Women's Basketball Opens 2001-02 Season On Friday
Nov. 14, 2001
LET THE GAMES BEGIN: The ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal opens the 2001-02 season on Friday and Saturday night as it hosts the four-team Stanford Invitational Basketball Tournament ... The Cardinal (19-11 overall, 12-6 Pac-10 in 2000-01), who is ranked ninth in the nation by both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, will face Indiana University (20-11, 9-7 Big Ten) in first round action at 8:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game) ... In the opener, UC Santa Barbara (22-9, 12-2 Big West) faces Western Kentucky (19-14, 8-8 Sun Belt) at 6:00 p.m. ... The tournament concludes on Saturday with the third place game at 6:00 p.m. and the championship game at 8:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the third place game) ... The tournament field includes four teams that qualified for post-season play a year ago (NCAA - Stanford & UC Santa Barbara, WNIT - Indiana & Western Kentucky) and each club returns three or more starters from those squads ... The tournament is Stanford's first since it won the Cardinal Classic in the 1995-96 season (Auburn, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State) ... Next week, Stanford hits the road for the eight-team Asahi Rainbow Wahine Classic at the University of Hawaii on November 23-25.
TARA VANDERVEER TO BE INDUCTED INTO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Stanford University head women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has been named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2002, as announced last Sunday at the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic ... Eight players, coaches and administrators who have made considerable contributions to women's basketball comprise the Class of 2002 ... The group of eight honorees will be recognized April 26-27, 2002, at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2002 Induction Ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Inductee selections are made based on moral character, integrity, sportsmanship and record of performance, ability, national or international recognition ... VanDerveer is joined in the Class of 2002 by Cindy Brogdon, Kamie Eithridge, Margaret Sexton Gleaves, Hortencia de Fatima Marcari Oliva, Sandra Meadows, Lea Plarski and Marianne Crawford Stanley.
FOR OPENERS: Stanford is opening a season at home for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign .... The Cardinal opened that season with a 74-65 win over Alabama on November 17, and went to finish 34-2 and advance to the NCAA Final Four ... Stanford has lost three of its four season openers, including a 75-64 defeat at Saint Mary's last season ... The Cardinal last opened a season at home in 1997-98 when it lost at Wisconsin 90-82.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Indiana - The experienced Hoosiers start four seniors, all of whom were integral parts of the squad that went 20-11 last year before falling at Western Kentucky 64-63 in the first round of the WNIT ... Indiana is led by 6-foot-5 senior center Jill Chapman, who led the team in both scoring (15.3 pg) and rebounding (7.5 pg) last season ... The Hoosiers split their two exhibition games, falling to the Reebok Lady Stars 84-83 on November 7 and defeating the Premier All-Stars 89-72 on November 9 ... Stanford and Indiana have met just once, with the Hoosiers securing a 76-63 victory at the North Carolina Tournament on December 21, 1979.
UC Santa Barbara - The Gauchos have put together six consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 22-9 record, Big West Championship and NCAA First Round appearance last year ... UCSB also returns two key players from that 22-win season in First Team All-Big West selection Kayte Christensen (F, 6-3, Sr., 13.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg in 2000-01) and reigning Big West Freshman of the Year Lindsay Taylor (C, 6-8, So., 10.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg in 2000-01) ... The Gauchos went 2-0 in the exhibition season with victories over Delta Kosice-Slovakia (83-70, November 5) and Team Concept (93-55, November 9) ... Stanford leads the all-time series 6-1, including an 85-52 win at Maples Pavilion on December 13, 1992 in the last meeting between the schools.
Western Kentucky - The Lady Toppers and Cardinal have crossed paths only once, but the meeting was a truly memorable one ... That meeting came in the 1992 NCAA Championship Game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena as the Cardinal captured its second national title in three years with a convincing 78-62 victory ... The 16-point win tied the record for the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Championship game ... The Lady Toppers were 19-14 last year and advanced to the WNIT Quarterfinals ... Western Kentucky returns four starters from that team, including 5-foot-11 senior guard Natalie Powers (22.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg) in 2000-01 ... The Lady Toppers went 2-0 in exhibition play with wins over the Nashville All-Stars (96-44, November 3) and Dan Helder-Holland (93-39, November 9).
BACK IN THE TOP 10 ...: For the first time since the conclusion of the 1997-98 regular season, the Stanford women's basketball team is ranked in the top 10 in the country ... Stanford is ranked ninth in both the Associated Press Preseason Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (November 12) ... Stanford started the season 10th in the Coaches Poll, but moved up one spot this week despite not seeing any regular season action ... The rankings are the Cardinal's highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll ... Stanford is the only team in this year's top 10 that was not in the final polls at the end of last season.
A LOOK AHEAD: The 2001-02 season looks promising for the Stanford University Women's Basketball Team ... The Cardinal returns 10 letterwinners and three starters this season as it attempts to build on its 19-11 record and Pacific-10 Conference title in 2000-01 ... Stanford, which is shooting for its 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th Pac-10 title in 2001-02, fields a deep squad led by Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year candidate Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) and two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) ... The group of talented returners is joined by a four-player freshman class that was ranked fourth in the nation last fall ...
'This is a go-for-it year. We've got great personnel, great depth and great experience - everything you need to have a shot at both regular- and post-season success. We need to have high expectations and work very hard to accomplish our goals.'- Tara VanDerveer
PRESEASON PRAISE: Stanford is earning a great deal of national attention in the 2001-02 preseason publications, and is a consensus top 10 pick ... The Cardinal is ranked anywhere from #7-#10 nationally, after finishing the 2000-01 season just outside the top 25 ... Stanford was also picked to finish first in both the Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Polls (coaches and media) ... In the Coaches Poll, the Cardinal received nine of a possible nine first place votes ... Individually, sophomore Nicole Powell has earned her share of preseason acclaim ... The 1999-2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year Award.
Team:National -#7 - Street & Smith's#8 - Athlon Sports#9 - Lindy's Basketball#9 - Women's Basketball Journal#10 - G-Ball Mag.com
Conference -1st, Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll1st, Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Media Poll
Nicole Powell:2001-02 Naismith College Player of the Year Pre-Season CandidateG-Ball Mag.com Preseason All-AmericanStreet & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-AmericanFirst Team Preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference
'Nicole Powell showed plenty of star potential as a freshman, and senior swing player Lindsey Yamasaki helps balance the Cardinal attack. Coach Tara VanDerveer will also have a superb supporting cast that will include the nation's fourth-best recruiting class.'- Athlon Sports
FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) underwent a scope on her right knee on Thursday, November 8 and will miss 2-4 weeks ... Sophomore forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) suffered a stress fracture to her right foot in early November and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks ... The Cardinal also announced on Wednesday, November 7 that sophomore forward/center Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees.
SUMMER SUCCESS: The summer of 2001 was a successful one for Stanford women's basketball ... Three players - seniors Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) and Lindsey Yamasaki and sophomore Nicole Powell - represented the United States in international competition ... Enghusen and Yamasaki both played for the U.S. World University Games Team that captured gold in China in August ... Stanford joined Vanderbilt as the only university to have more than one payer on that squad ... Yamasaki averaged 6.9 points and 1.3 rebounds, and led the team in 3-pointers made with 11 ... Enghusen averaged 6.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, and was second on the team in blocked shots with seven ... Powell started at forward for the U.S. team that won bronze at the FIBA Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic in July ... She averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in her second international competition in as many years.
ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 regular- and postseason contests will be broadcast live on the internet at www.gostanford.com ... Each broadcast begins 15 minutes prior to tipoff with the 'Tara VanDerveer Show' ... The play-by-play chores will be handled by Dave Raymond, who doubles as a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer for the Iowa Cubs in the summer ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all Stanford regular and postseason contests.
TARA VANDERVEER SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION: On September 10th, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, signed a five-year contract extension that will keep her on The Farm through March 31, 2007 ... VanDerveer, who won her ninth Pacific-10 Conference title last season, reached two milestones during the 2000-01 campaign ... A 73-65 win over Pacific on November 26, 2000, made VanDerveer just the 17th coach in Division I women's basketball history to record 500 career wins ... In 21 seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is an amazing 516-153 (.771) ... In the January 25th home win over Washington, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... In 15 seasons on The Farm (VanDerveer took the 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team), she is 364-102 (.781) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five NCAA Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 209-43 (.829) Pac-10 record during her tenure on The Farm ... She has guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and compiled a career postseason record of 34-12 (.739) ... VanDerveer led the United States to the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and has racked up an 88-8 (.917) international record with four gold medals and one bronze in seven assignments.
'I am thrilled to extend my affiliation with Stanford University. I am very excited about the things we have been able to accomplish, and look forward to the very bright future ahead.'- Tara VanDerveer
Game #1 - Stanford 106, KSC Szekszard-Hungary 59 (November 7 @ Maples Pavilion): Led by Lindsey Yamasaki's 22 points and Cori Enghusen's double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds, Stanford defeated KSC Szekszard of Hungary 106-59 to open its exhibition season ... Stanford had five players score in double-figures, and everyone in uniform played at least 16 minutes ... The Cardinal took a 58-26 lead going into halftime, led by a 19-point first half effort by Yamasaki in only 11 minutes of play... Stanford used a 17-0 run in the middle of the first half on three consecutive lay-ups by Enghusen ... The Cardinal then took its biggest lead right before halftime on a T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) lay-up ... Stanford got off to a quick start in the second half and jumped out to a 73-28 lead when Thiel hit both free throws with 15 minutes remaining.
Game #2 - Stanford 96, Love & Basketball 48 (November 11 @ Maples Pavilion): Senior Lindsey Yamasaki scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Stanford University women's basketball team to an easy 98-49 exhibition victory over Love & Basketball on Sunday evening at Maples Pavilion ... Sunday's exhibition game was a story of shooting percentages ... The Cardinal connected on an impressive 57.1 (40-of-70) percent of its shots, including a red hot 63.6 (21-of-33) percent clip in the second half ... Love & Basketball, meanwhile, finished at 26.4 percent (14-of-53) from the field and was 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) in the first half alone ... Yamasaki made 8 of her 11 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range to lead the Cardinal in scoring for the second consecutive game ... Freshman Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, en route to 18 points and sophomore Nicole Powell scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
POWELL POWER: Sophomore forward Nicole Powell, who is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, is coming off one of the finest freshman campaigns in both Stanford and Pac-10 history ... The Phoenix native was a Kodak First Team All-District 8 and First Team All-Pac-10 selection a year ago, in addition to being named a Women's Basketball Journal First Team Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Powell, who was moved from forward to point guard in late December because of injuries to the Cardinal backcourt, led the Pac-10 Champions in points (14.1 pg), rebounds (8.5 pg) and assists (4.7) ... She also became both the first Stanford player and first freshman to win the Pac-10 rebounding title ... Powell ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in seven of a possible 12 categories, including rebounding (1st), assists (4th), 3-point percentage (6th) and scoring (10th) ... She scored in double figures in 22 of her last 27 games, and grabbed 10 or more boards in five of the Cardinal's last eight ... Powell also recorded just the third triple-double in Stanford history (February 22 at Washington State) and had a Pac-10 best 10 double-doubles ... In the two exhibition games this season, Powell averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists despite playing just 19 minutes in each contest.