Stanford To Host Oklahoma On Friday Night

Dec. 30, 2002

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STANFORD, OKLAHOMA TO BATTLE ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FARM: For the third time this season, the Stanford women's basketball team will host a ranked opponent at Maples Pavilion ... The No. 6/7 Cardinal (8-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) will take on No. 19/20 Oklahoma (9-3) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net ... Stanford is 2-0 against ranked opponents at home this season with a 63-57 victory over No. 2/2 Kansas State on Nov. 30 and an 82-74 win over No. 21/21 Arizona on Dec. 29 ... The Cardinal has already played three ranked opponents overall in its first nine games this season, including a 71-56 loss at No. 4/5 Tennessee ... Stanford played just three games against ranked opponents in 35 games last season (Penn State, Tennessee, Colorado) ... Following the Oklahoma game, Stanford will conclude this four-game homestand against Pepperdine (7-4) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Cardinal's final non-conference contest of the regular season ... Stanford will then return to Pac-10 play with games at Oregon State (Jan. 9) and Oregon (Jan. 11).

STANFORD VS. OKLAHOMA:

* - The Sooners lead the all-time series 2-1, with both victories coming in the 2000-01 season.

* - In the first meeting of 2000-01, Oklahoma prevailed 102-98 in overtime on Dec. 27 in Norman despite 30 points and eight rebounds from the Cardinal's Lindsey Yamasaki ... Stanford led by four points (98-94) with 1:59 remaining in the extra session, but the Sooners closed the game on an 8-0 run.

* - The second meeting was also in Norman and came in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19 ... The Sooners held Stanford to 2-of-20 (10.0 percent) shooting from 3-point range in a 67-50 victory.

* - In the only previous meeting between the teams at Maples Pavilion, Stanford posted a 91-66 victory on Dec. 30, 1987 in the championship game of the Cardinal Classic.

* - Stanford is 22-13 all-time against the Big 12 Conference, including a 63-57 home win over Kansas State on Nov. 30 of this season (Baylor 0-1, Colorado 5-4, Iowa State 2-0, Kansas State 1-0, Missouri 1-1, Nebraska 2-0, Oklahoma 1-2, Texas 3-2, Texas A&M 1-0, Texas Tech 6-3).

* - The Sooners come into the game with a 9-3 overall record (3-1 on the road), including an 87-59 home win over Southeast Missouri State (6-4) on Saturday ... Junior G Maria Villaroel leads the Sooners with 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. PEPPERDINE:

* - Stanford has won four of the five meetings between the schools, and won 75-63 on Nov. 30 of last season in Malibu ... Nicole Powell had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Stanford shot 56.1 (23-of-41) percent from the field.

* - The Cardinal is 2-1 against the Waves at Maples Pavilion ... In the last meeting between the teams on The Farm (Nov. 30, 1984), Pepperdine came away with a 71-65 victory.

* - Stanford is 55-15 all-time against the West Coast Conference, including a 59-57 win at San Francisco on Nov. 24 of this season (Loyola Marymount 1-0, Pepperdine 4-1, Portland 1-0, Saint Mary's 5-1, San Diego 3-0, San Francisco 17-9, Santa Clara 24-4).

* - The Waves are 7-4 overall (1-1 on the road) after winning the Pepperdine Holiday Classic last weekend ... The Waves defeated Quinnipiac (4-4) 101-60 on Saturday and Toledo (7-3) 64-58 on Sunday ... Junior G Shandrika Lee leads the Waves with 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

ARIZONA WRAP-UP:

* - The Cardinal (8-1, 2-0) rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to defeat No. 21/21 Arizona (7-3, 1-1) 82-74 before a season-high 4,031 fans on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Wildcats led 38-33 at halftime, and stretched the lead to 13 (46-33) with an 8-0 run in the opening 1 minute, 32 seconds of the second half ... Stanford immediately answered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead back to three (46-43) at the 15:59 mark, but Arizona eventually extended the margin back to 12 (63-51) with 10:29 remaining ... Stanford then outscored the visitors 31-11 the rest of the way to post the eight-point win ... The Cardinal, which took the lead for good at 74-72 on two free throws by sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu with 2:42 remaining, outscored the Wildcats 10-2 over the final three minutes.

* - For the fifth time in nine games this season, Stanford rallied from a second half deficit to win ... The Cardinal also trailed against Rutgers (largest deficit - 9 points, 11:32 remaining), San Francisco (4, 5:31), Kansas State (4, 5:33) and Pacific (9, 11:11).

* - Both teams shot over 50.0 percent from the field, with the Cardinal at 51.0 (26-of-51) percent and the Wildcats at an even 50.0 (33-of-66) percent ... Stanford shot over 50.0 percent just once in its first seven games, but went over that mark against both Arizona State (54.3; 25-of-46) and Arizona last weekend ... In the second half alone, the Cardinal shot 52.0 (13-of-25) percent from the floor, 50.0 (7-of-14) percent from 3-point range and 84.2 (16-of-19) percent from the free throw line.

* - Stanford placed six players in double figures for the first time since it had seven in a 92-66 home win over San Francisco on Nov. 28, 2000 ... Kimyacioglu led the Cardinal with a career-high 19 points, including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range ... Redshirt sophomore G Susan King added a season-high 17 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc ... Sophomore G Kelley Suminski added 14 points and a career-high tying eight assists, while Azella Perryman, T'Nae Thiel and Chelsea Trotter added 10 points apiece ... Perryman also pulled down 12 rebounds to record her third double-double of the season.

* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with Arizona 34-10, and has won four straight dating back to March 8, 2001.

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 points (69-45, 6:03 remaining) down the stretch.

* - 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.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 556-157 (.780) ... 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 404-106 (.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 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 probable for Friday's game vs. Oklahoma ... Powell was a Kodak First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001-02 after averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

MEDIA CORNER:

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

* - Sunday's game vs. Pepperdine 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.

RANKING REVIEW:

* - Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the Associated Press Poll (Dec. 30) and seventh in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll (as of Dec. 23) ... Stanford dropped one slot in the AP Poll and two spots in the Coaches Poll.

* - 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.

* - Oklahoma is ranked 19th by the Associated Press (Dec. 30) and 20th in the Coaches Poll (as of Dec. 23).

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 nine 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) and sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Tennessee, Arizona) have each done it twice and sophomore F Azella Perryman (Rutgers), junior G Katie Denny (Princeton) have each done it once.

* - The Cardinal has had at least three players in double figures in seven of its nine games ... Stanford has had six players in double digits once (Arizona), five players 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 317-76 (.807) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 5-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - The Cardinal has won 16 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 47.7 points and 24.5 rebounds per game, which makes up 67.6 percent of Stanford's scoring output (70.6 ppg) and 60.2 percent of the rebounding output (40.7 rpg).

* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 27 3-pointers, and drained a career-high five from beyond the arc on Sunday vs. Arizona ... She had a career-high 19 points against the Wildcats to go along with five assists ... She currently leads the conference in 3-pointers per game (3.00) and is eighth in 3-point percentage (43.5) ... The Bay Area native has made three 3-pointers or more in six of Stanford's nine games this year ... She is averaging 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists ... Kimyacioglu had 18 points at Tennessee on Dec. 18 and 14 points vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 and was named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team.

* - Perryman is averaging a near-double of 13.1 points and 9.8 rebounds ... She had a career-high 23 points in just 23 minutes of action on Friday vs. Arizona State ... Perryman then had her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. Arizona on Sunday ... Perryman is ranked 25th in the nation and is third in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... The Alaska native has made 38 of her last 62 field goal attempts (61.3 percent), and ranks fifth in the conference with a team-high percentage of 57.3 (47-of-82) ... 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 ... Perryman has scored in double figures seven times this season.

* - Suminski was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in the wins over Arizona State and Arizona ... She is averaging 17.5 points over the last six games ... She had a career-high 25 points, including 18 in the first half, on Friday vs. Arizona State and 14 points and a career-high tying eight assists on Sunday vs. Arizona ... Suminski is averaging a team-high 14.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds, and ranks third in the conference in assists and ninth in scoring ... She earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Nov. 29-30), after recording 18 points, including five 3-pointers, vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.6 points and 8.4 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 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.

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 7.7 points and 2.2 assists ... She had a season-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

* - 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 (Dec. 27) ... 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 is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in nine 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 ... She has scored in double figures in five of nine games this year.

* - 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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