Stanford Concludes Regular Season In Arizona

Feb. 26, 2003

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STANFORD CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON IN ARIZONA: After wrapping up its 12th Pacific-10 Conference Championship in 17 years, and third in a row, last Saturday at Maples Pavilion, the Stanford women's basketball team concludes the 2002-03 regular season this weekend in Arizona ... The No. 9/9 Cardinal (22-3 overall, 14-2 Pac-10) will visit No. 24/24 Arizona (18-7, 11-5) on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (PT) and Arizona State (14-11, 6-10) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (PT) ... The Cardinal has won Pac-10 titles in 1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, 95, '96, '97, '98, 2001, '02 and '03 ... The Cardinal's all-time conference record stands at an impressive 259-45 (.852) entering Saturday's contest, including a 32-2 (.941) record the last two seasons ... Stanford has also earned the top seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, which will be held next Friday-Monday at HP Pavilion in Sunday ... The Cardinal will open conference tournament play on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against the winner of Friday's first round game between the No. 8 and 9 seeds.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona 34-10, and has won the last four in a row ... The Cardinal has won three straight against the Wildcats in Tucson, and is 15-6overall.

* - In the first meeting between the teams this season, Stanford rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to record an 82-74 victory over the Wildcats at Maples Pavilion ... Arizona led 38-33 at halftime, and stretched the lead to 13 (46-33) with an 8-0 run in the opening 1:32 of the second half ... But Stanford outscored the visitors 31-11 over the final ten-and-a-half minutes, including 10-2 over the final three minutes ... Stanford, which was playing without All-American Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) because of a back injury, had six players in double figures, highlighted by a career-high 19 points from sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA).

* - Stanford swept the 2001-02 season series 2-0 ... The Cardinal posted an 81-57victory on Dec. 19 in Tucson and prevailed 76-62 on Jan. 24 on The Farm.

* - In the last meeting between the teams in Tucson (Dec. 19, 2001), Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) had a season-high 24 points to lead the Cardinal to an 81-57 win in the Pac-10 opener for both teams ... The Cardinal shot 61.1 (11-of-18) percent from 3-point range, including a 4-of-5 effort from Suminski.

* - Arizona, which is ranked 24th in the nation in both polls, is 18-7 overall (12-1 at home) and 11-5 in the Pac-10 (7-0 at home) ... The Wildcats are coming off a 72-52 home win over Arizona State last Saturday ... Freshman C Shawntinice Polk leads the Wildcats with a double-double of 17.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA STATE:

* - The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Arizona State 34-9, and has won six of the last seven and 20 of the last 22 ... Stanford is 13-7 against the Sun Devils in Tempe, and has won two straight and nine of the last 10.

* - In the first meeting between the teams this season (Dec. 27, 2002), sophomores Kelley Suminski and Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) both had career-high point totals as Stanford posted an 80-63 win over the Sun Devils at Maples Pavilion in the Pac-10 opener for both teams ... Suminski finished with a game-high 25 points, including 8-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line ... Perryman had 23 points, including 18 of the Cardinal's 48 in the second half, in just 23 minutes ... Stanford jumped out to an 11-4 lead, but the Sun Devils came right back to take a 14-13 advantage ... The Cardinal eventually took a 32-28 halftime lead, and put the game away with a 9-0 run in the opening 1:52 of the second half.

* - In the last meeting between the teams in Tempe (Dec. 21, 2001), Nicole Powell (25 points) and Lindsey Yamasaki (22) combined for 47 points to lead the Cardinal to a 75-66 come-from-behind victory ... The Cardinal trailed 33-21 late in the first half, but came back to outscore the hosts 54-33 the rest of the way.

* - Stanford won the 2001-02 season series 2-1 ... In the regular season, the Cardinal prevailed 75-66 in Tempe on Dec. 21 and 62-48 on The Farm on Jan. 26 ... Arizona State defeated Stanford 75-66 in the championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament on March 4 at the University of Oregon.

* - Arizona State is 14-11 overall (11-3 at home) and 6-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference (5-2 at home) ... The Sun Devils are coming off a 72-52 loss at No. 24/24 Arizona last Saturday ... Freshman G Jill Noe leads the Sun Devils with 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

UCLA WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford clinched its 12th Pacific-10 Conference title in 17 years, and third in a row, with a 79-61 victory over UCLA (15-10, 10-6) last Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Cardinal scored the first seven points of the game and jumped out to a 32-12 lead with 8:11 remaining before halftime ... The Cardinal led 46-29 at the break, but the Bruins cut the deficit to six (59-53) with 8:15 to play ... Stanford later put the game away by outscoring the visitors 13-5 over the final 4:49.

* - Junior All-American F Nicole Powell led the Cardinal with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals ... Sophomore G Kelley Suminski added 20 points, three rebounds and three assists.

* - The Cardinal held the Bruins to just 37.5 (21-of-56) percent shooting from the floor, and out-rebounded UCLA 40-27.

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with UCLA 29-19, and has won seven straight and nine of the last 10 ... The Cardinal has won four straight, and 14 of the last 15, over the Bruins at Maples Pavilion.

STANFORD VS. USC:

* - Stanford bounced back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat USC 63-55 last Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... With the victory, the Cardinal avenged a 75-72 loss to the Women of Troy on Jan. 26 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 (San Dimas, CA) added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) 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) percent 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.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 326-76 (.810) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 14-0 (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 25 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 60 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:

* - Tara VanDerveer, who was named a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist this week, is in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ...She owns a career record of 570-159 (.782) ... VanDerveer picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 of this season at San Francisco ... She entered the 2002-03 season ranked fifth all-time and third among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage ... She slso entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career Division I victories.

* - VanDerveer is in her 17th year at Stanford, and is 418-108 (.795) during her tenure on The Farm ... She 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 241-45 (.843) ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled an overall record of 241-48 (.834).

* - VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 11 Pacific-10 Conference titles (including this year) ... She is also a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year and was a National Coach of the Year Finalist last season.

* - VanDerveer served as head coach of the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... She 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 at Arizona will not be televised.

* - Saturday's regular season finale at Arizona State will be broadcast live in the state of Arizona 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 ninth in both the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll and the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal dropped stayed put in the AP Poll and dropped one spot in the Coaches Poll after beating USC and UCLA at home last weekend.

* - Stanford is 5-2 against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season ... The Cardinal owns victories over No. 20/23 Rutgers (64-60), No. 5/5 Kansas State (63-57), No. 24/25 Arizona (82-74), Oklahoma (58-38) and No. 25/NR Washington (77-63) ... The only losses against ranked opponents came at No. 3/3 Tennessee (71-56) and at No. 25/NR 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 has been named a finalist for the two most prestigious National Player of the Year Awards --- the Naismith Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy ... Powell is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Award and one of 13 finalists for the Wade Trophy.

* - She is averaging a near double-double of 18.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back.

* - She earned her sixth career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after averaging a double-double of 23.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in last weekend's home wins over USC and UCLA ... She had 22 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists against the Women of Troy on Thursday and 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists vs. the Bruins on Saturday.

* - She has scored in double figures in 14 of her 16 games, has pulled down 10 or more rebounds eight times and has recorded seven double-doubles ... Powell has scored in double figures in 20 of her last 23 games, and 28 of her last 32, dating back to last year.

* - Powell will be returning home to her native Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend ... Powell, who attended Mountain Pointe High School, has averaged 20.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in her previous two trips to the state of Arizona.

* - 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 ranked in 11 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).

* - If Powell was eligible for the Pac-10 overall stats this week (she will become eligible next week), she would rank first in free throw percentage (88.2; 67-of-76), second in scoring (18.3 pg), second in defensive rebounding (7.00 pg), third in total rebounding (9.5 pg), sixth in assists (3.57 pg), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.27), eighth in offensive rebounding (2.50) and eighth in field goal percentage (50.2).

* - Powell owns an impressive 27 career double-doubles, including seven in 16 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.

* - 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 (16.0), fourth in Stanford history and sixth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (81.0; 265-of-327), sixth in rebounds (734), eighth in assists (419) and 15th in points (1,296) ... She passed Vanessa Nygaard (1,279; 1993-98) and Rachel Hemmer (1,289; 1991-95) on the all-time career scoring list last Saturday vs. UCLA, and is 64 points behind 14th place Meg Metzger (1,360; 1979-83) ... Powell needs 16 more rebounds to tie Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) for fifth on the all-time school list and 18 more assists to tie Kate Starbird (437; 19932-97) for seventh on the all-time school 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, G Kelley Suminski and C T'Nae Thiel.

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 9.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds ... She is shooting 43.2 (63-of-146) percent from 3-point range, and her career percentage of 42.9 (105-of-245) ranks sixth in Pac-10 history ... Kimyacioglu, who made her 100th career 3-pointer on Feb. 15 at Washington State, is 16th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage and first in the conference in 3-pointers per game (2.52) ... The 63 3-pointers made leaves her just five short of breaking into the school single season top 10 ... Kimyacioglu has made at least one 3-pointer in 24 of Stanford's 25 games this year and has drained three or more 11 times ... She has scored in double figures 13 times this season ... 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 7.2 rebounds ... She ranks third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (5.00 pg), fourth in total rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage (50.0; 90-of-180) 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: 237 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 11 times and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... She came off the bench for the first time this season last Saturday vs. UCLA and had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes ... 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 ... Perryman was named to the Verizon All-Academic District 8 Third Team on Feb. 20.

* - Suminski is averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... She ranks first in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (84.9; 90-of-106), seventh in 3-point percentage (37.4; 40-of-107), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.21), ninth in assists, tied for ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.60) and 13th in scoring ... She has made 70 of her last 75 free throw attempts (93.3 percent) dating back to Dec. 21 and her career percentage now stands at 86.2 (163-of-189) ... The Stanford record for career free throw percentage (minimum 200 attempts) is 82.7 percent by Julie Zeilstra (1988-91) ... She has scored in double figures 15 times, including five of the last six 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 ... Last Saturday against UCLA, Suminski had 20 points, including 7-of-11 from the floor, three assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes.

* - Thiel is averaging 7.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... She ranks tied for 10th in the Pac-10 in both blocked shots (0.56 pg) and 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 vs. USC last 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 6.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds ... 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 on Feb. 20.

* - 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 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists ... She made her first start of the 2002-03 season, and fourth of her career, last Saturday vs. UCLA and had five points, nine rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes ... She ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (53.5; 85-of-159), tied for ninth in defensive rebounding (4.08 pg), 10th in free throw percentage (77.1; 64-of-83) and 14th in total rebounding ... Trotter is shooting an impressive 55.8 (58-of-104) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play, which is the third best total in the conference ... 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 last 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-high 15 rebounds on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - Trotter appeared in 28 games, including three starts, as a freshman and averaged 3.9 oints 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 11 games off the bench and is averaging 0.8 points and 2.3 rebounds ... She had career-highs of three points and five rebounds on Feb. 15 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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