No. 8 Stanford Welcomes Washington

Jan. 3, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Stanford has started the season with a 10-2 overall mark and a 2-1 record in Pac-10 play. Stanford owns the No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press poll and the No. 6 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. This will only be Stanford's third game of the year at Maples Pavilion, after the $30 million renovations were completed, the Cardinal opened against Pepperdine but then hit the road for five-straight road games.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
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.

WASHINGTON BULLETS...
* Washington head coach June Daugherty was an assistant coach at Stanford for four years (1985-89).
* The Huskies dropped their Pac-10 opener to Arizona, but rebounded with wins over Arizona State and California.
* No Husky is averaging double digits in points or rebounds, but seven are contributing at least six points per game.

THE STANFORD-WASHINGTON SERIES...
This will be the 41st match-up between Stanford and Washington. The Cardinal has won the last two meetings and five of the last six. Stanford has won the last five games versus at Maples.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 306-101 (.752) against current Pac-10 foes and a 276-51 (.844) record in regular season conference action, 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).

WASHINGTON VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cougars are 268-166 (.618) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Washington ranks fifth in the conference with 214 wins in 18 years of Pac-10 action. The Huskies have won three Pac-10 titles (second only to Stanford's 13 crowns). Two years ago, Washington finished in a tie for second place with a 13-5 record, but last year the Huskies finished in sixth place.

DEPTH PERCEPTION...
One key for the Cardinal this season is depth. With 15 healthy players on the active roster, nine are averaging at least 12 minutes per game and none are averaging more than 29 minutes per game.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
With the 72-39 win over Washington State on Sunday afternoon, Stanford improved its conference home opener record to 19-0. Over the past few years, Stanford has been hard to beat at home, as the Cardinal has won its last 29 Pac-10 games on its home court. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 334-75 (.817) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 31-2 record over the last three years. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 251-28 (.900) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 47 of its last 50 games at Maples.
*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

SEEING DOUBLE...
Senior forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu recorded the first double-double of the season by a Cardinal player when she posted 10 points and 10 assists at Oregon State. The 10 assists bested her previous best of nine and it was the first double-double of Kimyacioglu's career.

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 10 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 140-81.

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 612-170 (.783) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 460-119 (.794) in 18+ years.

BORCHARDT BOOK...
Stanford's lone fifth-year senior, Susan King Borchardt, saw the court for the first time this season at Oregon State. She suffered a stress reaction right before the season began, but made her debut with five minutes against the Beavers. Borchardt scored two points, connecting on her first shot of the year.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 104 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 8 ranking in school history with 164 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 15.3 points per game and is also leading the team in steals with 36 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.

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 Cardinal is 1-1 over ranked opponents this season. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With a 10-2 mark to start the 2004-05 season, the Cardinal is currently ranked No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. Stanford has been ranked as high as No. 2 this season, the Cardinal's highest ranking since both polls ranked Stanford No. 2 in the 2001-02 season. This season, Stanford has been in the top-10 for the entire year.

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's five seniors have helped the Cardinal to a 96-17 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).

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