#12/11 Stanford Takes on Pacific in Stockton

Nov. 30, 2005

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No. 12/11 Stanford (3-1) vs. Pacific (1-4)
Dec. 1, 2005 * 7:00 pm
Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150) * Stockton, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads, 15-3
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jeremy Stone)

Stanford Stats...
Stanford is off to a 3-1 start this season, with a 1-1 record versus ranked opponents. The Cardinal lost at #16/17 Minnesota on the first Sunday of the season, but rebounded with a three-point victory at #14/16 Texas Tech a week later. The third Sunday of the season sees Stanford hosting No. 2/1 Tennessee at Maples Pavilion.

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. Rappahahn and Wiggins are both in the top-five in three-point shooting percentage in the Pac-10, with Rappahahn ranked second with a 53.8% mark and Wiggins ranked fifth with a 42.1% average.

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.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin is averaging 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds four games into the season, after pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds at Texas Tech last Sunday. Newlin has two double-doubles this season, with double-digit scoring and rebounding against both of the Cardinal's ranked opponents (Minnesota and Texas Tech). Newlin has also accumulated 10 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 91. Her 2.5 blocks per game is the best in the conference.

Pacific Bullets...
* The Tigers are 1-4 to start the season, winning the season opener, but losing their next four games.
* Only one Pacific player is scoring in double digits, as senior Tina Sanerivi leads the Tigers with 10.8 points per game.
* Pacific is turning the ball over an average of 23.8 times per game, including a season-high 31 times at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The Stanford-Pacific Series...
Stanford leads the all-time series history over the Tigers, 15-3. The Cardinal has won the last seven meetings, the last loss came on Nov. 29, 1983 in Palo Alto. Last season, Stanford limited the Tigers to only 26 points, which ranks third in school history for few points allowed (two years ago, Stanford help Pacific to 25 points, the second fewest by an opponent in school history).

Stanford vs. the Big West...
The Cardinal is 43-22 all-time against current Big West teams. Stanford has faced nine of the 10 teams in the conference and leads all but two of the series (Cal State Fullerton has a 9-4 advantage and Long Beach State is 8-6 all-time versus the Cardinal). Stanford will also play Big West foe UCSB this season, with Feb. 9 match-up at Maples.

Pacific vs. the Pac-10...
The Tigers are 10-52 all-time against current Pacific-10 Conference teams. Pacific has matched up against every Pac-10 squad except USC. The Tigers have already faced Oregon State at the Spanos Center this season, dropping an eight-point game to the Beavers on Nov. 20. Pacific last beat a Pac-10 team in 1997, when the Tigers downs the Golden Bears, 64-63, on Nov. 24 in Stockton.

Rankings Report...
Stanford began 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. Wins against Fresno State and at Texas Tech pushed the Cardinal up to No. 12 in AP and No. 11 in USA Today.

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 637-172 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 485-121 (.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 18.8 points per game in the first four 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.

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. 2005-06 statistics will be released next week.

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