No. 6 Stanford Hosts No. 10 Georgia
Nov. 29, 2003
STANFORD SEASON UPDATE:
* - No. 6/6 Stanford wraps up the weekend against No. 10/10 Georgia at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.* - The Cardinal boast a 4-0 record this season after a 67-51 victory over Boston University at Stanford on Friday.* - Senior forward Nicole Powell led the Cardinal with 17 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Susan Borchardt with 16 points against the Lady Bulldogs.
* - Freshman center Kristen Newlin came off the Stanford bench to match the school record with six blocks in the win over Georgia.
* - Powell continues to lead the Cardinal in scoring this season with 93 points and now ranks seventh in Stanford's all-time scoring recordbooks with 1,528 career points.
* - The Lady Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today national polls.
* - Georgia boasts a 3-0 record this season after wins over Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Santa Clara.
* - Head coach Andy Leaders entered his 25th season with a Lady Bulldog squad that returned four starters from last year.
* - Last season, Georgia capped off a 21-10 season with an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.
* - Top returnees include sophomore guard Sherill Baker (9.6 ppg/4.3 rpg), junior forward/center Kara Braxton (15.7 ppg/2.0 bpg), sophomore guard Alexis Kendrick (12.4 ppg/5.1 apg) and senior forward/center Christi Thomas (16.0 ppg/8.0 rpg).
CARDINAL-LADY BULLDOG SERIES:
* - Stanford leads the all-time Cardinal-Lady Bulldog series 5-2.
* - Georgia defeated Stanford 83-64 in their last meeting on March 20, 2000, at Stegeman Coliseum.
* - 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 579-161 (.782) ... 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 427-110 (.795) 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 last 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 (9.2), third in points per game (16.6), third in free throw percentage (82.2; 319-of-388), fourth in total rebounds (844), sixth in assists (467), seventh in 3-pointers made (147) and seventh in total points (1,528).
* - She is listed 15 times in 11 different categories in Stanford's single-season record book ... Holds 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 92 career games, has recorded the six triple-doubles and 32 double-doubles.
* - She has scored in double figures 77 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds on 40 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.
* - In 2002-03, Denny averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg after missing eight games due to a knee 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 ... Powell recorded her first double-double of the season in Stanford 69-61 win over Pepperdine with 28 points and 12 rebounds and another against Boston U. with 17 points and 19 rebounds ... notched 20 points and nine rebounds against Fordham ... matched season-high 28 points against USF ... has averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds after four games this season.
JUNIORS ROUND OUT STRONG UPPER CLASS:
* - The Cardinal boast six juniors: 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 against EV-1 and Boston U., and 11 against Fordham.
* - Kimyacioglu will be a major scoring threat from the outside ... she has made 118 career 3-pointers, including 70 last year ... recorded 12 points against Pepperdine ,,. has averaged 9.0 ppg in 2003.
* - Perryman averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg last season ... hasn't competed this season 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 (84.9; 186-219) ... 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 ... hasn't competed this season 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 last season ... tallied 15 points against Pepperdine.
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 ... against Fordham, tallied 10 points ... shot 4-of-4 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range for 10 points against USF ... this season, has averaged 6.3 ppg while shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field and 50 percent from the three-point arc (5-of-10).
* - 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 against Love & Basketball and EV-1.
* - Smith is a transfer from Duke who will redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
* - The Cardinal freshman 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. ... at Pepperdine, Newlin recorded four blocks as a starter at forward and came off the bench against Boston U. to tally six blocks, matching the Stanford single-game record ... has 14 blocks this season ... tallied career-high 16 points vs. Fordham, shooting 5-of-7 from the field ... averaging 8.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for the Cardinal in 2003.
* - 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.
COVERING THE CARDINAL:
* - Media Information: The Stanford Media Relations Office welcomes interest in the Stanford Women's Basketball program ... We will make every effort to ensure your working experience is enjoyable ... The following are some guidelines to help with your coverage of Stanford Women's Basketball:
* - Credentials: Credentials are issued only to accredited members of the working media ... Working space in the press box is limited and passes will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis ... Requests for credentials should be faxed on company letterhead to 650-725-2957 ... Media passes will be left at the Maples Pavilion Back Gate/Player Entrance (located in the loading dock area).
* - Tara Teleconferences: Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer holds weekly media teleconferences throughout the season ... Please call the Stanford Media Relations Office (650-723-4418) for more information.
* - Player Interviews: All requests must be made by calling the Stanford Media Relations Office at 650-723-4418 ... Interviews will be done either before or after practice ... Please give at least 24 hours notice when requesting an interview.
* - Post-Game Press Conferences: At home games, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer and selected Stanford players, followed by the visiting head coach and selected players, will be available to the media approximately 10 minutes after the game ... Press conferences will be held in the Maples Pavilion Media Room ... Prior to the conclusion of the game, media members should inform the Stanford Media Relations staff which players are requested for post-game interviews.
* - Media Parking: The media parking lot is located at the south end of Maples Pavilion on Campus Drive ... Outlets covering Stanford basketball on a daily basis will be given first priority ... Additional parking is available across the street from Maples Pavilion ... Permits are not required on weekends or after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.