Stanford Opens 2002-03 Season Vs. Rutgers, San Francisco
Nov. 21, 2002
LET'S GET THINGS STARTED: The Stanford women's basketball program opens up its 29th season this weekend with a pair of games in the San Francisco Bay Area ... Stanford, which is shooting for its 14th 20-win season in the last 16 years, begins the regular season against Rutgers on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, which is ranked fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, then travels up Highway 280 to take on San Francisco on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.
* - Stanford is 17-11 all-time in season openers, including an 87-72 home win over Indiana to open the 2001-02 season.
* - Friday's game marks just the second time in the last six years and third time in the last 10 years that Stanford has opened up the season at Maples Pavilion ... In fact in its 28 seasons, Stanford has opened up at home on just nine occasions (6-3 record).
* - Stanford has won its last four home season openers dating back to the 1988-89 season ... The Cardinal has not dropped a season opener at home since a 68-66 loss to Fresno State on Nov. 16, 1983.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2002-03 CARDINAL:
* - Powell was a 2001-02 Kodak All-American, a finalist for Naismith National Player of the Year honors and the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year ... She is a consensus 2002-03 First Team Preseason All-American, and is a 'Preseason Candidate' for Naismith Player of the Year honors.
* - Both Thiel and Suminski were named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman Team a year ago, while sophomore G Sebnem Kimyacioglu was an honorable mention all-freshman pick.
* - The Cardinal returns two players --- G Susan King and C Chelsea Trotter --- who redshirted the 2001-02 season with knee injuries ... Both King and Trotter are expected to see significant playing time in 2002-03.
* - Stanford also welcomes a talented four-play freshman class, including two who were Gatorade State Players of the Year in 2001-02 --- F Eziamaka Okafor (Missouri) and G Krista Rappahahn (Connecticut).
STANFORD VS. RUTGERS:
* - Stanford is 1-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights.
* - This is the back end of a home-and-home series between the teams ... The Cardinal defeated the Scarlet Knights 50-46 on January 2 of last year at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (see box score on page 5).
* - Rutgers is making its first-ever appearance at Maples Pavilion.
* - Friday's game matches a pair of head coaches who were recent inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ... Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer was inducted in 2001, while Stanford's Tara VanDerveer was in April of this year.
* - Stanford sophomore G Kelley Suminski grew up near Rutgers in Chester, New Jersey and went to star at Mendham High School.
STANFORD VS. SAN FRANCISCO:
* - Stanford leads the all-time series with San Francisco 16-9, and has won 10 in a row dating back to the 1984-85 season ... The schools have met annually since the 1996-97 campaign.
* - Last season against San Francisco, the Cardinal recorded a 103-72 victory on November 28 at Maples Pavilion (see box score on page 5).
* - This will be the first meeting between the two teams at USF since the 1999-2000 season opener (November 19) ... Stanford won that contest 75-64 behind a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds from Carolyn Moos ... Stanford jumped out to an early 32-15 lead, and led by as many as 21 (55-34) points in the second half.
* - Stanford is 7-4 all-time against the Lady Dons in San Francisco.
* - These schools used to be conference rivals in the Northern California Athletic Conference from 1977-78 through 1981-82.
* - Junior G Katie Denny suffered a broken right hand in practice in mid-October, and will not play this weekend ... Denny's status for next week is day-to-day.
* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice early this week, and will miss two weeks.
* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor tore her right ACL this summer, and is out until at least January.
* - Junior F Nicole Powell will miss Friday's game against Rutgers because of a minor NCAA violation (participating in a summer league game that was not sanctioned by the NCAA) ... She will also miss Sunday's game because of a bulging disc in her lower back ... Powell's status for next week is day-to-day.
* - Neither game this weekend will be televised.
* - All of Stanford's 2002-03 games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM or on the internet at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ ... Lilla Toal and Scott Allen will call all the action for KZSU.
* - To accommodate television, the first game of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, November 30 has been moved from 6:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ... Saturday's second game will start at 8:00 p.m. and will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area by KRON Channel 4 with Dave Cox and Mary Murphy calling the action ... Stanford will play in the 8:00 p.m. game Saturday regardless of its result on Friday vs. Princeton.
TARA VANDERVEER FILE:
* - Preparing to open her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 548-156 (.778), and is just two victories shy of career win No. 550.
* - Entering her 17th year at Stanford, and is just four wins shy of reaching the 400 mark on The Farm ... Owns a career record of 396-105 (.790), including a 241-48 record (.834) in the 1990's.
* - Has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 10 Pacific-10 Conference titles ... She is also a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, and was a National Coach of the Year Finalist last season.
* - Served as head coach of the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... Guided the Olympic Team to a perfect 60-0 record from 1995-96, and owns an all-time international head coaching record of 88-8 (.917).
* - Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April of this year in Knoxville, Tennessee.
* - Named the third women's basketball coach in Stanford history on May 7, 1985, after head coaching stints at Idaho (1978-80) and Ohio State (1980-85).
* - Stanford is currently ranked fifth in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... The Cardinal opened the season sixth in the AP Poll, and moved up one slot on Monday (ahead of Connecticut).
* - The Cardinal finished the 2001-02 campaign ranked fifth by the Associated Press and eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll ... The Cardinal peaked in both polls at No. 2 from February 4-March 4.
* - The Cardinal's season-ending ranking of No. 5 in the AP Poll was its highest since it finished the 1997-98 regular season at No. 3 ... Stanford has now been ranked in the top five of the final AP Poll in eight of the last 14 seasons.
* - Stanford went a perfect 2-0 in the exhibition season with victories over Love & Basketball (89-73, November 10) and Team Concept (103-61, November 14).
* - The Cardinal shot a combined 47.5 (28-of-59) percent from 3-point range in exhibition play, including a 16-of-32 (50.0 percent) effort against Team Concept.
* - Sophomore C T'Nae Thiel recorded back-to-back double-doubles, with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Love & Basketball and 10 points and 10 boards (seven offensive) against Team Concept.
* - The exhibition season marked the return of sophomores C Chelsea Trotter and G Susan King, who both redshirted the 2001-02 season ... Trotter averaged 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, while King averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and was 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc.
2001-02 IN REVIEW:
* - Stanford went 32-3 in 2001-02, which tied for the second highest single season win total in school history.
* - The Cardinal advanced to the 'Sweet 16' of the NCAA Tournament after a pair of convincing home wins in subregional play over Tulane (77-55) and Weber State (76-51) ... All-American Nicole Powell recorded triple-doubles in both subregional victories ... The Cardinal eventually fell in the West Regional Semifinals to Colorado (62-59).
* - The Cardinal went a perfect 18-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference, marking the fourth time it has accomplished that feat and the first time since 1996-97 ... Stanford captured its 11th Pacific-10 Conference title in 16 years, and second in a row, by a six-game margin over both Washington and Arizona State.
* - Stanford won 22 consecutive games from December 19-March 3, which tied for the third longest winning streak in school history.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME:
* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 312-76 (.804) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season.
* - The Cardinal has lost two home games or less in 13 of the last 15 seasons.
* - Stanford will host both an NCAA Subregional and the NCAA West Regional this spring at Maples Pavilion. The Subregional will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, with the regional on follow on Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1.
* - This year will mark the 12th year that Stanford has hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament ... The Cardinal hosted subregional games from 1989-98 and 2002, and regional competition in 1990 and 1994.