Second-ranked Stanford Hosts Pepperdine in Maples Debut

Dec. 9, 2004

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Stanford Stats...
Stanford has started the season with a 5-0 mark and a No. 2 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll. With wins over Utah and Texas Tech under its belt, the Cardinal will play five of its next six games on the road. Three Cardinal players are averaging more than 10 points per game, with freshman guard Candice Wiggins leading the way with 15.4. Stanford is proving itself on the defensive end of the floor as well, with the fourth-best scoring defense (47.6) and ninth-best scoring margin (+25.2) in the nation. The Cardinal is also ranked No. 8 in the country with fewer than 13 turnovers per game.

Pepperdine Points...
The Waves are guided by first-year head coach Julie Rousseau, who spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Stanford. Also sitting on the Pepperdine bench will be former Cardinal players Vanessa Nygaard and Kate Paye, both in their first season as assistants in Malibu. The Waves (2-6) ride a one-game win streak into Friday's contest, after defeating Cal State Northridge on Sunday to end a four-game slide.

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 249-28 (.899) 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.
*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

Stanford's Home Away From Home...
The Cardinal started the season at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara, but Maples Pavilion is officially open! Maples was slated to open in January but a lot of hard work paid off and the building is open a month ahead of schedule. Stanford Women's Basketball will be the first to play in the newly renovated Maples Pavilion when the Cardinal hosts Pepperdine on Friday at 7 p.m.

Pepperdine Bullets...
* Senior forward Jennifer Lacy leads the Waves with 14.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
* Pepperdine has had a rough start this season, winning only two of its first eight games under first-year head coach Julie Rousseau.
* In the preseason, the Waves were picked to finish second in the WCC behind Gonzaga.

The Stanford-Pepperdine Series...
This will be the eighth match-up between Stanford and Pepperdine. Stanford leads the all-time series, 6-1, and has won the last-three contests. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer carries a 3-0 record against the Waves, as Pepperdine's only victory over Stanford came in the 1984-85 season, one year prior to VanDerveer's arrival in Palo Alto.

Stanford vs. the WCC...
The Cardinal is 58-18 all-time against West Coast Conference foes. Stanford has faced off against seven of the eight teams in the conference and owns winning records against each opponent. The Cardinal has never matched up against Gonzaga. This week, Stanford will face back-to-back WCC teams as Pepperdine visits The Farm on Friday night, and then the Cardinal heads north to face San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.

Pepperdine vs. the Pac-10...
The Waves own a 10-46 mark against Pac-10 teams, including winning records against Oregon and Washington State. Pepperdine's last win against a Pac-10 foe was in the 2002-03 season when the Waves dropped UCLA, 88-67.

November Notes...
Stanford posted a 5-0 record in November, the fourth-straight year that the Cardinal has gone undefeated in the first month of play.

Finishing Finals...
Stanford has not played since Nov. 28, a 12-day span between games. The Cardinal scheduled the time off to allow student-athletes to finish fall quarter finals. The 12-day break is the longest during the regular season, but there is also a 12-day break between the Pac-10 Championship and the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Stealing the Spotlight...
Stanford's 21 steals against Eastern Washington at the Great Alaska Shootout was the third-best single game total in school history. Freshman guard Candice Wiggins led the way with five steals as nine different Cardinal players recorded at least one steal in the contest. Two days earlier, Stanford picked up 18 steals against Pacific, as freshman guard Cissy Pierce notched five steals. In its first five games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 62-31.

Blocking Bandits...
Led by junior center Brooke Smith's nine blocks this season, the Cardinal has notched 27 blocks this season. Against Pacific, Stanford accumulated 10, which ties for seventh-most in school history for a single game.

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 607-168 (.783) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 455-117 (.795) in 18+ years.

Suminski Story...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 98 games during her four years at Stanford. She is ranked No. 9 in school history with 150 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. She became the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points when she hit her first bucket of the game against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Great Alaska Shootout.

Rankings Report...
With a 5-0 mark to start the 2004-05 season, the Cardinal now owns the No. 2 ranking in the AP and the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' polls. It is the Cardinal's highest ranking since both polls ranked Stanford No. 2 in the 2001-02 season. That year, the Cardinal was ranked No. 2/2 from Feb. 7-Mar. 4, before falling to Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament title game. This season, Stanford moved from No. 7 to No. 5 in the AP poll after defeating Texas Tech 61-58 on Nov. 28. Stanford and top-ranked LSU are currently the only unbeaten teams in the top 10.

Senior Salute...
Stanford's five seniors have helped the Cardinal to a 91-15 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).

Stanford vs. Ranked Opponents...
With the win over Texas Tech on Nov. 28, Stanford is 1-0 over ranked opponents this season. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

Family Ties...
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer will sit on the opposite bench from her sister Heidi for the first time in their coaching careers when the Cardinal faces USF on Sunday. Heidi, in her first year as an assistant coach with the Lady Dons, started her career as a grad assistant at Tennessee before taking on assistant duties at South Carolina. Heidi then took the head position at Eastern Washington before trying her hand in the WNBA.

Giving Back...
Fans who purchase tickets game-day at USF on Sunday will also be helping local charities, as 25% of all walk-up ticket sales to the American Cancer Society with the money being earmarked for General Cancer research.

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