No. 14 Stanford Hosts UCSB on Thursday

Feb. 7, 2006

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No. 14/14 Stanford (16-5, 11-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (11-8, 6-2)
Feb. 9, 2006 * 7:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 7-1
TV: None
Webcast: GoStanford.com
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)
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VanDerveer's Victories...
Tara VanDerveer's became the ninth Division-I coach to reach the 650 milestone on Saturday afternoon with an 87-54 victory over Oregon State. VanDerveer is just two shy of her 500th win as the Stanford head coach. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record stands at 650-176 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 498-125 (.799) in 20 years.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 269-29 (.903) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 167-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 65 of its last 69 games at Maples and eight-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 87-54 win over Oregon State on Feb. 4, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 44 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal. None of the current Stanford team has lost a conference game in Maples.

Wiggins Wire...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 points with her first basket at USC on Jan. 29. Through 56 games, Wiggins has scored 1,056 points, which ranks 23rd on the all-time scoring list. Wiggins took 54 games to get to the 1,000 milestone, just shy of the fastest pace -- in 1980, Jeanne Ruark Hoff took just 49 games to reach 1,000.

Smith Story...
Junior center Brooke Smith is the Cardinal's second-leading scorer with 17.6 points per game and is tied for first in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game. In her career, she is averaging 14.9 points per game (835 points in 56 contests), which is sixth-best in school history. Smith had a career-high night in the Cardinal's loss at UCLA, scoring 26 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.

UCSB Bullets...
* The Gauchos lost their first five games en route to a 1-6 start, but have gone 10-2 since Dec. 17 (starting with an overtime win over UCLA).
* UCSB is 0-5 against non-conference opponents on the road this season.
* Santa Barbara has only played in front of one crowd larger than 1,201 this year, the season opener at Michigan State (in front of 3,960 fans). The Cardinal averages 3,677 at home games.

The Stanford-UCSB Series...
This will be the ninth match-up between Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. The Cardinal is 7-1 against the Gauchos, with a one-point loss in the first meeting (in Nov. 1977) and then seven-straight victories. The squads have not met since Nov. 17, 2001, when the Cardinal took an 87-64 victory at Stanford.

Stanford vs. the Big West...
The Cardinal is 41-22 (.651) against current Big West foes. Stanford has never played UC Riverside, but has played the other seven teams in the conference. The Cardinal owns wining records over every team except Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. UCSB is the second Big West opponent on the Stanford schedule this season, as the Cardinal posted a 109-58 victory at Pacific on Dec. 1.

UCSB vs. the Pac-10...
This will be the Gauchos' third Pac-10 opponent this season, as UCSB is 2-0 against Pac-10 teams this season, with wins over UCLA and Arizona. The Gauchos have faced off against all 10 teams in the conference and have at least one win against every team except Washington.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns a 16-5 record this season, with an 11-2 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is in first place in the conference with a two-game lead over Arizona State and Washington.

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), but after a loss at UCLA last week, the Cardinal is dropped to No. 15 in both polls. With a pair of home wins, Stanford is now 14th in both polls.

Winning Ways...
After Stanford lost back-to-back games in December, the Cardinal rebounded with a seven-game win streak, during which time sophomore guard Candice Wiggins averaged 26.9 points per game -- with four games of 30 points or more. Junior Brooke Smith averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game during the stretch and freshman point guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude contributed 5.1 assists per game. Senior guard Krista Rappahahn knocked down 3.7 threes per contest and freshman forward Jillian Harmon added 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Three Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 13.2 minutes per game. Through all games on Feb. 5, Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense, with 79.9 points per game. The Cardinal is also in the top-25 nationally in assists (No. 9, 17.4 apg), scoring margin (No. 11, 15.1 ppg), three-point field-goal percentage (No. 13, 38.9%), field-goal percentage (No. 14, 47.3%), three-point field goals per game (No. 16, 7.1 pg) and turnovers (No. 23, 14.2 tpg). Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring with 21.1 points per game, while Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 8 in the nation in threes per game, making an average of 3.0 treys per contest. She is also ranked No. 21 with a 43.5% mark from beyond the arc, while Wiggins is No. 27 with a 42.7% average. Brooke Smith is also among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, ranked No. 18 with a 57.6% average and she is No. 45 in scoring with a 17.6 points per game average.

A Lot Allowed...
The Cardinal gave up 90 points in the Jan. 27 loss at UCLA, the most points allowed by the Cardinal this season. It is the first time Stanford has given up 90 points since Feb. 24, 2001, when the Cardinal lost 95-87 at Washington. That season, Stanford gave up 90 points or more in three games (a 30-point loss at No. 8 Purdue and a four-point overtime loss at No. 22 Oklahoma).

Back-to-Back Disappointment...
In December, Stanford lost two games in a row for the first time 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). Stanford has not lost back-to-back games twice in a season since 2000-01, when the Cardinal lost at least two games in a row three times.

Free Throw Woes...
Stanford is shooting 69.6% 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. Against Arizona State, the Cardinal shot a sesaon-high 32 free throws and made a season-high 26, with sophomore Candice Wiggins leading the way, going 16-for-19 from the charity strike, which ties the school record for makes in a single game and sets a new mark for attempts. In the last seven games, Wiggins has gone 58-of-64 (90.6%) from the free throw line, to help the Cardinal near the 70% mark for the first time since December (Stanford's free throw percentage has been below 70% since the Tennessee game on Dec. 4). Wiggins has made 19-straight free throws over the last three games (last four at USC, all nine against Oregon, all six against Oregon State).

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 was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur and missed eight games, but returned for the Cardinal's contest versus California on Jan. 14. 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 this season and is averaging 9.0 points and 7.6 rebounds on the year. Newlin has also accumulated 17 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 98.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game nine times this season - hitting 10 against Fresno State, at Pacific, and at Washington and knocking down 14 against Cal. 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. She has made six threes in a game three times this season. Rappahahn and sophomore guard Candice Wiggins are both strong beyond the arc, as both are hitting more than 40% of their shots this season. Against Cal, Wiggins hit a career-high seven threes in the game.

Preseason Praise...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins was just named to the 2005-06 Midseason All-American Team and is on the Preseason Watch List for the Wade Trophy. A Kodak All-American last season, Wiggins is currently Stanford's leading scorer at 21.1 points per game. Wiggins was 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. She has passed the 30-point mark four times this season.

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)

Looking at the Lineup...
Stanford has used seven different lineups this season, with only Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins starting all 21 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 the injured Newlin. Guards Clare Bodensteiner, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Cissy Pierce and Krista Rappahahn have all made starts for the Cardinal this season. Stanford has used the Gold-Onwude, Wiggins, Rappahahn, Newlin and Smith line-up in the last three games for a 3-0 record.

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