Second-Ranked Stanford Heads to San Jose as Two-Time Defending Pac-10 Tournament Champion

March 2, 2005

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STANFORD STATS...
Stanford owns a 26-2 overall mark with a 17-1 record in Pac-10 play, the No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press and the USA Today/Coaches' polls. The Cardinal clinched the regular season Pac-10 title with the win at USC on Feb. 18 to claim the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament for the fourth-straight year.

RECORD REVIEW...
With an 84-41 win over Oregon State last week, the Cardinal closed out the conference season and broke two school records. Stanford limited its Pac-10 opponents to only 56.9 points per game and held its conference foes to 34.4% shooting from the field -- both record-setting marks in school history and in the Pac-10.

WINNING WAYS...
Stanford currently owns a 17-game win streak, which is the sixth-best streak in school history. In the last 17 games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 23.2 points per game, the closest contest being a 10-point win over then-No. 14 Boston College.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. Through games on Feb. 28, Stanford is ranked in the top-10 nationally in won-loss percentage (No. 2, 92.9%), scoring margin (No. 2, +22.6 points), field goal percentage (No. 4, 48.3%), scoring offense (No. 5, 78.1 ppg) and in field goal defense (No. 8, 34.8%). Through 28 games, the Cardinal is also ranked No. 13 in three-point field goal percentage (37.8%), No. 15 in turnovers (14.3), No. 19 in assists (16.9) and No. 21 in rebounding margin (+6.8). Also ranked in the top-10 are sophomore center Brooke Smith, who is No. 6 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 62.1% from the field, and senior guard Kelley Suminski, who is ranked No. 5 in three-point field goal percentage at 47.1%.

CALIFORNIA BULLETS...
* Stanford has opened against Cal in the Pac-10 Tournament the last two years and won both contests by 25 points.
* Cal struggled during the Pac-10 season and has only won two of its last 14 regular season games.
* Cal split the series with Washington State, winning in Haas, but dropping a 10-point contest in Pullman.

THE STANFORD-CALIFORNIA SERIES...
This would be the 59th match-up between Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal has won the last 10 meetings and 25 of the last 26. Stanford's is 2-0 against Cal in neutral site games (both at the Pac-10 Tournament).

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 321-101 (.761) against current Pac-10 foes and a 289-51 (.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).

CALIFORNIA VS. THE PAC-10...
The Golden Bears are 140-277 (.336) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Cal ranks ninth in the conference with 111 wins in 19 years of Pac-10 action. The Bears have never won the Pac-10 title. Cal is 2-3 all-time at the conference tournament and has won its opening game at the Pac-10 Tournament the last two years. Both times, though, the Bears have lost to Stanford in the quarterfinals.

WASHINGTON STATE BULLETS...
* Washington State heads into the Pac-10 Tournament on a three-game losing streak.
* The Cougars have won two of their last nine games, including a 10-point win over Cal on Jan. 27.
* Sophomore Kate Benz leads WSU with 10.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

THE STANFORD-WASHINGTON STATE SERIES...
This would be the 41st match-up between Stanford and Washington State. The Cardinal has won all-40 meetings in the series (by an average of 22.2 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. Earlier this season, the Cardinal won a 33-point game at home and a 13-point victory on the road.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 321-101 (.761) against current Pac-10 foes and a 289-51 (.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).

WASHINGTON STATE VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cougars are 112-306 (.268) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season play, Washington State ranks tenth in the conference with 88 wins in 19 years of Pac-10 action. The Cougars have never won a Pac-10 Tournament game and they have never finished higher than fourth in the conference (1990-91).

STRONG FINISHES...
With the 84-41 victory over Oregon State on Feb. 26, Stanford has won its regular season home finale the last 17 years.

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 112-17 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.They have only suffered three losses at Maples over the past four years, and the 13-0 record this year is their first perfect home season.**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.

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 17 Pac-10 wins eight times. The Cardinal has posted four perfect 18-0 seasons and four 17-1 seasons.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in every game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 14.5 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 18 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 10 of the last 15 games, Stanford has shot at least 50.0% from the field, and has not shot below 42.9% in its last 15 games. The Cardinal shot a season-high 63.0% from the floor en route to a 94-58 victory over USC on Jan. 22, and on Feb. 24, Stanford finished with 62.5% shooting against Oregon. Through 28 games, the Cardinal's 48.3% shooting average ranks No. 4 in the nation.

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.

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 628-170 (.787) in 25+ years, while her record at Stanford is 476-119 (.800) in 18+ years.

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, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 47.1% three-point field goal shooting percentage, 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 28 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 286-186.

MAPLES MAGIC...
With the 76-45 win over Oregon on Thursday night, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 37 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME...
Stanford owns an impressive 343-75 (.821) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 40-2 mark since the 2002-03 season. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 260-28 (.903) record at home* during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark this year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 56 of its last 59 games at Maples.*Home record includes this season's games at the Leavey Center.

RANKINGS REPORT...
The Cardinal enters the Pac-10 Tournament with a 17-game win streak and a 26-2 record. Stanford won the Pac-10 title with a 17-1 mark and is currently ranked No. 2 in the AP and No. 2 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The 2/2 ranking matches Stanford's highest previous ranking this season, 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 ranked 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 on Dec. 27. 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 21 games this season and is averaging just under six minutes per game. A walk-on, Coleman adds one point 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 26 3s this season and is No. 4 in school history with 195 in her career. She is just behind teammate Kelley Suminski, who has 198 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. Kimyacioglu is poised to break the school record in three-pointers attempted, as she is just four away from Vanessa Nygaard's mark of 536.

NEWLIN NEWS...
Sophomore center Kristen Newlin is the Cardinal's second-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. 6 in the Pac-10 with 1.04 blocks per game.

PERRYMAN PIPELINE...
With 135 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 11 in school history with 602 boards in her career. Through 29 games, she owns the No. 9 ranking in the Pac-10 with 3.68 defensive rebounds.

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 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. She was also sidelined with the flu for one game (Oregon on F24), but returned against the Beavers in the home finale and played 16 minutes against OSU.

RAPPAHAHN RATINGS...
Junior Krista Rappahahn has been a key reserve for Stanford off the bench, averaging 12.0 minutes per game and shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc in 27 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 62.1% field goal percentage -- the best in the Pac-10, No. 6 nationally, and third-best in school history for a single season.

SUMINSKI STORY...
Kelley Suminski has started 121 games during her four years at Stanford. She ranks No. 3 in school history with 198 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. This season, she is ranked No. 5 in the nation, as she is shooting 47.1% from behind the three-point line. In 129 contests played, she has averaged 10.0 points per game, No. 21 in the school record books.

THIEL TALE...
T'Nae Thiel 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 ninth 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, who suffered a small fracture in her left foot against Oregon on Feb. 24, 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 17.3 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 has scored 485 points this season, which ranks 22nd in school history for points in a single season. She also leads Stanford with 73 steals this season -- which ranks No. 7 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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