No. 15/13 Stanford Hosts Fresno State

Nov. 22, 2005

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Maples Magic...
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 and 22 straight since Dec. 27, 2003.

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. Prior to its first game, Stanford moved up to No. 9 in the USA Today poll. After the loss at No. 16/17 Minnesota, the Cardinal dropped back to 15th in the AP poll and 13th in the USA Today Poll.

Fresno State Bullets...
* Fresno State is off to a 2-0 start with wins over UC Irvine and Texas Southern.
* The Bulldogs have scored at least 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1990.
* Senior forward Amy Parrish is leading the way for Fresno State with 20.0 points per game, as four Bulldogs are averaging double-digit scoring in their first two games.

The Stanford-Fresno State Series...
This will be the 21st meeting between Stanford and Fresno State, but the first meeting since November 1988. Stanford won the first 11 match-ups, but Fresno State owned a five-game win streak in the mid-1980's.

Stanford vs. the WAC...
The Cardinal is 37-21 all-time against Western Athletic Conference foes. Stanford has faced off against every team except two in the league and owns winning records against five opponents. The Cardinal has never matched up against Boise State or New Mexico State. Stanford has not challenged a WAC opponent since Nov. 24, 2001, when the Cardinal won a 71-60 decision over Hawai'i.

Fresno State vs. the Pac-10...
The Bulldogs are 29-62 against Pac-10 teams. Fresno State has played eight of the league's team, all but Arizona State and USC. Fresno State has losing records against five of the league schools, but won its most recent contest with a four-point victory over Washington State last season.

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.

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 635-172 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 483-121 (.800) in 20 years.

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 is currently Stanford's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game in the first two contests.

Season Openers...
With the Cardinal's 69-28 victory over Long Island on Saturday, Stanford is 21-11 all-time in season openers, picking up a win in the first game in each of the last five 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 15-7 record in season openers away from home.

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. This season, the Cardinal is keeping the trend alive, holding Long Island to just 28 points in the season opener and averaging a 56.0 scoring defense.

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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