Stanford Women's Basketball Hosts Exhibition Against Chico State On Saturday
Oct. 30, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - The 2007-08 edition of the Stanford women's basketball team takes the court for its first contest of the year this Saturday, hosting the Chico State Wildcats in exhibition action at 12 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Fans with a ticket to Saturday's football game against Washington will receive free admission to the basketball contest by showing their football ticket at the entrance to Maples Pavilion.
Saturday's exhibition marks the beginning of head coach Tara VanDerveer's 22nd season at the helm of the Cardinal program, where she has racked up a record of 537-133 in her time at Stanford. In her 28 years as a head coach, VanDerveer is the owner of a career record of 689-184.
Chico State Wildcats
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 - 12 p.m.
Radio: KZSU 90.1 (Play-by-Play: Jake Kelman)
Stanford's 2007-08 campaign begins with an exhibition contest on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 12 p.m. against the Chico State Wildcats. The contest marks the second consecutive year in which the Cardinal have seen their first game action in an exhibition with the Wildcats. Last season's contest ended with a 103-57 Stanford victory. The Cardinal opens up its regular-season slate Friday, Nov. 9, with a 1 p.m. Pacific contest at Yale, before finishing off the opening weekend with a nationally-televised game at Rutgers. The game against the Scarlet Knights is set for a 5 p.m. Pacific tip and will be shown on ESPN. Nov. 3's exhibition contest against Chico State can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM. Fans can also watch a live webcast on Stanford's official athletics website, www.gostanford.com.
The Choice In The Pac-10...again
For the eighth year in a row, seven-time defending conference champion Stanford has been voted as the favorite to win the 2007-08 Pac-10 women's basketball title, according to both the preseason media and coaches poll. The Cardinal received 17 of 18 first-place votes for 179 points in the media poll, and eight of 10 first-place votes and 79 points in the coaches poll. Arizona State was picked as the runner-up in each poll, followed by California to round out the top three.
Following the release of its preseason polls, the Pac-10 also released its five-player Preseason All-Pac-10 team. The Cardinal claimed two spots on the squad, as senior guard Candice Wiggins and sophomore forward/center Jayne Appel were joined by California's junior forward/centers Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker, as well as Arizona State's junior guard Briann January.
Building Off Of Last Year's Success
Stanford finished 29-5 overall and claimed its seventh consecutive Pac-10 regular-season title with a 17-1 mark last year, in addition to capturing its fourth Pac-10 Tournament title. The Cardinal also reached the NCAA Tournament for the 20th year in a row, reaching the Round of 32. Nine letterwinners, including three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American Candice Wiggins and 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Jayne Appel, return this season along with four highly-decorated newcomers to help the Cardinal make a run for the Final Four in Tampa.
Scouting Chico State
The Wildcats come into Saturday's exhibition after a 2006-07 season which saw them advance to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament Sweet 16 round with an overall record of 24-5. Chico State also posted an 18-4 mark in league play to take second in the CCAA. Helmed by second-year head coach and former Stanford player Molly Goodenbour (`93), the Wildcats return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season's team. Chico State is led on the court by senior guard Audriana Spencer (11.8 ppg) and by junior forward Renee Goldoff (8.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg).
Stanford All-Time In Season Openers
Stanford is 21-11 all-time in season openers and currently sports a six-game winning streak in such games. Nov. 9's game at Yale marks the 11th time in the last 14 years that the Cardinal has opened its season on the road, and the fifth time in that same span that the team starts its season east of the Mississippi River. Since the start of this stretch, the 1993-94 season, Stanford is 5-5 in its season openers on the road. The Cardinal has not dropped a season opener since a 75-64 loss at Saint Mary's on Nov. 17, 2000.
Bring the Wheelbarrow!
There are a number of decorated returners for the Cardinal in 2007-08, highlighted by three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American Candice Wiggins. Wiggins, a native of San Diego, was also named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team for the third straight time last season, as well as being named a finalist for the Wooden Award, Wade Trophy, and Naismith Trophy. Additionally, Wiggins was named to the All-Pac-10 Team and is a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Climbing To The Top Of The Record Books
Heading into the 2007-08 season, senior guard Candice Wiggins stands on the brink of establishing multiple new career records in the Stanford women's basketball annals. Currently, Wiggins is already the all-time Stanford leader with a career mark of 18.8 points per game, and stands fifth with 1,842 career points. Besides being only 158 points away from the 2,000-point mark, Wiggins needs to score 374 points to take over the top spot from all-time scoring leader Kate Starbird (2,215 points). Moving beyond the arc, Wiggins' career total of 208 three-pointers is tied for second place with Kelley Suminski, and with only three more successful treys this year, she will take over the top spot from all-time leader Vanessa Nygaard. Additionally, with 49 more three-point attempts this season, Wiggins, who enters the season with 501, will pass Sebnem Kimyacioglu's all-time leading mark of 549 three-point attempts. Finally, Wiggins enters the season fourth on the all-time free-throw percentage list with an 82.3% success rate, just two percentage points behind Suminski's top mark of 84.3%.
Keeping The Momentum Going
Another returner that brings an impressive collegiate resume with her is sophomore forward/center Jayne Appel. The reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, as well as an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, Appel was third on the team in 2006-07 with 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Pleasant Hill native also set the school single-season record with 61 blocks last year, and posted five double-doubles, demonstrating her ability to affect a game at both ends of the court.