Women's Basketball Returns Home To Face UCLA, USC
Dec. 23, 2001
STANFORD OFF TO BEST PAC-10 START SINCE 1997-98: The Stanford women's basketball team (10-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10), which is off to its best conference start since 1997-98, looks to continue its hot start when it returns home to face UCLA (3-7, 0-2) and USC (6-5, 2-0) after Christmas ... The Cardinal hosts the Bruins on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the Women of Troy on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ... Stanford opened Pac-10 play on the road last week with an 81-57 victory at Arizona (5-5, 1-1) and 75-66 win at Arizona State (10-3, 1-1) ... The Cardinal began the 1997-98 Pac-10 season 3-0 before falling into the loss column, and prior to that, went a perfect 18-0 in both 1995-96 and 1996-97 ... The Cardinal boasts an all-time Pac-10 record of 229-43, which is good for an impressive .842 winning percentage ... No other Pac-10 team has won as many as 200 conference games (Washington is second at 181), and Stanford is the only Pac-10 program to have a conference winning percentage over .700 (Washington is second at .668) ... In fact, Stanford's 162 conference wins in the 1990's was the most of any Division I program in the country ... In the 15 years the Pac-10 has sponsored women's basketball, the Cardinal owns identical 24-6 conference records against both UCLA and USC ... Following the games against its Southern California rivals, the Cardinal takes a week off from conference play when it travels to the East Coast to play Rutgers (Jan. 2) and Fordham (Jan. 5).
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the nation in both polls (as of 12/17) ... The Cardinal's highest rankings this season were fifth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (December 3-10) and tied for fifth in the Associated Press Poll (December 3) ... Those season-high rankings represented Stanford's first appearance in the top five since the conclusion of the 1997-98 regular season when it was ranked fifth by the Associated Press ... UCLA and USC are not ranked.
TARA VANDERVEER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE 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 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.
THE VANDERVEER FILE: Stanford University women's basketball 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 ... In 21-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, VanDerveer is 526-154 (.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 374-103 (.784) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 211-43 (.831) Pac-10 record during her tenure ... VanDerveer, who won her ninth Pacific-10 Conference title last season, reached a pair of prestigious milestones in 2000-01 ... She recorded her 500th career win on November 26, 2000, and became the first Pac-10 women's basketball coach to record 200 conference victories on January 25, 2001 ... VanDerveer has guided the Cardinal to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and racked up a career post-season record of 34-12 (.739) ... VanDerveer was the head coach of the gold medal winning United States Olympic Team 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.
Game #9 - #6/#6 Stanford 75, Arizona State 66 (December 21 @ Wells Fargo Arena): Sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) and senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) combined for 47 points to lead Stanford University to a come-from-behind victory over host Arizona State ... Stanford, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, outscored the Sun Devils 56-34 over the final 26 minutes ... Powell, playing in front of her hometown friends and family, was 10-of-15 from the floor en route to 25 points and nine rebounds ... Yamasaki had 22 points, including 8-of-12 from the foul line, and four rebounds. Freshman guard Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) chipped in 11 points and five assists, including 9-of-10 shooting from the foul line ... As a team, Stanford shot .581 (25-of-43) from the field compared to ASU's .438 (21-of-48) ... Stanford, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, took its first lead of the game on the strength of a 17-5 run to open the second half ... The Cardinal took the lead at 39-37 on a Powell lay-up at 18:22 and built the lead to 50-41 just 3:27 later ... The Sun Devils cut the lead to five at 52-47 with 11:17 remaining, but Stanford went on a 10-2 run behind six points from Yamasaki to push the lead to 62-49 at the 7:58 mark ... The Sun Devils, who tied for the Pac-10 title with Stanford and Washington last season, got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Game #10 - #6/#6 Stanford 81, Arizona 57 (December 19 @ McKale Center): Freshman Kelley Suminski scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Cardinal to an easy win in the Pac-10 opener for both teams ... Suminski was 9-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead the Cardinal to its third straight win in Tucson ... After the Wildcats took a 7-2 lead at the game's outset, Stanford responded with 13 consecutive points, and 18 of the next 20, to take control ... The Cardinal maintained the lead throughout the rest of the half, and led 35-25 at the intermission ... Suminski finished with 12 points in just 13 minutes in the first half, while Nicole Powell had eight points in 11 minutes ... The Wildcats made a brief run in the second half when point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the lead to 54-46 with 7:34 remaining ... Powell, however, answered back with a 3-pointer of her own just 17 seconds later and Stanford never looked back ... Senior Lindsey Yamasaki had 18 points and a team-high eight boards for the Cardinal, while Powell finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.
STANFORD VS. UCLA: Stanford has won 23 of its last 26 games against the Bruins dating back to 1988, and leads the all-time series 23-19 ... The Cardinal has won 12 of its last 13 meetings with UCLA at Maples Pavilion, and is 12-9 overall ... In the last meeting between the teams (March 3, 2001), Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) scored all 12 of her points in the final nine minutes to pull away to an 83-69 victory ... Stanford had six players in double figures, and held the Bruins to just .333 (20-of-60) percent shooting from the floor ... Last season at Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 2), Nicole Powell had 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Stanford led wire-to-wire in a 60-52 victory ... The Cardinal, which led from start-to-finish, scored the first 14 points of the contest and went on to lead 34-18 at the half.
STANFORD VS. USC: Stanford leads the series 27-15, and has won 14 of the last 15 and 25 of the last 28 ... The Cardinal owns a 12-11 home record against the Women of Troy, and has won 13 of the last 14 ... USC snapped a 14-game losing streak against Stanford with a 62-59 win on March 1 of last season ... The Cardinal led for almost the entire second half, but Ebony Hoffman scored to give USC the lead for good at 61-59 with 12 seconds remaining ... Last season in Los Angeles (Feb. 4, 2000), Stanford raced out to a 26-point (55-29) halftime lead and cruised to an 89-75 victory ... The Cardinal, which was led by 28 points and a season-high eight rebounds from Lindsey Yamasaki, led by as many as 32 points (63-31) in the second half.
FROM THE TRAINING ROOM: Sophomore Susan King (Richfield, MN/Academy of Holy Angels) re-injured her right knee in the closing moments of the first half of Wednesday's game at Arizona ... The Cardinal point guard underwent an MRI the next day, and was 'inconclusive' in regards to an ACL tear ... She is out indefinitely, and will be re-evaluated on January 2 ... King was appearing in just her second game of the season after undergoing a scope to clean out her right knee on Nov. 8 ... She also missed the final 21 games of the 2000-01 campaign after suffering a near complete tear of her right ACL in late December ... Sophomore forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS), who suffered a stress fracture in her right foot in early November, saw her first action of the season last Wednesday at Arizona ... 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 ... The UCLA game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis in the Palo Alto area by Silicon Valley Community Communications (check your local listings for air times) ... The USC game will not be televised.