Women's Basketball Set For Sunday Showdown
Dec. 12, 2001
SHOWDOWN ON THE FARM: The #5 (Coaches)/#6 (AP) Stanford University women's basketball team has been dominant in opening the 2001-02 season with eight consecutive victories ... The Cardinal, which is off to its best start in five years, has won its eight games by an average of 22.1 points per night (87.9-65.8) and has out-rebounded its foes by an average of 11.6 (43.9-32.3) per outing ... But Stanford, which will be coming off a two-week break for final exams, will face by far its toughest test of the campaign this Sunday when it hosts unbeaten and second-ranked Tennessee (6-0) in a nationally-televised (Fox Sports Net) contest at Maples Pavilion ... The Lady Vols have already knocked off three ranked opponents this season, and have won their games by an average of 28.7 (91.5-62.8) points ... Stanford will put its 13 game non-conference home winning streak on the line on Sunday, with the last loss coming at the hands of Tennessee (79-73) on November 26, 1999 ... Overall, the Cardinal has split its six home games against the Lady Vols, going 3-2 at Maples Pavilion and 0-1 at San Jose Arena ... This weekend's tilt also marks the seventh time in the 17-game series that both teams will be ranked in the top five at the time of the game ... The last time this happened was December 15, 1996 when #1 Stanford beat #5 Tennessee 82-65 in Knoxville.
SELLOUT STORY: Sunday's match-up between the Cardinal and Lady Vols is sold out ... The contest, which became a sellout on Monday morning (December 10), is the 15th sellout (10 regular season, five post-season) in Stanford women's basketball history ... The last sellout at Maples Pavilion, which has a capacity of 7,391, was on March 18, 1997 when Stanford defeated Texas Tech 67-45 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Sunday also marks the first time Maples Pavilion will be at capacity for a regular season game since February 22, 1997 when the Cardinal defeated Washington 106-76.
CARDINAL BACK IN THE TOP FIVE: For the first time since the conclusion of the 1997-98 regular season, the Stanford women's basketball team is among the top five in the country ... The Cardinal is ranked fifth in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and sixth in the AP Poll ... Last week, the Cardinal was ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll and tied fifth in the AP Poll (w/Iowa State) ... The Cardinal's rankings are its highest since it entered the 1997-98 NCAA Tournament ranked fifth by the Associated Press ... The Cardinal is the only team in the top 10 that was not in the final polls at the end of last season ... Tennessee is currently ranked second in the nation in both polls.
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 at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 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.
TARA VANDERVEER SIGNS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION: 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 524-153 (.774) ... 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 372-102 (.785) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five NCAA Final Four appearances ... Also last season, VanDerveer became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories ... She has 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 post-season 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.
STANFORD VS. TENNESSEE: The Lady Vols lead the all-time series 12-4, and have won four in a row ... The teams have met annually in the regular season since the 1987-88 campaign ... The last two games between the schools have gone down to the wire, with Tennessee using late spurts to post come-from-behind victories ... Last season in Knoxville (December 17), the Lady Vols used a 12-0 run over the final 5:12 to erase a 58-51 deficit and post a 63-58 victory at Thompson-Boling Arena ... Tennessee led by as many as five early (17-12), but the Cardinal rallied to take a 31-28 lead at the intermission ... The Cardinal stretched its lead to seven at 58-51 with 5:33 to play, but did not score again ... Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) was the only Stanford player in double figures with 21 points ... Two years ago at Maples Pavilion (November 26), the Lady Vols scored the final 11 points of the contest to prevail 79-73 ... Tennessee led 68-67 before Stanford used back-to-back 3-pointers from Carolyn Moos and Jamie Carey to take a 73-70 advantage with 3:03 remaining ... The Lady Vols responded with full-court pressure, and took the lead for good at 75-73 with 1:07 to play on five straight points from Tamika Catchings ... Stanford's last win in the series was an 82-65 decision on December 15, 1996 in Knoxville.
FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) is expected to see her first action of the 2001-02 season on Sunday ... King underwent a scope to clean out 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, and is also expected to make her 2001-02 debut on Sunday ... Sophomore forward/center Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees.
ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 regular- and post-season 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 post-season contests ... Sunday's game against Tennessee is the Cardinal's first TV game of the season ... Fox Sports Net will broadcast the game live nationally, with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy handling the broadcasting chores.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: It's all in the numbers ... This year's 8-0 Cardinal squad is outperforming last season's Pac-10 Champions in nearly every statistical category ... The 2001-02 Cardinal is averaging over 16 more points than last season's squad, in addition to quadrupling its scoring margin and tripling its rebounding margin ... Stanford also currently leads the Pacific-10 Conference in 12 of a possible 19 team statistical categories, after leading the conference in just three during the course of the 2000-01 campaign ... Here is a quick look at some key numbers:
Category 2000-01 (29 games) 2001-02 (8 games) Margin
Scoring offense 73.4 (3rd, Pac-10) 87.9 (1st, Pac-10) +14.5
Scoring margin +5.1 (2nd) +22.1 (1st) +17.0
Field goal percentage .449 (3rd) .495 (1st) +.046
3-point percentage .373 (1st) .418 (1st) +.045
3-pointers per game 6.27 (3rd) 8.25 (1st) +1.98
Rebounding offense 39.4 (3rd) 43.9 (1st) +4.5
Rebounding margin +3.5 +11.6 +8.1
Blocked Shots 5.87 (1st) 7.12 (1st) +1.25
Assists 15.97 (3rd) 20.62 (1st) +4.65
Turnover Margin -2.33 (10th) +1.75 (6th) +4.08
PAC-10 PREVIEW: Stanford will have little time to rest following Sunday's showdown ... The Cardinal will head for the airport on Tuesday morning in preparation for its Pacific-10 Conference opener at the University of Arizona on Wednesday night in Tucson ... Wednesday's game will mark the first time that Stanford has opened Pac-10 play before January 1 ... The schedule change was made to accommodate the Pac-10 Tournament on March 1-4 in Eugene, Oregon ... After visiting Arizona and Arizona State (December 21), the Cardinal will take a brief break for the Christmas holiday before returning home to continue conference play against UCLA (December 28) and USC (December 30) ... Stanford is the consensus favorite to the win the Pac-10 in 2001-02 ... The Cardinal, which captured its 10th Pac-10 title last season (in a three-way tie with Arizona State and Washington) was a unanimous first place pick in the conference's preseason coaches poll and was also a runaway first place selection in the conference media poll.
PLAYERS AT A GLANCE:#00 Chelsea Trotter (6-3, F/C, So.): Will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees ... Appeared in 28 games last season, including three starts, and averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.
#5 Kelley Suminski (5-9, G, Fr.): Averaging 9.1 points and 2.1 rebounds ... Started the last two games at point guard, after appearing in the first six in a reserve role ... Shooting a Pac-10 leading .625 (15-of-24) from 3-point range, and is also tied for sixth in the free throw percentage (.800), tied for seventh in 3-pointers made (1.88 pg) ... Also shooting .568 (21-of-37) from the field ... Had a career-high 23 points in just 28 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/28), including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
#10 Becky Bonner (6-2, F, So.): Has missed the first eight games with a stress fracture in her right foot that was sustained in practice in early November ... Is expected to play on Sunday against Tennessee ... Appeared in 22 games off the bench last season, and averaged 1.6 points and 1.0 rebound ... Bother, Matt, starts at forward for fifth-ranked Florida, and the junior is averaging a team-high 17.7 points.
#14 Nicole Powell (6-2, F, So.):One of 30 preseason candidates for Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year honors ... Other preseason accolades include: G-Ball Mag Preseason All-American, Basketball Times Second Team All-American, Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American and First Team Preseason All-Pac-10 ... Averaging 16.6 points and team-highs of 9.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists ... Ranks second in school history and ninth in Pac-10 history in career rebounds per game (8.7) and fourth in school history in points per game (14.6) ... Owns three of the nine triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and three of the five in Stanford history ... Leads the Pac-10 in rebounding for the second straight year (9.6 pg) ... Ranks among the top eight in the Pac-10 in an amazing 11 out of 12 categories: rebounds (1st, 9.6), assists (2nd, 5.25), defensive rebounds (2nd, 6.38), offensive rebounds (3rd, 3.25), 3-point percentage (4th, .469), free throw percentage (4th, .875), assist/turnover ratio (6th, 1.75), scoring (7th, 16.6), 3-pointers per game (T7th, 1.88 pg), field goal percentage (8th, .506) and blocked shots (T8th, 1.00) ... In the only category she is not ranked, she had 1.63 steals per game and is just outside of 10th place's 1.78 ... In 38 career games, has 11 double-doubles and three triple-doubles ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Against Santa Clara (12/2), had triple-double of 29 points (tied career-high), 15 rebounds (tied career-high) and 10 assists in only 28 minutes ... In the first half alone, had 22 points and 12 boards in 18 minutes vs. the Broncos ... Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 3 after averaging 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in wins over San Francisco, Pepperdine and Santa Clara ... The Player of the Week honor was the second of Powell's career ... Had triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16).
#22 Enjoli Izidor (6-0, G, Sr.): Averaging 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in eight starts at the off-guard position ... Career averages are 4.8 points and 2.7 boards ... Had a season-high 11 points - 4-of-6 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws - in championship game of Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Penn State (11/25) ... Did not start a game in her first two years, but has started 19 of the last 21 dating back to last season.
#24 Susan King (5-7, G, So.): Has not played this season after undergoing a scope on her right knee on November 8 ... Expected to see her first action of the 2001-02 season against Tennessee ... Had her best game as a collegian against the Lady Vols last season ... Had 21 points, five rebounds and three assists en route to Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Played just nine games last year after tearing her right ACL in late December, and averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 assists.
#25 Lindsey Yamasaki (6-1, F, Sr.): Averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game in eight starts at forward ... Also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists ... Has scored in double figures seven times, and had 20 points or more on four occasions ... Named Tournament MVP of both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.5 pg), sixth in field goal percentage (.524), 10th in 3-pointers per game (1.75) and tied for 18th in rebounding (5.0) ... Has made two or more 3-pointers in six of eight games this year ... Became the 22nd player in Stanford history to record 1,000 career points on November 23 vs. Minnesota ... Now ranks 20th on the school scoring list with 1,094 points, and is 40 behind 19th place Jill Yanke (1,134, 1985-89) ... Career averages are 12.0 points (11th in school history) and 4.6 rebounds ... Also ranks sixth in Stanford history with 144 career 3-pointers ... Shooting .524 (54-of-103) percent from the field --- previous best was .457 (58-of-127) in her sophomore campaign ... Had season-high 27 points and career-high 13 rebounds in season opener vs. Indiana (11/16) ... Had 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Penn State (11/25) in championship game of Rainbow Wahine Classic.
#32 Katie Denny (6-1, G/F, So.): Averaging 3.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in six appearances off the bench ... Career averages are 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds ... Had season-high seven points, including two 3-pointers, vs. Penn State (11/25).#33 Sebnem Kimyacioglu (5-11, G, Fr.): Averaging 6.0 points, 4.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in eight games ... Started the first six games at point guard, and has come off the bench in the last two contests ... Ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.78), sixth in 3-point percentage (.429) and ninth in assists (4.00) ... Has played 20 minutes or more in all eight contests ... Had eight points and career-best nine assists vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Had career-best nine points vs. Santa Clara (12/2).
#34 T'Nae Thiel (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in eight games off the bench ... Shooting 51.4 (19-of-37) percent from the floor ... Had career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 19 minutes vs. Minnesota (11/23) ... Had seven points and career-high nine rebounds at Hawaii (11/24).
#41 Bethany Donaphin (6-2, F/C, Sr.): Averaging 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in eight appearances off the bench ... Shooting a Pac-10 best 57.8 (26-of-45) percent from the floor, including a 65.4 (17-of-26) percent clip over the last three games ... Also ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.75 pg) ... Owns a career field goal percentage of 52.4 (302-of-576), and needs 24 attempts to qualify for the Stanford record book in that category (would currently rank sixth) ... Needs three more blocked shots for 100 in her career ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Stanford Invitational ... Career averages are 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds ... Had double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds vs. San Francisco (11/28) ... Also tied school single game record with six blocked shots vs. the Lady Dons.
#42 Lauren St. Clair (6-0, G/F, Sr.): Averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in eight appearances off the bench ... Had season-high 15 points, including three 3-pointers, vs. UC Santa Barbara (11/17) ... Has been at .800 percent or better from the foul line in all four seasons (.857 this year) ... Ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in career 3-point percentage at .397 (124-of-312), and eighth in Stanford history in 3-pointers made with 124 ... Scored all 12 of her points in the final 11 minutes to lead Cardinal to win at Hawaii (11/24).
#44 Azella Perryman (6-1, F, Fr.): Averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 boards in eight games off the bench ... Shooting 65.0 (13-of-20) percent from the field, and has made six of her last seven (85.7 percent) ... Had season-highs of eight points and five rebounds vs. Minnesota (11/23).
#51 Cori Enghusen (6-7, C, Sr.): Averaging 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game in eight starts at center ... Leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game at 2.62, and needs just one more block to reach 100 for her career ... Has recorded two or more blocked shots in six of Stanford's eight games ... Her 21 blocks through eight games is equal to or better than her full season totals as a freshman (21 in 25 games) and sophomore (19 in 29 games) ... Had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes vs. Santa Clara (12/2) ... Had 12 points and eight rebounds at Hawaii (11/24) ... Recorded 12 points and five blocked shots vs. Penn State (11/25).