No. 16 Stanford Travels North to Face Oregon State

Jan. 4, 2006

Game Coverage: Live Audio | Full Game Notes
No. 16/16 Stanford (8-4, 3-1) vs. Oregon State (6-4, 0-2)
Jan. 5, 2006 * 7:00 pm
Gill Coliseum (10,400) * Corvallis, Ore.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 34-6
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)
Gametracker: None

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns an 8-4 record this season, with a 3-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is tied for second place in the league along with California and Washington, while Arizona State sits atop the conference standings with a 3-0 record.

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 is at its lowest ranking this year after back-to-back losses at Washington and Boston College, as Stanford dropped to 16th in the AP poll. The Cardinal is 1-3 versus ranked opponents, with its only win coming against #14/16 Texas Tech.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game seven 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.

Free Throw Woes...
Stanford is shooting a near-school low 65.0% from the free throw line (which ranks No. 217 in the nation). 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. Stanford shot a season high 92.9% against UCLA on Jan. 1 (13-of-14), besting the Cardinal's previous best of 81.3% against Fresno State (13-of-16).

Cardinal Catalogue...
Four Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 14.2 minutes per game. Through all games on Jan. 2, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (No. 13, 78.8 ppg), assists (No. 13, 18.2 apg), turnovers (No. 18, 14.0 tpg), field-goal percentage (No. 20, 46.1%), three-point field goals per game (No. 23, 7.0 pg). Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 13 in the nation in threes per game, making an average of 2.9 treys per contest. Rappahahn is also ranked No. 27 with a 46.7% mark from beyond the arc, while Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 28 in the country in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

Oregon State Bullets...
* Oregon State has lost 15-straight games against Pac-10 opponents.
* After a three-game winning streak against Pac-10 foes in February 2004, the Beavers have gone 2-24 against conference opponents in the regular season over the past three seasons.
* OSU head coach LaVonda Wagner was an assistant coach at Duke when Cardinal junior Brooke Smith was a freshman in Durham.

The Stanford-Oregon State Series...
This will be the 41st match-up between Stanford and Oregon State. The Cardinal has won 34 of the previous 40 meetings and owns a 10-game win streak over the Beavers. Stanford has only dropped one game in the last 22 meetings, an 81-65 loss in Corvallis on Jan. 11, 2001.

Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 327-102 (.762) against current Pac-10 foes and a 294-52 (.850) 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.

Oregon State vs. the Pac-10...
The Beavers are 192-268 (.417) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season action, OSU is tied for seventh in the conference with 130 wins in their 20th year of Pac-10 play (the Beavers are tied with Arizona State heading into the weekend). Oregon State has never won a Pac-10 title, although the Beavers finished in second place in the 1995-96 season, one year after a third-place finish in the conference.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 264-29 (.901) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal has won 60 of its last 64 games at Maples and, three-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 91-68 win over UCLA on Jan. 1, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 39 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

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 3-1 record in conference play, losing its second game in league play both times.

Back-to-Back Disappointment...
Stanford lost two games in a row for the first times since just two seasons ago, when the Cardinal suffered back-to-back losses at Arizona and Arizona State on Feb. 5 & 7, 2004 (Stanford was ranked No. 7 at the time).

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 642-175 (.786) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 490-124 (.798) 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 19.1 points per game. Wiggins was recently named the Bay Area's Most Dynamic Amateur Athlete of 2005 by KNTV-11 (NBC).

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.

Pierce Points...
Sophomore guard Cissy Pierce took a tumble during the Dec. 30 game vs. USC and sprained her left ankle, she is currently day-to-day and is expected to return soon.

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

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

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. 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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