Stanford Will Face LSU in San Antonio Regional Final on Monday Night

March 25, 2006

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

No. 13/14 Stanford (25-7) vs. No. 5/5 LSU (30-3)
March 27, 2006 * 8:07 pm (CT)
AT&T Center (18,500) * San Antonio, Texas

Series History: LSU leads, 1-0
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 660-178 (.788) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 508-127 (.800) in 20 years.

Rough Road...
With three-straight wins in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal has now won three-straight games on the road, the third time this season that Stanford has done so. The Cardinal has not won four straight road games this season. The previous two three-game road streaks were Nov. 27-Dec. 20 (at Texas Tech, at Pacific, at Washington State) and Feb. 18-March 5 (at Arizona, Pac-10 Quarterfinals, Pac-10 Semifinals).

NCAA Notes...
Stanford is 46-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament action and is making its 19th consecutive appearance and 20th overall. Stanford is making its 11th appearance in the Elite Eight (and third-straight) and will be seeking its seventh Final Four. The Cardinal has advanced to the Regional Finals in each of the last three seasons. Stanford has not won a Regional Final game since 1997, when the Cardinal advanced to the Final Four in Cincinnati.

Thirty Something...
Brooke Smith's 35 points against Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) ties the ninth-best single game total in program history. Her shooting average of 59.4% in her career is a new school record (431-of-725 from the floor) - with a minimum of 600 attempts, shattering the old record held by Jeanne Ruark Hoff since 1983 of 58.6% during her tenure.

Louisiana State Bullets...
* LSU opened the season with a 14-game win streak before falling at UConn on Jan. 16.
* The Lady Tigers are 10-2 against ranked teams this season, with losses at then-No. 5 UConn in January and against then-No. 8 Tennessee in the SEC Championship.
* LSU has won 73 of the last 74 games when they score at least 75 points (Florida ended a streak of 71 straight on Feb. 16 with a 79-78 overtime win over LSU).

The Stanford-Louisiana State Series...
This will be the second meeting between the two schools. The Cardinal and the Tigers faced off on Jan. 8, 1981, with LSU taking a 25-point victory in Palo Alto.

Stanford vs. the SEC...
The Cardinal is 19-22 (.463) all-time against Southeastern Conference foes. Stanford has challenged nine of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against every opponent except Tennessee and Louisiana State. The Cardinal has never matched up against Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina. In December, Stanford lost by seven to Tennessee in Maples.

LSU vs. the Pac-10...
The Tigers are 13-6 (.684) against current Pac-10 teams, having played eight of the 10 conference teams. LSU's most recent Pac-10 foe was Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers posted a 23-point victory over the Huskies to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.

Seeding Sidebar...
With Saturday's win over Oklahoma, Stanford is now 4-1 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.

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.

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.

Thousand Thoughts...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 points with her first basket at USC. Through 68 games, Wiggins has scored 1,329 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, and she now has 1,035 points in her 68 games (she hit a pair of free throws against Florida State in final minutes of the second round game to reach an even thousand).

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).

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).

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 just under 40.0% of its threes. And Stanford is shooting a lot from the outside, hitting at least eight three-pointers in a game 14 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 43.7% of their shots this season and ranked in the top-15 nationally.

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 26-7 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 22.1 minutes per game - although no player is averaging more than 31.4 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 68.4% from the free throw line, which ties the fifth-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 is near the top of the Pac-10 standings 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.

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.

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 33 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 started Gold-Onwude, Wiggins, Rappahahn, Newlin and Smith in teh most recent game.

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