Stanford Pair to be Honored on Senior Day
Feb. 24, 2006
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No. 15 Stanford (20-6, 14-3) vs. Washington St. (8-18, 2-15)
Feb. 25, 2006 * 2:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.
Series History: Stanford leads, 41-0
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)
Stanford will recognize its two seniors at the final game at Maples Pavilion this season against Washington State on Saturday. Shelley Nweke and Krista Rappahahn will be honored before tip-off.
Tara VanDerveer became the ninth Division-I coach to reach the 650 milestone last Saturday (Feb. 4) with an 87-54 victory over Oregon State. Two games later at Cal on Feb. 11, VanDerveer won her 500th as the Stanford head coach. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record stands at 654-177 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 502-126 (.799) in 20 years.
With the 100-69 victory over Washington on Feb. 23, Stanford has posted its 17th season with 20 or more wins. Including this year, Stanford has won 20+ games in each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven.
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 271-29 (.903) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 168-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 67 of its last 71 games at Maples and 10-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 100-69 win over Washington on Feb. 23, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 45 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal. No member of the current Stanford team has lost a conference game in Maples.
Washington State Bullets...
* WSU and Stanford opened the Pac-10 season against each other and will close out against each other.
* Last week, Kate Benz was selected as Pac-10 Player of the Week, the first such honor for a Cougar since 1997.
* The loss to Stanford in December was part of a 12-game losing streak after Washington State started the year with a 6-1 record.
The Stanford-WSU Series...
This will be the 42nd match-up between Stanford and Washington State. The Cardinal has won all 41 meetings in the series (by an average of 22.1 points per game). Only six games have been decided by fewer than 10 points, most recently on Feb. 22, 2001, when the Cardinal posted a nine-point victory. The largest Stanford win was a 47-point victory on Jan. 17, 2002. In December, the Cardinal won a 20-point decision in Pullman.
Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 338-104 (.765) against current Pac-10 foes and a 305-54 (.850) record in regular season conference action, the best percentage in the league. Stanford has captured a share of its sixth-straight regular season Pac-10 title already and will look to build on its three-straight Pac-10 Tournament titles next week in San Jose.
Washington St. vs. the Pac-10...
The Cougars are 114-322 (.261) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season action, Washington State ranks tenth in the conference with 90 wins in their 20th year of Pac-10 play. The Cougars have never finished higher than fourth in the conference (1990-91) and finished ninth last season.
Sophomore Candice Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 points with her first basket at USC. Through 61 games, Wiggins has scored 1,176 points, which ranks 21st 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.
Junior center Brooke Smith is the Cardinal's second-leading scorer with 16.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game. In her career, she is averaging 14.8 points per game (905 points in 61 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.
In the preseason, the coaches picked Stanford to win the conference, with nine first-place votes (81 points). It was 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.
Stanford owns a 20-6 record this season, with an 14-3 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal has secured at least a share of the Pac-10 title, with a win on Saturday ensuring sole possession of the championship and the No. 1 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament. It is the 15th championship in 20 Pac-10 seasons and the sixth straight regular season conference crown (a new record, besting thre previous five won from 1989-93).
Stanford and the other nine conference teams will be in San Jose next week (March 3-6) for the 2006 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament. Tickets can be purchased through the Pac-10 or through the member institutions, including 1-800-STANFORD. This will be the fifth Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament and the fourth at the HP Pavilion at San Jose. The winner of the 10-team tournament receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The tournament seeds and Conference Champion are determined by the 18-game regular-season Pac-10 schedule.
Fri., Mar. 3
Game 1: No. 7 Seed vs. No. 10 Seed, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Seed vs. No. 9 Seed, 8:15 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 4
Game 3: No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Seed vs. Winner 7/10, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Seed vs. Winner 8/9, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:15 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 5
Game 7: Game 3 win vs. Game 4 win, 3 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Game 5 win vs. Game 6 win, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
Mon., Mar. 6
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game 10 times this season - hitting 10 against Fresno State, at Pacific and at Washington, 11 against Washington at home, 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. Sophomore guard Candice Wiggins has hit seven three in a game twice this season -- against Cal and Washington (both in Maples). Against the Huskies, she was 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Rappahahn and Wiggins are both strong beyond the arc, as both are hitting more than 44% of their shots this season.
Two Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and just six are averaging at least 21.1 minutes per game. Through all games on Feb. 20, Stanford is ranked No. 6 in the nation in scoring offense, with 78.4 points per game. The Cardinal is also in the top-25 nationally in three-point field-goal percentage (No. 9, 39.1%), scoring margin (No. 10, 14.8 ppg), field-goal percentage (No. 13, 46.8%), assists (No. 17, 17.0 apg), three-point field goals per game (No. 24, 6.8 pg) and turnovers (No. 25, 14.4 tpg). Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring with 21.4 points per game, while Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 18 in the nation in threes per game, making an average of 2.8 treys per contest. Wiggins is No. 15 (44.7%) and Rappahahn is No. 16 (44.3%) from behind the arc. Brooke Smith is also among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, ranked No. 20 with a 56.9% average.
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 moved up from its lowest ranking this year (16th) with a five-game winning streak to 11th in the AP poll and 12th in the USA Today poll, but a road loss at Arizona State put the Cardinal back at 15th in both polls.
Freshman forward Jillian Harmon has been a major contributor all season, starting 19 contests and playing in all 26. Harmon is contributing 8.8 points per game in 26.1 minutes and is shooting 48.9% from the field. At Oregon State, the Lake Oswego-native went 9-for-10 from the field (90.0%), which ranks seventh-best in school history for a single game. Harmon has posted two double-doubles this season, her first at Washington with a 10-point, 10-rebound night and her second against UCSB with a 17-point, 11-rebound night.
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 9.2 points and 6.8rebounds on the year. Newlin has also accumulated 26 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 107.
Junior forward Eziamaka Okafor is in her fourth season at Stanford, but has played in more games this season (26) than in her previous three combined (17). In her true freshman season, Okafor suffered a season ending ACL injury before the year began. In her second year, she tore her Achilles' tendon in September, but returned for three games at the end of the season. Last year, Okafor played in 14 games (averaging 8.1 minutes) before tearing her other Achilles' at Washington on Jan. 27. This season, Okafor has appeared in every game and is averaging 12.5 minutes per game. Against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 9, Okafor had one of the best games of her career, playing a career-high 25 minutes, tying her career-high in scoring and rebounds with 14 points and eight boards, and snagging a career-high four steals.
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).
Not A Lot Allowed...
The Cardinal held an opponent to 17 for the second time this season as Stanford limited Cal to just 17 first half points in Berkeley on Feb. 11. The Cardinal also held Long Island to 17 first half points in the season opener. But against the Golden Bears it went both ways, as Stanford scored a season-low 22 points in the first half at Haas. The Cardinal ended the game with a season-low 55 points.
Free Throw Lows...
Stanford is shooting 68.2% 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. Stanford's free throw percentage has been below 70% since the Tennessee game on Dec. 4.
Free Throw Highs...
Against Arizona State, the Cardinal shot a season-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 eight games, Wiggins has gone 86-of-96 (89.9%) from the free throw line. Wiggins longest streak was 23-straight free throws over a four game stretch (last four at USC, all nine against Oregon, all six against Oregon State, first three against UCSB), but missed the last of four on the double-technical fouls called on head coach Mark French to snap the streak.
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.
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.
Sophomore Candice Wiggins was just named to the 2005-06 Midseason Lists for the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award. A Kodak All-American last season, Wiggins is currently Stanford's leading scorer at 21.7 points per game (which is a new school record for a single-season average and ranks fifth in the nation). Her 564 points this season ranks 13th in the school record books. 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.
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.
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. Appel and Harrison were both selected for the 2006 McDonald's All-American High School girls' basketball team on Feb. 22. Harrison is the first Utah girl to receive the honor. 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 nine different lineups this season, with only Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins starting all 26 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 three different lineups in the last four games.
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