Stanford Wraps Up Regular Season Home Schedule This Weekend

Feb. 19, 2003

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STANFORD WRAPS UP HOME SLATE THIS WEEKEND: The Stanford women's basketball team wraps up its 2002-03 home schedule this weekend when it hosts USC and UCLA at Maples Pavilion ... The No. 8/9 Cardinal (20-3 overall, 11-2 Pac-10) will take on the Women of Troy (12-13, 7-7) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and the Bruins (14-8, 9-5) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net ... Stanford is 12-0 on its home floor this season and has outscored its opponents by an average of 22.2 (76.9-54.7) points per game ... By contrast, the Cardinal is 8-3 on the road and outscoring opponents by just 4.1 (67.7-63.6) points per contest ... Overall, the Cardinal has won 23 straight at home, which ranks as the second longest home winning streak in all of Division I women's basketball (Connecticut is first with 59) ... Stanford enters the weekend with a game-and-a-half lead in the Pac-10 over Washington (19-5, 11-4) and a two-and-a-half game lead over Arizona (17-7, 10-5) ... Stanford concludes conference play next weekend with road games at Arizona and Arizona State (14-10, 6-9).

STANFORD VS. USC:

* - Stanford is 28-17 all-time against the Women of Troy, and has won 15 of the last 18 ... The Cardinal is 15-6 against USC at Maples Pavilion, and has won 14 of the last 15 dating back to March 11, 1988.

* - In the first meeting between the teams this season, 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 Sunday, Jan. 26 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 .. Powell has scored a total of 96 points in the last three meetings between the Cardinal and the Women of Troy (32.0 per game) ... 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 came back to take 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 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 teams at Maples Pavilion, Stanford used a 16-6 run over the final 5:16 to post a 78-66 victory on Dec. 30, 2001 ... Nicole Powell had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Cardinal ... Lindsey Yamasaki scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half, including eight points in the decisive run down the stretch.

* - The Women of Troy are 12-13 overall (5-9 on the road) and 7-7 in the Pac-10 (2-5 on the road) ... The Women of Troy earned a home split last weekend as they defeated Arizona State 64-56 on Friday and fell to Arizona 78-64 on Sunday ... Junior F/C Ebony Hoffman, who was teammates with Nicole Powell on the 2000 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, leads USC with a double-double of 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. UCLA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with UCLA 28-19, and has won six straight and eight of the last nine ... Stanford is 14-9 all-time at home vs. UCLA ... The Cardinal has won three straight, and 13 of the last 14, over the Bruins at Maples Pavilion.

* - In the first meeting between the teams this season (Jan. 26), Nicole Powell scored from six feet out with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Stanford an 80-78 win over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion ... 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 out ... Powell led the Cardinal with 23 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes, while redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) tied a career-high with 17 points.

* - 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 Oregon (March 2).

* - In the last meeting at Maples Pavilion (Dec. 28), Stanford ended the game on a 16-0 run to cruise to an 81-50 victory ... The Cardinal, which was led by Bethany Donaphin's 18 points, held the Bruins to just 27.9 (17-of-61) percent shooting from the floor.

* - UCLA is 14-9 overall (5-6 on the road) and 9-5 in the Pac-10 (4-3 on the road) ... The Bruins have won 10 of their last 15 after a 4-4 start ... The Bruins had an impressive home sweep over Arizona (48-47, Friday) and Arizona State (71-62, Sunday) last weekend at Pauley Pavilion ... Redshirt senior G Michelle Greco leads the Bruins with 19.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

WASHINGTON STATE WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford reached the 20-win mark for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons with an 84-41 win at Washington State (1-22 overall, 1-14 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon at Friel Court.

* - Stanford is now a perfect 36-0 against Washington State in a series that dates back to Feb. 1, 1983 ... The Cardinal is 17-0 against the Cougars in Pullman ... Thirty of the 36 victories have been by 10 points or more.

* - Sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) had a game-high 16 points in just 16 minutes as she was 6-of-6 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc ... Sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) had 12 points in only 19 minutes of action, while freshman G Krista Rappahahn (Lebanon, CT) added a career-high 11 points in 18 minutes ... All 12 players in uniform saw at least nine minutes of action, and all five Cardinal starters played 22 minutes or less.

* - The 43-point margin of victory was Stanford's second largest of the season behind a 95-39 victory over Princeton on Nov. 29 ... Stanford shot 53.3 (32-of-60) percent from the floor, and held the Cougars to just 24.5 (12-of-49) percent shooting ... The Cardinal also out-rebounded the hosts 45-27.

* - Stanford used an early 17-4 run, which was fueled by eight points from Kimyacioglu, to take a 26-9 advantage just 8:30 into the contest ... Stanford went on to lead 47-19 at the half thanks to 16 points from Kimyacioglu and 61.3 (19-of-31) percent team shooting from the florr ... The Cardinal used a 12-2 run early in the second half to push the lead to 40 (67-27) with 11:28 to play, and led by as many as 45 (82-37; 2:12 remaining) points in the closing moments.

WASHINGTON WRAP-UP:

* - Despite 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists from junior All-American Nicole Powell, Stanford fell at Washington (18-5, 10-4) 92-68 on Thursday night at Bank of America Arena ... It was Stanford's most lopsided loss since a 90-60 defeat at Purdue on Dec. 19, 2000.

* - Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter added 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes, while sophomore G Kelley Suminski chipped in 14 points.

* - The Huskies shot 54.7 (35-of-64) percent from the floor and 50.0 (13-of-26) percent from 3-point range ... Stanford shot just 26.3 (5-of-19) percent from behind the arc.

* - Washington led 49-38 at the half after making 8 of its 14 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes (57.1 percent) ... The Huskies put the game away with a 9-0 second half run that stretched the lead to 77-54 lead with 6:07 remaining.

* - Stanford now leads the series with the Huskies 25-13, and has won five of the last seven ... The Cardinal is 9-8 against the Huskies in Seattle.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 324-76 (.810) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 12-0 (1.000) record this year.

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

* - The Cardinal has won 23 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is the second longest Division I home winning streak in the nation behind Connecticut's 59 straight home victories ... 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 year at Maples Pavilion ... The subregional will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, with the regional to follow Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1 ... For ticket information, call 1-800-STANFORD.

* - 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.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 568-159 (.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 416-108 (.794) during her tenure on The Farm ... Picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 of this season vs. Kansas State ... She also owns an impressive Pac-10 record of 239-45 (.842) ... 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:

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

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Thursday's game vs. USC will not be televised.

* - Saturday's game against UCLA has been announced as a 12:00 p.m. start by the Pacific-10 Conference ... The game will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action.

* - All of Stanford's women's basketball games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM or www.gostanford.com.

RANKING REVIEW:

* - Stanford is currently ranked eighth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll and ninth in the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal dropped two spots in the Coaches Poll and three spots in the AP Poll after the road split in Washington last weekend.

* - Stanford is 5-2 against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season ... The Cardinal owns victories over No. 22/22 Rutgers (64-60), No. 5/5 Kansas State (63-57), No. 24/25 Arizona (82-74), Oklahoma (58-38) and No. 23/25 Washington (77-63) ... The only losses against ranked opponents came at No. 3/3 Tennessee (71-56) and at No. 23/25 Washington (92-68).

* - 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.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE NICOLE POWELL:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell, is on the 'watch list' for two national player of the year honors --- the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award ... Last season, Powell was a Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist, Kodak First-Team All-American and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year.

* - She is averaging a near double-double of 17.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back.

* - She has scored in double figures in 12 of her 14 games and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 18 of her last 21 games, and 26 of her last 30, dating back to last season ... She had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes at Washington last Thursday night ... She is shooting 52.7 (48-of-91) percent over the last six games, and has also made 15 straight free throws dating back to Jan. 29.

* - Powell has made two game-winning shots in Pac-10 play to lift the Cardinal to crucial road victories ... 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.

* - Powell has not played in enough games to figure into the national or conference overall statistical rankings ... But she has played in enough games to qualify for the Pac-10 stat leaders (conference games only), and is second in free throw percentage (90.2; 46-of-51), third in defensive rebounding (6.58 pg), third in scoring (17.9 pg), third in total rebounding (8.8 pg), eighth in assists (3.42 pg), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.21), ninth in 3-point percentage (36.1; 13-of-36), ninth in field goal percentage (50.3; 78-of-155) and 10th in steals (1.75 pg).

* - Powell owns an impressive 26 career double-doubles, including six in 13 games this year ... She also owns six career triple-doubles and is the only player in Pac-10 history to have recorded more than one.

* - On Jan. 26 at USC, the junior had a season-high 34 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes ... The 34 points tied for the 13th highest single game total in school history, and gives Powell three of the top 18 single game scoring efforts in Stanford history ... 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 boards vs. Pepperdine on Jan. 5.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history and tied for eighth in Pac-10 history in rebounds per game (9.0), fourth in points per game (15.8), fourth in Stanford history and sixth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (81.0; 260-of-321), sixth in rebounds (709), tied for eighth in assists (406) and 18th in points (1,250) ... Powell pulled down her 700th career rebound last Thursday at Washington, making her just the sixth Stanford player to ever achieve that feat, and in the same game, also became just the ninth Cardinal to record 400 career assists ... She is currently tied with Kate Paye (406; 1991-95) for eighth place on the all-time Stanford assist list ... Powell needs 41 more rebounds to tie Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) for fifth on the school list ... She is also just nine points shy of tying Julie Zeilstra (1,259; 1988-91) for 17th on the all-time school scoring list and is 29 points shy of tying Vanessa Nygaard (1,279; 1993-98) for 16th.

* - 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 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 and C T'Nae Thiel.

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 9.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds ... She is shooting 44.8 (60-of-134) percent from 3-point range and her career percentage of 43.8 (102-of-233) ranks sixth in Pac-10 history ... Kimyacioglu, who made her 100th career 3-pointer last Saturday at Washington State, ranks 14th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage and 30th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game (2.61) ... The 60 3-pointers made leaves her just eight short of breaking into the school single season top 10 ... Kimyacioglu has made at least one 3-pointer in 22 of Stanford's 23 games this year, and has drained three or more 11 times ... She has made 21 of her last 37 (56.8 percent) treys dating back to Jan. 24 ... Last Saturday against Washington State, she was 6-of-6 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, en route to 16 points in just 22 minutes ... She has made five 3-pointers in a game twice this season --- Dec. 30 vs. Arizona and Jan. 24 at UCLA ... The five 3's led her to a career-high 19 points against Arizona ... Kimyacioglu had a team-high 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 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds ... She is ranked third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (5.17 pg), fourth in total rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage (50.0; 86-of-172) and eighth in free throw percentage (77.5; 55-of-71) ... She has nearly doubled her scoring output from her entire freshman campaign (2002-03: 229 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 11 times and has 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 11.7 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds ... She ranks second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (84.8; 84-of-99), fifth in 3-point percentage (39.4; 37-of-94), tied for sixth in assists, seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.26), ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.61) and tied for 14th in scoring ... She has made 64 of her last 68 free throw attempts (94.1 percent) dating back to Dec. 21, and her career percentage now stands at 86.3 (157-of-182) ... She has made 18 straight free throws dating back to Feb. 1 ... She has scored in double figures 14 times, including the last four games in a row ... 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 had 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, in a win over then-No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... She also had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - Thiel is averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds ... She entered the week tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.13 pg), ninth in blocked shots (0.61 pg) and 10th in total rebounding ... Thiel has scored in double figures nine 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 ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards 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 6.9 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds ... In Pac-10 play, she entered the week sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage (38.7; 12-of-31) ... 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 ... King has scored in double figures five times this season.

* - 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 9.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists ... She ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (54.2; 77-of-142), seventh in free throw percentage (77.8; 63-of-81) and 15th in total rebounding ... Trotter is shooting an impressive 57.5 (50-of-87) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play, and is shooting at a 59.3 (32-of-54) percent clip over the last eight games ... She has scored in double figures 13 times, including eight times in the last 13 games ... She had 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes last Thursday night at Washington ... She has recorded a career-high 17 points three times this season --- Jan. 9 at Oregon State, Jan. 24 at UCLA and Jan. 29 vs. California ... 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 in 2001-02 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 on Thursday, Dec. 26.

* - McGee has appeared in 10 games off the bench and is averaging 0.7 points and 2.5 rebounds ... She had career-highs of three points and five rebounds last Saturday at Washington State.

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