Stanford Concludes Road Trip At USC
Jan. 25, 2003
FIFTH-RANKED CARDINAL CONCLUDES L.A. SWING AT USC: The first-place Stanford Cardinal (15-1 overall, 7-0 Pac-10) concludes its two-game trip to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon when it takes on USC (8-11, 3-5) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... The No. 5/5 Cardinal, which has won 10 straight overall and 28 straight in Pac-10 play, opened the trip with a thrilling 80-78 victory at UCLA (11-6, 6-2) on Friday night ... Junior F Nicole Powell's (Phoenix, AZ) six-footer with just 2.3 seconds remaining broke a 78-78 tie and gave the Cardinal the win ... The win improved Stanford 2002-03 road record to 6-1 ... In four of those six road victories (San Francisco, Pacific, Oregon, UCLA), Stanford has come back from a second half deficit ... Following Friday's win, Stanford led UCLA and Washington (14-3, 6-2) by a game-and-a-half and Arizona (12-5, 6-3) by two games in the Pac-10 standings ... After Sunday's game, Stanford will play its next four 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. 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 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 8-11 overall (4-3 at home) and 3-5 in the Pac-10 (2-1 at home) against a schedule that has included No. 2/2 Connecticut, No. 3/3 Kansas State and No. 4/4 Tennessee ... USC is coming off a 83-62 home win over California on Friday night ... 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, who has a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Cal, leads USC with 15.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
* - Junior Nicole Powell scored from six feet out with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Stanford an 80-78 win over UCLA before 2,304 fans on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion.
* - The game was close throughout, and Stanford led 38-36 at the break ... UCLA, however, started the second half on a 22-14 run to take a 58-52 advantage with 9:36 to play ... Stanford then answered with a 21-10 run of its own to build a 73-68 lead with 3:54 to go ... The Cardinal led by four (78-74) with 1:12 to play on a jumper by sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX), but the Bruins tied the game with 27 seconds to play after four consecutive points by Michelle Greco ... Stanford then held the ball for a final shot, and isolated Powell at the top of the key ... The junior drove into the paint, and scored on a running six-footer as time ran down ... UCLA was not able to get off a shot in the final 2.3 seconds.
* - Powell led the Cardinal with 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a season-high 36 minutes ... Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) tied a career-high with 17 points in a personal-best 33 minutes, while sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) added 15 points on five 3-pointers.
* - The Cardinal shot 51.8 (29-of-56) percent for the contest, and made 17 of its 29 shots (58.6 percent) in the second half ... The Bruins won the battle of the boards 41-31, marking the first time Stanford has been out-rebounded since a loss at Tennessee on Dec. 18.
* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with UCLA 28-19, and has won six straight and eight of the last nine.
* - 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 had 13 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel 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 sophomore 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 against the Huskies on The Farm
TARA VANDERVEER FILE:
* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 563-157 (.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 411-106 (.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).
* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor (Rolla, MO) tore her right ACL in July ... She is expected to redshirt the 2002-03 season.
* - Sunday's game at USC 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/ or www.gostanford.com ... Lilla Toal and Scott Allen will call all the action for KZSU.
* - 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 16 games.
* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Pepperdine, Washington State, Washington, UCLA) has done it four times, sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Kansas State, Pacific, Arizona State) and redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Francisco, Boston University, Oregon State) have both 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 14 of its 16 games ... Stanford has had six players in double digits once (Arizona), five players three times (Princeton, Boston University, Washington), four players six times (Rutgers, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA) 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 played in a total of seven games this season, and is averaging 16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals in an an average of 27.4 minutes off the bench ... She has scored in double figures in all seven games, including a 23 point effort at UCLA on Friday, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds three times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 13 straight games, and 21 of the last 22, dating back to last season.
* - Powell has made two game winning shots in the last two weeks to lift the Cardinal to a pair of Pac-10 road wins ... On Friday night at UCLA, Powell drove the lane and made a six-footer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Cardinal an 80-78 victory ... The All-American also 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 left.
* - Powell recorded back-to-back double-doubles last weekend to give her a career total of 23 ... She had a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds against Washington State on Jan. 16 and 19 points and 12 rebounds vs. Washington on Jan. 18 ... In addition to the 23 double-doubles, Powell also owns six career triple-doubles.
* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history in rebounds per game (9.0), fourth in points per game (15.6), fifth in free throw percentage (79.9; 238-of-298), ninth in rebounds (646), 10th in assists (381) and 21st in points (1,121) ... She needs just nine more rebounds to tie Vanessa Nygaard (655; 1993-98) for eighth on the all-time school list ... She also needs 13 more points to tie Jill Yanke (1,134; 1985-89) for 20th and 20 to tie Kami Anderson (1,141; 1984-88) for 19th.
* - 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.
* - 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 (Anchorage, AK), G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) and C T'Nae Thiel.
* - The quartet is averaging 42.2 points and 21.3 rebounds per game, which makes up 58.0 percent of Stanford's scoring output (72.7 ppg) and 52.6 percent of the rebounding output (40.5 rpg).
* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 10.7 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game ... She is shooting 41.5 (44-of-106) percent from 3-point range, and entered the week first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game with 2.60 ... She also entered the week fifth in the conference in 3-point percentage and 20th in scoring ... She has made at least one 3-pointer in all 16 games this year, and has drained three or more eight times ... Kimyacioglu has scored in double figures 10 times this season, including four of the last five games ... She had 15 points on Friday night in Westwood, including a career-high tying five 3-pointers in nine attempts ... 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 11.3 points and 8.6 rebounds ... She entered the week third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage (52.7; 69-of-131), tied for ninth in free throw percentage (75.0; 42-of-56) and 13th in scoring ... In just 16 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, 4.0 assists and 3.3 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 entered the week first in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (81.8 percent; 63-of-77), fourth in assists, eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.53) and 14th in scoring ... She has also made 43 of her last 46 free throw attempts (93.4 percent) ... Suminski's career free throw percentage currently stands at 85.0 (136-of-160) ... She has scored in double figures 10 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 ... She had 12 points, including two 3-pointers, at UCLA on Friday night.
* - Thiel is averaging 8.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 16 starts at center ... She entered the week fifth in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... Thiel has scored in double figures seven times, including three of the last four, 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.
KING AND TROTTER RETURN:
* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 7.8 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 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 82.8 (24-of-29) percent from the charity stripe ... She entered the week 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game with 1.40.
* - 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 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds ... She entered the week 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 22 of her last 25 free throw attempts (88.0 percent) dating back to Jan. 9 ... Trotter, the only Southern California product on the Stanford roster (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS), tied a career-high with 17 points on Friday night at UCLA ... She was 7-of-9 from the floor against the Bruins, and also had three assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a career-high 33 minutes ... 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.