No. 5/3 Stanford Hosts 25th-ranked UCLA

Jan. 19, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
So far this season, Stanford has a 15-2 overall mark, a 6-1 record in Pac-10 play, the No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press poll and the No. 3 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. After this weekend, the Cardinal will be at the halfway point the Pac-10 season.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Jan. 17, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring margin (No. 19, +20.7 points) and won-loss percentage (No. 7, 88.2%). Through its first 17 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 11 in turnovers (14.0), No. 18 in scoring offense (74.4%), No. 18 in scoring defense (53.6%), No. 19 n field goal defense (35.0%) and No. 19 in rebounding margin (+7.8). Sophomore center Brooke Smith is ranked No. 12 in the nation (and No. 3 in the conference) in field goal percentage, as she is shooting 61.0% from the field.

UCLA BULLETS...
* Bruin leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore Noelle Quinn, had knee surgery on Wednesday and will be out for the next three to six weeks.
* UCLA is coming off of two-straight home losses as Arizona and Arizona State defeated the Bruins in LA last week.
* The Bruins are 2-1 versus ranked teams this season, upsetting then-No. 4 Texas and then-No. 14 Purdue earlier this season. The Bruins lost a 23-point game to then-No. 7 Ohio State in their last non-conference game.

THE STANFORD-UCLA SERIES...
This will be the 53rd match-up between Stanford and UCLA. The Cardinal has won the last 11 meetings between the two schools, with Stanford's last loss coming on March 3, 2000, when the Bruins took a 64-61 victory in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA has not beaten Stanford in Maples since it won an 80-72 decision on Jan. 16, 1999.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 310-101 (.754) against current Pac-10 foes and a 280-51 (.846) 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).

UCLA VS. THE PAC-10...
The Bruins are 250-174 (.589) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, UCLA ranks fourth in the conference with 181 wins in 18+ years of Pac-10 action. The Bruins have won the Pac-10 title once, sharing the crown with Oregon in 1998-99 as both teams owned 15-3 records.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...
Stanford will face its fifth ranked opponent of the season with No. 25/-- UCLA visiting Maples on Thursday. The Cardinal is 3-1 over ranked opponents this season, after defeating then-No. --/24 Arizona State and then-No. 12/11 Texas Tech and lost to No. 9/10 Tennessee. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 337-75 (.818) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 34-2 record since the 2002-03 season. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 254-28 (.901) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 50 of its last 53 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

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

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's five seniors won their 100th game together last Thursday night with an 88-53 victory over California. Since arriving on The Farm, the quintet has posted a 101-17 record. 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.

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.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
With the 88-5 win over California on Jan. 13, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 31 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 13.2 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 10 times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break.

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 17 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 186-108.

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 increased steadily and she made her first start of the season against Cal on Jan. 13. Prior to this season, Borchardt had started all 75 games in her career.

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 81 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 19 in school history with 548 boards in her career.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 110 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 8 ranking in school history with 170 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.

THIEL TALE...
T'Nae Thiel has stepped it up a notch during the conference season. The senior forward is averaging a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game against Pac-10 opponents. The senior forward is ranked No. 10 in school history with 610 rebounds in her career.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins leads the Cardinal in scoring with 17.0 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 50 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 617-170 (.784) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 465-119 (.796) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
After last week's win over Bay Area-rival California and a 10-point win over No. 14/14 Boston College, the Cardinal own a 15-2 record and a 6-1 mark in Pac-10 play and is currently ranked No. 5 in the AP and No. 3 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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