Stanford Concludes Home Schedule Vs. UCLA

Feb. 21, 2003

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STANFORD CLINCHES SHARE OF THIRD STRAIGHT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The No. 8/9 Stanford women's basketball team wrapped up a share of its third straight Pacific-10 Conference championship, and 12th in the 17-year history of the conference, with a come-from-behind 63-55 victory over USC on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal (21-3, 13-2), which has three conference games remaining, will try to wrap up the title outright on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion when it hosts third place UCLA (15-9, 10-5) in a game that will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net ... In addition to the last three years, Stanford also won Pac-10 Championships from 1989-93 and 1995-98 ... The Cardinal's all-time conference record stands at an impressive 258-45 (.851) entering Saturday's contest ... With the win on Thursday, Stanford is 13-0 on its home floor this season and has outscored its opponents by an average of 21.1 (75.8-54.7) points per game ... By contrast, the Cardinal is 8-3 on the road and outscoring opponents by 4.1 (67.7-63.6) points per contest ... Overall, the Cardinal has won 24 straight at home dating back to December of 2001, which ranks as the second longest home winning streak in Division I women's basketball (Connecticut is first with 59) ... Stanford concludes conference play next weekend with road games at Arizona (17-7, 10-5) and Arizona State (14-10, 6-9) ... The Cardinal will then compete at the Pac-10 Tournament on March 10 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

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 (Phoenix,AZ) 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 45 seconds later on 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 16-0run 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 15-9 overall (6-6 on the road) and 10-5 in the Pac-10 (5-3 on the road) ... The Bruins have won 11 of their last 16 after a 4-4 start ... UCLA is coming off a 72-54 victory at California on Thursday night ... The Bruins also 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, who had 28 points, five rebounds and four assists at California on Thursday, leads the Bruins with 19.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. USC:

* - Stanford bounced back from a 15 point first half deficit to defeat USC 63-55 on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... With the victory, the Cardinal avenged a 75-72 loss to the Women of Troy in January in Los Angeles.

* - USC jumped out to a 20-5 lead just 9:52 into the contest, and led 22-7 with 7:11 remaining before halftime ... But the Cardinal went on a 19-0 run over the next 8:35 and a 40-15 run over the next 19:08 to take a 47-37 advantage ... USC cut the lead to four (51-47) with 7:37 to play, but Powell scored 10 of the Cardinal's final 12 points to help the hosts pull away.

* - Junior All-American Nicole Powell recorded the 27th double-double of her career and seventh this season with 22 points, 16 rebounds, a season-high eight assists and two steals in 36 minutes ... Powell had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone ... Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while sophomore C T'Nae Thiel chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

* - Stanford won the rebounding battle by a convincing 40-28 margin, including a 15-3 advantage on the offensive glass ... The Cardinal shot 36.9 (24-of-65) from the field for the contest, including a season-low 28.1 (9-of-32) percent in the first half ... The Cardinal held the Women of Troy to just 39.3 (11-of-28) percent shooting from the floor in the second half.

* - Stanford is 29-17 all-time against the Women of Troy and has won 16 of the last 19 ... The Cardinal is 16-6 against USC at Maples Pavilion and has won 15 of the last 16 dating back to March 11, 1988.

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) last Saturday afternoon at Friel Court.

* - Stanford is 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 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 from the field ... 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 shooting from the floor as a team ... 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.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 325-76 (.810) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 13-0 (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 ranked as the 10th best in a single facility.

* - The Cardinal has won 24 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 569-159 (.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 417-108 (.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 240-45 (.842) ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled an overall 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:

* - 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.

* - Next Saturday's regular season finale at Arizona State will be broadcast live by KAZ-TV at 3:00 p.m. (MT)/2:00 p.m. (PT).

* - All of Stanford's women's basketball games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and/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 was named as one of 20 finalists for the 2002-03 Naismith Female Collegiate Player of the Year Award this week ... Last season, Powell was a Kodak First-Team All-American, Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year.

* - She is averaging a near double-double of 17.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 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 13 of her 15 games and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds eight times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 19 of her last 22 games, and 27 of her last 31, dating back to last season ... She had 22 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists vs. USC on Thursday night, including 18 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone ... Powell is also shooting a career-best 49.7 (95-of-191) percent from the floor.

* - 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 qualifies in 10 of a possible 12 categories ... She is second in defensive rebounding (6.92 pg), second in free throw percentage (88.9; 48-of-54), third in scoring (18.2 pg), third in total rebounding (9.4 pg), fifth in 3-point percentage (38.5; 15-of-39), sixth in assists (3.77 pg), ninth in field goal percentage (49.7; 87-of-175), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.32), ninth in offensive rebounding (2.46 pg) and 10th in steals (1.77 pg).

* - Powell owns an impressive 27 career double-doubles, including seven in 15 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 Stanford's top 18 single game scoring efforts ... Powell also 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.

* - 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), fourth in Stanford history and sixth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (80.9; 262-of-324), sixth in rebounds (725), eighth in assists (414) and 17th in points (1,272) ... 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 passed Julie Zeilstra (1,259; 1988-91) for 17th place on the all-time school scoring list on Thursday night and is seven points shy of 16th place Vanessa Nygaard (1,279; 1993-98) and 17 points short of 15th place Rachel Hemmer (1,289; 1991-95) ... Powell needs 25 more boards to tie Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) for fifth on the school rebound list and needs 23 more assists to tie Kate Starbird (437; 19932-97) for seventh on the school assist 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 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 9.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds ... She is shooting 43.6 (61-of-140) percent from 3-point range and her career percentage of 43.1 (103-of-239) ranks sixth in Pac-10 history ... Kimyacioglu, who made her 100th career 3-pointer last Saturday at Washington State, entered the week 14th in the nation in 3-point percentage and 30th in the nation in 3-pointers per game (2.54) ... She also leads the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game and is second in 3-point percentage ... The 61 3-pointers made leaves her just seven short of breaking into the school single season top 10 ... Kimyacioglu has made at least one 3-pointer in 23 of Stanford's 24 games this year and has drained three or more 11 times ... She has made 22 of her last 43 (51.1 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 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 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds ... She ranks third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.96 pg), fourth in total rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage (49.7; 86-of-173) and ninth 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 ... She was also named to the Verizon All-Academic District 8 Third Team this week.

* - Suminski is averaging 11.5 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... She ranks first in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (85.1; 86-of-101), seventh in 3-point percentage (37.3; 38-of-102), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.16), ninth in assists, tied for ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.58) and tied for 15th in scoring ... She has made 66 of her last 70 free throw attempts (94.3 percent) dating back to Dec. 21 and her career percentage now stands at 86.4 (159-of-184) ... She has made 20 straight free throws dating back to Feb. 1 and her season percentage is on pace to be fifth best in school history and ninth best in Pac-10 history ... She has scored in double figures 14 times, including four of the last five games ... 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 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... She ranks tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (0.58 pg), 10th in defensive rebounding (4.04 pg) and 11th in total rebounding ... Thiel has scored in double figures 10 times and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds on four occasions ... She recorded 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 34 minutes vs. USC on Thursday night ... 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 (Richfield, MN) 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 6.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds ... In Pac-10 play, she ranks tied for sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage (37.8; 14-of-37) ... King is also shooting an impressive 83.9 (26-of-31) percent from the foul line this season ... 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, including a 14-point effort in the Cardinal's win over then-No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... She was also named to the Verizon All-Academic District 8 Third Team this week.

* - 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, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists ... She ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (54.6; 83-of-152), tied for seventh in free throw percentage (77.8; 63-of-81) and 15th in total rebounding ... Trotter is shooting an impressive 57.7 (56-of-97) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play and is shooting at a 59.4 (38-of-64) percent clip over the last nine games ... She has scored in double figures 14 times this season ... Trotter had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a career-high 34 minutes vs. USC on Thursday night ... 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.

* - 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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