No. 14/15 Stanford Hosts Cross-Bay Rival California

Jan. 12, 2006

Game Coverage: TV - Comcast Sports Net | Radio - KZSU
Gametracker | Full Game Notes | Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative Luncheon
No. 14/15 Stanford (10-4, 5-1) vs. California (12-4, 4-2)
Jan. 14, 2006 * 2:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 44-15
TV: Comcast Sports Net (Krista Blunk & Todd McKim)
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)
Gametracker: 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. Janet Anderson will be introduced prior to the tip along with her husband Mark, and two sons, Clayton (12), Collin (10). Anderson is the great-grand-daughter of Mrs. Agnes Morley Cleaveland (Stanford class of 1900), who scored the winning basket in Stanford's 2-1 victory over Cal on April 8, 1896. As well, 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.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns an 10-4 record this season, with a 5-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is in first place in the league, with a half game lead over Washington.

Winning Ways...
After Stanford lost back-to-back games in December, the Cardinal has rebounded with a four game win streak, during which time sophomore guard Candice Wiggins has averaged 27.8 points per game, junior center Brooke Smith has averaged 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, freshman point guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude has contributed 6.0 assists per game, senior guard Krista Rappahahn has knocked down 3.5 threes per contest and freshman forward Jillian Harmon is adding 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The Cardinal has bested its last four Pac-10 opponents by 19.0 points per game and is shooting 48.0% from the field, with a 38.8% mark from three-point territory.

California Bullets...
* The Golden Bears have equaled their best start in 14 seasons with a 12-4 mark.
* The last time Cal won 12 of its first 16 games was in 1992-93, when the Bears recorded their last winning record (19-10).
* Cal is 0-1 against ranked teams, with a 75-58 loss against then-No. 5 Baylor at in Mexico on Nov. 26.

The Stanford-California Series...
This will be the 60th match-up between Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal has won the last 11 meetings and 26 of the last 27. Stanford's last loss to Cal was an 82-73 match-up at Maples on Feb. 16, 2001.

Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 329-102 (.763) against current Pac-10 foes and a 296-52 (.851) 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.

California vs. the Pac-10...
The Bears are 144-279 (.340) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season action, California is ranked ninth in the conference with 115 wins in their 20th year of Pac-10 play. California has never won a Pac-10 Championship.

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 up from its lowest ranking this year (16th) after four-straight wins, as the Cardinal is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today poll.

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.

Free Throw Woes...
Stanford is shooting a near-school low 66.7% 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. 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).

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).

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 5-1 record in conference play, losing its second game in league play both times.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Four Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 14.7 minutes per game. Through all games on Jan. 9, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (No. 9, 78.6 ppg), assists (No. 12, 17.9 apg), field-goal percentage (No. 15, 46.7%), scoring margin (No. 20, 15.4 ppg), three-point field goals per game (No. 22, 7.1 pg), turnovers (No. 24, 14.4 tpg). 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. 25 with a 46.1% mark from beyond the arc, while Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 14 in the country in scoring with 20.3 points per game.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game eight 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. Rappahahn and sophomore guard Candice Wiggins are both strong beyond the arc, as both are hitting more than 40% of their shots this season. Even 6-4 freshman Morgan Clyburn has gotten into the mix, making her first three-pointer against Rice.

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 644-175 (.786) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 492-124 (.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 20.3 points per game. Wiggins was recently named the Bay Area's Most Dynamic Amateur Athlete of 2005 by KNTV-11 (NBC) and was selected as the Stanford/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2, after helping the Cardinal to a pair of wins against USC and UCLA. After helping Stanford to a road sweep in Oregon and a 37-point showing against the Ducks, Wiggins was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 9.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur and has not played since Tennessee on Dec. 4, but is possible for this week's contest versus California. 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. 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.

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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