Stanford Opens Regular-Season Play
Nov. 17, 2003
STANFORD IN 2003 EXHIBITION PLAY:
* - Stanford downed Love & Basketball 69-52 and Everyone's Internet 92-86.
* - Against Love & Basketball, Chelsea Trotter led Stanford with 15 points on 7-of-8 field goals.
* - Senior Nicole Powell tallied her first double-double of the season against Love & Basketball (11 pts./12 reb.) and freshman Kristen Newlin recorded her first collegiate double-double against Everyone's Internet (18 pts./11 reb.).
* - Junior Kelley Suminski led the team with 24 points against EV-1.
* - Pepperdine recorded two victories in exhibition play over Love & Basketball (W, 93-91) and Nunewading Spectres (W, 93-68) ... Nicole Funn led the squad with 21 points against L&B ... Jasmine Clarendon tallied 20 points against Australia.
* - Head coach Mark Trakh returned nine letterwinners, including four starters from a squad that went 22-8 overall last season, won the West Coast Conference regular-season and WCC Tournament title and made its third postseason appearance in school history.
* - Senior guard Shandrika Lee returns in the 2003-04 season after suffering a torn ACL last season.
* - The Waves' backcourt will consist of junior Shanell Law (11.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), sophomore Alicia Komaki, and freshmen Lauren Wenski and Kerra Wodarski.
* - Pepperdine looks to replace WCC Player of the Year Tamara McDonald and honorable mention all-WCC honoree Damaris Hinojosa.
* - Returnees along the front line include junior Funn (9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg), junior Jennifer Lacy, junior Kelli Spencer and sophomore Kelsey Ball.
* - Stanford leads the all-time Cardinal-Waves series 5-1. Stanford defeated Pepperdine 91-58 on Jan. 5, 2003, at Maples Pavilion.
* - Fordham defeated the New York Gazelles (73-58) and the NWBL (69-63) in 2003 exhibition action ... Beth Ann Dickinson scored in double figures in both games, with 24 points against NY and 20 agianst the NWBL.
* - Head coach Jim Lewis, beginning his fourth season at Fordham, returned four-of-five starters from last season's squad, including Monica Mack (5.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Beth Ann Dickinson (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Kyshawn Ruff (6.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and Stacey Price (5.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg).
* - The Rams look to replace Mobolaji Akiode, Atlantic-10's Most Improved Player, who averaged 16.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Fordham last season.
* - Stanford leads the all-time Cardinal-Rams series 1-0. In their only meeting, Stanford downed Fordham 81-55 on the road on Jan. 5, 2002.
* - Stanford has been tabbed to win the 2003-04 Pac-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members and who regularly cover women's basketball in the league and the conference coaches.
* - The Cardinal garnered all 18 first-place votes from the media and totaled 180 points as the media's undisputed pick to win it all.
* - Stanford tallied eight first-place votes from the league's coaches.
* - This is the fourth year in a row and fourth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.
* - This is the fourth-straight year Stanford has been picked by the media as the Conference preseason favorite, however, it marks the first time the Cardinal received every first-place vote since the 1997-98 season. The Pac-10 media poll has correctly predicted the Conference champion in five of the last six seasons.
* - Five returning All-Pac-10 players were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team: UCLA sophomore Nikki Blue, USC senior Ebony Hoffman, Washington senior Giuliana Mendiola (2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year), Arizona sophomore Shawntinice Polk (2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) and Stanford senior All-American Nicole Powell.
* - Stanford won the 2003 Conference Championship, captured the Pac-10 Tournament trophy and advanced to second round of the NCAA Championship.
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 25th season as a collegiate head coach ... She owns a career record of 575-161 (.781) ... She enters the 2003-04 season ranked fourth among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage.
* - The 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the sixth of VanDerveer's career ... VanDerveer is the only coach to have won the award more than twice.
* - VanDerveer is in her 18th year at Stanford, and is 423-110 (.794) during her tenure on The Farm ... She picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30, 2002, against 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 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2002-03.
* - 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).
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE Nicole Powell:
* - Senior forward Nicole Powell has been named a candidate for the two most prestigious 2003-04 National Player of the Year Awards --- the Naismith Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy.
* - Named an Associated Press Preseason All-American.
* - One of the top players in the nation, and has already established herself as one of the elite players in Stanford women's basketball history.
* - Earned Kodak First-Team All-America honors each of the last two seasons, and joins Jennifer Azzi, Kate Starbid and Val Whiting as the only two-time Kodak All-Americans in school history.
* - A two-time Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist.
* - Named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001-02, and is a three-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player.
* - Ranks first in Stanford history in career rebounds per game (9.1), third in points per game (16.3), third in free throw percentage (81.5; 296-of-363), fourth in total rebounds (797), sixth in assists (450), eighth in 3-pointers made (143) and 12th in total points (1,435).
* - She also ranks eighth in Pac-10 history in career free throw percentage (81.5; 296-of-363), eighth in rebounds per game (9.1) and 22nd in total rebounds (797).
* - In Stanford's single season record book, she is listed 15 times in 11 different categories ... Holds Stanford's single season (327; 2001-02) and single game (21 vs. Oregon, Jan. 13, 2002) rebounding records.
* - Owns six of the 12 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and six of the eight in Stanford history.
* - The only Pac-10 player to have ever recorded more than one career triple-double.
* - In 88 career games, has recorded the six triple-doubles and 30 double-doubles.
* - She has scored in double figures 73 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds on 38 occasions.
* - Has spent three of the last four summers playing for USA Basketball ... She helped the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic and the gold medal at the Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Argentina.
IN THEIR FINAL SEASON:
* - Senior forwards Katie Denny and Nicole Powell compete in their final collegiate seasons.
* - Last season, Denny averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg after missing eight games due to a knee injury ... didn't compete in exhibition play due to injury.
* - Powell, national player of the year candidate and two-time Kodak All-American ranks as on of the top players in Stanford's history ... in 2002-03, Powell averaged 18.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg ... against Love & Basketball, Powell notched her first double-double of the 2003-04 season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
JUNIORS ROUND OUT STRONG UPPER CLASS:
* - The Cardinal boast six juniors this season: guard Susan King Borchardt, forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu, forward Azella Perryman, guard Kelley Suminski, forward T'Nae Thiel and center Chelsea Trotter.
* - Redshirt junior Borchardt married former Stanford men's basketball standout Curtis Borchardt in August ... last season, she averaged 6.5 ppg and 1.5 apg ... tallied 16 points in against EV-1.
* - Kimyacioglu will be a major scoring threat from the outside ... she has made 112 3-pointers over the last two seasons, including 70 last year and averaged 8.4 ppg ... recorded 14 points against EV-1.
* - Perryman averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg last season ... didn't compete in exhibition due to injury.
* - Suminski earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors last season after averaging 11.4 ppg and 3.1 apg ... ranks first in school history in free-throw percentage (84.7) ... recorded 24 points against EV-1.
* - Thiel averaged 7.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg last season ... boasts a career average of 5.9 rpg ... didn't compete in exhibition play due to injury.
* - Trotter averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.1 rpg last year ... shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 14-of-18 conference games ... led the Cardinal with 15 points vs. Love & Basketball (7-of-8 field goals).
ONE YEAR UNDER THEIR BELT:
* - The Cardinal sophomore class includes guard Clare Bodensteiner, guard Krista Rappahahn, center Shelley Nweke and center Brooke Smith.
* - Bodensteiner came off the bench in 22 games last season to average 2.3 ppg ... appeared for 11 minutes of play against Love & Basketball.
* - Rappahahn averaged 3.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 26 games last season as a freshman ... saw 15 minutes of play against EV-1 for five points.
* - Nweke appeared in 14 games last season after suffering injury ... recorded five blocks in 44 minutes of play as a freshman ... saw action in 12 minutes of play in exhibition this season.
* - Smith is a transfer from Duke who will redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
* - The Cardinal frehsman class includes guard Markisha Coleman, center Kristen Newlin and forward Eziamaka Okafor.
* - Coleman, an East Palo Alto, Calif., native, joined the Cardinal squad as a walk-on ... came off the bench for six minutes against Everyone's Internet to record one point and two rebounds.
* - Newlin hails from Riverton, Wyo. ... tallied her first collegiate double-double against EV-1 with 18 points and 11 rebounds ... recorded two blocked shots against Love & Basketball.
* - Okafor, who missed last season due to a torn ACL, may enter competition with the Cardinal midway through the 2003-04 season after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon in the fall.