Stanford, UCLA Battle For First Place

Jan. 22, 2003

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PAC-10 LEAD ON THE LINE FRIDAY NIGHT AT PAULEY PAVILION: The Pacific-10 Conference lead will be on the line Friday in Los Angeles when first-place Stanford visits second-place UCLA at 7:00 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion ... The No. 5/5 Cardinal (14-1 overall, 6-0 Pac-10) leads the Bruins (11-5, 6-1) by a half-game entering the fifth week of the 10-week conference schedule ... Every other team in the conference has at least two losses ... The Cardinal will complete its Southern California trip against a USC (7-11, 2-5) squad that has already played seven games against ranked opponents this season ... Stanford has won nine straight overall, and 27 straight in the Pac-10 going into this weekend's contest ... Stanford won its final three conference games of 2000-01, all 18 in 2001-02 and the first six in 2002-03 ... The Cardinal has also won 13 straight conference road games dating back to March 8, 2001 ... After this weekend's road swing, Stanford will play its next four games in the Bay Area ... The stretch begins with a home-and-home series next week against arch-rival California (6-9, 2-4).

STANFORD VS. UCLA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with UCLA 27-19, and has won five straight and seven of the last eight ... The Cardinal is 12-9 all-time in Westwood, but has won 12 of the last 14 after losing the first seven.

* - Stanford won all three meetings in 2001-02 ... The Cardinal prevailed 81-50 at Maples Pavilion (Dec. 28), 98-80 at Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 24) and 96-61 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at the University of Oregon (March 2).

* - In the last meeting between the teams, Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Cardinal to a 96-61 victory in the Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court on March 2, 2002 ... The Cardinal's then-freshman class (Perryman, T'Nae Thiel, Kelley Suminski, Sebnem Kimyacioglu) combined for 42 points and 24 rebounds in the contest ... It was the second game in seven days between the teams, who also met in the regular season finale the previous Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

* - In the last meeting at Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 24, 2002), Stanford tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game (16) en route to a 98-80 victory ... The Cardinal shot 59.3 (16-of-27) percent from behind the arc, highlighted by a 7-of-10 3-point performance from Lindsey Yamasaki (33 points in 29 minutes).

* - UCLA is 11-5 overall (5-1 at home) and 6-1 in the Pac-10 (3-0 at home) ... The Bruins have won seven of their last eight after a 4-4 start ... Last weekend, UCLA won at Arizona State 60-58 on Thursday and lost at No. 19/19 Arizona 80-61 on Saturday ... Redshirt senior G Michelle Greco leads the Bruins with 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

STANFORD VS. USC:

* - Stanford is 28-16 all-time against the Women of Troy, and has won two straight and 15 of the last 17 ... USC's 62-59 victory at Maples Pavilion on March 1, 2001 was the Cardinal's last loss in Pac-10 play ... The Cardinal is 12-10 all-time at USC, and has won eight straight dating back to Feb. 23, 1995.

* - Stanford swept the 2001-02 season series 2-0 ... The Cardinal prevailed 78-66 at Maples Pavilion (Dec. 30) and 78-60 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (Feb. 22).

* - In the last meeting between the schools (Feb. 22, 2002), All-American Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) had 36 points to lead the Cardinal to a 78-60 win at the L.A. Sports Arena ... The 36 points is tied for the sixth highest single game total in Stanford history ... The Cardinal trailed 36-28 at the half, but out-scored the hosts 50-24 in the second half behind 24 points from Powell ... The Cardinal shot 61.7 (29-of-47) percent from the floor compared to 29.3 (24-of-82) percent for the Women of Troy.

* - The Women of Troy are 7-11 overall (3-3 at home) and 2-5 in the Pac-10 (1-1 at home) against a schedule that has included No. 2/2 Connecticut, No. 3/3 Kansas State and No. 4/4 Tennessee ... Last weekend, USC lost at No. 19/19 Arizona 79-76 on Thursday and won at Arizona State 58-53 on Saturday ... Junior F/C Ebony Hoffman leads USC with 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

WASHINGTON WRAP-UP:

* - Three Stanford players recorded double-doubles, and the Cardinal won the battle of the boards 53-26, en route to a 77-63 win over Washington (13-3, 5-2) on Saturday at afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) had 13 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinal recorded three double-doubles for the first time in recent memory ... Sophomore F Azella Perryman just missed a fourth double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while redshirt G Susan King (Richfield, MN) added 10 points.

* - The Cardinal dominated the glass, including a 23-8 advantage on the offensive boards ... Both teams shot just 37.9 percent from the floor (UW: 22-of-58; S: 25-of-66), and the Cardinal shot a season-low 19.2 (5-of-26) percent from behind the arc.

* - Stanford built a 15-point lead (37-22) late in the first half, but the Huskies scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 44-41 lead with 17:12 remaining ... The Cardinal took the lead for good behind the strength of an 8-0 run that made it a 60-52 game with 9:22 to play ... The Huskies cut the lead to 66-61 with 4:02 remaining, but the hosts finished the game on an 11-2 run to record their 20th straight win at Maples Pavilion (tied for the second longest streak in the nation).

* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with the Huskies 25-12, and has won three straight and five of the last six ... The Cardinal is 14-4 against Washington at Maples Pavilion and has won four straight and nine of the last 10 on The Farm

WASHINGTON STATE WRAP-UP:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell had a season-high 24 points, 14 rebounds, season-high six assists and four steals in 27 minutes to lead Stanford (13-1, 5-0) to an easy 85-56 home win over Washington State (0-14, 0-6) before 3,241 fans on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

* - Stanford shot 50.9 (27-of-53) percent from the floor, including 55.6 (15-of-27) percent in the second half, to overcome a season-high 28 turnovers ... The Cardinal held the Cougars to just 32.8 (20-of-61) percent shooting, and won the battle of the boards 46-31 ... In the two games against the Washington schools last weekend, Stanford won the rebounding battle 99-57.

* - All five Stanford starters played just 23 minutes or less, and 11 different players saw at least 10 minutes of action ... Sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) added 11 points and six rebounds, while sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) chipped in 10 points and four assists.

* - The Cardinal jumped out to a 22-5 lead just 7:39 into the contest behind 3-pointers from Kimyacioglu, redshirt sophomore G Susan King (Richfield, MN) and Thiel and never looked back ... The Cougars missed 11 of their first 12 shots and would never get closer than 15 points (26-11) the rest of the way ... Stanford led 44-21 at the break, and stretched the lead to as many as 35 points (85-50) in the second half.

* - Stanford is a perfect 35-0 against Washington State in a series that dates back to February 1, 1983 ... The Cardinal is 18-0 against the Cougars at Maples Pavilion ... Twenty-nine of the 35 victories have been by 10 points or more.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 562-157 (.782) ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 of this season at San Francisco ... Entered the 2002-03 season ranked fifth all-time and third among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage ... Also entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career Division I victories.

* - In her 17th year at Stanford, and is 410-106 (.795) during her tenure on The Farm ... Picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 of this season 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, 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:

* - Junior G Katie Denny (Pacific Grove, CA) missed Saturday's game vs. Washington with a sore right knee ... She is probable for Friday's game at UCLA.

* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor (Rolla, MO) tore her right ACL in July ... She is out indefinitely.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Neither game this weekend will 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/ or www.gostanford.com ... 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 ... The Cardinal moved up one spot in this Week's AP Poll (Jan. 20), and stayed put in the Coaches Poll where it was tied for fifth with Tennessee the last two weeks.

* - Stanford is 4-1 against ranked opponents this season ... The Cardinal owns victories over No. 3/3 Kansas State (63-57), No. 19/19 Arizona (82-74), No. 22/22 Oklahoma (58-38) and No. 23/NR Rutgers (64-60) .... The only loss against a ranked opponent came at No. 4/4 Tennessee (71-56).

* - Stanford 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 seven different players have led the squad in scoring in 15 games.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Pepperdine, Washington State, Washington), sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Kansas State, Pacific, Arizona State) and redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Francisco, Boston University, Oregon State) have all led the team in scoring three times, sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Tennessee, Arizona) and sophomore F Azella Perryman (Rutgers, Oklahoma) have each done it twice and junior G Katie Denny (Princeton) and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Oregon) have both done it once.

* - The Cardinal has had at least three players in double figures in 13 of its 15 games ... Stanford has had six players in double digits once (Arizona), five players three times (Princeton, Boston University, Washington), four players five times (Rutgers, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Oregon State, Oregon) and three players four times (San Francisco, Kansas State, Tennessee, Washington State).

POWELL RETURNS TO THE COURT:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell saw her first action of the 2002-03 season on Friday, Jan. 3 vs. Oklahoma after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back.

* - She has now played in a total of six games this season, and is averaging a double-double of 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in 26.0 minutes off the bench ... She has scored in double figures in all six games, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds three times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, and 20 of the last 21, dating back to last season.

* - Powell recorded back-to-back double-doubles last weekend to give her a career total of 23 ... Last Thursday against Washington State, she had a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds to go along with a season-high six assists and four steals in only 27 minutes ... Two days later against Washington, Powell recorded a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes ... In addition to the 23 double-doubles, Powell also owns six career triple-doubles.

* - The All-American gave Stanford a dramatic 75-74 win at Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 11 by sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 with only 1.3 seconds remaining.

* - Powell recorded 13 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes in her 2002-03 debut vs. Oklahoma ... Just two days later vs. Pepperdine, she recorded a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history in rebounds per game (9.0), fourth in points per game (15.5), fifth in free throw percentage (79.7; 236-of-296), ninth in rebounds (642), 10th in assists (376) and 21st in points (1,098) ... She needs 13 more rebounds to tie Vanessa Nygaard (655; 1993-98) for eighth on the all-time school list.

* - 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 broke the school single season (327) and single game (21) rebounding records.

* - 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.

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 (Mountain View, C), F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) and C T'Nae Thiel.

* - The quartet is averaging 42.9 points and 21.6 rebounds per game, which makes up 59.4 percent of Stanford's scoring output (72.2 ppg) and 52.6 percent of the rebounding output (41.1 rpg).

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game ... She is shooting 40.2 (38-of-89) percent from 3-point range, and is first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game with 2.60 ... She is also fifth in the conference in 3-point percentage and 20th in scoring ... She has made at least one 3-pointer in all 14 games this year, and has drained three or more seven times ... Kimyacioglu has scored in double figures nine times this season, including three of the last four games ... She had a career-high 19 points against Arizona on Dec. 30, including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range ... Kimyacioglu had 18 points at Tennessee on Dec. 18 and 14 points vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 en route to Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team honors.

* - Perryman is averaging a near double-double of 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds ... She is third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage (53.1; 69-of-130), tied for ninth in free throw percentage (75.0; 42-of-56) and 13th in scoring ... In just 15 games, she has easily surpassed her scoring output from her entire freshman season (2002-03: 181 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures nine times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... Perryman has four double-doubles this season, including back-to-back double-doubles against then-No. 21/21 Arizona on Dec. 30 (10 points, 12 rebounds) and then-No. 19/19 Oklahoma on Jan. 3 (14 points, 14 rebounds) ... She had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds (the seventh highest single game rebounding total in school history) on Nov. 29 vs. Princeton.

* - Suminski is averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds ... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 30 after averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in home wins over Arizona State and Arizona ... She leads the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (82.6 percent; 57-of-69), and ranks fourth in assists, eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.53) and 14th in scoring ... She has also made 37 of her last 38 free throw (97.4 percent) attempts, and 23 in a row dating back to Dec. 29 ... Suminski's career free throw percentage currently stands at 85.5 (130-of-152) ... She has scored in double figures nine times, including a career-high 25 points and seven assists vs. Arizona State on Dec. 27 ... Suminski earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Nov. 29-30) after she had 18 points, including five 3-pointers, vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game ... She is currently fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... Thiel has scored in double figures seven times, including the last three games in a row (13.0 ppg in that stretch), and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds on four occasions ... She recorded her fourth career double-double, and third of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds (six offensive) last Saturday vs. Washington ... Thiel had a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 11 at Oregon ... She had 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.

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 7.8 points, 1.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds ... ... She had a season-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range, on Dec. 29 vs. then-No. 21/21 Arizona ... She has scored in double figures five times this season, including 12 points vs. No. 19/19 Oklahoma on Jan. 3 ... King is also shooting 84.6 (22-of-26) percent from the charity stripe.

* - 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 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds ... She is eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (78.0; 46-of-59), ninth in field goal percentage (51.1; 45-of-88) and 16th in rebounding ... She has made 19 of her last 20 free throw attempts dating back to Jan. 9 ... She had a career-high 17 points at Oregon State on Jan. 9 and 16 points and eight rebounds at Oregon on Jan. 11.

* - Trotter appeared in 28 games, including three starts, as a freshman and averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds ... She redshirted the 2001-02 season because of chronic pain in both knees.

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