Stanford To Host Arizona

Dec. 28, 2002

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STANFORD BATTLES ANOTHER RANKED OPPONENT: The Stanford women's basketball team (7-1 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference) will face its third ranked opponent of the 2002-03 season when it hosts No. 21/21 Arizona (7-2, 1-0) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... The No. 6/7 Cardinal defeated then-No. 2/2 Kansas State 63-57 on Nov. 30 at Maples Pavilion and lost at then-No. 4/5 Tennessee 71-56 on Dec. 18 ... Both Arizona and Stanford opened the 2002-03 Pac-10 season with convincing wins on Friday night, as the Cardinal defeated visiting Arizona State (8-2, 0-1) 80-63 and the Wildcats won at California (0-1, 3-5) 83-53 ... Stanford has won 22 straight conference games dating back to March 3, 2001, and owns an all-time Pac-10 record of 246-43 (.851 winning percentage) ... The schedule does not get any easier for the Cardinal next week as it hosts No. 19/20 Oklahoma (8-3) on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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 ... The Cardinal shot 58.3 (7-of-12) percent from beyond the arc 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 (1999-2000), Powell was a consensus All-American and the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year.

* - Arizona, which is the Cardinal's third top 25 opponent this season, improved to 7-2 with an easy 83-53 win at California on Friday night ... The Wildcats shot 64.3 (36-of-56) percent from the field, and received a game-high 29 points from sophomore G Dee-Dee Wheeler ... On the season, freshman C Shawntinice Polk leads the Wildcats with a double-double of 19.2 points and 12.8 rebounds.

ARIZONA STATE WRAP-UP:

* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski and sophomore F Azella Perryman both had career-high point totals as No. 6/7 Stanford (7-1, 1-0) rolled to an 80-63 home win over Arizona State (8-2, 0-1) before 3,561 fans on Friday night at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford has now won its last three Pac-10 openers dating back to the 2000-01 campaign.

* - Suminski finished with a game-high 25 points, including 8-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line ... She also recorded a season-high seven assists.

* - Perryman had 23 points, including 18 of the Cardinal's 48 in the second half, in just 23 minutes ... She was 10-of-13 from the floor, and also recorded nine rebounds.

* - Stanford jumped out to an 11-4 lead, but the Sun Devils came right back to take a 14-13 advantage ... The Cardinal eventually took a 32-28 halftime lead, and put the game away with a 9-0 run in the opening 1 minute, 52 seconds of the second half ... Perryman had three buckets in the paint in the decisive run, while sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu added a 3-pointer to give the hosts a 41-28 advantage ... The Sun Devils could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way as the Cardinal pushed the lead to as many as 24 (69-45, 6:03 remaining) points down the stretch.

* - Stanford shot 54.3 (25-of-46) percent from the floor, compared to just 38.1 (24-of-63) percent for the Sun Devils ... The Cardinal has held five of its eight opponents under 40.0 percent from the floor this season ... Stanford was 4-of-9 (44.4) percent from 3-point range compared to 0-of-9 for the visitors.

* - Stanford out-rebounded Arizona State 43-26, including a 24-13 advantage in the second half.

* - The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Arizona State 34-9, and has won six of the last seven and 20 of the last 22 ... Stanford has won 19 straight over Arizona State at Maples Pavilion, and 21 of 22 overall ... Arizona State's only win at Maples Pavilion came on March 3, 1984 (84-72).

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 the floor.

* - 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 points and sophomore Azella Perryman chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

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

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 555-157 (.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 403-106 (.792) 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 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 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 returned to practice on Thursday, Dec. 26, marking the first time she has taken the floor this season ... She is doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Arizona.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Sunday's game 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.

* - The Jan. 3 game vs. Oklahoma will be televised live nationally by the Fox Sports Network with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy calling the action.

* - 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 sixth in the Associated Press Poll and seventh in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... Stanford dropped one slot in the recent AP Poll and two spots in the Coaches Poll (Dec. 23).

* - 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.

* - Arizona is ranked 21st in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

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 eight games.

* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Kansas State, Pacific, Arizona State) has led the team in scoring three times, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Francisco, Boston University) has done it twice and 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 eight 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 316-76 (.806) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 3-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - The Cardinal has won 15 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is the fifth longest Division I home winning 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 47.0 points and 25.1 rebounds per game, which makes up 68.0 percent of Stanford's scoring output (69.1 ppg) and 61.1 percent of the rebounding output (41.1 rpg).

* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 22 3-pointers, and is shooting 42.3 percent from behind the arc ... She also entered the week first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game at 3.00 ... The Bay Area native has made three 3-pointers or more in five of Stanford's eight games this year ... She is averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists ... Kimyacioglu had a career-high 18 points at Tennessee on Dec. 18, 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 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds ... She had a career-high 23 points in just 23 minutes of action on Friday vs. Arizona State ... Perryman is ranked 25th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... The Alaska native has made 33 of her last 54 field goal attempts (61.1 percent), and is shooting a team-high 56.8 (42-of-74) percent on the season ... She had 17 points and a career-high 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 six times this season.

* - Suminski earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Nov. 29-30), and is averaging a team-high 14.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds ... She is averaging 18.2 points over the last five games, and had a career-high 25 points Friday vs. Arizona State ... Against the Sun Devils, she was 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe ... The New Jersey native had 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 8.4 points and 8.9 rebounds ... She recorded her third career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Dec. 21 at Boston University ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 22 vs. Rutgers ... Thiel is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game over the last four contests, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds three times 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 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 redshirting the 2001-02 campaign because of knee injuries.

* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 6.5 points and 2.1 assists ... She had a season-high 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30.

* - 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 pick in 2002 and is a member of the Utah Jazz.

* - Trotter, a 6-foot-3 center, is averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in eight appearances off the bench ... She had a career-high 16 points in just 18 minutes of action on Dec. 21 at Boston University ... Trotter also pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - 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.

VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN JOINS THE SQUAD:

* - Sara McGee, who was named a 2002 First-Team Women's Volleyball All-American, joined the women's basketball team for practice on Thursday, Dec. 26 and saw her first action the next day vs. Arizona State ... She played seven scoreless minutes against the Sun Devils and pulled down three rebounds.

* - McGee is a 6-foot-3 center from Davis, California and Davis High School ... Including this season, she has three years of basketball eligibility remaining.

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