No. 2 Stanford Opens Conference Season at Oregon State

Dec. 26, 2004

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STANFORD STATS...
Stanford has started the season with a 8-1 mark and a No. 2 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Coaches' Poll. The Cardinal is on the road for the last half of December, playing five-straight games away from home. Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Dec. 20, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense, but the Cardinal is also proving itself on the defensive end of the floor, with the third-best scoring defense and seventh-best scoring margin in the nation. Through its first eight games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 8 in the country in turnovers and No. 18 in field goal defense, holding opponents to less than 35% shooting.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
Stanford has won its conference opener in 15 of the last 18 seasons, including the last four years. The Cardinal is 13-5 in its first conference road game of the season and has won its first Pac-10 away game in each of the last three seasons.

OREGON STATE BULLETS...
* Oregon State has won its last two games heading into the match-up with Stanford.
* Senior guard Shannon Howell is the Pac-10's leading scorer with 22.4 points per game. Based on stas through D20, Howell is also the leading scorer in the nation (with 22.9).

THE STANFORD-OREGON STATE SERIES...
This will be the 39th match-up between Stanford and Oregon State. The Cardinal has won 32 of the previous 38 meetings and carries an eight-game win streak over the Beavers into Monday's game. Stanford has only lost once in the last 20 meetings. The Orange & Black's last win over the Cardinal came on Jan. 11, 2001, when the Beavers picked up an 81-65 decision in Corvallis.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 304-100* (.752) against Pac-10 foes, the best percentage in the league. Stanford has played in the Championship Game of the Pac-10 Tournament in each of the three years it has been played. The Cardinal has won the tournament title twice (2002 and 2004) and leads the Pac-10 with 13 regular season conference crowns (Washington ranks second with three Pac-10 titles).

OREGON STATE VS. THE PAC-10...
The Beavers are 175-248* (.414) all-time against Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, OSU ranks seventh in the conference with 129 in 18 years of Pac-10 action. Oregon State finished second in the conference once (1995-96) and took third place once (1994-95).

DEPTH PERCEPTION...
One key for the Cardinal this season is depth. With 15 healthy players on the active roster, nine are averaging at least 11 minutes per game and none are averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

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. Then on Dec. 10, the Cardinal posted 20 steals versus Pepperdine, with Wiggins taking the ball six times. In its first nine games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 111-62.

FINISHING FINALS...
Stanford had a 12-day break between Texas Tech and Pepperdine so student-athletes could 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.

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 610-169 (.783) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 458-118 (.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 102 games during her four years at Stanford. She is tied for the No. 8 ranking in school history with 159 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 16.3 points per game and is also leading the team in steals with 29 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.

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.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...
The Cardinal's match-up with No. 9 Tennessee was the second game versus a ranked opponent this season. With the win over Texas Tech and the loss at Tennessee, the is Cardinal 1-1 over ranked opponents this season. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With a 8-1 mark to start the 2004-05 season, the Cardinal 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.

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's five seniors have helped the Cardinal to a 94-16 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).

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.

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