No. 4/2 Stanford Travels North to Face Washington

Jan. 26, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Halfway through the Pac-10 season, Stanford has a 17-2 overall mark, an 8-1 record in Pac-10 play, the No. 4 ranking in the Associated Press poll and the No. 2 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Cardinal is atop the conference standings with only one loss, while USC is in second place with two losses and Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are tied for third place with three losses apiece.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Jan. 24, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring offense (No. 8, 76.7 ppg), scoring margin (No. 8, +21.7 points) and won-loss percentage (No. 6, 89.5%). Through its first 19 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 12 in field goal percentage (46.7%), No. 14 in turnovers (14.3), No. 17 in rebounding margin (7.6) No. 20 in field goal defense (35.3%). Junior center Brooke Smith is ranked No. 10 in the nation in field goal percentage, as she is shooting 61.0% from the field.

WASHINGTON BULLETS...
* Since losing to Stanford on Jan. 4, Washington went 3-2, falling to No. 7 in the conference.* No Husky player is averaging double digits in points or rebounds, but six are scoring at least 7.2 points per game.* Washington head coach June Daugherty was an assistant coach at Stanford for four years (1985-89).

THE STANFORD-WASHINGTON SERIES...
This will be the 42nd match-up between Stanford and Washington and the second this season. The Cardinal has won the last three meetings and six of the last seven. In the past four years, the Cardinal and the Huskies have split the meetings in Seattle, 2-2, although Stanford won last year's northwest meeting, 77-69.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 312-101 (.755) against current Pac-10 foes and a 281-51 (.847) 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).

WASHINGTON VS. THE PAC-10...
The Huskies are 270-170 (.614) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Washington ranks fifth in the conference with 216 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.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 339-75 (.819) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 36-2 mark since the 2002-03 season. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 255-28 (.901) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 52 of its last 55 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

MAPLES MAGIC...
With the 94-58 win over USC on Jan. 22, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 33 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

WINNING WAYS...
Stanford currently owns an eight-game win streak, which ties the season-high streak as the Cardinal opened with an 8-0 mark. In the last eight games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 21.9 points per game, the closest contest being the 10-point win over then-No. 14 Boston College.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 14.0 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 12 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 made 15 3-pointers against UCLA on Jan. 20, which is just one shy of the school record and No. 3 in Cardinal history. 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, as five different Cardinal players connected a trey.

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. In conference play, it has been even more spread out, with the ten averaging more than 13 minutes and fewer than 28.

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.

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 103-17 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 early 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 19 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 204-127.

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 619-170 (.785) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 467-119 (.797) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With last week's 25-point win over UCLA and 36-point win over USC, the Cardinal owns an eight-game win streak and a 17-2 record. Stanford is No. 1 in the Pac-10 with an 8-1 record and is currently ranked No. 4 in the AP and No. 2 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. Stanford's highest previous ranking this season was when both polls ranked the Cardinal during December. Stanford had not been No. 2 since the 2001-02 season and has not been ranked No. 1 in the nation since starting the 1996-97 in the top spot. This year, Stanford has been in the top-10 for the entire season.

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 19 3's this season and is ranked No. 5 in school history with 188 in her career. She netted three 3's against UCLA on Jan. 20 as Stanford came one-trey short of the school record 16 threes in a game. The Cardinal did set a new Stanford record in the first half, connecting on 10 shots from beyond the arc in a single half.

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. This year, she is ranked No. 4 in the Pac-10 with 1.32 blocks per game. Newlin is also ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a 54.8 shooting percentage through 19 games.

OKAFOR OPTIONS...
Redshirt sophomore Eziamaka Okafor is in her third year at Stanford but has only been a regular on the court for one season. As a true freshman, she suffered a season-ending knee injury and then she tore her Achilles' tendon in September in 2003 and missed the majority of that year. This season, Okafor is averaging 3.2 points per game in 8.2 minutes. She has seen the floor in 13 games and posted a career-high 14 points and five rebounds versus Cal on Jan. 13.

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 93 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 19 in school history with 560 boards in her career. She is ranked No. 9 in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounds, pulling down an average of 3.74 per game this season.

RAPPAHAHN RATINGS...
Junior Krista Rappahan has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, averaging just under 13 minutes per game and shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc.

SMITH SCOOP...
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 13.0 points per game and second leading rebounder with 5.3 boards per game -- all of that in less than 22 minutes per contest. Her dependable hook shot has helped her to a 61.0% field goal percentage -- which ranks second-best in the Pac-10 and No. 10 nationally.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 112 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 8 ranking in school history with 176 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. In 120 contests played, she has averaged 10.0 points per game, No. 21 in the school record books.

THIEL TALE...
T'Nae Thiel has stepped it up a notch during the conference season. The senior forward is averaging a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game against Pac-10 opponents and is 11th in the conference with 103 rebounds in 19 games this season (5.4 rpg). She is ranked No. 10 in school history with 616 rebounds in her career.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins leads the Cardinal in scoring with 17.4 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. Against the Los Angeles schools last week, she scored a combined 42 points in two games -- in 48 minutes -- to earn her second weekly conference honor. 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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