Women's Basketball Hosts Tulane In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament
March 17, 2002
SHOOTING FOR THE 'SWEET 16': The fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal (31-2) will look to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1996-97 season when it hosts Tulane University (24-10) on Monday night at 9:06 p.m. (PT) at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, which is seeded second in the West Regional, opened NCAA Tournament play with a 76-51 victory over 15th-seeded Weber State University on Saturday night (the identical score of Stanford's first round victory over George Washington last season) ... Tenth-seeded Tulane advanced to the second round with a 73-69 upset of seventh-seeded Colorado State in Saturday's early game ... The Cardinal, which is hosting an NCAA Subregional for the first time since 1997-98, looks to continue its second round domination at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford, which has won 17 of its 19 NCAA Tournament games played at Maples Pavilion, is a perfect 9-0 on its home floor in the second round ... The winner of Monday night's game will advance to the NCAA West Regional next Saturday and Monday at Boise State University.
THE MATCH-UP: Stanford, which has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation this season, is 31-2 overall and won the Pacific-10 Conference Championship with a perfect 18-0 record ... The Cardinal, which won 22 straight from Dec. 19-March 3, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling in the final of the Pac-10 Tournament ...This is the Cardinal's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 15th in a row (tied for the fourth longest active streak) ... Tulane is 24-10 overall and finished Conference USA play with an 8-6 mark ... The Green Wave advanced to the finals of the Conference USA Tournament, and has won nine of its last 11 ... Tulane is in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time overall, and eighth in a row.
HOME SWEET HOME: Stanford is hosting NCAA Tournament competition for the 11th time in school history, and first time since 1998 ... The Cardinal hosted 10 straight seasons from 1989-98, but was sent to Old Dominion (1999, No. 7 seed in the Midwest), Georgia (2000, No. 9 seed in the West) and Oklahoma (2001, No. 10 seed in the West) the past three seasons ... Stanford hosted NCAA Subregional games from 1989-98 and also hosted the NCAA West Regional in both 1990 and 1994 ... The Cardinal will once again host the NCAA West Regional next year (2003) at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford is 17-2 (.895) in NCAA Tournament play at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is 5-1 in the first round (the Cardinal received first round byes in 1989, '90, '91 and '92), 9-0 in the second round, 2-0 in regional semifinals and 1-1 in regional finals ... Stanford owns an all-time home record of 311-76 (.804), including a 14-1 record this season ... This will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Tulane at Maples Pavilion.
NCAA HISTORY: The Cardinal has an all-time post-season record of 35-16 (.687), including a 35-13 (.729) record in NCAA Tournament competition ... The Cardinal won NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1992, and also made Final Four appearances in 1991, 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... Stanford captured the 1990 NCAA Championship by defeating Auburn 88-81 in Knoxville, Tennessee ... The Cardinal then won the 1992 crown by knocking off Western Kentucky 78-62 in the championship game in Los Angeles ... Last season, Stanford advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Regional despite receiving a No. 10 seed (lowest in the history of the program) ... The Cardinal routed seventh-seeded George Washington 76-51 in the first round before falling to host Oklahoma 67-50.
RANKING REPORT: Stanford is ranked fifth in the nation in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls ... The Cardinal, which was ranked No. 2 in both polls from Feb. 4-March 4, dropped three spots after falling to Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament Final ... The No. 2 ranking was Stanford's highest since it was No. 1 for the first six weeks of the 1996-97 season ... The Cardinal began this season ninth in the AP Poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... Stanford is one of 14 schools that was ranked in the AP Top 25 all season long, and one of only five that has been ranked in the top 10 since the beginning of the campaign ... Tulane is not ranked.
THE VANDERVEER FILE: Stanford University coach Tara VanDerveer, who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, signed a five-year contract extension on Sept. 10 that will keep her on The Farm through March 31, 2007 ... VanDerveer, who has guided the Cardinal to the NCAA Tournament in each of her last 14 seasons, has earned her share of honors this year ... She is one of eight finalists for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Award and one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Award ... She was also named the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year ... VanDerveer is 547-155 (.779) in 22-plus seasons on collegiate sidelines, which includes stops at Idaho and Ohio State ... VanDerveer coached the 700th game of her collegiate career in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals as the Cardinal turned back Oregon State 71-55 on March 3 ... 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 395-104 (.792) and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1990 & 1992) and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an impressive 227-43 (.841) Pac-10 record during her tenure ... VanDerveer won her 10th Pacific-10 Conference title, and second in a row, this season ... In NCAA Tournament competition, VanDerveer has compiled a 35-12 (.745) record in 14 appearances ... In the 1990's alone, VanDerveer was 25-7 in post-season competition with two NCAA Championships and five Final Four appearances ... She has also compiled an 88-8 (.917) international mark with four gold medals and one bronze in seven assignments, including her highly publicized 60-0 (1.000) run with the 1996 United States National/Olympic Team.
THE HONORS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN ...: Stanford sophomore Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) received more national recognition this week, as she was named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American and Associated Press Second Team All-American ... Powell, who is also one of 20 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, was also named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year ... Powell and senior teammate Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR/Oregon City HS) have also been named Kodak First Team All-District 8, and are among 48 finalists for Kodak All-American honors ... Also this week, head coach Tara VanDerveer was also named as one of eight finalists for Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honors.
NICOLE POWELL, TARA VANDERVEER EARN PAC-10 HONORS: Stanford's Nicole Powell became just the second sophomore to ever win Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year honors when she received the award on Feb. 28 ... Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer also earned her fifth career Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honor, and first since 1997 ... Powell averaged 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in conference play, and ranks in the top eight in the Pac-10 in nine out of a possible 12 statistical categories ... Powell is the sixth Stanford player to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, and first since Kate Starbird in 1997 ... The only other sophomore to win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors was Oregon's Shaquala Williams in 2000 ... Powell, who was named First Team All-Pac-10 for the second consecutive season (only the seventh Stanford player to become a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and first since Milena Flores in 1999 and 2000), was joined on the all-conference squad by senior teammate Lindsey Yamasaki ... The First Team All-Pac-10 honor is the first of Yamasaki's career ... She was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection in both 1999 and 2001 ... Stanford earned two spots on the All-Pac-10 First Team for the first time since Vanessa Nygaard and Olympia Scott in 1998 ... The Cardinal has 33 all-time Pac-10 selections to easily outdistance second place Washington's 22 ... Stanford senior center Bethany Donaphin (New York, NY/Horace Mann HS) received Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors ... VanDerveer led Stanford to a perfect 18-0 Pac-10 record for the third time in her career ... She has guided the Cardinal to 10 Pacific-10 Conference regular season titles, including two in a row ... The Cardinal also landed two of the five spots on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Stanford was represented on the squad by guard Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) and forward T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX/Weatherford HS) ... Stanford has not had two All-Freshman Team selections since Kristin Folkl and Naomi Mulitauaopele in 19995 ... The Cardinal leads the way with 17 all-time Pac-10 Freshman Team selections, while Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington are tied with eight ... Stanford has not had two First Team All-Conference (Anita Kaplan and Starbird) and two All-Freshman Team selections in the same year since 1994-95 ... Cardinal guard Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA/Pinewood School) received Honorable Mention All-Freshman honors.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECAP:
First Round - #5/#5 Stanford 76, Weber State 51 (March 16 @ Maples Pavilion): Sophomore Nicole Powell recorded the fifth triple-double of her career - and fourth this season - as the second-seeded Cardinal rolled to the easy victory ... Powell had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes of action as the Cardinal won by 25 points or more for the 11th time this season ... Weber State, which was making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the opening 3:46 thanks to a pair of 3-pointers ... Stanford took over from there ... The Cardinal used a 23-0 first half run (its longest run of the season) to turn a 17-12 deficit at the 13:45 mark into a commanding 35-17 advantage with 5:17 remaining before halftime ... Senior center Cori Enghusen (Bothell, WA/Inglemoor HS) scored 11 of those 23 points en route to a double-double of 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds ... Powell had nine points in the decisive spurt, and finished the first half with 16 points, six assists and six rebounds ... The Cardinal led 41-29 at the half (the 30th time in 34 games this season that the Cardinal has led at the intermission), and broke the game wide open with a 16-3 run midway through the second half that gave it a 71-42 advantage with 6:19 remaining ... Saturday's victory also marked the return of senior forward Lindsey Yamasaki, who sat out the Pac-10 Tournament after undergoing a laparoscopic appendectomy on Tuesday, Feb. 26 ... Yamasaki finished the night with nine points and three rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT RECAPS:
Final - Arizona State 70, #2/#2 Stanford 63 (March 4 @ McArthur Court): Stanford, which was playing its third game in as many days without leading scorer Lindsey Yamasaki, dropped a seven-point decision to third-seeded Arizona State in the inaugural Pacific-10 Tournament Final ... The Cardinal led 40-31 at the 18-minute mark of the second half, but was out-scored 39-23 the rest of the way ... Stanford, which had its 22-game winning streak snapped, shot 39.2 (20-of-51) percent from the floor overall and 36.0 (9-of-25) percent in the second half ... The Cardinal trimmed a nine-point deficit to three (64-61) on three free throws by freshman Sebnem Kimyacioglu with 35 seconds remaining but could get no closer as ASU made all six of its free throw attempts in the final 32 seconds ... Sophomore Nicole Powell, who was named tournament MVP played all 40 minutes and finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists ... Senior Enjoli Izidor (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS), who was also named to the all-tournament team, tied a career-high with 22 points while Kimyacioglu added 10.
Semifinals - #2/#2 Stanford 71, Oregon State 55 (March 3 @McArthur Court): Sophomore Nicole Powell scored a career-high 37 points to lead the top-seeded Cardinal to the 16-point win over the fifth-seeded Beavers ... The 37 points is the fifth highest single game total in Stanford women's basketball history ... Powell, who had 36 points at USC on Feb. 24, turned in two of the seven highest single game scoring outputs in Stanford history in an eight-day span ... Powell scored 19 of Stanford's final 23 points of the first half, including 11 in a row in a span of 7:10, to give the Cardinal a 37-19 halftime lead ... Powell had 27 of the Cardinal's 37 first half points, as she was 10-of-16 from the floor, 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe ... In 38 minutes of action, Powell finished 13-of-22 from the field, 3-of-7 from behind the arc and 8-of-8 from the free throw line ... Oregon State cut Stanford's 19-point halftime lead to eight (47-39) with 10:23 to play, but the Cardinal immediately responded with 10 unanswered points to put the game away ... Stanford out-rebounded the Beavers 50-36, highlighted by 14 from Powell, 12 from Bethany Donaphin and 10 from T'Nae Thiel ... Stanford shot just 38.2 from the field, which was its lowest since a 35.4 (23-of-65) percent outing at Oregon on Feb. 7 ... The Cardinal, however, held the Beavers to 29.4 (20-of-68) percent from the floor and 22.7 (5-of-22) percent from 3-point range.
Quarterfinals - #2/#2 Stanford 96, UCLA 61 (March 2 @ McArthur Court): Freshman Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK/East HS) had a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds as the Cardinal defeated the Bruins for the second time in seven days ... Perryman, who was also 11-of-12 from the foul line, highlighted a strong performance by the Cardinal's freshman class ... Stanford's frosh quartet scored 42 of the Cardinal's 96 points, and pulled down 24 of 40 rebounds ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu tied her career-high with 14 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while T'Nae Thiel just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds ... After the teams played scoreless ball for the first three minutes of the contest, Stanford scored eight points in a span of 50 seconds to take a lead it would never relinquish ... The Cardinal later closed the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 44-24 lead at the break ... UCLA could get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, as Stanford broke the game wide open with an 18-4 run over the final 7:01 of the contest ... The Cardinal was also an amazing 33-of-35 (94.3 percent) from the foul line, which is the second highest single game percentage in school history ... The Cardinal also received impressive performances from seniors Enjoli Izidor and Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA/Mt. St. Joseph's Academy), who were playing in place of Lindsey Yamasaki (appendectomy) ... St. Clair, who earned the starting nod in Yamasaki's place, had 12 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 16 minutes ... Izidor chipped in 12 points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.
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 with Dave Raymond calling the action ... Each broadcast begins 15 minutes prior to tip-off with the 'Tara VanDerveer Show' ... Stanford student station KZSU 90.1 FM will also broadcast all regular- and post-season contests with Adam Rapp and Lilla Toal calling the action ... The Stanford-Tulane game will be televised live nationally by ESPN on Saturday at 9:06 p.m. (Pacific Time) with Doris Burke and Michele Tafoya calling the action.
STANFORD VS. TULANE: This would be the first ever meeting between the Cardinal and the Green Wave ... The Cardinal is 2-2 all-time against Conference USA, with the latest meeting coming on Nov. 29, 1996 when it defeated Houston 83-51 in the opening round of the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Wahine Classic ... Stanford is 2-0 against Houston and 0-1 against both East Carolina and Memphis ... The Cardinal is 1-2 all-time against schools from the state of Louisiana ... Stanford is 1-0 against Grambling and 0-1 vs. both Louisiana State and Louisiana Tech ... The Cardinal's last match-up against a Louisiana school was an 82-43 victory over Grambling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 16, 1996 at Maples Pavilion.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The 2001-02 Cardinal has already broken (or is on pace to break) Pac-10 and school single season team records for 3-pointers made (246), 3-pointers attempted (614), blocked shots (185) and lowest field goal percentage allowed (34.7).