No. 10/11 Stanford Will Travel Across the Country to Face No. -/24 Boston College

Dec. 24, 2005

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No. 10/11 Stanford (6-3, 1-1 Pac-10) vs. No. -/24 Boston College (10-2, 0-0 ACC)
Dec. 28, 2005 * 2:00 pm (ET)
Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) * Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 2-0
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Troy Clardy)
Gametracker: GoStanford.com

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game five times this season - and has hit 10 against Fresno State, at Pacific, and at Washington. Against Fresno State and Pacific, Krista Rappahahn was nine-for-ten from behind the three-point line, and against the Huskies, she hit a career-high six threes in a game. Even 6-4 freshman Morgan Clyburn has gotten into the mix, making her first three-pointer against Rice. Rappahahn currently leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage with a 52.0% mark, through games on Dec. 22.

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, but the Cardinal has come back to No. 10 in AP and No. 11 in USA Today.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns a 6-3 record this season, with a 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is 1-2 versus ranked opponents, losing at #16/17 Minnesota on the first Sunday of the season, but rebounding with a three-point victory at #14/16 Texas Tech a week later. On the third Sunday of the season, Stanford lost to No. 2/1 Tennessee at Maples Pavilion.

Commencing the Conference...
Stanford has won its conference opener in 17 of the last 20 seasons, including this year's opener at Washington State on Dec. 20. For the second-straight season, the Cardinal has started with a 1-1 record in conference play, losing its second game in league play both times.

Free Throw Woes...
Stanford is shooting a school-low 64.2% from the free throw line. The worst free-throw shooting by a Cardinal team on record was in 1978-79, when Stanford went 64.8% from the charity strike. The Cardinal has not shot less than 70% since the 1999-2000 season when the squad finished the campaign with a 69.9% average.

Boston College Bullets...
* The Eagles are in their first season as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
* Boston College's two losses this season have come against UConn and Ohio State.
* BC head coach Cathy Inglese served as an assistant coach on the USA Basketball World University Games Team last summer, which included Stanford junior Brooke Smith.
* Second-year Stanford assistant coach Charmin Smith started her coaching career as an assistant at BC three years ago.

The Stanford-Boston College Series...
This will be the third match-up between Stanford and Boston College. The Cardinal has won the first two meetings between the squads with an 81-74 victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Dec. 21, 1989, and a 76-66 home victory last season on Jan. 15, 2005 in Maples Pavilion.

Stanford vs. the ACC...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 9-5 (.643) against current Atlantic Coast Conference foes. Stanford has faced seven of the 12 current members and boasts winning records against four of the squads.

BC vs. the Pac-10...
The Eagles have an all-time record of 2-4 against current Pac-10 teams. Stanford is the only Pac-10 team that Boston College played more than once. BC's two wins over Pac-10 foes came against Arizona and Oregon. The Eagles' last victory over a Pac-10 team was on Nov. 29, 2002, when BC on a 64-47 victory over Oregon.

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 640-174 (.786) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 488-123 (.799) 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 17.0 points per game in the first nine contests.

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.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 262-29 (.900) record at home during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark last year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. The Cardinal has won 58 of its last 62 games at Maples and, before the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 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.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur and will be on the sidelines for this week's game at Boston College. Newlin, who was averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in her first six games, pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds at Texas Tech and scored a career-high 20 points against Tennessee. She will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Newlin has four double-doubles in six games this season, with double-digit scoring and rebounding against all three of the Cardinal's ranked opponents (Minnesota, Texas Tech and Tennessee) as well as at Pacific. Newlin has also accumulated 12 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 93.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Four Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 15 minutes per game. Through all games on Dec. 19, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (No. 11, 80.0 ppg), blocked shots (No. 11, 6.1 bpg), assists (No. 14, 18.3 apg), field-goal percentage defense (No. 16, 33.8%) and scoring margin (No. 18, +19.0 ppg). Also ranked in the top-10 is Krista Rappahahn, who is No. 6 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, shooting a 53.3% from the beyond the arc. Kristen Newlin is also ranked No. 23 in rebounds per game with a 10.3 rpg average.

Katrina Assist...
Assistant coach Charmin Smith is spearheading a year-long fund-raiser by the Stanford Women's Basketball team this year, as the program collects pledges for every Stanford assist in order to help the Peninsula Habitat, our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, build houses for Operation Home Delivery, a tremendous nationwide effort, that will shipped new homes to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast area. The California Golden Bears are also launching a Katrina Assist program. More information and pledge forms can be found at GoStanford.com.

History Lesson...
The Stanford-Cal series will be even more special this season, as the squads mark the 110 year milestone since Stanford beat Cal 2-1 on April 8, 1896, in the first-ever women's intercollegiate basketball game. Stanford and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative are sponsoring the Inaugural Bay Area Leadership Lunch prior to the Jan. 14 game at Maples. Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will be the featured speaker and will be joined by both head coaches. More information and a ticket reservation form can be found on the women's basketball page at GoStanford.com.

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. Scout.com has ranked the class No. 3 in the nation, while Blue Star ranks the group at No. 4. 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)

Looking at the Lineup...
Stanford has used four different lineups this season, with only Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins starting all nine games. Kristen Newlin made six starts before a stress reaction sidelined her. Freshman Jillian Harmon made four starts to begin the season and stepped back in to replace Newlin. Guards Clare Bodensteiner, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Cissy Pierce and Krista Rappahahn have also made starts for the Cardinal this season.

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