No. 14 Stanford Returns to Pac-10 Play with USC on Friday

Dec. 29, 2005

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No. 14 Stanford (6-4, 1-1) vs. USC (8-3, 2-0)
Dec. 30, 2005 * 7:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 33-18
TV: None
Webcast: GoStanford.com
Gametracker: GoStanford.com
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jeremy Stone & Brandon Crockett)

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.

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 - its highest ranking this season. The Cardinal's lowest ranking this year came after the loss at Minnesota, when Stanford dropped to 15th in the AP poll.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns a 6-4 record this season, with a 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is 1-3 versus ranked opponents, with its only win coming against #14/16 Texas Tech.

Holiday Promotions...
With the New Year's weekend coming up, Stanford is offering free tickets for ALL Stanford students with ID and all kids 13 & under -- parents can register at GoStanford.com/kidsfree and print your free game ticket before arriving at Maples!

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.

USC Bullets...
* The Women of Troy are 0-2 against ranked teams this season, losing by 11 at then-No. 13 Notre Dame and by the same score against then-No. 4 Ohio State.
* USC is just above Stanford in free throw percentage with a 63.9% season average (eighth in the league).

The Stanford-USC Series...
This will be the 52nd match-up between Stanford and USC. The Cardinal won all three meetings between the two schools last season, with two regular season wins and a victory in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals. Stanford has won 21 of the last-24 contests.

Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 325-102 (.761) against current Pac-10 foes and a 292-52 (.849) record in regular season conference action, the best percentage in the league. Stanford won its fifth-straight regular season Pac-10 title and its third-straight Pac-10 Tournament title last season.

USC vs. the Pac-10...
The Trojans are 272-168 (.618) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season action, USC ranks third in the conference with 202 wins in their 20th year of Pac-10 play. Southern California is tied for third with two Pac-10 titles, behind Stanford's 14 conference crowns and Washington's three.

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 63.3% 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.

Back-to-Back Disappointment...
Stanford has lost two games in a row heading into this Friday's match-up versus USC, but the Cardinal lost two-straight games just two seasons ago, with back-to-back losses at Arizona and Arizona State on Feb. 5 & 7, 2004 (Stanford was ranked No. 7 at the time). In Dec. 2000, the Cardinal lost three-straight (at No. 2/2 Tennessee, at No. 8/8 Purdue and at No. 22/17 Oklahoma). Stanford owned a 5-4 record in its first nine games that season after dropping the season opener at Saint Mary's.

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 640-175 (.785) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 488-124 (.797) 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 17.3 points per game through nine contests. Wiggins was recently named the Bay Area's Most Dynamic Amateur Athlete of 2005 by KNTV-11 (NBC).

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.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 14.7 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.

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 games against USC and UCLA. 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.

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)

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