Stanford To Host Minnesota In NCAA Second Round Game

March 23, 2003

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STANFORD TO FACE MINNESOTA IN SECOND ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT: The ninth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team shoots for its second straight NCAA 'Sweet 16' appearance, and 12th overall, when it hosts No. 17/18 Minnesota (24-5) on Monday at 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal (27-4), which is seeded third in the West Region, advanced to the second round with an 82-66 victory over 14th-seeded Western Michigan (20-12) on Saturday night ... This will be the second meeting in as many seasons between the Cardinal and the sixth-seeded Golden Gophers ... Stanford defeated Minnesota 96-65 in the opening round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawai'i on Nov. 23, 2001 ... Stanford, which will also host the NCAA West Regional on Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1 at Maples Pavilion, is hosting postseason competition for the 12th time in the last 15 seasons ... The Cardinal hosted NCAA Subregional games from 1989-98 and 2002 and the NCAA West Regional in 1990 and 1994 ... Stanford owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 37-14, including a 19-2 record at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is 11-2 in NCAA Second Round games ... Stanford has won nine of its last 10 NCAA Tournament games on The Farm dating back to 1994-95 ... For ticket information on the NCAA Subregional or West Regional at Maples Pavilion, call 1-800-STANFORD.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

* - Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 37-17 (.685), including a 37-14 (.725) record in NCAA Tournament competition ... This is the Cardinal's 17th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 16th in a row (fourth longest active Division I streak).

* - Stanford won NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1992, and also made Final Four appearances in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... The Cardinal captured the 1990 NCAA Championship by defeating Auburn 88-81 in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Stanford then won the 1992 crown by knocking off Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game in Los Angeles.

* - Last season, Stanford advanced to the NCAA West Regional Semifinals in Boise, Idaho before falling to Colorado 62-59 ... Stanford advanced to the 'Sweet 16' with subregional home wins over Weber State (76-51) and Tulane (77-55).

STANFORD VS. MINNESOTA:

* - Stanford has won both of its previous meetings with Minnesota, including a 96-65 victory on Nov. 23 of last season in the opening round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawai'i ... Stanford also defeated the Golden Gophers 87-64 on Dec. 29, 1987 in the opening round of the Cardinal Classic at Maples Pavilion.

* - Last season, the Cardinal defeated the Golden Gophers 96-65 in the first round ofthe Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawai'i ... Lindsey Yamasaki had 17 points, including her 1,000th career point, and Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) contributed 19 points and eight rebounds ... Stanford broke the game open with an 11-4 run at the end of the first half that gave it a 46-32 lead at the intermission ... Freshman T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX), who finished with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, had four points in the run while Powell had three ... Stanford broke the game wide open in the second half with an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 66-40 with 12:52 remaining ... Freshmen Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) and Thiel combined for nine of the 11 points in the run ... Stanford shot 54.2 (39-of-72) percent from the field and held the Golden Gophers to 35.7 (20-of-56) percent ... Stanford eventually went on to win the eight-team event with by defeating Hawai'i 71-60 in the semifinals and Penn State 90-68 in the final.

* - In the first meeting, Stanford posted a 23-point win over Minnesota in the first round of the Cardinal Classic on Dec. 29, 1987 at Maples Pavilion ... Katy Steding led the Cardinal with 20 points and six rebounds in that game, while Jennifer Azzi dished out 12 assists (tied for the fifth highest single game total in school history).

* - The Cardinal is 21-7 all-time against the Big Ten, and has played every team in the conference ... Stanford is 3-0 vs. Northwestern, 2-0 vs. Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota, 1-0 vs. Iowa and Ohio State, 5-3 vs. Purdue, 2-1 vs. Wisconsin and 1-1 vs. Illinois, Indiana and Penn State ... Stanford's last matchup against a Big Ten team was a 90-68 win over Penn State on Nov. 25, 2001 at the University of Hawaii ... The Cardinal's only meetings against teams from the state of Minnesota came against the Golden Gophers.

* - Stanford starting point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN) is from Minnesota and went to high school at the Academy of Holy Angels ... She was a 2000 USA Today First-Team Prep All-American after averaging 35.0 points per game as a senior ... She was also named Minnesota 'Miss Basketball' in her senior campaign.

* - Minnesota is 24-5 overall (11-4 on the road; 2-1 on neutral courts) after posting a 68-48 NCAA First Round win over 11th-seeded Tulane (19-10) on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion ... The Golden Gophers went 12-4 in the Big Ten Conference (4-4 on the road), and finished tied for second behind Penn State ... Junior G Lindsay Whalen leads Minnesota with 21.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds, while senior G/F Corrin Van Wald is averaging 14.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.8 assists ... Whalen had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists against Stanford last season.

* - Minnesota has won eight of its last nine games, with the lone loss coming to Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 7 (80-77) ... The Cardinal and Golden Gophers did not play a common opponent this season.

STANFORD -WESTERN MICHIGAN WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford shot a season-high 60.8 (31-of-51) percent in an 82-66 NCAA First Round victory over Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion Western Michigan on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal's shooting performance was its second best in an NCAA Tournament game, behind only the 61.4 (35-of-57) percent it shot against Iowa in the Midwest Regional Semifinals on March 23, 1989 in Ruston, Louisiana.

* - The Broncos entered the game fourth in the nation in scoring average (79.4 ppg), but were held 13 points under their season average ... Western Michigan shot just 39.7 (23-of-58) percent from the floor, including 25.0 (3-of-12) percent from 3-point range ... Bronco forward Kristin Koetsier, who came into the game averaging 17.3 points, was held to just two points on 1-of-6 shooting ... Stanford has held its opponents under 70 points in 24 of its 31 games this season, including 14 of 15 games at Maples Pavilion.

* - Junior All-American Nicole Powell picked up the 30th double-double of her career, and just missed her seventh career triple-double, with 21 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high tying eight assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 32 minutes ... Powell, who had two triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament last season (Weber State and Tulane), was 6-of-8 from the floor, 4-of-5 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

* - Stanford had all five starters in double figures for just the second time this season ... It also happened in a 69-55 win at Boston University on Dec. 21 ... Redshirt sophomore Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) had 16 points (one short of her career-high), redshirt sophomore Susan King added 13 points and a season-high five assists, sophomore center T'Nae Thiel had 12 points and nine boards and sophomore guard Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) chipped in 10 points and five assists ... The Cardinal starting five shot 76.5 (26-of-34) percent from the floor and 75.0 (9-of-12) percent from 3-point range ... Sophomore Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) added 10 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

* - Stanford led by as many as 11 (40-29) points in the first half, and led 45-38 at the intermission ... The Cardinal opened the second half on a 10-0 run, which was highlighted by 3-pointers from Powell and King, that stretched the advantage to 55-38 with 17:47 remaining ... The Broncos could get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with Western Michigan 2-0 ... The Cardinal also posted an 80-66 non-conference home victory over the Broncos on Dec. 18, 1999 at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Cardinal is now 5-0 all-time against the Mid-American Conference ... Stanford is 2-0 against both Ohio University and Western Michigan and 1-0 vs. Eastern Michigan ... This was the Cardinal's first meeting with a MAC opponent since the 1999 matchup with the Broncos ... Stanford is now 7-0 all-time against teams from the state of Michigan (2-0 vs. Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan and 1-0 vs. Eastern Michigan ) ... This was the Cardinal's first game against a team from the state of Michigan since an 81-74 overtime victory over the University of Michigan in an NCAA Tournament First Round game on March 18, 2000 at the University of Georgia.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP:

* - Final (Stanford 59, Arizona 49): Top-seeded Stanford held the high-scoring Arizona (22-8) to just 49 points en route to its first-ever Pac-10 Tournament Championship ... The championship game was played on Monday, March 10 at HP Pavilion in San Jose ... The third-seeded Wildcats, who entered the postseason averaging 73.6 points per contest, shot just 34.5 (20-of-58) percent from the floor as the Cardinal led nearly wire-to-wire ... All-American Nicole Powell scored 13 points in the opening 7:40 as the Cardinal jumped out to a 18-9 lead ... The Cardinal led by as many as 20 points (33-13) in the first half, and led 35-24 at the break ... The Wildcats cut the lead to four (43-39) with 14:09 remaining, but could get no closer ... The Cardinal ended the game on a 5-0 run, and held the Wildcats scoreless over the final 2:48 to pull away ... Powell, who was named Pac-10 Tournament MVP for the second straight year, finished with 19 points, five steals, five assists, four rebounds and two blocked shots, while All-Tournament selection Kelley Suminski had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals ... Stanford also held Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Shawntinice Polk to a season-low five points on 2-of-6 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the foul line.

* - Semifinals (Stanford 69, UCLA 62): Nicole Powell had her 29th career double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead Stanford over fourth-seeded UCLA (18-11) on Sunday, March 9 ... Stanford scored the first eight points of the game, and led by as many as 11 points (18-7) in the first half before going into the locker room with a 31-26 lead ... The Cardinal stretched the advantage to 52-37 with 10:02 to play, but the Bruins went on a 22-6 run to take the lead at 59-58 with 3:52 remaining ... With the score tied at 61-61 with 1:57 to play, the Bruins appeared on the verge of a key defensive stop as the Cardinal was forced to inbound the basket near mid-court with just one second left on the shot clock ... Sophomore Kelley Suminski inbounded the ball to Powell, who drained a 26-footer as the shot clock expired to give Stanford the lead for good ... In addition to Powell's double-double, sophomore F Azella Perryman recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds ... Suminski chipped in 17 points and five rebounds, while redshirt sophomore point guard Susan King tossed in 10 points ... The Cardinal out-rebounded the Bruins 49-21, including a 33-14 advantage on the defensive glass.

* - Quarterfinals (Stanford 60, California 35): Stanford turned in one of the best defensive performances in school history en route to a 60-35 win over eighth-seeded California (10-19) on Saturday, March 8 ... The 35 points was the lowest ever scored against the Cardinal by a Pac-10 opponent, and tied for the fifth lowest total allowed in school history ... Stanford streaked to a 19-2 lead in the opening 10:28 and never looked back ... Junior F Nicole Powell led Stanford with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 327-76 (.811) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-0 (1.000) record this season.

* - The Cardinal has won 26 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 (62) ... Stanford has not lost at home since a 68-62 setback to then-No. 2/2 Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.

* - 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.

* - Stanford has lost two home games or less in 14 of the last 16 seasons, including this year.

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 575-160 (.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 also 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 423-109 (.795) during her tenure on The Farm ... She picked win No. 400 at Stanford on Nov. 30 of this season vs. then-No. 2/2 Kansas State ... She also owns an impressive Pac-10 record of 242-46 (.840) ... In the 1990's alone, VanDerveer compiled an overall record of 241-48 (.834).

* - This is VanDerveer's 18th trip to the NCAA Tournament, 15 with Stanford (1988-95; 1997-03) and three with Ohio State (1982; 1984-85) ... She is 35-15 (.700) overall in the NCAA Tournament --- 33-12 (.733) at Stanford and 2-3 (.400) at Ohio State ... VanDerveer ranks fifth overall, and fourth among active coaches, in all-time NCAA Tournament 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 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 Naismith 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:

* - Monday's game vs. Minnesota will be televised live nationally by ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) with Dave Ryan and Annie Meyers calling the action.

* - 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 ninth in the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal stayed put in the Coaches Poll and dropped one spot in the AP Poll after beating Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament Final on Monday, March 10.

* - Stanford has been ranked as high as No. 4 (Dec. 2-9) and as low as No. 9 (Feb. 24 & March 17) in the Coaches Poll ... In the AP Poll, the Cardinal has been ranked as high as No. 5 (Preseason; Dec. 1-16; Jan. 19) and as low as No. 9 (Feb. 16-March 17).

* - Monday's game vs. No. 17/18 Minnesota is the Cardinal's 10th against a ranked opponent this season ... Stanford is 6-3 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. 23 (AP)/24 Rutgers (64-60), No. 7 (Coaches)/8 Kansas State (63-57), No. 22/22 Arizona (82-74), NR/NR Oklahoma (58-38) and NR/NR Washington (77-63) and a neutral court win over No. 22 Arizona (59-49) ... The only losses against ranked opponents came at No. 4/4 Tennessee (71-56), NR/NR Washington (92-68) and No. 22/22 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 58.6 points per game, which is on pace to break both the Pac-10 and school single season 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.

* - Stanford entered the NCAA Tournament ranked in the top 20 in the nation in free throw percentage (8th, 77.5), rebounding margin (8th, +8.4) and won-loss percentage (10th, 86.7).

* - Stanford's team free throw percentage of 77.1 (462-of-599) 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 211 3-pointers made this season ranks third on the school single season list ... The 2002-03 squad needs two more 3-pointers to tie the 1999-2000 squad for second place ... The school record of 258 was set in 2001-02.

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.

* - Powell is averaging a near double-double of 18.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals despite missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... On the school single season list, she currently ranks fourth in rebounds per game (9.5), fourth in free throw percentage (87.3; 96-of-110) and eighth in scoring average (18.8).

* - Powell was named to the All-Pac-10 team for the third time in as many seasons on Thursday, March 6 ... Powell is 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 three times are Jennifer Azzi (1988-90), Katy Steding (1988-90), Sonja Henning (1988-90) and Kate Starbird (1995-97).

*- For the second time in as many years, Powell was named Most Valuable Player of the Pac-10 Tournament ... She averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three games at the Pac-10 Tourney ... She had 19 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds and two blocked shots in the Pac-10 Tournament Final vs. Arizona on March 10.

* - Entered the postseason ranked first in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (87.5; 91-of-104), first in defensive rebounding (7.24 pg), second in scoring (18.7 pg), third in total rebounding (9.4 pg), fifth in assists (3.71 pg), fifth in 3-point percentage (37.7; 29-of-77) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.22).

* - Powell has scored in double figures in 20 of her 22 games this season, has pulled down 10 or more rebounds 10 times (including 15 or more rebounds four times) and has recorded 10 double-doubles ... She recorded her 10th double-double on Saturday night vs. Western Michigan with 21 points and 10 boards ... Powell has scored in double figures in 26 of her last 28 games, and 34 of her last 37, dating back to last season.

* - In Pac-10 games only, she ranked first in the conference in defensive rebounding (7.00 pg), second in scoring (19.1 pg), second in free throw percentage (88.0; 66-of-75), third in total rebounding (9.3 pg), fourth in 3-point percentage (38.9; 21-of-54), fourth in assists (3.94 pg), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.31), eighth in steals (1.88 pg) and 10th in 3-pointers per game (1.31).

* - Powell owns an impressive 30 career double-doubles, including 10 in 22 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 (16.3), fourth in Stanford history and tied for 22nd in Pac-10 history in rebounds (790), fifth in Stanford history and sixth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (81.4; 294-of-361), sixth in assists (448) and 12th in points (1,416) ... On Saturday night, she moved into 12th place on the school scoring list ahead of Louise Smith (1,414; 1978-82).

* - In the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals vs. UCLA on March 9, Powell made a big shot in the final moments for the third time this season ... Her 26-footer as the shot clock expired gave Stanford the lead for good with 1:56 remaining in the 69-64 win over UCLA ... 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 lifted Stanford to 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.

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