No. 2 Stanford Travels North To Face San Francisco

Dec. 11, 2004

Stanford Stats...
Stanford has started the season with a 6-0 mark and a No. 2 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll. The Cardinal opened Maples Pavilion with an 85-49 win over Pepperdine on Friday night, but Stanford will not be at home again until 2005, as the Cardinal will play its next five games on the road. Stanford is proving itself on the defensive end of the floor as well, with the fourth-best scoring defense and ninth-best scoring margin in the nation. The Cardinal is also ranked No. 8 in the country with fewer than 13 turnovers per game.

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 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.

San Francisco Bullets...
* The Dons have won three of their last four games, with two-straight after a five-point win over Long Beach State on Thursday night.
* Dominique Carter is topping the team in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game in the first-eight contests.

The Stanford-Pepperdine Series...
This will be the 28th match-up between Stanford and San Francisco. Stanford leads the all-time series, 18-9, and has won the last 12 contests. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer owns an 11-0 record against the Dons. USF last defeated Stanford on Dec. 9, 1983. That day, the Dons posted a 69-63 victory.

Stanford vs. the WCC...
The Cardinal is 59-18 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 faces back-to-back WCC teams, after defeating Pepperdine on Friday night and then taking on USF on Sunday.

USF vs. the Pac-10...
The Dons own a 31-76 mark against Pac-10 teams. San Francisco's last win against a Pac-10 foe was in the 2001-02 season when the Dons defeated California, 55-52 (one game after beating Washington, 72-68).

Starting Strong...
The Cardinal is off to a 6-0 start this season. Last year the Cardinal won its first six games before falling to No. 2 Tennessee. Stanford has not opened the season with seven-straight victories since the 2001-02 season, when the Cardinal went 8-0 to begin the year.

No Place Like Home...
Stanford owns an impressive 333-75 (.816) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 30-2 record over the last three years. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 250-28 (.899) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 46 of its last 49 games at Maples.

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 a 12-day span between Texas Tech and Pepperdine. 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. On Dec. 10, the Cardinal debuted in Maples Pavilion and posted 20 steals, with Wiggins taking the ball six times. In its first six games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 82-39.

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 608-168 (.784) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 456-117 (.796) 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 6-0 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 92-15 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.

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