Stanford Advances to NCAA Midwest Region Second Round

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March 21, 2004

No. 6-seed Stanford (25-6) vs. No. 3-seed Oklahoma (24-8)
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship
Midwest Region Second Round * March 22, 2004 * Tempe, Ariz.

STANFORD SEASON UPDATE:
* - No. 6-seed Stanford (25-6) will face No. 3-seed Oklahoma (24-8) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region after downing No. 11-seed Missouri 68-44 in the first round on Saturday.
* - The win over Missouri marked head coach Tara VanDerveer's 600th career win (600-167; 25 years).
* - Stanford was crowned Pacific-10 Conference co-champion with Arizona after both teams tallied a 14-4 league record this season ... the Cardinal earned a share of its fourth-straight conference title and won its second-straight Pac-10 Tournament Championship ... the Cardinal downed Arizona in the championship game to claim the tournament title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season ... Stanford leads the conference with 13 all-time Pac-10 titles and two tournament titles.
* - Nicole Powell was named the 2004 Pacific-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year for the second time during her tenure on the Farm ... Powell is a four-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection ... she was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Pac-10 Tournament for the third-straight season.
* - Kristen Newlin was named a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Susan Borchardt and Kelley Suminski earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors ... Suminski was also named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament Team.
* - The Cardinal have averaged 71.2 ppg and outscored opponents by 12.3 ppg.
* - Senior F Nicole Powell leads the Cardinal with 557 points and 308 rebounds ... she has averaged 19.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg ... Powell is eight points shy of tallying her 2,000th career point (1,992 points, 116 games).
* - Other scoring leaders include junior G Kelley Suminski (306), redshirt junior G Susan Borchardt (262) and junior G Sebnem Kimyacioglu (220).
* - Kimyacioglu leads Stanford in 3-pointers made (54) and attempted (161).
* - Junior F Azella Perryman leads Stanford in field goal percentage (.525; 63-120).
* - Sophomore G Krista Rappahahn leads the Cardinal in 3-point field goal percentage (.509; 28-55).

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
* - Stanford owns an all-time postseason record of 38-18 (.679), including a 38-15 (.717) record in NCAA Tournament competition ... This is the Cardinal's 18th NCAA Tournament appearance and 17th in a row.
* - 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, Tenn. ... Stanford then won the 1992 crown by knocking off Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game in Los Angeles, Calif.
* - Last season, the Cardinal advanced to the Second Round after defeating Western Michigan 82-66 at Stanford ... The squad then fell to Minnesota 68-56 in second-round action.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA:
* - The Sooners advanced to the second round of the Midwest Region after defeating Marist 58-45 on Saturday.
* - Oklahoma earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament after claiming the Big-12 Tournament crown ... the Sooners earned a No. 3-seed in NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round.
* - Oklahoma defeated Texas A&M (60-47), Colorado (63-56), Kansas State (78-66) and Texas (66-47) on its way to the Big-12 Tournament win.
* - OU has tallied a 24-8 overall record this season and took sixth place in Big 12 Conference with a 9-7 league record ... the Sooners boast a perfect 7-0 record at neutral sites this year.* - The Sooners are led by senior G Maria Villarroel with 464 points and 206 rebounds ... she has averaged 14.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
* - Other Oklahoma scoring leaders include junior G Dionnah Jackson (398 pts., 12.4 ppg), senior F Caton Hill (397 pts., 12.4 ppg) and freshman forward Leah Rush (275 pts., 8.6 ppg).

CARDINAL-SOONER SERIES:
* - Stanford holds a 2-2 all-time record against Oklahoma.
* - The Cardinal downed the then-No. 19 Oklahoma 58-38 at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 3, 2003 ... Nicole Powell, who missed the first nine games of the season with a back injury, came off the bench to score 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting ... Azella Perryman tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds ... the guard tandem of Susan Borchardt and Kelley Suminski added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
* - Stanford also downed Oklahoma 91-66 on Dec. 30, 1987 at Maples Pavilion.
* - Both Stanford losses to Oklahoma have been on the road ... the Cardinal fell to the Sooners 101-98 in overtime on Dec. 27, 2000 ... Stanford faced OU in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament at Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center ... the Sooners beat the Cardinal 67-50.* - Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer holds a 2-2 record against Oklahoma.

PAC-10 TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP:
* - Final (Stanford 51, Arizona 46): Nicole Powell made all six of her free throws in the final 2:22 on the way to 24 points to lead No. 12 Stanford to a 51-46 comeback win over Arizona in the Pac-10 tournament championship game ... Susan Borchardt added 11 points with three 3-pointers as top-seeded Stanford (24-6) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament by ending Arizona's six-game winning streak ... That defense held second-seeded Arizona (24-8) to its lowest offensive output in nine seasons, scoring just 15 points in an ugly second half, and the Cardinal scored their fewest points in a victory this season ... Powell struggled offensively for much of the game but outplayed star Arizona center Shawntinice Polk in crunch time to earn tournament MVP honors ... Polk grabbed 18 rebounds, one off her career high and two shy of the tournament record ... The Wildcats were 6-of-26 in the second half ... Polk altered shots and dominated the middle all tournament, but missed two free throws with 1:28 remaining and another with 42.4 to play ... Dee-Dee Wheeler had 12 points with a key 3-pointer late and was Arizona's only player to score in double figures ... After Borchardt made a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left, Kelley Suminski converted a three-point play 59 seconds later to pull the Cardinal within 42-41 ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu then swished a 3 from the left wing - her only basket and only shot - at 3:51 for Stanford's first lead of the game, 44-42 ... Powell scored Stanford's first six points of the second half and the Cardinal pulled within 35-34 on Suminski's 3-pointer at 13:40, but then went without a field goal for 7:40 ... When Stanford collapsed three players on Polk late in the first half, Polk flipped the ball to Grzyb for a 3-pointer during a 12-2 Arizona spurt ... Borchardt, playing with her right knee wrapped after straining it during Saturday's 80-55 win over California, scored the final eight points of the half to pull the Cardinal within 31-23 at the break ... Stanford effectively switched to a zone defense to disrupt Arizona's offensive flow, holding the Wildcats scoreless over the last 4:39 ... Polk already had six rebounds in the first 5 12 minutes and Stanford missed eight easy lay-ins and four other shots from close range in its 31-percent first half (10-for-32) to fall behind by as many as 16 ... Stanford began the game 4-for-14 - with Powell going 4-of-6 - and didn't get points from anyone other than Powell until Chelsea Trotter's short jumper at 10:21.

* - Semifinal (Stanford 70, UCLA 66): Nicole Powell had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Kelley Suminski had 18 points with five 3-pointers in No. 12 Stanford's 70-66 comeback win over UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament ... Stanford rallied from 11 points down to beat the Bruins for the 11th straight time and eliminated them from the conference tournament for the third straight year ... After Powell hit two free throws to give Stanford the lead at 53-51 with 7:10 left, 6-foot-5 freshman Kristen Newlin scored back-to-back baskets ... She then made two free throws, blocked a shot and pulled down an important defensive rebound ... She finished with eight points and nine rebounds ... Nikki Blue had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Bruins (17-12), who had won eight of their previous nine. UCLA went ahead 51-49 on a runner by Blue before Stanford answered with a decisive 13-5 run ... Freshman Noelle Quinn added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bruins, who were swept in three games by Stanford this season ... Earlier in the second half, Stanford used a 12-2 run to trim the deficit ... The Cardinal made three straight 3-pointers, two in a row by Suminski, and a three-point play by T'Nae Thiel to get back to 47-46 with 12:16 remaining ... Suminski hit another from long range at 11:03 to tie it at 49, and finished 5-for-7 from 3-point range ... On one possession early in the second half, the Cardinal missed three straight long jumpers after keeping the ball with two offensive rebounds ... After Susan Borchardt scored the first basket of the half for Stanford, UCLA scored nine straight, with Quinn making back-to-back transition layups to give the Bruins their largest lead, 45-34 ... The Cardinal began the half 1-for-9 but finished 22-of-56 (39.3 percent) from the field ... Borchardt started and played 32 minutes a night after straining her right knee against California ... UCLA made 12 of its first 23 shots to take a 30-24 lead, and used a 17-5 run in just under seven minutes to erase a five-point deficit ... The Bruins led 37-32 at halftime after holding the Cardinal to 41 percent shooting and making 55.6 percent.

* - Quarterfinal (Stanford 80, California 55): Nicole Powell had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cardinal into the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament with an 80-55 victory over rival California ... Point guard Susan Borchardt strained her right knee in the second half ... Top-seeded Stanford, which won its fourth straight Pac-10 regular-season title in a tie with Arizona, debuted in the quarterfinals after receiving a first-round bye ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 15 points for Stanford, making five of eight 3-point attempts ... Nihan Anaz scored all of her 12 points in the first half for Cal, which shot 41.3 percent and committed 20 turnovers ... Anaz attempted only two shots in the second half ... LaTasha O'Keith and Leigh Gregory added 11 points apiece for the ninth-seeded Golden Bears (12-17) ... Powell also had three steals and a blocked shot in 32 minutes ... On one play early in the second half, Powell dribbled along the perimeter with three defenders around her as the shot clock was running out ... She missed a 3-pointer then chased down the long rebound and scored on a short jumper ... Then, with about 10 minutes left, she fell and grimaced as she stood up after slightly twisting her left leg ... Borchardt, who replaced Powell, went down about a minute later and was helped to the locker room. Powell checked back in with 9:15 remaining ... Powell scored Stanford's first four points of the second half, and T'Nae Thiel then had seven straight in a 13-2 run that quickly turned what had been a close game into a blowout ... Thiel scored all 13 of her points after halftime, shooting 6-for-8 in the second half ... Cal shot 42.3 percent in the first half and held Stanford to 39.3 percent ... The Cardinal led 32-29 at the break ... Powell was 3-for-8 with eight points in the first half.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:
* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 332-75 (.816) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 mark last season and a 14-1 record this year.
* - VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 247-28 (.898) home record during her tenure, and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples Pavilion.
* - The Cardinal has won 45 of its last 48 games at Maples Pavilion.
* - Stanford has lost two home games or less in 15 of the last 17 seasons (including this year).
* - The Cardinal currently hold a 28-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents at home.

HEAD COACH Tara VanDerveer TALLIES 600:
* - With Stanford's Midwest Region First Round win over Missouri, VanDerveer tallied her 600th career win ... her 25-year record now stands at 600-167 (.782).
* - During her 25-year career, she spent two years at Idaho (42-14; .750), five years at Ohio State (110-37; .748) and is in her 18th season at Stanford (448-116; .794).
* - 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year honors ... Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April of 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
* - She entered 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.
* - She picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30, 2002, against Kansas State ... She also owns an impressive Pac-10 record of 256-50 (.837) ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled an overall record of 241-49 (.831).
* - VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 12 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).* - 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 FINALIST Nicole Powell:
* - Senior forward Nicole Powell has been named a finalist for the two most prestigious 2003-04 National Player of the Year Awards --- the Naismith Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy.
* - 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 three-time Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist.
* - Named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003-04 and 2001-02, and is a four-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and three-time Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player.
* - Powell is eight points shy of tallying her 2,000th career point (1,992 career points).
* - Ranks first in Stanford history in career rebounds per game (9.5), second in points per game (17.2), second in free throw percentage (83.0; 443-of-534), second in free throws made (443), second in free throws attempted (534), second in total rebounds (1,105), second in 3-pointers attempted (499), second in 3-pointers made (195), fourth in total points (1,992) and fifth in assists (559).
* - She is listed 18 times in 10 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 116 career games, has recorded the six triple-doubles and 48 double-doubles ... This season, Powell has tallied 19 double-double games.
* - She has scored in double figures 99 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds 56 times.
* - 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.

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