Stanford To Host Pepperdine

Jan. 4, 2003

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STANFORD CONCLUDES NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE VS. PEPPERDINE: The Stanford women's basketball team (9-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) plays its ninth and final non-conference game of the 2002-03 season when it hosts Pepperdine (8-4) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford, which is coming off its first back-to-back wins over ranked opponents (No. 21 Arizona, No. 19 Oklahoma) since the 1996-97 season, will also be looking to extend its 17-game home winning streak that dates back to Dec. 28, 2001 ... The Cardinal is 6-0 at Maples Pavilion this season, and is out-scoring the opposition by over 18 points a game (73.7-55.2) on its home floor ... Stanford has held four of its six opponents at Maples Pavilion to 60 points or less ... Following Sunday's game, Stanford heads back on the road for Pacific-10 Conference games at Oregon State (7-5, 1-2) on Thursday, Jan. 9 and Oregon (5-7, 1-2) on Saturday, Jan. 11.

OKLAHOMA WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford posted its third win over a ranked team this season with a convincing 58-38 victory over No. 19/19 Oklahoma (9-4) on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

* - All-American junior F Nicole Powell made her 2002-03 debut after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... Powell checked in 4 minutes, 54 seconds into the contest, and played a total of 24 minutes ... She finished with 13 points, five rebounds and an assist.

* - The Cardinal held the Sooners to just 28.1 (16-of-57) percent shooting from the floor, including 0-of-11 from 3-point range ... The Sooners made just 6 of its 30 attempts (20.0 percent) in the second half ... In the last four games, Stanford opponents have shot just 8.3 (3-of-36) percent from 3-point range.

* - Stanford placed four players in double figures, led by junior F Azella Perryman's fourth double-double of the season ... Perryman recorded 14 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying four steals in 33 minutes ... Powell had 13 points, while redshirt sophomore G Susan King added 12, including three 3-pointers, and sophomore G Kelley Suminski had 10 points and six assists.

* - Stanford jumped out to an 18-8 lead 7:26 into the contest, and took a 29-22 lead into the break ... The Cardinal then used an 8-0 run early in the second half to take a commanding 39-24 advantage with 15:24 to play ... Oklahoma could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

* - The all-time series between the schools is now tied at 2-2.

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 8-4 overall (2-1 on the road) following a 79-65 win at Portland State (4-7) on Friday night ... Senior F Keani Christianson and senior G Damaris Hinojosa led the Waves with 18 points apiece ... Junior G Shandrika Lee led the Waves with 17.6 points per game, but suffered a torn ACL on Dec. 29 and is out for the season ... Hinojosa is averaging 11.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.

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 players in double digits 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.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 557-157 (.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 405-106 (.793) 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 Teamthat 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 returned to action on Friday night vs. Oklahoma after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - 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 and seventh in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... Stanford did not move in either poll this week.

* - 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.

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

* - The Cardinal has had at least three players in double figures in eight of its 10 games ... Stanford has had six players in double digits once (Arizona), five players twice (Princeton, Boston University), four players twice (Rutgers, Oklahoma) and three players three times (San Francisco, Kansas State, Tennessee).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 318-76 (.807) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 6-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - The Cardinal has won 17 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.

POWELL MAKES 2002-03 DEBUT:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell saw her first action of the 2002-03 season on Friday night vs. Oklahoma after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... The 6-foot-2 native of Phoenix, Arizona, was a consensus First-Team Preseason All-American in 2002-03.

* - Last year, Powell was named a Kodak First-Team All-American, Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists ... She also recorded five triple-doubles last season, and owns six in her career.

* - In 2000-01, Powell was named First-Team Kodak All-District 8 and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history in rebounds per game (8.9), fourth in points per game (15.4), 10th in assists (363), 14th in rebounds (587) and 22nd in points (1,016).

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.

* - The quartet is averaging 46.0 points and 24.0 rebounds per game, which makes up 66.4 percent of Stanford's scoring output (69.3 ppg) and 59.7 percent of the rebounding output (40.2 rpg).

* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 28 3-pointers, including a career-high five on Dec. 29 vs. No. 21/21 Arizona ... She had a career-high 19 points against the Wildcats to go along with five assists ... She entered the week first in the conference in 3-pointers per game (3.00) and eighth in 3-point percentage (43.5) ... The Bay Area native has made three 3-pointers or more in six of Stanford's 10 games this year ... She is averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 assists ... Kimyacioglu had 18 points at Tennessee on Dec. 18 and 14 points vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 She was also named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team (Nov. 29-30).

* - Perryman is averaging a double-double of 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds ... Perryman is ranked 25th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ...She had her fourth double-double of the season, and second in as many games, with 14 points and 14 rebounds vs. Oklahoma on Friday night ... She has scored in double figures in each of the last five games (eight overall), and has already topped her scoring output from all of last season (2002-03: 132 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... Perryman had a career-high 23 points in just 23 minutes of action on Dec. 27 vs. Arizona State ... The Alaska native is currently shooting 58.1 (54-of-93) percent from the floor, and ranked fifth in the conference in that category entering the week ... 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.

* - 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 ... Suminski is averaging a team-high 14.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds, and entered the week third in the conference in assists and ninth in scoring ... She has also made 22 of her last 23 attempts (95.7 percent) from the free throw line ... She had a career-high 25 points, including 18 in the first half, on Dec. 27 vs. Arizona State and 14 points and a career-high tying eight assists on Dec. 29 vs. Arizona ... 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 8.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists ... 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 8.1 points and 2.1 assists ... She is averaging 12.0 points over the last three contests, and has made seven of her last nine attempts from 3-point range (77.8 percent).

* - She had a season-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range, on Dec. 29 vs. No. 21/21 Arizona ... She followed up that performance with 12 points, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, on Friday vs. No. 19/19 Oklahoma.

* - 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 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 10 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 10 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 very 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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