No. 2 Stanford Heads East to Face Missouri

Dec. 15, 2004

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STANFORD STATS...
Stanford has started the season with a 7-0 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 last Friday night, but Stanford will not be at home again until 2005, as the Cardinal is on the road for its next four games. Four Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are playing double-digit minutes. Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (75.6 ppg) and steals (13.3 spg), but the Cardinal is proving itself on the defensive end of the floor as well, with the third-best scoring defense (48.3 ppg) and sixth-best scoring margin (+27.3 ppg) in the nation. The Cardinal is also ranked No. 5 in the country with 12.4 turnovers per game.

MISSOURI BULLETS...
* Missouri has lost its last two games after putting together a three-game win streak.
* Christelle N'Garsanet is leading the way for the Tigers with 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
* Stanford and Missouri both debuted in newly finished arenas this season. The Tigers play in the brand-new Mizzou Sports Arena (15,061). Tickets for Saturday's game are $1 as the Tigers try to 'Pack the Zou!'

THE STANFORD-MISSOURI SERIES...
This will be the fourth match-up between Stanford and Missouri, and the first home game in the series. The squads have previously faced off in the Masonic Classic in Coral Gables, Fla. (1984) and in the Northwestern Tournament in Evanston, Ill. (1988). The teams met in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament last March, as Stanford won a 68-44 decision in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal's win was also the 600th-career victory for Tara VanDerveer.

STANFORD VS. THE BIG 12...
The Cardinal is 26-14 all-time against Big 12 foes, after besting Texas Tech earlier this season. Stanford has challenged 10 of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against each opponent. The Cardinal has never matched up against Kansas or Oklahoma State.

MISSOURI VS. THE PAC-10...
The Tigers have only played six Pac-10 teams, and they own a 6-6 record against the conference. Missouri has a winning mark over Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA, while Stanford and USC hold an advantage over the Tigers.

DEPTH PERCEPTION...
One key for the Cardinal this season is depth. With 14 healthy players on the active roster, nine are averaging at least 12 minutes per game and none are averaging more than 28 minutes per game. All 14 are averaging points and rebounds for the season.

STARTING STRONG...
The Cardinal is off to a 7-0 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.
*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

FINISHING FINALS...
Stanford had a 12-day span between Texas Tech (N28) and Pepperdine (D10). 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.

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.

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 seven games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 93-44.

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 609-168 (.784) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 457-117 (.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 100 games during her four years at Stanford. She is ranked No. 9 in school history with 152 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.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins leads the Cardinal in scoring with 17.1 points per game and is also leading the team in steals with 22 this season. Candice's late father, Alan, also had a knack for steals - in 1984 he helped the San Diego Padres to the World Series and set the club's single-season record with 70 stolen bases (besting his own record of 66 from the year before). Alan Wiggins ranks third all-time in Padres history with 171 stolen bases in his career.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With a 7-0 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 93-15 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 sat on the opposite bench from her sister Heidi for the first time in their coaching careers when Stanford faced USF. 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. Tara now owns a 1-0 advantage over Heidi.

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