Stanford Set For Sweet 16 Match-Up Against Oklahoma

March 21, 2006

Game Coverage: TV: ESPN | Radio: KZSU | Full Game Notes

No. 13/14 Stanford (25-7) vs. No. 7/8 Oklahoma (31-4)
March 25, 2006 * 1:30 pm (CT)
SBC Center (18,500) * San Antonio, Texas

Series History: Stanford leads, 3-2
TV: ESPN & ESPNHD (Ann Meyers, Dave Obrien and Beth Mowins)
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)

VanDerveer's Victories...
Tara VanDerveer became the ninth Division-I coach to reach the 650 milestone on 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 659-178 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 507-127 (.800) in 20 years.

500 Club...
With Candice Wiggins and Brooke Smith having both scored more than 500 points this season, it marks just the fifth time that Stanford has had two players score 500 or more points in the same season, and the first time since 2001-02 when Nicole Powell scored 581 points and Lindsey Yamasaki added 551. The other duos to both score 500 points were: Kate Starbird and Olympia Scott in 1996-97; Julie Zeilstra and Sonja Henning in 1990-91; and Meg Metzger and Jeanne Ruark Hoff in 1982-83.

Thousand Thoughts...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 points with her first basket at USC. Through 67 games, Wiggins has scored 1,303 points, which ranks 17th on the all-time scoring list. Cardinal junior Brooke Smith became the next Stanford player to reach the milestone on March 20, as she has 1,000 points in her 67 games (she hit a pair of free throws against Florida State in final minutes of the second round game to reach an even thousand).

NCAA Notes...
Stanford is 45-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament action and is making its 19th consecutive appearance and 20th overall. Stanford is making its 14th appearance in the Sweet 16, and will be seeking its 11th Elite Eight appearance (and third straight regional final bid). Stanford has won two National Championships and advanced to six Final Fours and 10 Elite Eights.

Seeding Sidebar...
With Monday's win over Florida State, Stanford is now 3-1 as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal's only other selection as a three seed was in 2002-03. That season, Stanford hosted the first and second rounds at Maples Pavilion, but lost in the second round. The Cardinal defeated Western Michigan in the opener and then lost a 68-56 contest to Minnesota in the second round.

Oklahoma Bullets...
* Oklahoma true freshman Courtney Paris is one of the most dominant players in the nation, with more than 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks so far this season - the first woman in NCAA history to do so.
* The Sooners have won 19 straight and are 21-1 in the calendar year 2006.
* Oklahoma is 14-8 in NCAA Tournament action and is making its fourth appearance in the Sweet 16 (and first since 2002 when the Sooners advanced to the National Championship game against UConn).

The Stanford-Oklahoma Series...
This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools. The Cardinal and the Sooners have met twice before in the NCAA Tournament, with the Cardinal taking the most recent win in Tempe and the Sooners defending their home court in Norman.

Stanford vs. the Big 12...
The Cardinal is 28-14 (.667) all-time against Big 12 foes. Stanford has faced off against 10 of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against each opponent. The Cardinal has never faced Kansas or Oklahoma State. Oklahoma will be the Cardinal's second Big 12 foe this season, after Stanford posted a three-point win over then-No. 14/16 Texas Tech in November.

Oklahoma vs. the Pac-10...
The Sooners are 4-13 (.235) against current Pac-10 teams, its only wins coming against Stanford , UCLA and Washington State. Oklahoma last matched up against a Pac-10 opponent in December, defeating then-No. 22 UCLA by five points in Norman. .

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. Stanford is 15-0 on the year when holding opponents to 60 or fewer points, and 7-0 when the Cardinal's foes scored 50 or fewer. If Stanford holds its opponents to 70 points or less, the Cardinal is 22-1 (with the only loss a 62-59 decision at Arizona State).

Twenty Time...
With the 100-69 victory over Washington on Feb. 23, Stanford has posted its 17th season with 20 or more wins. Stanford has won 20+ games in each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven.

Pac-10 Participants...
Six Pacific-10 teams were selected to represent the conference in this year's NCAA Tournament, as UCLA won the automatic bid and Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC and Washington all earned at-large bids. It is the first time in league history that the Pac-10 has sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-10 had sent five teams to the tournament six times. Last season, the Pac-10 sent five teams and all of them won their opening games, the first time in league history that Pac-10 teams won all five first round games. This year, Only the ACC (7) and the Big East (6) are sending more teams. The Southeastern is also sending six teams. The Pac-10 went 5-1 in the first round (with only 10th-seeded Cal falling in its opener).

Strong Finishes...
With the 78-47 win over Washington State on Feb. 25, Stanford has won its regular season home finale in each of the last 18 years.

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 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. After winning the Pac-10 regular season title and falling in overtime in the tournament title game, Stanford is No. 13/14.

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).

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, with the Cardinal making 40.0% of its threes. And Stanford is shooting a lot from the outside, hitting at least eight three-pointers in a game 13 times this season - and making 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 43.4% of their shots this season and ranked No. 11 and 12, respectively.

Silent Nights...
The Cardinal averages just over seven three-pointers per game, but Stanford made only two three-pointers against Southeast Missouri State (2-for-11), tying the season-low originally set against Minnesota in the second game of the season (when the Cardinal went 2-for-9 from beyond the arc). The 18.2% night against the Redhawks is a new season low for the Cardinal in three-point percentage.

National News...
Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins have both been named as finalists for the 2006 Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with Eastman Kodak Company. Smith and Wiggins are among 48 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions, and are now in the running for selection to the 10-member Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, will be announced at the Kodak/WBCA All-America Team Press Conference on April 1, 2006 at 9:45 a.m. (ET) in Boston.

Pac-10 Pride...
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. The Cardinal has won the regular season conference title each year that the coaches picked Stanford to finish first.

Stanford Saga...
Stanford owns a 25-7 record this season, and posted a 15-3 mark in Pac-10 action. The Cardinal won the Pac-10 regular season title and secured 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 the previous five won by Stanford from 1989-93). The Cardinal has played in all five Pac-10 Tournament title games and has won the crown three times.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Two Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and just six are averaging at least 21.5 minutes per game - although no player is averaging more than 31.1 minutes. Through all games on March 12, Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage as the Cardinal is shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc, and No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense, with 78.8 points per game. The Cardinal is also in the top-25 nationally in scoring margin (No. 9, 15.9 ppg), assists (No. 9, 17.5 apg), field-goal percentage (No. 11, 46.8%) and three-point field goals per game (No. 13, 7.2 pg). Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 10 in the country in scoring with 21.2 points per game and is No. 12 in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 43.9%, while Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 11 in the nation in three-point percentage, shooting 43.9%. Rappahahn and Wiggins are also ranked in threes per game, making an average of 2.8 and 2.6 treys per contest, respectively (No. 16 & No. 25). Brooke Smith is among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, ranked No. 18 with a 57.3% average.

Free Throw Lows...
Stanford is shooting 67.8% from the free throw line, the fourth-worst average in program history (since the stat began being kept in 1978-79). 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. She now leads the Pac-10 in free-throw percentage.

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.

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

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 272-29 (.904) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 169-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 68 of its last 72 games at Maples and 11-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 78-47 win over Washington State on Feb. 25, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 46 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 ever lost a conference game in Maples.

Conference Chatter...
On March 2, Candice Wiggins was named the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Tara VanDerveer was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Wiggins is just the sixth player to receive two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, and the fifth to receive the honor in consecutive seasons. This is VanDerveer's eighth honor as Pac-10 Coach of the Year and second-straight. Brooke Smith was selected to the All-Pac-10 team, her second All-Conference selection in as many seasons with the Cardinal. Jillian Harmon was named to the All-Freshman team, the 21st Cardinal to claim rookie honors, and third consecutive. And Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was an honorable mention selection to the All-Freshman squad.

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. 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 32 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 started Gold-Onwude, Wiggins, Rappahahn, Harmon and Smith for the last five games.

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