Sixth-Ranked Women's Basketball Travels To The East Coast

Dec. 30, 2001

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STANFORD LOOKS TO CONTINUE ROAD SUCCESS IN THE BIG APPLE: Sixth-ranked Stanford University (12-1 overall, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference) looks to continue its road success this season when it travels to the East Coast to take on Rutgers (4-6 overall, 1-0 Big East) and Fordham (2-8 overall, 0-0 Atlantic 10) ... The Cardinal will visit the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)/4:30 p.m. (PT) in Piscataway, New Jersey and the Rams on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)/11:00 a.m. (PT) in Bronx, New York ... The Cardinal is 6-0 away from home this season - 4-0 on the road and 2-0 on neutral courts - its best start away from The Farm since its 1989-90 NCAA Championship season ... That year, Stanford won its first 10 games away from Maples Pavilion - 8-0 on the road and 2-0 on neutral courts ... This season, the Cardinal has posted road wins over Hawaii (8-2 overall), Pepperdine (7-4), Arizona (5-6) and Arizona State (11-3), and neutral court wins over Minnesota (10-2) and No. 24 (AP & Coaches polls) Penn State (8-5) ... Overall, Stanford's 12-1 start is its best since it won 33 of its first 34 games in 1996-97 ... The Cardinal's 4-0 Pac-10 start is the best since it posted back-to-back 18-0 conference marks in 1995-96 and 1996-97 ... The fast start also represents a huge turnaround from a year ago, when the Cardinal was 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 through 13 games ... Following the Cardinal's second 3,000 mile journey of the year, including a trip to the University of Hawaii in November, the Cardinal returns home to resume Pac-10 play against Oregon State (6-7, 2-2) on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.

GOING HOME: This week's trip to Rutgers and Fordham is a trip home for four East Coast natives on the Cardinal roster - seniors Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) and Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mount St. Joseph Academy), sophomore Becky Bonner (Concord, NH/Concord HS) and freshman Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) ... Suminski, who will be returning to her home state on Wednesday night at Rutgers, is the Cardinal's starting point guard and is averaging 10.4 points while shooting a Pac-10 best .600 (21-of-35) percent from 3-point range ... In high school, the 5-foot-9 Suminski was a two-time Gatorade New Jersey State Player of the Year (2000 & 2001) ... Donaphin, who will be returning to New York for the first time in her collegiate career, is averaging 8.7 points and 4.6 boards as Stanford's starting center ... The 6-foot-2 Public Policy major was the New York Class D Co-Player of the Year as a high school senior in 1998.

RANKING REPORT: Stanford is currently ranked sixth in the nation in both polls (as of 12/24) ... The Cardinal has been ranked sixth by the Associated Press for the last three weeks, and sixth by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the last two weeks ... 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 ... Rutgers and Fordham are not ranked.

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 528-154 (.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 376-103 (.785) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 213-43 (.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.

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.


Game #12 - #6/#6 Stanford 81, UCLA 50 (December 21 @ Maples Pavilion): The Cardinal outscored the Bruins 42-15 over the final 17:30 to pull away to the easy victory ... Stanford has now won 13 of its last 14 meetings with UCLA in Maples Pavilion, including three in a row ... The Cardinal never trailed in the contest, and bolted out to an early 18-6 lead behind three lay-ups by senior Bethany Donaphin and 3-pointers from senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) and sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) ... UCLA wouldn't go away, however, and cut the Cardinal lead to 37-29 at the half ... UCLA then went on a 6-2 run at the start of the second half to trim the margin to 39-35 with 17:30 to play ... It was all Stanford the rest of the way ... The Cardinal immediately went on a 10-0 run over the next 4 minutes, 33 seconds to push the margin back to 14 ... Stanford then closed the game on a 16-0 run, as UCLA did not score over the final 5 minutes, 18 seconds ... Donaphin led the Cardinal in scoring for the first time this season with 18 points in 31 minutes, while Powell notched her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds ... Freshman forward T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) pitched in eight points and nine boards in her first collegiate start ... Stanford used its sixth different starting lineup in the last seven games ... The Cardinal shot just 43.9 (25-of-57) percent from the floor, but held UCLA to 27.9 (17-of-61) percent overall and 20.0 (6-of-30) percent in the second half.

Game #13 - #6/#6 Stanford 78, USC 66 (December 30 @ Maples Pavilion): The Cardinal led from start-to-finish against the Women of Troy, but had to hold off a second half rally to post its seventh straight Pac-10 win dating back to last season ... The Cardinal jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:57 of the contest, and expanded the lead to 30-15 with 5:07 remaining before the half ... USC trailed by eight at the half (36-28), and trimmed the lead to two (62-60) with 5:16 remaining ... The Cardinal received a clutch 3-pointer from senior Lauren St. Clair 44 seconds later that sparked a game-ending 16-6 spurt that gave Stanford sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 ... Senior Lindsey Yamasaki, who scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half, scored eight points in the run as the Cardinal avenged its last Pac-10 loss (USC 62-59, March 1, 2001 @ Maples Pavilion) ... Sophomore Nicole Powell recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds, including 10-of-19 shooting from the floor ... Powell, who has recorded 15 double-doubles in 43 career games, has also scored in double figures in all 13 games this season, and 17 in a row dating back to last year ... St. Clair and Kelley Suminski added 10 points apiece and freshman T'Nae Thiel nine boards as Stanford outrebounded its opponent for the 12th time in 13 games this season.

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 reevaluated on Jan. 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/center Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA/Brea-Olinda HS) will redshirt the 2001-02 season with chronic pain in both knees.

RUTGERS REPORT: The Scarlet Knights will enter Wednesday's matchup 4-6 overall and 1-0 in the Big East Conference ... Rutgers has lost four straight, including a 62-49 home defeat to No. 13 (AP & Coaches polls) Texas Tech (8-2) on December 21 ... Rutgers is 2-2 at home this season and is in the middle of a four-game homestand ... Junior guard Mauri Horton and sophomore guard Dawn McCullouch are tied for the team lead in scoring at 13.9 points per game ... Rutgers is coached by C. Vivian Stringer, who was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 (Stanford's Tara VanDerveer will be inducted in 2002) ... In the only previous meeting between these schools, Rutgers posted an 82-53 victory on December 29, 1984 in the third place game of the Buckeye Classic at Ohio State ... Ironically, the Cardinal opened that tournament with a 79-47 loss to an Ohio State team coached by Tara VanDerveer ... Just five months later, VanDerveer was named head coach at Stanford ... The Cardinal has not played a Big East opponent since it fell to Connecticut 94-78 on December 21, 1997 at the Elite 4 Holiday Classic at Walt Disney World in Florida.

FORDHAM FILE: The Rams are 2-8 overall, and have currently lost four straight ... Last time out, the Rams dropped a 65-60 decision at George Mason on December 22 ... The Rams, who host Richmond (6-7) in their Atlantic 10 Conference opener on January 2 before taking on the Cardinal, are 0-4 at home this season ... Junior forward Mobolaji Akiode leads the Rams in scoring at 11.7 points per game ... This will be the first ever meeting between the Cardinal and the Rams ... Stanford last played an Atlantic 10 Conference opponent on March 17, 2001 when it defeated George Washington 76-51 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Oklahoma.

ON THE AIRWAVES: All of Stanford's 2001-02 regular and post season contests will be broadcast live on the internet at ... 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 Rutgers game will be televised live in the New Jersey area on Wednesday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) by Cablevision, with Lou Brogno and Gail Marquis handling the broadcasting chores ... The Fordham game will not be televised.

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