No. 5 Stanford Hosts USC to Determine Top Spot in Pac-10

Jan. 21, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Entering the halfway point of the Pac-10 season, Stanford has a 16-2 overall mark, a 7-1 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. USC and Stanford head into the last game before the second half of the round-robin format in a tie for first place in the conference with identical 7-1 records.

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). Junior center Brooke Smith is ranked No. 12 in the nation in field goal percentage, as she is shooting 61.0% from the field.

USC BULLETS...
* USC has won its last-seven games after dropping the conference opener to UCLA on Dec. 28.
* Only one Trojan is averaging double figures in scoring, Brynn Cameron with 10.3 ppg.
* The Women of Troy have won one game versus a ranked opponent this season, with a 66-45 victory over then-No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 16.

THE STANFORD-USC SERIES...
This will be the 49th match-up between Stanford and USC. The Cardinal won the last meeting between the two schools, and 18 of the last-21 contests. The Trojans defended their home court the last two seasons. USC is the last Pac-10 team to defeat Stanford in Maples, winning, 62-59, on March 1, 2001. Since that game, the Cardinal has won 32 consecutive conference games at home.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 311-101 (.755) against current Pac-10 foes and a 281-51 (.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).

USC VS. THE PAC-10...
The Trojans are 264-162 (.620) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, USC ranks second in the conference with 195 wins in 18+ years of Pac-10 action. The Women of Troy have won the Pac-10 title twice, winning the crown out-right in the first season (1986-87) and again in 1993-94.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 338-75 (.818) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 35-2 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 51 of its last 54 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
With the 100-75 win over UCLA on Jan. 20, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 32 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 13.3 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 11 times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break.

CENTURY CLUB...
Stanford's 100 points against UCLA on Thursday night marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that the Cardinal has scored in triple digits. On Jan. 17, 2002, the Cardinal posted a 104-57 victory at Washington State. That same year, Stanford also posted a 103-72 win versus San Francisco.

SHOOTING FROM THE OUTSIDE...
Stanford's 15 made 3-pointers against UCLA on Jan. 20, which ties for No. 3 in school history. Twice, the Cardinal has connected on 16 3-pointers in a game. The Cardinal made 10 shots from beyond the perimeter in the first half against the Bruins, a new Stanford record (besting the previous high of nine 3-pointers in a single half). Kelley Suminski led the way with five 3's.

SEEING DOUBLE...
Stanford has only posted three double-doubles this season. Senior forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu recorded the first double-double of the year when she posted 10 points and 10 assists at Oregon State on Dec. 27. Then on Jan. 4, Stanford saw two in one night as Brooke Smith and Kristen Newlin both posted a double-double against Washington. Smith finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Newlin added 14 points and 11 boards.

DEPTH PERCEPTION...
One key for the Cardinal this season is depth, Ten players are averaging at least 11 minutes per game and none are averaging more than 30 minutes per game. USC is in a similar position, with nine Trojans playing between 16 and 26 minutes per contest.

STANFORD VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...
The Cardinal is 4-1 over ranked opponents this season, after defeating No. 25/-- UCLA, then-No. --/24 Arizona State and then-No. 12/11 Texas Tech. Earlier this season, Stanford lost on a buzzer-beater at then-No. 9/10 Tennessee. Last year, Stanford went 3-3 versus ranked foes.

SENIOR SALUTE...
Stanford's five seniors won their 100th game together on Jan. 13 with an 88-53 victory over California. Since arriving on The Farm, the quintet has posted a 102-17 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.

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.

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 18 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 195-119.

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 618-170 (.784) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 466-119 (.797) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With Thursday's 25-point win over UCLA, the Cardinal owns a seven-game win streak and a 16-2 record. Stanford is 7-1 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.

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. Against UCLA, she tallied a season-high 14 points as the squad posted 100 points.

KIMYACIOGLU CORNER...
Senior Sebnem Kimyacioglu is one of the leading 3-point shooters in Stanford history. She has made 17 3's this season and is ranked No. 5 in school history with 186 in her career.

NEWLIN NEWS...
Sophomore center Kristen Newlin is the Cardinal's leading blocker with 25 this season. As a freshman, Newlin set the school record for blocks in a game with eight at Washington State

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 88 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 19 in school history with 555 boards in her career.

RAPPAHAHN RATINGS...
Junior Krista Rappahan has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, playing in 17 games and shooting 37.0% from beyond the arc, which ranks ninth in the conference.

SMITH STATS...
Junior center Brooke Smith has made a huge impact during her first season on the court with Stanford. After sitting out last season due to transfer rules, the Marin-native is the Cardinal's second leading scorer with 13.2 points per game and second leading rebounder with 5.2 boards per game. Her infamous hook shot has helped her to a 61.5% field goal percentage -- which ranks second-best in the Pac-10 and in the top-15 nationally.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 111 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 8 ranking in school history with 175 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 6.4 rebounds per game against Pac-10 opponents. The senior forward is ranked No. 10 in school history with 614 rebounds in her career.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins leads the Cardinal in scoring with 17.1 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 53 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.

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