57-46 on Friday night (November 22)

INJURY REPORT:

* - Junior G Katie Denny suffered a broken right hand in practice in mid-October, and will not play Sunday ... Denny's status for next week is day-to-day.

* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice early this week, and will not play Sunday ... She is expected to miss two weeks.

* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor tore her right ACL this summer, and is out until at least January.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell will miss Sunday's game because of a bulging disc in her lower back ... Powell's status for next week is day-to-day.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Sunday's game at San Francisco will not be televised.

* - All of Stanford's 2002-03 games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM or on the internet at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ ... Lilla Toal and Scott Allen will call all the action for KZSU.

* - To accommodate television, the first game of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, November 30 has been moved from 6:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ... Saturday's second game will start at 8:00 p.m. and will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area by KRON Channel 4 with Dave Cox and Mary Murphy calling the action ... Stanford will play in the 8:00 p.m. game Saturday regardless of its result Friday vs. Princeton.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 549-156 (.777), and is just one victory shy of career win No. 550.

* - Now in her 17th year at Stanford, and is just three wins shy of reaching the 400 mark on The Farm ... Owns a record of 397-105 (.791) at Stanford, including a 241-48 mark (.834) in the 1990's.

* - Has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 10 Pacific-10 Conference titles ... She is also a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, and was a National Coach of the Year Finalist last season.

* - Served as head coach of the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... Guided the Olympic Team to a perfect 60-0 record from 1995-96, and owns an all-time international head coaching record of 88-8 (.917).

* - Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April of this year in Knoxville, Tennessee.

* - Named the third women's basketball coach in Stanford history on May 7, 1985, after head coaching stints at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85).

RANKING REVIEW:

* - Stanford is currently ranked fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... The Cardinal opened the season sixth in the AP Poll, and moved up one slot on Monday (ahead of Connecticut).

* - The Cardinal finished the 2001-02 campaign ranked fifth by the Associated Press and eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... The Cardinal peaked in both polls at No. 2 from February 4-March 4.

* - The Cardinal's season-ending ranking of No. 5 in the AP Poll was its highest since it finished the 1997-98 regular season at No. 3 ... Stanford has now been ranked in the top five of the final AP Poll in eight of the last 14 seasons.

SOPHOMORE STANDOUTS:

* - The Stanford women's basketball class of 2005 --- F Sebnem Kimyacioglu, F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski and C T'Nae Thiel --- is off to a great start in 2002-03 ... All four players were in Stanford's opening night starting lineup, and all four scored in double figures to combine for 49 of Stanford's 64 points ... The quartet also combined for 19 of Stanford's 26 rebounds and eight of the nine assists.

* - Perryman scored a game-high 15 points, including five consecutive points in the closing minutes that put the game away.

* - Thiel recorded her third double-double in as many games this year (including the two exhibitions) ... The center from Weatherford, Texas, had 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Scarlet Knights, including a pair of 3-pointers.

* - Suminski played all 40 minutes in the backcourt, and had 12 points and three assists.

* - Kimyacioglu finished with 12 points, all coming on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc ... She has connected on 12 3-pointers in Stanford's four games this season.

* - Both Suminski and Thiel were Pac-10 All-Freshman selections last year, while Kimyacioglu was Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman ... The foursome combined to average 23.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in 2001-02.

EXHIBITION RECAP:

* - Stanford went a perfect 2-0 in the exhibition season with victories over Love & Basketball (89-73, November 10) and Team Concept (103-61, November 14).

* - The Cardinal shot a combined 47.5 (28-of-59) percent from 3-point range in exhibition play, including a 16-of-32 (50.0 percent) effort against Team Concept.

* - Sophomore C T'Nae Thiel recorded back-to-back double-doubles, with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Love & Basketball and 10 points and 10 boards (seven offensive) against Team Concept.

* - Sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu was 8-of-16 (50.0 percent) from behind the arc in the two games, while freshman G Krista Rappahahn was 5-of-8 (62.5 percent).

* - The exhibition season marked the return of sophomores C Chelsea Trotter and G Susan King, who both redshirted the 2001-02 season ... Trotter averaged 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, while King averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and was 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc.

2001-02 IN REVIEW:

* - Stanford went 32-3 in 2001-02, which tied for the second highest single season win total in school history.

* - The Cardinal advanced to the 'Sweet 16' of the NCAA Tournament after a pair of convincing home wins in subregional play over Tulane (77-55) and Weber State (76-51) ... All-American Nicole Powell recorded triple-doubles in both subregional victories ... The Cardinal eventually fell in the West Regional Semifinals to Colorado (62-59).

* - The Cardinal went a perfect 18-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference, marking the fourth time it has accomplished that feat and the first time since 1996-97 ... Stanford captured its 11th Pacific-10 Conference title in 16 years, and second in a row, by a six-game margin over both Washington and Arizona State.

* - Stanford won 22 consecutive games from December 19-March 3, which tied for the third longest winning streak in school history.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 313-76 (.805) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season.

* - The Cardinal has lost two home games or less in 13 of the last 15 seasons.

* - Stanford will host both an NCAA Subregional and the NCAA West Regional this spring at Maples Pavilion ... The Subregional will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, with the regional to follow on Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1.

* - This year will mark the 12th year that Stanford has hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament ... The Cardinal hosted subregional games from 1989-98 and 2002, and regional competition in 1990 and 1994.

LAST YEAR VS. SAN FRANCISCO:

Game #6 - Stanford 103, USF 72 (November 28, 2001 at Maples Pavilion): STANFORD, Calif. --- Freshman Kelley Suminski and senior Bethany Donaphin both turned in 20-plus point performances off the bench to pace the hosts ... Suminski racked up a game-high 23 points and Donaphin added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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