Stanford Visits Boston University

Dec. 20, 2002

STANFORD CONCLUDES TWO-GAME EASTERN SWING AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Stanford University concludes its longest road trip of the season (seven days) this Saturday afternoon when it visits Boston University at 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Case Gymnasium ... The Cardinal, which is ranked fourth in the nation by the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll and fifth by the Associated Press, enters the contest with a 5-1 mark ... Stanford opened this swing with a 71-56 loss at No. 4 (AP)/5 (Coaches) Tennessee on Wednesday night in Knoxville ... Following Saturday's game, Stanford will take a three-day break for the holidays (Dec. 23-25) before returning to The Farm for practice on Dec. 26 ... The Cardinal then opens defense of its Pacific-10 Conference Championship vs. Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

STANFORD VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY:

*- This will be the first-ever meeting between the Cardinal and the Terriers.

*- Stanford University head coach Tara VanDerveer is a native of the Boston, Massachusetts area.

*- Stanford has two players on its roster from the Northeastern United States --- junior G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) and freshman G Krista Rappahahn (Lebanon, CT/Norwich Free Academy).

*- The Cardinal has played just one game against an opponent from the America East Conference ... The Cardinal dropped a 60-58 decision to Maine on March 12, 1999 in an NCAA Tournament first round game at Old Dominion University.

*- Boston University junior F Becky Bonner played two seasons (2000-01 & 2001-02) at Stanford before transferring to BU over the summer ... She is sitting out the 2002-03 season because of NCAA transfer rules ... She appeared in 41 games off the bench for the Cardinal in those two seasons and averaged 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds.

*- The Terriers are 2-4 on the season, and are coming off a 65-54 win over Loyola of Chicago in the third-place game of the DePaul Tournament on Dec. 7 ... Junior G Katie Terhune leads Boston University with 18.2 points ad 4.5 rebounds per game.

TENNESSEE WRAP-UP:

*- The Tennessee Lady Volunteers (8-1) knocked Stanford from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 71-56 victory on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

*- Tennessee jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Cardinal quickly trimmed the deficit back to two at 15-13 ... The Lady Vols would later close the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 36-23 lead into the locker room ... The hosts opened the second half on a 20-10 run to extend their lead to 22 points (56-34) with 12 minutes, 46 seconds remaining ... The Cardinal cut the deficit to 15 points on three occasions, but could get no closer.

*- Sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu led Stanford with a career-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers ... The Bay Area native scored 11 of Stanford's first 21 points.

*- Sophomores Azella Perryman and Kelley Suminski added 14 points apiece for the Cardinal ... Perryman also pulled down eight rebounds, while sophomore T'Nae Thiel nearly missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.

*- Stanford shot 36.7 (18-of-49) percent from the floor, and has shot 40 percent or lower in each of the last three games ... Stanford, meanwhile, has not allowed an opponent to shoot above 45 percent this season as Tennessee shot at a 43.3 (29-of-67) percent clip on Wednesday.

* - Tennessee now leads the all-time series 14-4, and has won six in a row dating back to the 1997-98 season.

PACIFIC WRAP-UP:

*- Stanford (5-0) out-scored host Pacific (2-6) 26-7 over the final 7 minutes, 32 seconds to post a come-from-behind 67-56 victory on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Spanos Center.

*- The Tigers led by three points at the break, and extended the lead to as many as nine points early in the second half ... Pacific led 49-41 with 7:58 remaining before Stanford rattled off 15 unanswered points to take control ... Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter made a pair of free throws with 6:34 remaining to tie the game at 49, and redshirt sophomore G Susan King put the visitors on top for good with a jumper with 5:21 remaining ... Pacific later cut the lead to four (56-52), but the Cardinal closed the game on an 11-4 run to pull away.

*- Trotter finished with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a career-best 25 minutes ... She also set career-highs in both blocked shots (3) and steals (3).

*- Sophomore G Kelley Suminski added a season-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists ... Suminski scored 17 of the Cardinal's 42 second-half points.

*- Stanford improved to 13-3 all-time against Pacific, and has won four straight dating back to Jan. 23 1985.

THE TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

*- Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 553-157 (.779) ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 at San Francisco.

*- In her 17th year at Stanford, and is 401-106 (.791) during her tenure on The Farm ... She picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 vs. Kansas State ... In the 1990's alone, she was 241-48 (.834).

*- 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 o the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... Guided the Olympic/National 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 2002 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).

INJURY REPORT:

*- Freshman C Shelley Nweke saw her first action of the 2002-03 regular season on Wednesday at Tennessee after missing the first five games with a stress reaction in her left foot ... She is probable for Saturday's contest.

*- Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor tore her right ACL in July ... She is out indefinitely.

*- All-American junior F Nicole Powell suffered a bulging disc in her lower back in mid-October ... She is out indefinitely.

MEDIA CORNER:

*- Saturday's game at Boston University will not be televised.

*- Upon Stanford's return home next week, the Dec. 27 game vs. Arizona State will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy calling the action ... The Dec. 29 game vs. Arizona will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area only by KRON Channel 4 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) with Dave Cox and Mary Murphy handling the announcing chores.

*- 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.

RANKING REVIEW:

*- Stanford is currently ranked fourth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ad fifth in the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal did not move in either poll this week (Dec. 16).

*- 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 Feb. 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 SENSATIONS:

*- One of the primary reasons for Stanford's success in 2002-03 has been the performance of the 'Class of 2005' --- F Sebnem Kimyacioglu, F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski and F T'Nae Thiel.

*- All four players are in Stanford's starting lineup, and the group also makes up the team's top four scorers ... Kimyacioglu, Perryman, Suminski and Thiel combine to average 45.7 points per game, which accounts for 67.9 percent of Stanford's total output (67.3).

*- Kimyacioglu has been Stanford's top threat from behind the 3-point line in 2002-03 ... She is averaging 11.5 points per game behind 18-of-41 (43.9 percent) shooting from beyond the arc ... Kimyacioglu is coming off a career-high 18 point performance on Wednesday at Tennessee ... She also had four 3-pointers on Wednesday, marking the third time she has accomplished that feat this year ... The Bay Area native also had 14 points in Stanford's upset win over Kansas State on Nov. 30 en route to Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team honors.

*- Perryman is averaging a double-double of 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest ... She is also shooting a team-best 54.9 (28-of-51) percent from the field, and has made 19 of her last 31 shots (61.3 percent) ... She entered last week ranked 13th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... She had career-highs of 17 points and 18 rebounds on Nov. 29 vs. Princeton en route to Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team honors ... The 18 rebounds is the seventh highest single game total in Stanford history ... Perryman is coming off a 14-point, 8-rebound effort at Tennessee.

*- Suminski leads the Cardinal in scoring at 13.2 points per game, including a season-high 22 points on Dec. 14 at Pacific ... The starting off-guard scored 17 of those 22 points in the second half as the Cardinal rallied from a nine-point deficit ... She was also named Co-Most Valuable Player of the Stanford Invitational after scoring 18 points, including five 3-pointers, vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... Suminski had 14 points, four rebounds and two assists on Wednesday at Tennessee.

*- Thiel is averaging 8.5 points and is second on the team with 7.7 rebounds ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Rutgers ... Thiel recorded nine points, eight rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes on Wednesday at Tennessee.

*- 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 11.3 rebounds per game in 2001-02.

KING AND TROTTER RETURN:

*- Redshirt sophomores Susan King and Chelsea Trotter have returned to action this season after sitting out the 2001-02 campaign because of knee injuries.

*- King, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 7.5 points per game in six starts at point guard this season ... She had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... The Minnesota native has made at least one 3-pointer in five of the Cardinal's six games this season.

*- King received a medical hardship in 2001-02 after suffering a stretched right ACL at Arizona (Dec. 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 draft pick in 2002 and is now a member of the Utah Jazz.

*- Trotter is averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in six appearances off the bench ... She recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Dec. 14 at Pacific ... She also set career-highs in blocks (3), steals (3) and minutes played (25) against the Tigers ... Trotter scored a career-high 14 points at San Francisco on Nov. 24.

*- 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.

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