No. 1 Stanford Takes on Arizona State in Pac-10 Tournament Championship

March 7, 2005

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MILE MARKER...
March 6th's game against USC was the 800th in Tara VanDerveer's head coaching career. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record now stands at 630-170 (.788) in 26 years, while her record at Stanford is 478-119 (.801) in 19 years.

TOURNAMENT TALK...
Stanford defeated California 81-40 in the Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The 41-point win is a tournament record for margin of victory, besting the previous mark of 35 points when Stanford defeated UCLA, 96-61, on March 2, 2002).

CONFERENCE CHATTER...
Stanford swept the Pac-10 honors, as Candice Wiggins was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Tara VanDerveer was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and three Cardinal players were honored as All-Pac-10 selections, with sophomore Brooke Smith, senior Kelley Suminski and Wiggins earning First-Team honors and senior Susan King Borchardt taking honorable mention accolades.

STANFORD STATS...
Stanford owns a 28-2 overall heading into the Pac-10 Tournament Championship and the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press. It is the first time Stanford has been ranked No. 1 since December 1996 when the Cardinal began the season with the top ranking in both polls and stayed on top until a loss at Old Dominion.

ARIZONA STATE BULLETS...
* Since losing at Stanford on Feb. 5, the Sun Devils have gone 7-1.
* Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford, playing her final three years for head coach Tara VanDerveer.
* ASU is the only team besides Stanford that has won the Pac-10 Tournament (doing so in 2002).

THE STANFORD-ARIZONA STATE SERIES...
This will be the 49th match-up between Stanford and Arizona State. The Cardinal has won the 24 of the last 27 meetings, including both regular season match-ups this year. The Sun Devils are the only team to have defeated Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament, as they won the inaugural title in 2002.

STANFORD VS. THE PAC-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 323-101 (.762) 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 will play in the Championship Game of the Tournament for the fourth time. The Cardinal has won two previous Pac-10 tournament titles (2003 and 2004).

ARIZONA STATE VS. THE PAC-10...
The Sun Devils are 171-254 (.402) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. The Sun Devils have won one regular season Pac-10 title, sharing the crown with Washington and Stanford in 2000-01 with identical 12-6 records in conference play. In the first year of the Pac-10 Tournament, Arizona State upended the Cardinal in the championship game to earn the first tournament title.

WINNING WAYS...
Stanford currently owns an 19-game win streak, which is the sixth-best streak in school history. In the last 19 games, Stanford is averaging a margin of victory of 23.2 points per game, the closest win being a four-point win over USC on March 6.

RECORD REVIEW...
With an 84-41 win over Oregon State last week, the Cardinal wrapped up the conference season, breaking two school records in the process. 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.

FIRST HALF FACTS...
Stanford has owned the lead at halftime in all but one game this season, and is out-scoring opponents by an average of 14.1 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford has only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 19 times, the Cardinal has carried a double-digit lead into the break. Against USC in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal, the Trojans took a four-point lead into the break.

CARDINAL CATALOGUE...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and 10 are playing double-digit minutes. As of 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 3-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 Brooke Smith, who is No. 6 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 62.1% from the field, and Kelley Suminski, who is ranked No. 5 in three-point field goal percentage at 47.1%.

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 114-17 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.

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.

PERCENTAGE PERFECT...
Stanford has finished all but one game this season with a better field goal percentage than its opponent. USC is the only team to top the Cardinal in shooting. 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.

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 630-170 (.788) in 26 years, while her record at Stanford is 478-119 (.801) in 19 years.

MAPLES MAGIC...
Stanford finished the regular season with a win over Oregon, extending 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. 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.

SEEING DOUBLE...
Stanford has only posted six 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. In Los Angeles, 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. She posted her third double-double of the year with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Pac-10 semifinal against USC.

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 29 games, the Cardinal is out-stealing its opponents 301-198.

RANKINGS REPORT...
The Cardinal enters the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal with an 18-game win streak and a 28-2 record. Stanford won the Pac-10 title with a 17-1 mark in conference play and is currently ranked No. 2 in the AP 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 Arizona on Feb. 3, she tallied a season-high 17. She is now operating at full strength, averaging 22.1 minutes per game.

COLEMAN CATALOGUE...
Sophomore Markisha Coleman has appeared in 22 games this season and is averaging six minutes per game. A walk-on, Coleman adds 1.1 points and 0.7 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. 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 two away from Vanessa Nygaard's mark of 536.

NEWLIN NEWS...
Sophomore center Kristen Newlin has become a part of the Stanford starting line-up with the injury to T'Nae Thiel. She started twice early in the season (at Utah and at USF). She 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 142 rebounds so far this season, senior forward Azella Perryman is now ranked No. 11 in school history with 609 boards in her career. Through 29 games, she owns the No. 9 ranking in the Pac-10 with 3.68 defensive rebounds per contest.

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 3.0 points and 1.5 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 36.9% from beyond the arc in 28 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 13.1points per game and is the third-leading rebounder with 5.2 boards per game -- all of that in 23 minutes per contest. Her signature hook shot has helped her to a 61.6% 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 123 games during her four years at Stanford. She ranks No. 2 in school history with 204 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 in three-point field goal percentage, as she is shooting 47.1%. In 131 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, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the lone freshman on the Midseason Wooden Award and Midseason Naismith Trophy lists, 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), 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 77 steals this season -- which ranks No. 6 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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