No. 4 Stanford Hosts No. 24 BYU In WNIT Second Round
Nov. 12, 2006
No. 4/4 Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
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No. 24/24 BYU Cougars (1-0, 0-0 Mountain West)
No. 4/4 Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) resumes play in the Preseason WNIT, hosting No. 24/24 BYU (1-0, 0-0 MWC) in a second round contest. The Cardinal, making its first-ever appearance in the 16-team, single-elimination tournament, advanced to the second round following an 88-61 rout of Loyola Marymount on Thursday in the season opener for both teams. Stanford shook off a sluggish start and outscored Loyola Marymount 52-27 in the second half as all 12 available players saw court time. Now the Cardinal will be challenged by BYU, which cruised past Idaho State 73-50 in Provo on Friday.
2006 Preseason WNIT Format
The Preseason WNIT includes 16 teams from around the nation in a single-elimination format. Host sites in the Preseason WNIT are determined on a game-by-game basis. With a victory on Monday night, Stanford would advance to the semifinals and face the winner of Hofstra/Baylor. WNIT semifinal contests are scheduled for Nov. 15-16 and the championship game is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19.
Monday's game can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 and Stanford's official athletics website, www.gobulldogs.com. Live statistics and a webcast are also available on the website.
Scouting No. 24/24 BYU
BYU (1-0, 0-0 MWC) opened its season at home with a decisive 73-50 win over Idaho State in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT. Shawnee Slade led the Cougars with her first career double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In 2005-06, BYU compiled the best season in school history at 26-6 overall as the Cougars made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and clinched the Mountain West regular season title. BYU returns a nucleus of four starters and five letterwinners. Head coach Jeff Judkins, the 2006 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, begins his sixth season at the helm of the program. He owns a 104-52 overall record.
Stanford All-Time vs. BYU
Stanford and BYU have faced off against each other three times, with the Cardinal winning twice. The most recent meeting resulted in a 105-64 Stanford victory at home back on Dec. 21, 1990. BYU's only win in the series took place at Maples Pavilion, as the Cougars earned a 94-82 triumph on Jan. 15, 1987.
Last Time Out:
Stanford 88, Loyola Marymount 61 (Nov. 9, 2006- Preseason WNIT First Round)
Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins showed why they will be one of the best tandems in women's college basketball this season. Smith scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Stanford open its season with a 88-61 victory over Loyola Marymount.Wiggins added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds playing on a tender foot as Stanford outscored Loyola Marymount 52-27 in the second half. Wiggins scored five straight points and Jillian Harmon had eight points - including six straight - during a 24-2 second-half run after LMU tied the game at 39 on a basket by Ashlee Dunlap with 18:06 to play. Kristen Newlin had nine during the stretch and finished with 15 points, 10 boards and three blocks. Until Newlin hit a 3-pointer with 9:27 in the first half, Smith and Wiggins had combined to score 22 of Stanford's first 23 points. Stanford shot 54.3-percent from the field, held a 42-27 rebounding edge and dished out 28 assists while committing only 13 turnovers.
Stanford's starting linuep of Candice Wiggins, Cissy Pierce, Jillian Harmon, Brooke Smith and Kristen Newlin accounted for 72 of the team's 88 points against Loyola Marymount. All five starters played at least 21 minutes and set the tone for the Cardinal in a convincing victory in the season opener.
Finding A Way To Contribute
Head coach Tara VanDerveer must be pleased with the collegiate debuts of three freshmen in the season opener. The newcomers may not have produced jaw-dropping numbers, but each rookie contributed in a reserve role. Michelle Harrison enjoyed the most success, chipping in with eight points on 4-7 shooting in just 13 minutes. JJ Hones was 0-4 from the field, but she dished out six assists and pulled down three boards in 18 minutes. Melanie Murphy played six minutes and totaled three assists.
Cardinal Recruiting Class Announced
Head coach Tara VanDerveer has announced the signing of four recruits- Ashley Cimino (Yarmouth, Maine), Hannah Donaghe (Atascadero, Calif.) Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and Jeanette Pohlen (Brea, Calif.)- to national letters of intent. They will join the Cardinal for the 2007-08 campaign. Ranked by The All Star Girls Report as the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation, this group is loaded with depth and talent that should help the Cardinal in the future.
Two Exhibitions In The Books
The Cardinal registered back-to-back exhibition victories prior to the regular season. In a 103-57 rout of Chico State, Brooke Smith scored a game-high 28 points in 23 minutes to lead five Cardinal players in double-figures. Two days later against Love and Basketball, Stanford recorded an 84-78 win. Kristen Newlin (20 points, 10-10 free throws) and Brooke Smith (19 points on 8-14 shooting) led a balanced offensive attack as the Cardinal shot 53.6-percent while holding a 37-26 rebounding edge.
The Choice In The Pac-10...again
For the seventh year in a row, six-time defending conference champion Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win the 2006-07 Pac-10 women's basketball title, according to the preseason coaches poll. The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes in the poll, tallying 81 points overall. Arizona State was picked as the runner-up, receiving one first-place vote and totaling 70 points. The preseason coaches' poll follows a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
Winning With Wiggins
The preseason accolades continue to pile up for junior guard Candice Wiggins, two-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year. Most recently, Wiggins was named to the list of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award. That comes on the heels of being named to the 25-player watch list for the Wade Trophy. The 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career, Wiggins led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.8 ppg) last year and currently ranks 17th in school history with 1,352 points scored entering her junior season. Currently the school record-holder in points per game, Wiggins is averaging 19.6 points per contest over two seasons. She is also third in program history in free throw percentage (82.9).
Smith's Senior Year Should Be Special
Stanford boasts yet another All-American candidate in senior forward/center Brooke Smith. Just like Wiggins, Smith has also been named to the 25-player watch list for the Wade Trophy. Smith was tabbed an honorable mention All-American as a junior in 2005-06. Also a member of the 1,000-point club at Stanford, Smith is currently the school record-holder in field goal percentage, shooting 59.1-percent from the field. In 2005-06, Smith averaged 17.2 points per game while leading the Cardinal with 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Pac-10, National Recognition
In addition to being picked to win the Pac-10 for a seventh straight season, six-time defending conference champion Stanford is a consensus national championship contender in 2006-07. The Cardinal is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll, which features six Pac-10 teams ranked among the top-25. The high ranking follows a pattern of earlier publications such as ESPN.com (No. 3), Street & Smith's (No. 4), Lindy's (No. 3) and Athlon Sports (No. 4). And it might be early, but ESPN.com has already projected Stanford as a No. 1 seed for the 2006-07 NCAA Tournament.
VanDerveer Signs On For Six
Head coach Tara VanDerveer has signed a six-year contract extension that will keep her on The Farm through the 2011-12 campaign. Regarded in the profession as one of the most well-respected and dynamic coaches in the country, VanDerveer has notched an impressive 661-179 overall record in her 27 years of collegiate coaching. Currently in her 21st year at the helm of the Cardinal, she owns a 509-128 record. During her tenure on The Farm, she has led the Cardinal to two NCAA Championships, five NCAA Final Four appearances, 14 Pac-10 titles and 18 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Home Sweet Home
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 273-29 record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 169-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 69 of its last 73 games at Maples and 12 straight since a 74-67 loss to Tennessee back on Dec. 4, 2005. With a 78-47 win over Washington State on Feb. 25, 2006, 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.
Quick Glance At The Schedule
An early SEC road trip, a first-ever appearance in the Preseason WNIT and 14 opponents that participated in postseason play last year highlight Stanford's 2006-07 schedule. Stanford will play at least 15 home games at Maples Pavilion, which should be welcomed news for a Cardinal club that has won 68 of its last 72 games at home while posting an impressive 12-1 record in the arena last year. As always, the schedule is littered with traditional powerhouses and programs on the rise. 14 of the 19 listed foes on this year's schedule advanced to either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT last season.