Cardinal To Host Stanford Invitational

Nov. 27, 2002

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TOURNAMENT TIME ON THE FARM: The Stanford women's basketball team will host the four-team Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday nights at Maples Pavilion ... The talented field includes No. 2/2 Kansas State, No. 7/7 Stanford, Temple, which reached the NCAA Tournament last season, and Princeton ... Ironically, Stanford has never played any of the teams entered in this weekend's event ... The four teams combined to go 89-38 overall (.701 winning percentage) and 46-18 in conference play (.719) in 2001-02 ... On Friday, Kansas State (4-0) takes on Temple (3-0) at 6:00 p.m. and the host Cardinal (2-0) meets Princeton (1-1) at 8:00 p.m. ... On Saturday, the games will be held at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. ... Regardless of Friday's outcomes, Stanford will play in Saturday's 8:00 p.m. game, which will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area by KRON Channel 4 ... Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer enters the weekend two victories away from recording her 400th win on The Farm ... Stanford opened the 2002-03 season last weekend with a pair of victories --- 64-60 over Rutgers on Friday and 59-57 at San Francisco on Sunday.


* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski's basket with 15 seconds remaining gave Stanford a thrilling 59-57 victory at the University of San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.

* - Stanford led by six points at halftime (32-26), but the Lady Dons closed the gap behind 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting from behind the arc in the second half ... USF led 57-54 with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining, but the Cardinal tied it on a Sebnem Kimyacioglu 3-pointer just 21 seconds later ... After a USF turnover, Stanford G Kelley Suminski scored on a post play with 15 seconds remaining to put the visitors on top for good ... Stanford immediately committed two fouls that burned 10 seconds off the clock, and the Dons were unable to get off a shot in the final seconds.

* - The victory gave Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer career win No. 550.

* - Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, though she was limited to just 12 minutes because of foul trouble ... Sophomore F Azella Perryman notched her third career double-double with 13 points and a career-high tying 16 rebounds ... Sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 11 points and five assists.

* - Stanford shot 55.6 (25-of-45) percent from the field, including 57.9 (11-of-19) percent in the second half ... The Lady Dons, meanwhile, shot 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from outside the arc and 10-of-36 (27.8 percent) from inside the arc.

* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with San Francisco 17-9, and has won 11 in a row dating back to the 1984-85 season.

* - The two-point victory gave Stanford a 2-0 record in games decided by five points or less in 2002-03 ... 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 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.


* - Junior G Katie Denny returned to practice Tuesday after missing five weeks with a broken right hand ... She has been cleared to play in Friday's game vs. Princeton.

* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice early this week, and will not play this weekend ... She is questionable for the Saturday, December 14 game at Pacific (Stanford's next game after the tournament).

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

* - Junior F Nicole Powell is doubtful this weekend because of a bulging disc in her lower back.


* - Friday's games will not be televised ... Saturday's 8:00 p.m. game 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 ... The 5:30 p.m. game will not be televised.

* - Saturday's first game was originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but was moved to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate television.

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


* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Sunday at San Francisco ... Owns a career record of 550-156 (.779).

* - Now in her 17th year at Stanford, and is just two wins shy of reaching the 400 mark on The Farm ... Owns a record of 398-105 (.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).


* - Stanford is currently ranked seventh in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... Stanford dropped two spots in the AP Poll and one spot in the Coaches Poll this week.

* - Kansas State enters the week ranked second in both polls ... The Wildcats jumped two spots in the AP Poll and one spot in the Coaches Poll after winning the Preseason WNIT over the weekend ... If Stanford and Kansas State play on Saturday it will mark the Cardinal's highest ranked opponent since it dropped a 68-62 home decision to No. 2/2 Tennessee on December 16, 2001.

* - 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.


* - This will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Princeton.

* - This will be Stanford's first game against an Ivy League opponent since a 71-67 loss to Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 14, 1998 at Maples Pavilion.

* - Stanford is 4-1 all-time against the Ivy League (Dartmouth 1-0, Harvard 1-1, Pennsylvania 1-0, Yale 1-0).

* - This will be Stanford's second game this season against an opponent from the state of New Jersey ... The Cardinal opened the season with a 64-60 home win over Rutgers last Friday night.

* - Stanford sophomore G Kelley Suminski is a native of Chester, New Jersey, and was the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year at Mendham High School.

* - Princeton is 1-1 on the season, as it finished third at the Baylor Women's Sports Foundation Tournament last weekend in Waco, Texas ... The Tigers lost to Baylor 86-47 on Friday and defeated Southwest Texas State 82-81 in overtime on Saturday ... The Tigers host Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday before traveling to the West Coast ... Senior Maureen Lane leads the Tigers with 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game ... In addition, Tiger freshman Lauren Nestor is from Novato, California and Marin Catholic High School.


* - This will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Temple.

* - This is the Cardinal's first game against an Atlantic 10 Conference opponent since an 81-55 win at Fordham on January 5, 2002.

* - The Cardinal is 6-3 all-time against the Atlantic 10 Conference (Fordham 1-1, George Washington 2-0, Massachusetts 2-2, St. Joseph's 1-1).

* - Temple is off to a 3-0 start, with a road victory over Pennsylvania (78-71, November 22) and home wins over Santa Clara (65-54, November 24) and Seton Hall (61-57, Tuesday) ... Freshman F/C Candice Dupree leads the Owls with 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

* - The Owls are coached by Dawn Staley, who played for Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer on the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... Staley also played for VanDerveer at the 1994 Goodwill Games in Russia and the 1994 World Championship in Australia.

* - Stanford trainer Marcella Shorty came to The Farm this summer after previously serving as the women's basketball trainer at Temple.


* - This will be the first-ever game between Stanford and Kansas State.

* - This is Stanford's first game against a Big 12 Conference opponent since the Cardinal dropped a 62-59 decision to Colorado in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals on March 23, 2002 in Boise, Idaho.

* - Stanford is 21-13 all-time against the Big 12 Conference (Baylor 0-1, Colorado 5-4, Iowa State 2-0, Missouri 1-1, Nebraska 2-0, Oklahoma 1-2, Texas A&M 1-0, Texas Tech 6-3).

* - Kansas State is 4-0 after winning the Preseason WNIT ... The Wildcats won the 16-team tournament with home victories over Ball State (71-61, November 15), Georgia Tech (83-59, November 17), Southern California (73-61, November 20) and Penn State (88-66, November 24).


* - 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 are in Stanford's starting lineup, and all four scored in double figures in the season opener vs. Rutgers 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 ... The foursome then combined for 37 points and 25 boards on Sunday at San Francisco.

* - After scoring a game-high 15 points on Friday (including five straight in the closing moments that put the game away), Perryman recorded a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds at San Francisco .. The 16 rebounds tied a career-high.

* - Thiel recorded the second-double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Rutgers ... Ironically, Thiel's other double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) also came against the Scarlet Knights.

* - Suminski played all 40 minutes against full court pressure on Friday, and followed that up with 37 minutes of action on Sunday ... She had 12 points Friday and six points and four assists Sunday.

* - Kimyacioglu shot 6-of-11 from beyond the arc (54.5 percent) on the weekend, and finished with 12 points on Friday and 11 on Sunday.

* - 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.


* - 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).


* - Redshirt sophomores Susan King and Chelsea Trotter returned to action last weekend after redshirting the 2001-02 season because of knee injuries.

* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored eight points in both games, and was 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) from 3-point range on the weekend ... She played 29 minutes Friday and 37 minutes Sunday.

* - King received a medical hardship in 2001-02 after suffering a stretched right ACL at Arizona (December 19) ... She appeared in just two games, and averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds ... King was also limited to just nine games as a freshman in 2000-01 because of a torn right ACL suffered at Oklahoma ... She averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists before the injury.

* - King is engaged to former Stanford men's basketball standout Curtis Borchardt, who was an NBA first round pick in June and is a member of the Utah Jazz.

* - Trotter, a 6-foot-3 center, had a career-high 14 points at San Francisco on 7-of-10 from the field, despite playing only 12 minutes because of foul trouble.

* - Trotter averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds as a freshman in 2000-01, but sat out last season because of chronic pain in both knees.


* - 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.

* - 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).

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 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.


* - 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.

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