No. 4/2 Stanford Takes on UCLA

Feb. 19, 2005

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Stanford owns a 23-2 overall mark with a 14-1 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 won the regular season Pac-10 title with the win at USC on Friday night, guaranteeing Stanford the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.

Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Feb. 14, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in won-loss percentage (No. 4, 91.7%), scoring offense (No. 6, 77.3 ppg), scoring margin (No. 6, +21.4 points) and field goal percentage (No. 8, 47.3%). Through 24 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 17 in turnovers (14.6), No. 19 in rebounding margin (6.8), No. 23 in three-point field goal percentage (36.5%), No. 24 in field goal defense (36.0%) and No. 24 in assists per game (16.7). Sophomore center Brooke Smith is ranked No. 7 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 62.3% from the field.

Stanford claimed sole possession of the Pac-10 regular season title on Friday night, winning its 14th conference game at USC. The victory secured Stanford's fifth-straight Pac-10 title (the Cardinal also won five-straight between 1988-89 and 1992-93).

* Bruin leading scorer and rebounder, sophomore Noelle Quinn, had knee surgery in January and has not yet returned.
* UCLA lost two-straight games at Arizona and Arizona State, but the Bruins defeated Cal on Friday night.
* UCLA is 2-2 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 and a 25-point game to Stanford in the squads' first match-up.

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.

The Cardinal owns an overall record of 318-101 (.759) against current Pac-10 foes and a 287-51 (.849) record in regular season conference action, the best percentage in the league. With the 88-62 win at USC on Feb. 18, Stanford clinched its fifth-straight regular season Pac-10 title. The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 with 14 regular season conference crowns (Washington ranks second with three Pac-10 titles). Stanford has also played in the Championship Game of the Pac-10 Tournament in each of the three years it has been played and has won the tournament title twice (2003 and 2004).

The Bruins are 255-178 (.589) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, UCLA ranks fourth in the conference with 186 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 currently owns a 14-game win streak, which is tied for eighth-best in school history. In the last 14 games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 22.0 points per game, the closest contest being a 10-point win over then-No. 14 Boston College.

Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 13.7 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 15 times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break.

Stanford has finished every game this season with a better field goal percentage than its opponent. In eight of the last 12 games, Stanford has finished shot at least 50.0% from the field, and has not shot below 45.9% in its last dozen games. The Cardinal shot a season-high 63.0% from the floor en route to a 94-58 victory over USC on Jan. 22.

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.

Stanford has only posted four 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. On Friday night, freshman guard Candice Wiggins added the fourth of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.

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.

Stanford made 15 3-pointers against UCLA on Jan. 20, 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 3s, as five different Cardinal players connected a trey. Over the last-eight games, Stanford is averaging 7.9 three's per game - after starting the season averaging just 5.0 three's per game in its first 17 games.

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 109-17 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.

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.

Stanford owns an impressive 341-75 (.820) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 38-2 mark since the 2002-03 season. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 256-28 (.901) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 54 of its last 57 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

With the 67-53 win over Arizona State on Feb. 5, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 35 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

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 25 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 261-170.

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 624-170 (.786) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 472-119 (.799) in 18+ years.

With the 26-point win at USC on Friday night, the Cardinal owns a 14-game win streak and a 23-2 record. Stanford clinched the regualr season Pac-10 title 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.

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. She is operating at full strength, averaging 20.8 minutes per game.

Sophomore Markisha Coleman has appeared in 19 games this season and is averaging just under six minutes per game. A walk-on, Coleman adds 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. Against Pacific, she played a career-high 16 minutes and dished out four assists. In conference play, Coleman scored a career-high five points against Cal on Jan. 13 in 10 minutes on the floor.

Senior Sebnem Kimyacioglu is one of the leading 3-point shooters in Stanford history. She has made 22 3s this season and is tied with Jennifer Azzi at No. 4 in school history with 191 in her career. She is one shy of the No. 3 ranking, held by Lindsey Yamasaki with 192 threes. Kimyacioglu netted three 3s 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.

Sophomore center Kristen Newlin is the Cardinal's leading blocker with 29 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 1.17 blocks per game.

With 123 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 14 in school history with 590 boards in her career. Through 24 games, she is tied for the No. 10 ranking in the Pac-10 with 3.54 defensive rebounds per game this season.

Freshman guard Cissy Pierce missed three games (home series vs. Arizona schools and at Cal) due to a laceration on her right hand suffered in shoot-around before the Arizona game on Feb. 3. Pierce appeared in 19 games prior to her injury and returned with seven minutes at USC on Feb. 18. On the season, she has given the Cardinal a boost with 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Junior Krista Rappahan has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, averaging 11.8 minutes per game and shooting 39.3% from beyond the arc. She made a season-high three treys against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Great Alaska Shootout and went 2-for-2 against UCLA to help the Cardinal make 15 threes in a game.

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 is the second-leading rebounder with 5.3 boards per game -- all of that in 22 minutes per contest. Her signature hook shot has helped her to a 62.0% field goal percentage -- the best in the Pac-10, No. 7 nationally, and third-best in school history for a single season.

Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 118 games during her four years at Stanford. She ranks No. 6 in school history with 190 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 126 contests played, she has averaged 10.0 points per game, No. 21 in the school record books.

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 10th in the conference with 135 rebounds in 24 games this season (5.6 rpg). She is ranked No. 10 in school history with 652 rebounds in her career.

Freshman guard Candice Wiggins, a Midseason Wooden Award candidate, 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. Against the Los Angeles schools on Jan. 20 & 22, she scored a combined 42 points in two games -- in only 48 minutes -- to earn her second weekly conference honor. Wiggins also leads Stanford with 68 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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