No. 3/2 Stanford Ready for Rematch with Oregon

Feb. 23, 2005

Game Coverage: Watch!
Live Audio | Gametracker
Gameday Promotions | Full Game Notes

STANFORD STATS...
Stanford owns a 24-2 overall mark with a 15-1 record in Pac-10 play, the No. 3 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 last Friday night, guaranteeing Stanford the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
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.

MAPLES MAGIC...
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.

OREGON BULLETS...
* Oregon is the only Pac-10 team to have beaten Stanford this season.
* After beating the Cardinal, the Ducks dropped two-straight games in L.A., but they went on to win nine of their next 12 games.
* Senior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the Ducks with 14.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

THE STANFORD-OREGON SERIES...
This will be the 39th match-up between Stanford and Oregon. The Cardinal has won six of the last eight meetings, but Oregon defended its home court the last-two seasons. Stanford has only lost one decision to Oregon at home, a 63-54 loss on March 5, 1987. Since that date, the Cardinal has won 17-straight home games versus the Ducks.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 319-101 (.760) against current Pac-10 foes and a 288-51 (.850) 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).

OREGON VS. THE PAC-10...
The Ducks are 274-177 (.608) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Oregon ranks third in the conference with 193 in 18 years of Pac-10 action. Oregon has won two conference crowns, most recently in 1999-2000.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Feb. 21, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in won-loss percentage (No. 3, 92.3%), scoring margin (No. 5, +21.5 points), scoring offense (No. 6, 78.0 ppg), field goal percentage (No. 6, 47.7%) and No. 10 in field goal defense (35.1%). Through 26 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 15 in turnovers (14.5), No. 17 in three-point field goal percentage (37.3%) and No. 20 in rebounding margin (+6.5). Also ranked in the top-10 are sophomore center Brooke Smith, who is No. 7 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 62.3% from the field, and senior guard Kelley Suminski, who is ranked No. 6 in three-point field goal percentage at 45.6%.

PAC-10 PRIDE...
Stanford won the Pac-10 Championship on Friday night, winning its 14th conference game at USC. The victory secured Stanford's record-tying fifth-straight Pac-10 title (the Cardinal also won five-straight between 1988-89 and 1992-93).

WINNING WAYS...
Stanford currently owns a 15-game win streak, which is tied for sixth-best in school history. In the last 15 games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 21.8 points per game, the closest contest being a 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 13.5 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 16 times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break.

PERCENTAGE PERFECT...
Stanford has finished every game this season with a better field goal percentage than its opponent. In eight of the last 13 games, Stanford has finished shot at least 50.0% from the field, and has not shot below 42.9% in its last 13 games. The Cardinal shot a season-high 63.0% from the floor en route to a 94-58 victory over USC on Jan. 22.

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.

SEEING DOUBLE...
Stanford has only posted five 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. Last week, freshman guard Candice Wiggins added the fourth of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds at USC. Two days later, Wiggins scored 24 points and pulled down 16 boards at UCLA.

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 110-17 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.

SHOOTING FROM THE OUTSIDE...
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.

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.

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 26 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 264-176.

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 626-170 (.786) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 474-119 (.799) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With the 26-point win at USC on Friday night and a 13-point win at UCLA on Sunday afternoon, the Cardinal owns a 15-game win streak and a 24-2 record. Stanford clinched the regular season Pac-10 title and is currently ranked No. 3 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. She is operating at full strength, averaging 21.3 minutes per game.

COLEMAN CATALOGUE...
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.

KIMYACIOGLU CORNER...
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. 5 in school history with 191 in her career. She is two shy of the No. 3 ranking, held by teammate Kelley Suminski with 193 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.

NEWLIN NEWS...
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 1.12 blocks per game.

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 124 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 14 in school history with 591 boards in her career. Through 25 games, she owns the No. 8 ranking in the Pac-10 with 3.68 defensive rebounds per game this season.

PIERCE POINTS...
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.

RAPPAHAHN RATINGS...
Junior Krista Rappahan has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, averaging 11.6 minutes per game and shooting 39.7% from beyond the arc in 25 games. 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.

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 13.3 points per game and is the second-leading rebounder with 5.3 boards per game -- all of that in less than 23 minutes per contest. Her signature hook shot has helped her to a 61.7% field goal percentage -- the best in the Pac-10, No. 7 nationally, and third-best in school history for a single season.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, a preseason Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS nominee, has started 119 games during her four years at Stanford. She ranks No. 3 in school history with 193 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 127 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 6.0 rebounds per game against Pac-10 opponents and is eighth in the conference with 139 rebounds in 26 games this season (5.6 rpg). She is ranked No. 9 in school history with 659 rebounds in her career.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins, a Midseason Wooden Award and Midseason Naismith Trophy candidate, 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), and she tacked on a 28-point performance at Arizona on Jan. 9, to earn 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 70 steals this season -- which ranks No. 9 in school history for steals in a single 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.

INJURY UPDATE...
Freshmen Christy Titchenal and Jessica Elway have been sidelined for the past few weeks, but both are expected to return. Titchenal appeared in eight games before suffering a stress reaction, while Elway broke her hand during practice the day before the game at Washington State. Titchenal and Elway are both expected back in time for postseason action. In Washington, the Cardinal also suffered a season-ending injury, as junior forward Eziamaka Okafor tore her right Achilles' tendon during the game in Seattle.

Categories:
Now on Pac-12 Network
2:00 AM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
  • Inside Pac-12 Football: Playoff Breakdown
    TODAY | 10:00am PT

    Airing on:

    • Pac-12 Network
    Live
  • Women's Basketball: Hawaii at UCLA
    TODAY | 2:00pm PT

    Airing on:

    • Pac-12 Network
    • Pac-12 Los Angeles
    Live
  • Inside Pac-12 Football: Bowl Selection Special
    TODAY | 5:00pm PT

    Airing on:

    • Pac-12 Network
    Live
Get Pac-12 Networks
Unable to get Pac-12 Network?
Contact your provider ▶
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close