No. 7/7 Stanford Takes On Eastern Washington

Nov. 23, 2004

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PACIFIC WRAP-UP...
Stanford is 2-0 this season after defeating Pacific, 82-26, on its temporary home court in Santa Clara on Sunday. Freshman guard Candice Wiggins was the game's leading scorer with 15 points, while senior guard Kelley Suminski tallied 11 points to give her 985 career points, the 25th best total in school history. All 13 active Cardinal players saw game time and scored at least two points as Stanford posted a 56-point win over the Tigers (which ties for sixth-best in school history).

EASTERN WASHINGTON BULLETS...
* Eastern Washington lost its season opener, 69-66, on Friday night at Cal State Northridge.
* Junior forward Julie Page led the Eagles with 20 points, while junior forward Felice Moore posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
* Eastern Washington and Cal State Northridge were tied at 66-66, before a the home team scored the go-ahead point on a free throw. Page missed a three-pointer with four seconds left in the game and a pair of free throws by Northridge sealed the game.

STANFORD AT THE GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT...
The Cardinal is making its first appearance at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

THE STANFORD-EASTERN WASHINGTON SERIES...
Stanford and Eastern Washington have never matched up before, but the Cardinal does have a connection to the Eagles, as assistant coach Karen Middleteon coached at EWU prior to her arrival on The Farm in 1997.

STANFORD VS. THE BIG SKY...
The Cardinal is 10-5 all-time against current Big Sky teams. Stanford has faced six of the eight teams in the conference and leads all but two of the series (Sacramento State has a 3-2 advantage and the Cardinal and Montana are tied at two games apiece). Stanford has never matched up against Eastern Washington or Idaho State.

STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT...
Stanford's 18 steals against Pacific is tied for seventh-best in school history. Freshman guard Cissy Pierce led the way with five steals as 10 different Cardinal players recorded at least one steal in the contest.

BLOCKING BANDITS...
Led by junior center Brooke Smith's three steals, the Cardinal notched 10 blocks during Sunday's game versus Pacific. The team total ties for seventh-most in school history for a single game.

STANFORD'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME...
The Cardinal will play its first four games (two exhibition and two regular season) at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara. Maples Pavilion was slated to open in January but will be finish ahead of schedule. Stanford Women's Basketball will be the first to play in the newly renovated Maples Pavilion when the Cardinal host Pepperdine on Dec. 10.

SEASON OPENERS...
Stanford is 20-11 all-time in season openers, winning the first game in each of the past three years. Twenty-one times, the Cardinal has kicked off the new year on the road, posting a 14-7 record. This year, the Cardinal won a 63-57 decision at Utah.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES...
Stanford starts the 2004-05 season with a No. 7 ranking in the AP poll and the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll. The media and conference coaches picked the Cardinal to win the Pac-10 title again, and the media voted Kelley Suminski to the preseason all-Pac-10 squad.

SEASON IN REVIEW...
Last year, Stanford finished the season with a 27-7 record, a top-ten ranking, an Elite Eight appearance, its third-straight Pac-10 title and second-straight Pac-10 Tournament Title. Three-time All-American Nicole Powell was the No. 3 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting, but the Cardinal is returning 11 letterwinners from last year and adding four new freshmen to the mix.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski was named a Preseason Wooden Award Candidate over the summer, and was recently named to the Preseason Naismith Award Watch List. The Pac-10 media selected her to the preseason all-conference squad. A senior, Suminski has started 93 games in her Stanford career and 74 straight. She is starting the season ranked No. 1 in school history with a .842 free throw percentage (261-of-310). Suminski is also ranked No. 10 with 144 three-pointers in her career. Suminski's 141st three-pointer boosted her into the top-10, but is even more special because she hit it with 0.3 seconds left in the Sweet 16 match-up versus Vanderbilt last March to help the Cardinal advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1997. After an 11-point showing against Pacific, she is now ranked No. 25 for career scoring with 985 points to date.

VANDERVEER'S VICTORIES...
Head coach Tara VanDerveer recorded her 600th career win last season, as the Cardinal defeated Missouri, 68-44, in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. She won her 450th game as Stanford's head coach against Vanderbilt (57-55) in the Sweet 16 last March. Her overall record now stands at 604-168 (.782) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 452-117 (.794) in 18+ years.

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's five seniors have helped the Cardinal to an 88-15 record since arriving on The Farm. As freshmen in 2001-02, the squad advanced to the Sweet 16, and as juniors last season, they helped the team make it to the Elite Eight (not including Susan King Borchardt's true freshman year).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 332-75 (.816) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 29-2 record over the last two years. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 247-28 (.898) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 45 of its last 48 games at Maples and owns a 28-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents at home. The Cardinal has lost two or less home games in 15 of the last 17 seasons. *Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

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