No. 6/4 Stanford Challenges Cal on Thursday Night at Maples

Jan. 12, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
So far this season, Stanford has a 13-2 overall mark, a 5-1 record in Pac-10 play, the No. 6 ranking in the Associated Press poll and the No. 4 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Cardinal has been on the road for most of the last month, with seven road games in the last nine outings.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Jan. 10, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in field goal defense (No. 9, 34.0%), scoring margin (No. 10, +20.5 points), won-loss percentage (No. 10, 86.7%). Through its first 15 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 14 in rebounding margin (+8.4 per game), No. 19 in scoring defense (52.9 points per game) and No. 20 in the country in turnovers (14.2 per game) and No. 24 in scoring offense (73.3).

CALIFORNIA BULLETS...
* Cal only has two wins in the conference so far, with a victory at Oregon State and a home win versus Washington State.
* Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga is atop the conference ranking in free throw percentage with a 94.4% average this season.
* Senior forward Leigh Gregory needs only three points to become the 17th player in Cal history to score 1,000 points in her career.

THE STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES...
This will be the 57th match-up between Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal has won the last eight meetings and 23 of the last 24. Stanford has only two home losses to the Golden Bears since Tara VanDerveer arrived on The Farm.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 309-101 (.754) against current Pac-10 foes and a 279-51 (.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 (2003 and 2004) and leads the Pac-10 with 13 regular season conference crowns (Washington ranks second with three Pac-10 titles).

CALIFORNIA VS. THE PAC-10...
The Golden Bears are 138-266 (.342) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Cal ranks ninth in the conference with 109 wins in 18+ years of Pac-10 action. The Bears have never won the Pac-10 title. Cal's best conference finish was in the 1991-92 season when the Bears shared third place with a 12-6 Pac-10 record. In each of the last three years, Cal has finished the season in ninth place.

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's seniors have helped the Cardinal to a 99-17 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).

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.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
With the 74-61 win over Washington on Jan. 4, 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.

DEPTH PERCEPTION...
One key for the Cardinal this season is depth. With 15 players on the active roster, ten are averaging at least 10 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 on Dec. 27. 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.

STREAK SNAPPERS...
The Cardinal wrapped up a month of road games in January with a sweep of the desert schools in Arizona. The win in Tempe snapped Arizona State's 10-game home win streak, while the victory in Tucson ended Arizona's 34-game win streak, which was the best in the nation.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but eight times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...
With the 68-57 win over ASU on Jan. 7, the Cardinal is now 2-1 over ranked opponents this season. Arizona State was not ranked in the AP poll, but held the No. 24 spot in the USA Today/Coaches' poll heading into the contest. Earlier this season, Stanford defeated then-No. 12/11 Texas Tech and lost to No. 9/10 Tennessee. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

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. Wiggins also picked up six steals at ASU on Jan. 7, five of which resulted in breakaway layups. In its first 15 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 164-100.

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. Since that game, her court-time has increased steadily and she played a season-high 25 minutes at Arizona last Sunday, scoring 11 points.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 107 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 8 ranking in school history with 167 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 17.2 points per game; she recorded a career-best 31 points at ASU and also tallied a career-high six assists and six steals (five of which resulted in breakaway layups). She tacked on a 28-point performance at Arizona on Jan. 9, and earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week nod. Wiggins also leads Stanford with 44 steals 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 615-170 (.783) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 463-119 (.796) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
After last weekend's desert sweep in Arizona, the Cardinal own a 13-2 record and a 5-1 mark in Pac-10 play and is currently ranked No. 6 in the AP and No. 4 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.

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