No. 8 Stanford Set for 24th-ranked Arizona State on Friday

Jan. 5, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Stanford has started the season with an 11-2 overall mark, a 3-1 record in Pac-10 play and the No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Cardinal has been on the road for most of the last month, having played five of the last seven games away from home.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Jan. 3, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in field goal defense (No. 8, 33.4%) and scoring margin (No. 9, +22.6 points). Through its first 12 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 15 in rebounding margin with +9.3 per game and No. 20 in the country in turnovers with 14.4 per game.

ARIZONA STATE BULLETS...
* Arizona State owns a No. 24 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches' poll with a 10-3 mark this season.
* Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford, playing her final three years for head coach Tara VanDerveer.
* The Sun Devils own a 10-game win streak at Wells Fargo Arena, including a win over then-No. 8 UConn on Dec. 21.

THE STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE SERIES...
This will be the 47th match-up between Stanford and Arizona State. The Cardinal has won the 22 of the last 25 meetings, but the Sun Devils have two home wins in the last five seasons.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 307-101 (.752) against current Pac-10 foes and a 277-51 (.845) 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).

ARIZONA STATE VS. THE PAC-10...
The Sun Devils are 160-249 (.391) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, ASU ranks eighth in the conference with 115 wins in 18 years of Pac-10 action. The Sun Devils have won one Pac-10 title , sharing the crown with Washington and Stanford in 2000-01 with identical 12-6 records in conference play. Last season, Arizona State finished in a three-way tie for second place with an 11-7 record.

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 30 minutes per game.

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. Brooke Smith and Kristen Newlin both posted a double-double against Washington on Jan. 4. Smith finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Newlin added 14 points and 11 boards.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...
The Cardinal's match-up with No. 24 Arizona State is the third against a ranked foe 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.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
With the 74-61 win over Washington on Tuesday night, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 30 games. 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 335-75 (.817) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 32-2 record over the last three years. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 252-28 (.900) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 48 of its last 51 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

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 150-89.

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 106 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 38 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.

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 613-170 (.783) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 461-119 (.795) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With an 11-2 record and a 3-1 mark in Pac-10 play, the Cardinal is currently ranked No. 8 in the AP and 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 97-17 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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