Women's Basketball Concludes Busy Stretch With Non-Conference Matchups

Nov. 29, 2001

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Stanford University looks to build on its best start since the 1996-97 campaign when it takes on West Coast Conference foes Pepperdine and Santa Clara this weekend ... The Cardinal (6-0) travels to Malibu to take on Pepperdine (2-2) on Friday night before returning home to face geographical rival Santa Clara (4-1) on Sunday afternoon ... Stanford, which has already claimed tournament titles this season at the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic, is coming off an easy 103-72 home win over San Francisco on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford, which has won 12 straight non-conference home games dating back to December 18, 1999, has outscored its first six opponents by an average of 22.2 (89.0-66.8) points per contest ... The Cardinal has won each of the six games by 11 points or more, including four by over 20 points ... More impressively, four of those six 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 ... Stanford, which owns an all-time record of 52-15 (.776) against the West Coast Conference, will take a two week break for final examinations following the two games this weekend.

Game #6 - Stanford 103, San Francisco 72 (November 28 @ Maples Pavilion): Senior Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) tied the Stanford single game record for blocked shots and freshman Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) made five 3-pointers as the Cardinal bench sparked the 31-point win ... The Stanford bench outscored the Lady Don reserves 64-21, thanks to a career-high 23 points from Suminski and a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds from Donaphin ... Stanford led just 43-38 at halftime, but broke the game wide open with a 17-0 run midway through the second half ... Suminski drained a pair of 3-pointers in the run that gave the Cardinal a 76-51 lead with 956 remaining ... Stanford also out-rebounded the Lady Dons 48-22, including a 26-11 advantage in the second half ... Stanford, which had four players in double figures for the third time this season, also received 16 points from senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) and 14 from sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) ... Yamasaki, who was named tournament MVP at both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic, is now averaging an even 20.0 points per game while Powell is at 14.5.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 Poll
1st, Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Media Poll

Nicole Powell:
2001-02 Naismith College Player of the Year Pre-Season Candidate
G-Ball Mag.com Preseason All-American
Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American
First 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

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.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, signed a five-year contract extension on September 10 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-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is an amazing 518-153 (.772) ... Also last season, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... In 15-plus seasons on The Farm (VanDerveer took the 1995-96 season off to coach the gold-medal winning United States Olympic Team), she is 366-102 (.782) 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 ... VanDerveer has guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and racked up 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 put together 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

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