No. 4/2 Stanford Looks Tenth Pac-10 Victory at Washington State

Jan. 28, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Halfway through the Pac-10 season, Stanford has an 18-2 overall mark, a 9-1 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, is in third place with three losses.

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 STATE BULLETS...
* The Cougars won their first league game on Thursday night with the 10-point victory over Cal. They began the year with nine-straight losses.* Kate Benz and Adriane Ferguson average 22.5 points and 13.6 rebounds for the Cougars. In the first match-up between Stanford and WSU this season, the Cardinal held the pair to only 16 points and seven boards.

THE STANFORD-WSU SERIES...
This will be the 40th match-up between Stanford and Washington State. The Cardinal has won all-39 meetings in the series (by an average of 22.4 points per game). Only six games have been decided by fewer than 10 points, most recently on Feb. 22, 2001, when the Cardinal posted a nine-point victory. The largest Stanford win was a 47-point victory on Jan. 17, 2002.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 313-101 (.756) against current Pac-10 foes and a 282-51 (.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).

WSU VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cougars are 111-299 (.271) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Washington State ranks tenth in the conference with 87 wins in 18+ years of Pac-10 action. The Cougars have never finished higher than fourth in the conference (1990-91) and have finished last in the Pac-10 in each of the last three seasons.

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 a nine-game win streak, a season-high streak as the Cardinal opened with an 8-0 mark before falling at Tennessee. In the last nine 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 13.6 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 a bit more spread out, with the ten averaging more than 12 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 104-17 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 210-136.

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 620-170 (.785) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 468-119 (.797) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With Thursday's 22-point win at Washington, the Cardinal owns a nine-game win streak and an 18-2 record. Stanford is No. 1 in the Pac-10 with a 9-1 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 No. 2 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.

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 99 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 19 in school history with 566 boards in her career. Through the first 19 games, 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 12.4 minutes per game and shooting 34.4% 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 13.4 points per game and the co-leading rebounder with 5.4 boards per game -- all of that in less than 22 minutes per contest. Her dependable hook shot has helped her to a 61.5% 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 113 games during her four years at Stanford. She owns the No. 6 ranking in school history with 180 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 121 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 5.7 rebounds per game against Pac-10 opponents and is 11th in the conference with 107 rebounds in 20 games this season (5.4 rpg). She is ranked No. 10 in school history with 620 rebounds in her career.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins, a Midseason Wooden Award candidate, 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. 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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