No. 3/2 Stanford Hosts Oregon State in Final Home Game of the 2004-05 Season

Feb. 25, 2005

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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 111-17 record. The quintet has only suffered three losses at Maples over the past four years, and a win on Saturday would give the group its first perfect year at Maples.* 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.
*As sophomores in 2002-03, the group defended its home court during the regular season but lost a second-round NCAA Tournament game at Maples.

STRONG FINISHES...
Stanford has won its regular season home finale the last 16 years. Since the introduction of the Pac-10 Tournament in 2001-02, Feb. 26 is the latest Senior Day for the Cardinal.

MAPLES MAGIC...
With the 76-45 win over Oregon on Thursday night, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 36 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

OREGON STATE BULLETS...
* Oregon State was 4-5 entering the first game with Stanford, but the Beavers have gone 2-16 Dec. 27.
* Senior guard Shannon Howell is the Pac-10's fifth-leading scorer with 15.2 points per game.
* The Beavers' last win was a 57-43 victory over Utah Valley State on Feb. 1.

THE STANFORD-OREGON STATE SERIES...
This will be the 40th match-up between Stanford and Oregon State. The Cardinal has won 33 of the previous 39 meetings and owns a nine-game win streak over the Beavers. Stanford has only lost once in the last 21 meetings and has never lost to Oregonst State at home.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 320-101 (.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 STATE VS. THE PAC-10...
The Beavers are 176-264 (.386) all-time against Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, OSU ranks seventh in the conference with 130 in 18+ years of Pac-10 action. Oregon State will finish last in the conference, although a win against Stanford would put them into a tie for ninth place. Oregon State has finished last in four previous years, most recently when the Beavers posted a 3-15 record in 1998-99 to share last place with USC. In 1989-90, the Beavers went 1-17, their worst Pac-10 record.

STANFORD STATS...
Stanford owns a 25-2 overall mark with a 16-1 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 342-75 (.820) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 39-2 mark since the 2002-03 season. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 257-28 (.902) record at home* during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 55 of its last 58 games at Maples.
*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

WINNING WAYS...
Stanford currently owns a 16-game win streak, which is the sixth-best streak in school history. In the last 16 games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 22.4 points per game, the closest contest being a 10-point win over then-No. 14 Boston College.PAC-10 PRIDE...
Stanford won the Pac-10 Championship on Feb. 18, 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). Stanford has finished the regular season with at least 16 Pac-10 wins eight times. The Cardinal has posted perfect 18-0 seasons four times, three 17-1 seasons and only one 16-2 year.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 13.9 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 17 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 nine of the last 14 games, Stanford has finished shot at least 50.0% from the field, and has not shot below 42.9% in its last 14 games. The Cardinal shot a season-high 63.0% from the floor en route to a 94-58 victory over USC on Jan. 22. On Thursday night, Stanford finished with 62.5% shooting against Oregon.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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 27 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 273-182.

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 627-170 (.787) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 475-119 (.800) in 18+ years.

RANKINGS REPORT...
With the 31-point win over Oregon on Thursday night, the Cardinal owns a 16-game win streak and a 25-2 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 21.1 minutes per game.

COLEMAN CATALOGUE...
Sophomore Markisha Coleman has appeared in 20 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 24 3s this season and is No. 4 in school history with 193 in her career. She is just behind teammate Kelley Suminski, who has 195 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 co-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 131 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 11 in school history with 598 boards in her career. Through 27 games, she owns the No. 8 ranking in the Pac-10 with 3.67 defensive rebounds and the No. 20 ranking with 4.9 total 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. She is currently sidelined with the flu, but will be re-evaluated to see when she will be able to return.

RAPPAHAHN RATINGS...
Junior Krista Rappahan has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, averaging 11.7 minutes per game and shooting 37.7% 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 5.2 boards per game -- all of that in less than 23 minutes per contest. Her signature hook shot has helped her to a 61.9% 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 120 games during her four years at Stanford. She ranks No. 3 in school history with 195 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 128 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 152 rebounds in 27 games this season (5.6 rpg). She is ranked No. 8 in school history with 665 rebounds in her career. Thiel suffered a small fracture in her left foot against Oregon on Feb. 24, and will be sidelined for three weeks and will return for the NCAA Tournament.

WIGGINS WIRE...
Freshman guard Candice Wiggins, a Midseason Wooden Award and Midseason Naismith Trophy 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), 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 71 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.

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