Stanford Set To Visit California

Jan. 30, 2003

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STANFORD BEGINS SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 SEASON IN BERKELEY: Stanford University (16-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-10) begins the second half of its 2002-03 Pac-10 schedule on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against arch-rival California (7-11, 3-6) at Haas Pavilion ... The No. 6/7 Cardinal and Golden Bears will be meeting for the second time in four days ... Stanford defeated California 72-48 on Wednesday night in Maples Pavilion ... This will be the 52nd all-time meeting between the teams with the Cardinal holding a 36-15 advantage thanks to 28 wins in the last 31 meetings ... Saturday's game marks the beginning of a difficult second half of conference play for the Cardinal, which has won nine straight in Berkeley ... The nine-game stretch is highlighted by difficult road contests at No. 22/24 Arizona (13-6, 6-4) and No. 25 Washington (16-3, 8-2) ... Stanford, which entered the week second in the nation in team free throw percentage (78.6; 302-of-384), 10th in rebounding margin (+9.0), 19th in 3-pointers per game (7.1) and tied for 29th in scoring margin (+13.0), remains in the Bay Area next week for home games against Oregon (8-11, 4-6) on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Oregon State (11-8, 5-5) on Saturday, Feb. 8.

CALIFORNIA WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford turned in one of its finest defensive efforts of the season en route to a 72-48 victory over California before 4,435 fans on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Cardinal forced 25 California turnovers (third highest total by an opponent this season), and held the Golden Bears to just 32.8 (21-of-64) percent shooting from the floor and 26.7 (4-of-15) percent from 3-point range ... Stanford also held California's leading scorer coming into the contest - junior G Nihan Anaz (9.9 points per game) - to just two points on 1-of-11 shooting from the floor.

* - Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) tied a career-high with 17 points to lead the Cardinal, while sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) added 14 points (4-of-5 from 3-point range) and five assists and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) contributed 13 points.

* - Stanford built a 17-4 lead just 8 minutes, 30 seconds into the contest and never looked back ... The Cardinal led 40-21 at the half, and extended the lead to as many as 34 points (60-26, 10:12 remaining) in the second half.

STANFORD VS. CALIFORNIA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with California 36-15, and has won three straight and 18 of the last 19 ... Stanford is 16-10 in Berkeley, and has won nine straight road games over the Golden Bears dating back to Jan. 21, 1994.

* - 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, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) tied a career-high with 17 points as Stanford breezed to a 72-48 win on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the opening 8 minutes, 30 seconds and never looked back.

* - In the last meeting between the teams at Haas Pavilion (Feb. 2, 2002), Stanford held California to just 29.5 (18-of-61) percent shooting from the floor en route to a 79-51 win ... 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.

* - California is 7-11 overall (5-5 home, 2-6 away) and 3-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference (2-2 home, 1-4 away) ... The Golden Bears, who lost 72-48 at Stanford on Wednesday, 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 C Timea Ivanyi leads the Golden Bears with 10.2 points and 4.7 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 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.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 564-158 (.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 412-107 (.794) 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 missed the last four games because of a sore right knee ... She is questionable for Saturday's game at California.

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

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Saturday's game at 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 322-76 (.809) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 10-0 (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 21 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is tied for the second longest Division I home winning streak in the nation with Duke (Connecticut is first) ... 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 18 games.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Pepperdine, Washington State, Washington, UCLA, USC) has done it five times, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Francisco, Boston University, Oregon State, California) has done it four times, G Kelley Suminski (Kansas State, Pacific, Arizona State) has done it 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 15 of its 18 games, and is 14-1 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 five times (San Francisco, Kansas State, Tennessee, Washington State, California).

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE NICOLE POWELL:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell, who is on the 'watch list' for Naismith National Player of the Year honors, 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 17.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals ... Powell came off the bench in her first eight games, and made her first start of the season Wednesday vs. California ... She has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds five times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 14 of the last 15 games, and 22 of the last 25, dating back to last season.

* - Powell has made two game winning shots in the last three weeks to lift the Cardinal to a pair of Pac-10 road wins ... On Jan. 24 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 last 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 (15.7), fifth in free throw percentage (80.2; 247-of-308), seventh in rebounds (671), 10th in assists (389) and 21st in points (1,164) ... She is 16 points shy of tying Maggie Nelson (1,180; 1974-78) for 18th place on the all-time school scoring list, and needs just one more rebound to tie Anita Kaplan (672; 1991-95) for sixth place on the all-time school list ... She is also just six assists shy of tying Debi Gore (395; 1978-82) for ninth place on the Stanford career 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.

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game ... She is shooting 43.5 (50-of-115) 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 2.78 ... She is also fourth in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage, and has made 11 of her last 18 (61.1 percent) treys dating back to Jan. 24 ... The 50 3-pointers made leaves her 18 short of breaking into the school single season top 10 and 31 short of the school record ... She has made at least one 3-pointer in all 18 games this year, and has drained three or more nine times ... On Wednesday against California, she had 14 points, five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench (her first non-start of the season), and was 4-of-5 from behind the arc ... She had 15 points on Jan. 24 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 7.9 rebounds ... She is third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (5.39 pg), fourth in total rebounding, seventh in field goal percentage (51.1; 72-of-141) and 10th in offensive rebounding (2.56 pg) ... She has already easily surpassed her scoring output from her entire freshman campaign (2002-03: 190 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 10 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 11.1 points, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds ... She is fifth in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (82.5; 66-of-80), sixth in assists, seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.24), eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.44) and 17th 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.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 18 starts at center ... She ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.72 pg), sixth in total rebounding, 10th in field goal percentage (49.2; 62-of-126) and 10th in blocked shots (0.56 pg) ... Thiel has scored in double figures eight times and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds on four occasions ... Thiel had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of action vs. California on Wednesday ... 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 7.2 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds ... In Pac-10 play, she ranks second in the conference in 3-point percentage (44.4; 12-of-27) and is seventh in 3-pointers per game (1.33) ... King is also shooting an impressive 82.8 (24-of-29) percent from the foul line this year ... 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 now a member of the Utah Jazz.

* - Trotter is averaging 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists ... Trotter tied a career-high with 17 points on Wednesday vs. California to move her scoring average into double figures for the first time in her collegiate career ... She ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (53.0; 61-of-115), eighth in defensive rebounding (4.28 pg), ninth in free throw percentage (77.9; 58-of-75), ninth in blocked shots (0.61 pg) and 15th in total rebounding (5.7) ... She has scored in double figures 12 times, including four straight and seven of the last eight ... She has averaged 13.6 points over the last eight games to raise her season scoring average from 7.2 to 10.1 ... Trotter tied a career-high with 17 points on Jan. 24 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 tying 17 points at Oregon State on Jan. 9 and 16 points and eight rebounds at Oregon on Jan. 11 ... She also pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - 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 six games, and has 14 rebounds, four blocked shots, two steals and two points in a total of 49 minutes ... She pulled down a personal-best four rebounds on Jan. 16 vs. Washington State, and scored the first points of her career on Wednesday vs. California.

* - 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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