Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play At Home

Dec. 23, 2002

STANFORD SHOOTS FOR 12TH PAC-10 TITLE IN 17 YEARS: The No. 5/5 Stanford Cardinal will open its quest for a third straight Pacific-10 Conference title, and 12th since Pac-10 began play in 1987, this weekend at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is trying to win three straight Pac-10 titles for the third time in school history ... The Cardinal won five straight from 1989-93 and four in a row from 1995-98 ... Stanford (6-1) opens conference play on Friday, Dec. 27 against Arizona State (8-1) at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net ... Stanford wraps up the weekend with a 2:00 p.m. home match-up against No. 23 (AP)/24 (Coaches) Arizona (6-2) on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2:00 p.m. ... The Cardinal owns an all-time Pac-10 record of 245-43 (.851), and has won 21 straight conference games dating back to March 3, 2001.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA STATE:

* - The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Arizona State 33-9, and has won five of the last six and 19 of the last 21.

* - Stanford has won 18 straight over Arizona State at Maples Pavilion, and 20 of 21 overall ... Arizona State's only win at Maples Pavilion came on March 3, 1984 (84-72).

* - Stanford won the 2001-02 season series 2-1 ... In the regular season, the Cardinal prevailed 75-66 in Temple on Dec. 21 and 62-48 on The Farm on Jan. 26 ... Arizona State defeated Stanford 75-66 in the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 4 at the University of Oregon (see box score on page 6).

* - In the last meeting between the teams at Maples Pavilion, Lindsey Yamasaki scored 27 points, including 23 in the first half, to lead the Cardinal to the 62-48 victory ... Stanford held ASU to just 26.3 (15-of-57) percent shooting in the contest.

* - Stanford junior All-American F Nicole Powell is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and Mountain Pointe High School ... As a high school senior, she was a consensus All-American and the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year.

* - Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne is a 1988 graduate of Stanford University ... She was a four-year basketball letter-winner (1985-88), and played for Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer in three of those four seasons.

* - The Sun Devils are 8-1 on the season, and are coming off an 82-46 victory at Akron (1-7) on Dec. 20 ... Freshman G Jill Noe leads the Sun Devils with 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona 33-10, and has won three straight dating back to March 8, 2001.

* - The Cardinal is 18-3 all-time against the Wildcats at Maples Pavilion, including 13 straight victories from Jan. 24, 1987-Jan. 28, 1999.

* - Stanford swept the 2001-02 season series 2-0 ... The Cardinal posted an 81-57 victory on Dec. 19 in Tucson and prevailed 76-62 on Jan. 24 on The Farm.

* - In the last meeting at Maples Pavilion (Jan. 24, 2002), Lindsey Yamasaki had 22 points and Nicole Powell recorded nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in the 76-62 victory (see box score page 6) ... The Cardinal shot 58.3 (7-of-12) percent from beyond the arc in the contest.

* - Arizona, which will be the Cardinal's third top 25 opponent this season, improved to 6-2 with a 101-73 win at UNLV (6-2) on Dec. 22 ... Freshman C Shawntinice Polk led Arizona with 17 points and 18 boards.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford University (6-1) jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, and never looked back en route to an easy 69-55 victory over Boston University (2-5) on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Case Gym.

* - The Cardinal used an 11-3 run late in the first half to take a 31-17 lead 3 minutes, 52 seconds before intermission ... Stanford led 35-26 at the half, and broke the game wide open midway through the second half with a 16-3 run that made it 61-39 with 6:34 remaining ... The Terriers could get no close than 14 points the rest of the way.

* - Stanford dominated the game in the paint, as redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter had a career-high 16 points in just 18 minutes while sophomore C T'Nae Thiel recorded 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds ... The Cardinal out-rebounded the Terriers 46-30, and held the hosts to just 33.3 (18-of-54) percent shooting from thefloor.

* - The Cardinal finished with five players in double figures for the second time this season as New Jersey native Kelley Suminski had 12 points, sophomore Sebnem Kimyacioglu had 11 and sophomore Azella Perryman chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

* - This was the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Boston University.

TENNESSEE WRAP-UP:

* - The No. 4/4 Tennessee Lady Volunteers knocked No. 5/5 Stanford from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 71-56 win on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Knoxville.

* - Tennessee jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Cardinal 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 20-11 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.

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

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

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 554-157 (.779) ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 at San Francisco ... Entered the 2002-03 season ranked fifth all-time and third among active coaches in career winning percentage (Division I) ... Also entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career victories.

* - In her 17th year at Stanford, and is 402-106 (.791) during her tenure on The Farm ... Picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 vs. Kansas State ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled a record of 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 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).

INJURY REPORT:

* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke saw her first action of the 2002-03 regular season on Dec. 18 at Tennessee after missing the first five games with a stress reaction in her left foot.

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

* - Junior F Nicole Powell suffered a bulging disc in her lower back in mid-October .... She is doubtful for Friday's game vs. Arizona State.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Friday's game vs. Arizona State will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net at 7:00 p.m. with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy calling the action.

* - Sunday's match-up with vs. Arizona will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area only by KRON Channel 4 at 2:00 p.m. 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 fifth in both the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll and the Associated Press Poll ... Stanford stayed put in the AP Poll, and dropped one spot in the Coaches Poll on 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 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.

SPREADING THE WEALTH:

* - Stanford's scoring attack has been a balanced one this season, as five different players have led the squad in scoring in the seven games.

* - Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Francisco, Boston University) and sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Kansas State, Pacific) have led the team in scoring twice each, while sophomore F Azella Perryman (Rutgers), junior G Katie Denny (Princeton) and sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Tennessee) have all done it once.

* - The Cardinal has had at least three players in double figures in six of its seven games ... Stanford has had five players in double digits twice (Princeton, Boston University) four players once (Rutgers) and three players three times (San Francisco, Kansas State, Tennessee).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 315-76 (.806) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 2-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - The Cardinal has won 14 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is the fifth longest Division I streak in the nation ... Stanford has not lost at home since a 68-62 setback to then-No. 2 Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.

* - Stanford 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.

* - The 2002-03 campaign will mark the 12th year that Stanford has hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal hosted subregional games from 1989-98 and 2002, and regional competition in 1990 and 1994.

SOPHOMORE STANDOUTS:

* - 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 C T'Nae Thiel.

* - All four players are in the starting lineup, and they are also the top four scorers on the squad ... The quartet is averaging 45.2 points and 24.6 rebounds per game, which makes up 66.9 percent of Stanford's scoring output and 60.1 percent of the rebounding output.

* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 21 3-pointers, and is shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc ... The Bay Area native has made three 3-pointers or more in five of Stanford's seven games this year ... She is averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists ... Kimyacioglu had a career-high 18 points at Tennessee on Wednesday, including four 3-pointers ... She had 14 points in the upset win over Kansas State on Nov. 30, and was named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team.

* - Perryman is averaging 12.1 points and 9.6 rebounds ... She entered last week (Dec. 16) ranked 25th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... The Alaska native has made 23 of her last 41 field goal attempts (56.1 percent) ... She tied a career-high with 17 points and set a new personal best with 18 rebounds on Nov. 29 vs. Princeton ... The 18 rebounds is the seventh highest single game rebounding total in school history ... She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Stanford Invitational ... Perryman has scored in double figures five times this season.

* - Suminski earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational, and is averaging a team-high 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists ... She is averaging 16.5 points over the last four games ... The New Jersey native had a season-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, on Dec. 14 at Pacific ... She recorded 18 points, including five 3-pointers, in the win over Kansas State on Nov. 30.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.7 points and 8.7 rebounds ... She recorded her third career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Saturday afternoon at Boston University ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Rutgers ... Thiel is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game over the last three contests.

VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN JOINS THE SQUAD:

* - Sara McGee, who was named a First-Team Women's Volleyball All-American last week, has joined the women's basketball team.

* - McGee is a 6-foot-3 center from Davis, California and Davis High School ... She is a junior in volleyball eligibility, but has three years of basketball eligibility remaining.

* - McGee was a basketball standout at Davis High School, and was named the Delta League Most Valuable Player as a junior.

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