Stanford Hosts California

Jan. 28, 2003

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'BATTLE OF THE BAY' TIMES TWO THIS WEEKEND: The Stanford and California women's basketball programs continue their long-standing rivalry on the hardwood this weekend as the teams meet for the 51st and 52nd times ... The Golden Bears (7-10 overall, 3-5 Pac-10) will travel to Maples Pavilion on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., while the No. 6/7 Cardinal (15-2, 7-1) will pay a visit to Haas Pavilion on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ... The teams were originally scheduled to meet once the week of Dec. 30 and once this week ... But instead, the teams decided to play twice this week so each could play a pair of non-conference games the week of Dec. 30 (Stanford vs. Oklahoma & Pepperdine; California at Mercer & Georgia) ... The rivalry between the two programs began on Feb. 12, 1975, and the teams have met annually ever since the 1974-75 campaign (the year Stanford began playing intercollegiate women's basketball) ... California won 12 of the first 20 games in the series, but Stanford has won 27 of the last of the 30 dating back to the 1987-88 season to take a 35-15 series advantage ... The 50 games against California is the most for Stanford against any opponent, ahead of UCLA (47), USC (45) and Arizona (44) ... Stanford, which is second in the nation in team free throw percentage (79.3; 292-of-368), 10th in rebounding margin (+9.3), 19th in 3-pointers per game (7.0) and tied for 29th in scoring margin (+12.4), remains in the Bay Area next week for home games against Oregon (7-11, 3-6) on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Oregon State (10-8, 4-5) on Saturday, Feb. 8.

STANFORD VS. CALIFORNIA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with California 35-15, and has won two straight and 17 of the last 18 ... The Cardinal is 19-5 against the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion, and has won 15 of the last 16 on The Farm dating back to Jan. 17, 1987.

* - Stanford swept the 2001-02 series 2-0 ... The Cardinal won by nearly identical scores of 79-52 at Maples Pavilion (Jan. 30) and 79-51 at Haas Pavilion (Feb. 2).

* - In the last meeting between the teams, Stanford held California to just 29.5 (18-of-61) percent shooting from the floor en route to a 79-51 win on Feb. 2, 2002 at Haas Pavilion ... The Cardinal, which out-rebounded the Golden Bears 49-35, led 42-27 at the half and never looked back ... Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) led Stanford with 16 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, nine rebounds and seven assists.

* - In the last meeting at Maples Pavilion, Cori Enghusen had a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds in only 18 minutes as Stanford posted a 79-52 win on Jan. 30, 2002 ... Nicole Powell had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, as the Cardinal won the battle of the boards 52-31 and held the visitors to 33.9 (19-of-56) percent shooting from the floor.

* - California is 7-10 overall (5-5 home, 2-5 away) and 3-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference (2-2 home, 1-3 away) ... The Golden Bears split last weekend's road trip to Los Angeles ... California lost at USC 83-62 on Friday, but bounced back to beat UCLA 69-61 on Sunday ... Junior G Nihan Anaz leads the Golden Bears with 10.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

USC WRAP-UP:

* - USC (9-11, 4-5) took a 49-35 halftime lead, and held on down the stretch to post a 75-72 victory over Stanford on Super Bowl Sunday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... The loss snapped Stanford's 10-game overall winning streak and 28-game Pac-10 winning streak that dated back to March of 2001.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) turned in one of the best performances of her illustrious career with 34 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes off the bench ... It was the 24th double-double of Powell's career ... The 15 rebounds gave her 661 for her career and moved her into ninth on the all-time school list ahead of Vanessa Nygaard (655; 1993-98) and the 34 points gave her 1,155 for her career and moved her into 19th on the all-time Stanford list ahead of both Kami Anderson (1,141; 1984-88) and Jill Yanke (1,134; 1985-89).

* - The Women of Troy made 20 of their 33 shots (60.6 percent) in the first half to jump out to a big early lead ... USC scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 17 (47-30) in the first half before taking a 49-35 lead into the locker room ... Stanford, however, answered right back with a 19-5 run to start the second half that tied the game at 54-54 with 10 minutes, 42 seconds to play ... Stanford took its only lead of the game at 60-58 on a pair of free throws by Powell with 6:12 to play, but the Trojans proceeded to go on a 17-6 run over the next 5:55 to put the game away.

* - Stanford is now 28-17 all-time against the Women of Troy, and has won 15 of the last 18 ... Stanford's last two Pac-10 losses have come at the hands of USC, including a 62-59 defeat at Maples Pavilion on March 1, 2001.

UCLA WRAP-UP:

* - 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.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 563-158 (.781) ... 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 411-107 (.793) 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 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:

* - Junior G Katie Denny (Pacific Grove, CA) has a sore right knee, and has been out of action since Jan. 16 ... She is questionable for this week's games vs. California.

* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor (Rolla, MO) tore her right ACL in July ... She is expected to redshirt the 2002-03 season.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Both the Wednesday and Saturday games vs. California 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.

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 (Jan. 27) ... The Cardinal dropped one spot in the AP Poll and two spots in the Coaches Poll following the road split in Los Angeles last weekend.

* - Stanford is 4-1 against ranked opponents this season ... The Cardinal owns victories over No. 3/3 Kansas State (63-57), No. 18/19 Oklahoma (58-38), No. 22/24 Arizona (82-74) and No. 25/NR Washington (77-63) .... 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.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 321-76 (.809) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 9-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - The Cardinal's all-time home winning percentage of .808 was the eighth best in NCAA Division I women's basketball history entering the 2002-03 season ... Stanford's winning percentage of .808 at Maples Pavilion entered 2002-03 ranked as the 10th best in a single facility.

* - The Cardinal has won 20 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is tied for the third longest Division I home winning streak in the nation with Cincinnati and Montana State (Connecticut is first with 56, Duke is second with 21) ... 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.

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 17 games.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Pepperdine, Washington State, Washington, UCLA, USC) has done it five 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 17 games, and is 13-1 in those contests ... 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 is averaging 19.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals in an average of 28.8 minutes off the bench ... She has scored in double figures in all eight games, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 14 straight games, and 22 of the last 23, 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 ... Last 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.

* - The junior had her 24th career double-double on Sunday at USC with a season-high 34 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes ... The 34 points ties for the 13th highest single game total in school history, and gives Powell three of the top 18 single game scoring efforts in Stanford women's basketball history ... In addition to the 24 double-doubles, Powell also owns six career triple-doubles.

* - Powell had back-to-back double-doubles of 24 points and 14 rebounds against Washington State on Jan. 16 and 19 points and 12 rebounds vs. Washington on Jan. 18 ... She also had 19 points and 16 rebounds vs. Pepperdine on Jan. 5.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history and tied for seventh in Pac-10 history in rebounds per game (9.1), fourth in points per game (15.8), fifth in free throw percentage (80.1; 245-of-306), eighth in rebounds (661), 10th in assists (385) and 21st in points (1,155) ... She needs just two more rebounds to tie Louise Smith (663; 1978-82) for seventh and 11 more rebounds to tie Anita Kaplan (672; 1991-95) for sixth ... She is also just 10 assists shy of tying Debi Gore (395; 1978-82) for ninth place on the all-time Stanford 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, F Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK), G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) and C T'Nae Thiel.

* - The quartet is averaging 40.8 points and 20.5 rebounds per game, which makes up 56.2 percent of Stanford's scoring output (72.6 ppg) and 50.6 percent of the rebounding output (40.5 rpg).

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 10.6 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game ... She is shooting 41.8 (46-of-110) percent from 3-point range, and is tied for 27th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game with 2.75 ... She is also fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage ... She has made at least one 3-pointer in all 17 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 six games ... She had 15 points last Friday night at UCLA, 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 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds ... She is third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (5.59 pg), fourth in total rebounding, seventh in field goal percentage (52.3; 69-of-132) and seventh in offensive rebounding (2.65 pg) ... She has already 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 11.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds ... She is sixth in the Pac-10 in assists, sixth in free throw percentage (82.5; 66-of-80), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.27), ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.47) and 13th in scoring ... She has made 46 of her last 49 free throw attempts (93.9 percent) dating back to Dec. 21, and her career percentage stands at 85.3 (139-of-163) ... She has scored in double figures 10 times, including a career-high 25 points and seven assists vs. Arizona State on Dec. 27 ... 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 ...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 8.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 17 starts at center ... She ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.94 pg), fifth in total rebounding, 10th in field goal percentage (48.3; 56-of-116) and 10th in blocked shots (0.59 pg) ... Thiel has scored in double figures seven times 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) on Jan. 18 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:

* - 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 7.6 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds ... She is currently 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game with 1.35 ... King is also shooting an impressive 82.8 (24-of-29) percent from the foul line ... 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. then-No. 19/19 Oklahoma on Jan. 3.

* - 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 ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (53.4; 55-of-103), eighth in defensive rebounding (4.41), ninth in free throw percentage (77.9; 53-of-68), ninth in blocked shots (0.65) and 14th in total rebounding (5.7) ... She has scored in double figures 11 times, including three straight and six of the last seven ... She has also made 26 of her last 29 free throw attempts (89.7 percent) dating back to Jan. 9 ... Trotter 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 nine rebounds, 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.

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.

* - McGee has appeared in five games, and has 12 rebounds, two blocked shots, two steals and no points in a total of 38 minutes ... She pulled down a personal-best four rebounds on Jan. 16 vs. Washington State.

* - 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.

* - In volleyball this season, she played in all 129 games and hit .426 with 402 kills and 179 blocks as the Cardinal went 32-5 and advanced to the NCAA Final.

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