#11/9 Stanford Opens the 2005-06 Season at the Minnesota Subway Classic

Nov. 16, 2005

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Season Openers...
Stanford is 20-11 all-time in season openers, picking up a win in the first game in each of the last four years. This year's opener in Minneapolis marks the 22nd time that the Cardinal has kicked off the season on the road. Stanford owns a 14-7 record in season openers away from home.

Rankings Report...
Stanford begins the 2005-06 season with a No. 11 ranking in the AP poll and a No. 10 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll. The conference coaches picked the Cardinal to win the Pac-10 title again, marking the sixth-straight time that the Cardinal was elected to win the league.

Pac-10 Pride...
Stanford finished atop the preseason coaches' poll with nine first-place votes (81 points). It is the sixth-consecutive time and sixth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.

Long Island Bullets...
* Brittani Kozik, a junior transfer, led the way for the Blackbirds with 15 points in their exhibition contest.
* LIU was picked to finish ninth in the Northeast Conference in the coaches' preseason poll.
* Last season, the Blackbirds lost their last ten game of the season to finish with a 9-18 record and a 5-13 mark in conference play.
* Head coach Stephanie Gaitley is just three wins away from her 350th career victory. Prior to her arrival in Brooklyn, Gaitley coaches at Saint Joseph's for 10 seasons (1991-2001) and Richmond for six years (1985-91).

The Stanford-Long Island Series...
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Long Island.

Stanford vs. the Northeast Conference...
This will be only the second meeting between Stanford and a current Northeast Conference school. The Cardinal's first game against a Northeast school was twenty years ago, when Stanford lost a 62-55 decision at Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J.

Long Island vs. the Pac-10...
The Blackbirds are 0-2 against Pac-10 teams, having lost to Arizona State and Oregon. Long Island played Oregon last season n the LIU Turkey Classic, dropping a 68-50 contest. In 1997, the Blackbirds suffered a 62-point loss at the Wells Fargo Classic in Tempe.

VanDerveer's Victories...
Stanford's match-up against Utah in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last March was the 600th game of head coach Tara VanDerveer's coaching career at Stanford. Last year, she also coached the 800th game of her career, a 73-69 win versus USC in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record stands at 634-171 (.788) in 26 years, while her record at Stanford is 482-120 (.801) in 19 years.

Thirty Something...
Last season's 32-3 record marked the sixth time in school history that Stanford has finished with 30 or more wins in a season. Prior to last season, the last time the Cardinal had posted at least 30 wins was in 2001-02 when Stanford finished with a 32-3 mark and a trip to the Sweet 16.

Preseason Praise...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins was named to the Preseason Watch List for the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy. A Kodak All-American last season, Wiggins was the Cardinal's leading scored in 2004-05, with 17.4 points per game.

Maples Magic...
Stanford extended its conference home win streak to 37 games when it wrapped up the 2004-05 season with an 84-41 victory over Oregon State. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC up-ended the Cardinal. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 260-28 (.903) record at home* during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark last year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 56 of its last 59 games at Maples.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford finished the 2004-05 season with a 32-3 overall record. The Cardinal ended the regular season with the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN/Coaches' polls, and was awarded fifth place in the final USA Today poll. It was the first time Stanford ended the regular season as the top-ranked team in the country. It was also the first time that 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.

Defensive Drive...
Stanford broke the school record in scoring defense in 2004-05 as the team limited its opponents to 56.0 points per game. It was the third season in a row that the Cardinal has broken the school record for scoring defense, as the 2003-04 team set a new mark with 58.4 points, besting the mark of 58.9 it had set in 2002-03.

Record Review...
The Cardinal also broke two school records during the conference season. 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.

Pac-10 Participants...
Five Pacific-10 teams represented the conference in last year's NCAA Tournament, as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and USC all earned at-large bids. It is the first time since 1998 that the Pac-10 has sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament and the sixth time in conference history that five teams have received bids (the Pac-10 has never sent more than five teams to the NCAA Tournament). The Pac-10 won five first-round games for the first time in league history, and both Stanford and Arizona State went on to play in the Sweet 16. Only the ACC (7) and the Big 12 (6) sent more teams than the Pac-10. The Big Ten and the SEC also sent five teams.

First Half Facts...
Stanford owned the lead at halftime in all but three games last season and only trailed twice. The Cardinal out-scored its opponents by an average of 13.1 points in the first 20 minutes. Twice, Stanford only led by two points (at Utah and at Tennessee), but 20 times, Stanford carried a double-digit lead into the break.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Three Cardinal players finished the 2004-05 season in double digits for scoring and 10 averaged double-digit minutes. Stanford finished the year ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring margin (No. 1, +21.9 points), won-loss percentage (No. 3, 91.4%), field goal percentage (No. 3, 48.2%), scoring offense (No. 4, 77.8 ppg), in field goal defense (No. 7, 35.1%) and in 3-point field goal percentage (No. 10, 38.0%). The Cardinal was also ranked No. 14 in turnovers (14.0), No. 19 in free-throw percentage (75.2%), No. 21 in rebounding margin (+6.2), No. 23 in assists (16.4). Also ranked in the top-10 was Brooke Smith, who was No. 7 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting a school-record 61.0% from the field.

Looking Ahead...
Next season, the Cardinal will add four freshmen to its roster, as Jayne Appel, Michelle Harrison, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy all signed a National Letter of Intent in November. The quartet will arrive on The Farm in 2006 and will make an immediate impact:
Appel (6-4, C, Concord, CA/Carondelet HS)
Harrison (6-3, F, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)
Hones (5-10, G, Portland, OR/Southridge HS)
Murphy (5-9, G, Brooklyn, NY/Midwood HS)

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