No. 7 Women's Basketball Set To Take On San Francisco
Nov. 28, 2001
STANFORD SET TO TAKE ON THREE STRAIGHT WCC OPPONENTS: The seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal (5-0), which is off to its best start in five years, plays three West Coast Conference opponents in a five day span this week ... The Cardinal hosts the University of San Francisco (0-2) on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion before traveling to Malibu to visit Pepperdine University (2-2) on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse ... Stanford will then host Santa Clara (4-1) on Sunday afternoon before taking a two week break for final examinations ... Stanford, which has won 11 straight non-conference home games dating back to December 18, 1999, has outscored its first five opponents by an average of 20.4 (86.2-65.8) points per contest ... More impressively, four of those five opponents qualified for postseason play a year ago (NCAA - Penn State & UC Santa Barbara, WNIT - Hawaii & Indiana) ... In each game this season, the Cardinal has led at halftime, shot a higher percentage from the floor than its opponent, and won the rebounding battle ... The Cardinal has parlayed the early success into tournament victories at both the Stanford Invitational and the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... The Cardinal concludes a stretch of six games in 10 days with these three contests, and owns an all-time record of 51-15 (.773) against West Coast Conference opposition.
MOVI NG ON UP: 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 ... Following last weekend's three victories at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, Stanford jumped one spot to No. 7 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and remained at No. 7 in the Associated Press Poll ... These 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.
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 on November 11 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 Induction Ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Inductee selections are made based on moral character, integrity, sportsmanship and record of performance, ability and 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.
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 ... Sophomore forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) suffered a stress fracture to her right foot in early November ... Both Bonner and King are expected to return to action in mid-December ... The Cardinal also announced on 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.
STANFORD VS. SAN FRANCISCO: Stanford leads the all-time series with San Francisco 15-9, including a 9-4 advantage at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal has won its last nine meetings with the Lady Dons, including a convincing 92-66 victory on November 28 of last season at Maples Pavilion ... In addition, eight of those nine victories have come by 10 points or more ... In that game, Stanford placed seven players in double figures for the first time since the 1993-94 season en route to outscoring the visitors 55-33 in the second half ... Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS) had a team-high 17 points, including 7-of-9 from the floor, and Stanford out-rebounded USF 49-34.
STANFORD VS. PEPPERDINE: The Cardinal has won three of the four meetings between the schools, though the teams have not met since the 1984-85 season ... In that last meeting, the Waves posted a 71-65 victory on November 30, 1984 at Maples Pavilion ... In the only previous meeting in Malibu, Stanford prevailed 73-69 on February 10, 1984.
STANFORD VS. SANTA CLARA: Stanford leads the all-time series with Santa Clara 23-4, and has won seven of the last eight meetings ... On November 20 of last season at Maples Pavilion, Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mount St. Joseph Academy) scored 13 points as the Cardinal cruised to an 85-57 victory ... Stanford closed the first half with a 11-0 run that gave it a 39-23 lead at the intermission ... The Cardinal is 11-2 against the Broncos at Maples Pavilion, including four straight victories ... Santa Clara has not won on The Farm since November 21, 1984.
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 ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all Stanford regular- and postseason contests.