Stanford, UCLA To Meet In Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals

March 9, 2003

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STANFORD TO FACE UCLA IN PAC-10 TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS: The nationally-ranked Stanford women's basketball team shoots for its 25th win of the 2002-03 season on Sunday in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at HP Pavilion in San Jose ... The top-seeded Cardinal (24-4), which is ranked eighth in the nation in the Coaches Poll and ninth in the AP Poll, will take on fourth-seeded UCLA (18-10) at 3:00 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net ... The Cardinal, which is looking for the 12th 25-win season in school history, and second in a row, advanced to the semifinals with a resounding 60-35 victory over California on Saturday night ... The 35 points is the lowest total Stanford has ever allowed against a Pac-10 opponent, and tied for the fifth lowest in school history ... The Cardinal comes to San Jose after capturing its 12th Pac-10 title in 17 years, and third in a row, by a two-game margin over both Arizona (21-7) and Washington (22-6) ... The Cardinal also won the conference regular season crown in 1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '98, 2001 and '02 ... The Cardinal is seeking its first Pac-10 Tournament title after finishing second in last year's inaugural event at the University of Oregon ... Top-seeded Stanford defeated eighth-seeded UCLA 96-61 in the quarterfinals and fifth-seeded Oregon State 71-55 in the semifinals before losing to third-seeded Arizona State 70-63 in the final.

STANFORD VS. UCLA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with UCLA 29-19, and has won seven straight and nine of the last 10 ... The Cardinal is 15-9 against the Bruins at home, 13-9 in Westwood and 1-1 on neutral courts.

* - Stanford swept the 2002-03 season series 2-0, with an 80-79 win on Jan. 24 at Pauley Pavilion and a 79-61 victory on Feb. 22 at Maples Pavilion.

* - In the last meeting between the teams (Saturday, Feb. 22), Stanford clinched its 12th Pacific-10 Conference title in 17 years, and third in a row, with a 79-61 victory 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 (Phoenix, AZ) led the Cardinal with 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals ... Sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) added 20 points, three rebounds and three assists.

* - In the first meeting (Friday, Jan. 24), junior Nicole Powell scored from six feet out with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Stanford an 80-78 win at Pauley Pavilion ... The Cardinal went up 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 ... 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.

* - This is the second straight year that Stanford and UCLA will play in the Pac-10 Tournament ... In the quarterfinals of last year's event (March 2, 2002 at the University of Oregon), Stanford posted a 96-61 victory ... Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) had a season-high 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal, which led 44-24 at the half and never looked back.

* - UCLA is 18-10 overall after defeating Oregon 71-58 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on Saturday night ... The Bruins went 12-6 in Pac-10 play, which was good for fourth place ... Redshirt senior G Michelle Greco leads the Bruins with 19.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

CALIFORNIA WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford turned in one of the best defensive performances in school history en route to a 60-35 win over California in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on Saturday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose ... The win was the Cardinal's first at HP Pavilion in four tries dating back to 1997-98.

* - The 35 points allowed was Stanford's best-ever effort against a Pac-10 opponent, and tied for the fifth best in school history ... The Golden Bears' 14 points in the first half was a season low by a Cardinal opponent, as was California's 22.2 (10-of-45) percent shooting from the floor on the night.

* - Stanford streaked to a 19-2 lead in the opening 10:28 and never looked back ... The Cardinal, which shot 36.2 (21-of-58) percent for the contest, led 29-14 at the half ... Stanford broke the game wide open with a 13-2 second half run that pushed the lead to 47-22 with 11:04 remaining ... Eleven of the 12 Stanford players in uniform broke into the scoring column, and none of the Cardinal starters played more than 27 minutes.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell led Stanford with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes ... In four career Pac-10 Tournament games, Powell is averaging 22.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists ... Sophomore F Azella Perryman added 12 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench, while redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter pitched in 11 points and seven rebounds.

ARIZONA STATE WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford wrapped up its 12th 15-win Pac-10 season in the last 15 years with a 63-53 win at Arizona State on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena ... With the win, Stanford finished the regular season 23-4 overall and 15-3 in the Pac-10.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell turned in one of her best performances of the season before the hometown crown ... She had 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 36 minutes ... She was the only Cardinal player in double figures.

* - After Arizona State jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the opening 4:49, Stanford out-scored the hosts 30-11 over the next 15:11 to take a 33-21 halftime advantage ... The Sun Devils cut the lead down to two (44-42) with 9:20 to play, but Stanford responded with seven unanswered points over the next 2:22 to put the game out of reach.

* - Stanford shot 45.8 (22-of-48) percent from the floor, and held the Sun Devils to just 36.2 (17-of-47) percent shooting overall and 30.0 (3-of-10) percent from 3-point range.

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 14 of the last 16 seasons (including this year).

* - 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, the 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year honors, is in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... She owns a career record of 572-160 (.781) ... 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 also entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career Division I victories.

* - The 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the sixth of VanDerveer's honor, and second in a row ... VanDerveer, who also received the honor in 1989, '90, '95, '97 and 2002, is the only coach to have won the award more than twice.

* - VanDerveer is in her 17th year at Stanford, and is 420-109 (.794) 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 242-46 (.840) ... 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:

* - Junior G Katie Denny (Pacific Grove, CA) missed both games in Arizona last weekend because of a sore right knee, but returned to action on Saturday vs. California and had one point in seven minutes.

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

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Both of Sunday's Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, as well as Monday's final, will be aired live nationally by Fox Sports Net ... Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Mary Murphy (color) and Jim Watson (sideline) will handle the announcing chores.

* - 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 moved up one spot in the Coaches Poll and stayed put in the AP Poll after last weekend's road split in Arizona.

* - Stanford is 5-3 against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season ... The Cardinal owns home victories over (rankings listed are as of this week), No. 18/20 Rutgers (64-60), No. 4/4 Kansas State (63-57), No. 22/24 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), No. 25/NR Washington (92-68) and No. 22/24 Arizona (79-64).

* - 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.

FROM THE STAT SHEET:

* - Stanford is currently allowing an average of just 58.5 points per game, which is on pace to break both the Pac-10 and school records ... The school record of 59.3 was established in 1978-79 and the Pac-10 record of 59.1 was set by Arizona State in 2001-02.

* - As a team, Stanford entered the week ranked in the top 20 in the nation in free throw percentage (2nd, 78.6), won-loss percentage (11th, 85.2) and rebounding margin (13th, +8.2).

* - Stanford's team free throw percentage of 77.8 currently ranks as the best in both school and Pac-10 history ... The school and conference record of 76.4 was set by the 1989-90 Cardinal squad that won the NCAA Championship.

* - Stanford's 189 3-pointers made this season ranks fourth on the school single season list.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE NICOLE POWELL:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell has been named a finalist for the two most prestigious 2002-03 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 18.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals despite missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... The 9.4 rebounds ranks as the fourth highest single season total in school history and the 18.7 points ranks tied for eighth.

* - Powell was named to the All-Pac-10 team for the third time in as many seasons on Thursday ... Powell becomes just the 19th player in conference history, and fifth player in Stanford history, to become a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. The only other Stanford players to earn the honor are Jennifer Azzi (1988-90), Katy Steding (1988-90), Sonja Henning (1988-90) and Kate Starbird (1995-97).

* - On Monday, Powell qualified for the Pac-10 stat leaders for the first time this season after missing the first nine games due to injury ... She entered the week ranked first in free throw percentage (87.6; 85-of-97), first in defensive rebounding (7.05 pg), second in scoring (18.7 pg), third in total rebounding (9.4 pg), sixth in assists (3.63 pg), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.23) and 10th in 3-point percentage (37.5; 24-of-64) ... Her free throw percentage is also currently tied for the fourth highest in school single season history ... After starting the season 2-of-16 from beyond the arc, she has made 22 of her last 48 (45.8 percent).

* - She has scored in double figures in 17 of her 19 games this season, including a 26-point effort at Arizona State last Saturday, has pulled down 10 or more rebounds nine times and has recorded eight double-doubles ... Powell has scored in double figures in 23 of her last 26 games, and 31 of her last 35, dating back to last year.

* - In Pac-10 games only, she entered the week among the conference leaders in nine of a possible 12 categories, including second in scoring (19.1 pg), third in rebounding (9.3 pg) and fourth in assists (3.94 pg).

* - Powell owns an impressive 28 career double-doubles, including eight in 18 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), third in points per game (16.2), third in Stanford history and fifth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (81.9; 285-of-348), fifth in Stanford history and 25th in Pac-10 history in rebounds (761), eighth in assists (431) and 15th in points (1,358) ... On Saturday night, Powell moved past Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) into fifth place on the all-time school rebounding list, and is 19 behind Rachel Hemmer (780;1992-95) for fourth on the school list and 24th on the Pac-10 list ... On the school scoring list, she is only two points behind 14th place Meg Metzger (1,360; 1979-83) and 29 points behind 13th place Christy Hedgpeth (1,387; 1990-94) ... She also needs just six more assists to tie Kate Starbird (437; 19932-97) for seventh on the all-time school list.

* - Powell made a pair of game-winning shots in Pac-10 play to lift the Cardinal to two 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 two free throws (on a 1-and-1) with only 1.3 seconds left.

* - She earned her sixth career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Feb. 24 after averaging a double-double of 23.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in home wins over USC and UCLA ... She had 22 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists against the Women of Troy on Feb. 20 and 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists vs. the Bruins on Feb. 22 ... Only six players in Pac-10 history have received more player of the week honors than Powell.

* - 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 school 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 9.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds ... She is shooting 40.5 (66-of-163) percent from 3-point range this season and her career percentage of 41.2 (108-of-262) ranks eighth in Pac-10 history ... Kimyacioglu, who made her 100th career 3-pointer on Feb. 15 at Washington State, entered the week ranked 30th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage and first in the conference in 3-pointers per game (2.36) ... The 66 3-pointers made leaves her just two short of breaking into the school single season top 10 ... Kimyacioglu has made at least one 3-pointer in 27 of Stanford's 28 games this year and has drained three or more 11 times ... Kimyacioglu 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 (career-high 19 points) and Jan. 24 at UCLA ... 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 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds ... She entered the week ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.75 pg), sixth in total rebounding (7.0 pg) and ninth in field goal percentage (51.0; 100-of-196) ... Perryman has more than doubled her scoring output from her entire freshman campaign (2002-03: 262 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 12 times, including a 12-point effort vs. California on Saturday, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... Perryman has four double-doubles this season, including back-to-back double-doubles against Arizona on Dec. 30 (10 points, 12 rebounds) and 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, who was named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the first time in her career on Thursday, is averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds ... She ranks third in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (83.5; 96-of-115), sixth in 3-point percentage (37.3; 44-of-118), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.15), eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.57) and 14th in scoring (11.4 pg) ... Suminski's career free throw percentage of 85.6 (167-of-195) ranks as the best in Stanford history, and her percentage this season (83.5) ranks ninth on the school single season list ... She has scored in double figures 16 times, including six times in the last eight 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.

* - Thiel is averaging 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... She ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (0.71 pg) and 12th in total rebounding (6.0 pg) ... Thiel has scored in double figures 10 times this season, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... She recorded her fourth career double-double, and third of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds 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 6.1 points and 1.6 assists ... King is also shooting an impressive 81.3 (26-of-32) 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. 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 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists, and has started the last four games after coming off the bench in the first 24 ... She recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds (nine offensive) last Thursday night at Arizona ... She entered the week ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (53.3; 97-of-182) and 13th in total rebounding (6.0 pg) ... Trotter shot an impressive 56.4 (66-of-117) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play, which was the second best total in the conference ... She shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 14 of the 18 Pac-10 games ... She has scored in double figures 16 times this season, including an 11-point effort vs. California on Saturday night ... She has recorded a career-high 17 points three times in 2002-03 --- 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 points and 2.7 rebounds ... She redshirted the 2001-02 campaign because of chronic pain in both knees.

VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN JOINS THE SQUAD:

* - Sara McGee (Davis, CA), who was a 2002 First-Team Women's Volleyball All-American, joined the women's basketball team on Thursday, Dec. 26.

* - McGee has appeared in 12 games off the bench and is averaging 0.8 points and 2.2 rebounds ... She had career-highs of three points and five rebounds on Feb. 15 at Washington State .. She also had five rebounds on Feb. 6 vs. Oregon.

* - McGee is a 6-foot-3 center ... 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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