No. 6/6 Stanford Hosts Senior Day and 'Think Pink' Festivities Saturday

Feb. 15, 2008

No. 6/6 Stanford Cardinal (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10)

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Arizona State Sun Devils (16-8, 10-3 Pac-10)

  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 2008 - 1 p.m. PT

  • Maples Pavilion (7,233) - Stanford, Calif.

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    STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 6/6 Stanford women's basketball team (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10) closes out its regular-season home slate this Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-8, 10-3 Pac-10). The contest also serves as 'Senior Day,' the final home regular-season contest for seniors Candice Wiggins and Cissy Pierce, as well as Stanford's 'Think Pink' game, serving to raise the awareness of and support research in the fight against breast cancer. Saturday's game will be televised on FSN Bay Area, with Jim Watson on play-by-play duties and Mary Murphy on color, and will also be available on the airwaves at 90.1 KZSU, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties.

    Last Time Out For The Cardinal
    Stanford turned it all the way to 11 Thursday night, defeating the Arizona Wildcats, 69-46, for its 11th consecutive win. Candice Wiggins and Kayla Pedersen led the Cardinal with 19 and 18 points on the night, respectively, and Jayne Appel posted her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Cardinal defense forced the Wildcats into 22 turnovers and held them to just 46 points, marking the sixth time this season that the Cardinal had held an opponent to under 50 points at Maples Pavilion. The 23-point margin of victory also made Thursday's contest the 10th home game this season that Stanford has defeated an opponent by at least 20 points.

    Scouting Arizona State
    The Sun Devils (16-8, 10-3 Pac-10) are coming off of a 70-60 defeat in Berkeley Thursday night, which snapped the team's five-game winning streak. So far in 2007-08, Arizona State's three conference losses have come to California (twice) and Stanford (once). Helmed by Charli Turner Thorne, the Sun Devils are led by teh play of Lauren Lacey (12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Briann January (11.6 ppg, 4.83 apg).

    All-Time Against Arizona State
    Stanford holds a 44-11 advantage in the all-time series against the Sun Devils, and has captured eight of the last nine games in the series. The Cardinal captured the first meeting of the two schools this season, coming from behind in the second half to beat the Sun Devils, 60-56, in Tempe.

    The Cardinal In The Polls
    Despite three wins last week, Stanford reamined in the No. 6 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls.

    Among The National Stats Leaders
    The Cardinal is in the National Top 50 in quite a few categories through the games of Feb. 10, including: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24 - fifth), fewest turnovers per game (13.6 - fifth), scoring margin (+18.7 - eighth), scoring offense (76.1 - 11th), rebounding margin (+8.1 - 13th), assists per game (16.88 - 14th), FG percentage (46.3% - 15th), blocks per game (127 - 5.08 - 20th), FG percentage defense (36.2% - 23rd), scoring defense (57.4 - 33rd), and fewest fouls per game (15.2 - 42nd). Individually, Jayne Appel's 57.2 FG percentage is 15th in the nation, and her 2.36 blocks per game are 26th. Candice Wiggins stands 16th with 19.2 points per game, and 44th in the nation with a 1.81 assist-to-turnover ratio.

    In The Pac-10 Rankings
    Through the games of Feb. 14, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (75.8 ppg), scoring margin (+18.9), FG percentage (46.0%), blocked shots (134 - 5.15 per game), turnover margin (+3.65), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24). The Cardinal also sits second in opponents' points per game (56.9 ppg), opponents' FG percentage (36.1%), assists per game (16.88), rebounding (41.1 rpg), and rebounding margin (+7.9). Individually, Candice Wiggins leads the conference in scoring (19.2 ppg), and is second in free-throw percentage (83.4%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.72). Jayne Appel leads the loop in field-goal percentage (57.4%) and blocks (62 - 2.38 per game), is second rebounding (9.0 rpg), and sixth in scoring (14.5 ppg). Kayla Pedersen is third in rebounding (8.3 rpg).

    Senior Send-Off
    Saturday's contest marks the final regular-season home game for Stanford seniors Cissy Pierce and Candice Wiggins. Over the last three-plus seasons, this duo has played in a combined 237 games for the Cardinal and scored a combined 2,757 points (2,342 for Wiggins, 415 for Pierce through Feb. 14's game against Arizona). Each senior along with family members will be honored following Saturday's contest.

    Think Pink
    Stanford will be featuring the 'Think Pink' initiative this Saturday against Arizona State, encouraging fans to wear pink as part of the campaign to raise awareness of and support breast cancer research. The event is part of the WBCA's 'Think Pink' Week of Feb. 9-16, in which schools nationwide are teaming up to support the fight against breast cancer.

    Game No. 900!
    Stanford will be featuring the 'Think Pink' initiative this Saturday against Arizona State, encouraging fans to wear pink as part of the campaign to raise awareness of and support breast cancer research. The event is part of the WBCA's 'Think Pink' Week of Feb. 9-16, in which schools nationwide are teaming up to support the fight against breast cancer.

    Let's Go Wire-To-Wire This Time, Ok?
    Stanford fans would likely prefer that their Cardinal get down to business right away Saturday against Arizona State, as opposed to putting them through the tension of another second-half comeback. Last time the teams met, on Jan. 20, Stanford trailed 31-20 at halftime, before the defense bounced back to hold ASU to 21.7% shooting (5-for-23) in the second half while the offense put up 40 points to complete the comeback.

    These Go Up To 11
    Stanford has been rolling over the last five weeks, stretching its season-best winning streak to 11 games after Thursday night's 69-46 victory over Arizona. The Cardinal have made lengthy winning streaks a habit in 2007-08, as from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30, the team won nine in a row, and its current streak sprang up following losses to UCLA and USC in Los Angeles in early January.

    Fab Freshman
    Forward Kayla Pedersen has wasted no time in her rookie year making a splash on the Pac-10 scene, after already having a fine non-conference season performance. Following her 18-point, seven-rebound effort in Thursday's win over Arizona, Pedersen is among the top-10 in the conference in scoring (13.2 - ninth), rebounding (8.3 - third), and field-goal percentage (50.8 - fifth).

    Besting Her Own Best
    Sophomore center Jayne Appel did some record-breaking of her own Thursday night, blocking three shots to bring her toal on the year to 62, setting the new Stanford single-season record. The previous mark of 61 had been established by Appel last year, when she broke Cori Enghusen's mark of 58, set in 2001-02.

    School Record Down...Pac-10 Record Is Next
    Candice Wiggins continued her successful final season last week, leading or sharing the team lead in scoring in all three road victories. Yet, the big story is her assault on the Stanford and Pac-10 record books. Against USC on Jan. 31, Wiggins scored her 2,216th career point, surpassing Kate Starbird's previous tally of 2,215 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer. In that same contest, Wiggins converted her 482nd career free throw, taking over the all-time lead from Val Whiting, who hit 481 career free throws. Up next for Wiggins with at least nine games remaining? Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 career record of 2,414 career points.

    Ace Role Player
    Junior forward Morgan Clyburn has been excelling in her reserve role for the Cardinal this season, currently second on the team with 19 blocked shots and shooting 41.5% (17-for-41) from the floor. Despite averaging only 9.4 minutes a game, Clyburn not only provides an opportunity for starting posts Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen to grab a few minutes of valuable rest, but also produces defensive stops and even the occasional bucket to supplement the team effort.

    All-Around Excellence
    Jayne Appel's enhanced game this season should be enough to strike fear into Stanford opponents for the next two years, as the sophomore center has become a passing and stealing menace. Along with her usual scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking prowess, Appel has shown some solid court awareness this year, eveidenced by her five assists and career-high four steals as recently as Thursday's win over Arizona.

    More Double-Doubles Than In-N-Out
    Stanford posts Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen have given the popular burger chain a good run for its money this season, serving up 14 double-doubles so far. Most recently, Appel has posted back-to-back contests with double-digit point and rebound totals, notching 12 points and 11 boards at Oregon State on Feb. 9, and against Arizona on Feb. 14. Against the Beavers last weekend, both Appel (12-11) and Pedersen (21-11) doubled up, the second such occasion this year.

    Back In The Starting Five
    With Jillian Harmon's foot injury keeping her out of action Saturday at Oregon State, redshirt sophomore guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude made her return to the starting lineup and did so with aplomb. In 26 minutes of action, Gold-Onwude's solid all-around effort included nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (going 2-for-2 from behind the arc), six rebounds and three assists.

    Home Sweet Home
    Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 298-32 (.903) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 185-12 (.939) all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has also won 95 of its last 102 games at Maples. Stanford's last loss in Maples was on March 19, 2007 to Florida State, while the last home conference loss was on Feb. 4, 2007, when California posted a 72-57 victory over the Cardinal.

    Certainly Not Gracious Hosts
    Nov. 28's regular-season home opener against San Francisco began what Stanford hopes will become its first undefeated home season since going 11-0 at Maples in 2004-05. Since posting undefeated home marks in each of the three seasons from 1994-97, the Cardinal has only posted one unblemished mark at home (2004-05). Currently, Stanford is 12-0 at home in 2007-08, and has won 10 of those games by at least 20 points. Through last Saturday's win over UCLA, Stanford boasts an average margin of victory of 27.4 points in its home games this season.

    Within Striking Distance
    Only Saturday's Stanford-Arizona State and California-Arizona contests stand between next Saturday's potential showdown for the inside edge for the Pac-10's regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. California is currently one game ahead of Stanford in the standings, jeopardizing the Cardinal's streak of seven consecutive Pac-10 titles.

    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 career records in the Stanford women's basketball annals. Currently, Wiggins is already the all-time Stanford leader with a career mark of 18.9 points per game, and on Jan. 31, 2008, against USC, she passed Kate Starbird's all-time leading total of 2,215 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer. Wiggins' 2,342 career points are also third all-time on the Pac-10 scoring list. Moving beyond the arc, Wiggins hit her 211th and 212th career three-pointers against Connecticut on Nov. 22, becoming the new all-time leader and breaking the previous record of 210 held by Vanessa Nygaard. Currently, she has 257 threes in her career. Additionally, Wiggins on Dec. 18 at New Mexico passed Sebnem Kimyacioglu's all-time mark of 549 career three-point attempts, and currently holds the mark with 660 career attempts. At the charity stripe, Wiggins is the Stanford all-time leader with her 503 career free throws, having surpassed Val Whiting's previous tally of 481 on Jan. 31 against USC. She also currently sits fourth on the all-time free-throw percentage list with an 82.5% success rate, just under two percentage points behind Kelley Suminski's top mark of 84.3%. Finally, on the defensive end, Wiggins' 246 career steals through Feb. 3 leaves her fifth on Stanford's all-time list, just 35 away from tying Sonja Henning's leading tally of 280.

    The 700 Club
    Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became just the seventh member of the '700 Club' on Dec. 28, earning career win No. 700 with the 105-47 victory over Washington State. Of the seven members, VanDerveer is the second-fastest to have reached 700 wins, needing just 885 games to accomplish the feat. Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt was the fastest, reaching 700 wins in 847 total games. Following the win over the Cougars, VanDerveer was feted by the Maples Pavilion crowd, as a video tribute to her career was played and Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a commemorative basketball.

    Running Over The 'Pac'
    Stanford has done a fine job of putting a pair of conference losses in early January behind it and getting back to the task at hand of plowing through Pac-10 competition. In its 12 conference victories this season, the Cardinal have won 11 of those by at least 10 points, including nine by at least 20 points, and four 30-point wins. Stanford's scoring margin in conference play currently stands at 21.4 points.

    Cardinal Or Black? Doesn't Matter!
    The Cardinal packed its black road uniforms for last weekend's trip through Oregon, coming home with two more wins for the first-year jersey. The victories improve Stanford's road record to 5-2 when sporting the black threads, compared to a 6-1 mark in the traditional Cardinal garb.

    Non-Conference Season = Great Success!
    Feb. 5's win at Santa Clara marked the conclusion of Stanford's non-conference slate during the regular season. In 12 non-conference games this year, the Cardinal posted an impressive 11-1 mark, its best since going 9-1 in regular-season non-conference play during the 2004-05 season. In this decade, the Cardinal have now suffered just one regular-season non-conference loss four times, with the lone loss in three of those years (2001-02, 2002-03, and 2004-05) coming to Tennessee.

    Bouncing Back
    Stanford has a tendency to rebound nicely from losses, even ones that come back-to-back. 11 wins in a row following Jan. 6's loss at USC mark the start of a good recovery from the sweep in Los Angeles. Following its first loss of this season on Thanksgiving night to Connecticut, Stanford reeled off nine straight wins in response. Discounting last year's season-ending loss to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal responded to its previous two losses of 2006-07 with lengthy winning streaks. After losses at No. 4/4 Tennessee and No. 8/8 Georgia on Nov. 24 & 26, 2006, the Cardinal reeled off 17 wins in a row. That streak was broken by a 72-57 loss to No. 21/21 California on Feb. 4, 2007, but the Cardinal re-energized from that hiccup with 10 consecutive wins.

    To Be The Best, You've Got To Beat The Best
    Jan. 26's 72-52 win over No. 8/8 California marked the fourth Top-10 team that Stanford has defeated this year. The Cardinal has posted a 4-1 mark against the five Top-10 teams it has met in 2007-08, having previously (before the win over California) defeated then-No. 1/1 Tennessee (Dec. 22), No. 3/3 Rutgers (Nov. 11), and No. 10/10 Baylor (Dec. 16), while losing only to No. 2/2 Connecticut (Nov. 22).

    Gotta Stay Healthy
    No matter how much talent is on any given roster, a team must stay as healthy as possible to give itself the best chance for a national title. Forward Jillian Harmon left Feb. 7's game at Oregon early in the second half due to a stress reaction in her foot, and could miss up to 2-4 weeks of action. Freshman Ashley Cimino did not dress during the Oregon trip, but returned to action Thursday against Arizona. Sophomores Michelle Harrison and Melanie Murphy were lost for the year with torn ACLs suffered on Nov. 11 at Yale, and Nov. 24 against Old Dominion, respectively.

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