No. 15/13 Stanford Travels to No. 14/16 Texas Tech

Nov. 25, 2005

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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.

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.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford made 10 three-pointers against Fresno State on Nov. 23, besting its previous season-high of four against Long Island. Senior Krista Rappahahn was a perfect four-for-four, while Clare Bodensteiner added another three.

Texas Tech Bullets...
* Texas Tech is 1-3 to start the season, dropping its home opener against LSU and then back-to-back three-point road games at Rice and Mississippi.
* Three Lady Raiders are scoring in double digits, with LaToya Davis leading the way with 20.0 points per game.

The Stanford-Texas Tech Series...
Sunday's game will be the 12th meeting between Stanford and Texas Tech. Stanford leads the overall series, 7-3, but the teams have split the last six meetings. The Cardinal was victorious last year, with a 61-58 victory at the Leavey Center on the Santa Clara campus (where Stanford played its home games prior to the re-opening of Maples).

Stanford vs. the Big 12...
The Cardinal is 27-14 all-time against Big 12 foes. Stanford has faced off against 10 of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against each opponent. The Cardinal has never matched up against Kansas or Oklahoma State. Last season, the Cardinal picked up two wins against Big 12 foes, with regular season victories over Texas Tech and Missouri.

Texas Tech vs. the Pac-10...
The Lady Raiders have accumulated a 26-14 all-time record vs. Pac-10 opponents. Texas Tech leads seven of the series, with splits versus Arizona State and Cal. The only losing record is against Stanford, as the Lady Raiders trail the Cardinal 4-7.

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 636-172 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 484-121 (.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.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 261-28 (.903) record at home* during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark last year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford opened the home season on Nov. 23 with an 89-67 victory over Fresno State. The Cardinal has won 57 of its last 60 games at Maples and 23 straight since Dec. 27, 2003.

Season Openers...
With the Cardinal's 69-28 victory over Long Island on Nov. 19, 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.

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.

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