#7 Stanford Hosts #2 Kansas State
Nov. 30, 2002
STANFORD AIMS FOR TOURNAMENT TITLE: Two of the top 10 teams in the country meet at Maples Pavilion on Saturday night as No. 2/2 Kansas State takes on No. 7/7 Stanford in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational .. With a win Saturday, Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer will record her 400th victory in 16-plus seasons on The Farm ... The game will tip off at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live in the San Francisco Bay Area by KRON Channel 4 ... Stanford (3-0) advanced to the final of the four-team tournament with an impressive 95-39 victory over Princeton (2-2), which tied for the fifth highest margin of victory in school history ... Kansas State (5-0) reached the final with a come-from-behind 72-65 victory over Temple (3-1) ... In Saturday's third place game, Temple will face Princeton at 5:30 p.m. ... Stanford is aiming for its third consecutive regular season tournament title after winning both the Stanford Invitational and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic last season ... Following Saturday's game, Stanford will take a two-week break for final examinations and will return to action on Saturday, December 14 at Pacific (0-3) at 5:00 p.m. ... The Cardinal will not return to Maples Pavilion until Friday, December 27 when it hosts Arizona State (3-0) at 7:00 p.m.
TARA VANDERVEER FILE:
* - Just one win away from reaching the 400 mark in her 16-plus seasons at Stanford.
* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Picked up career win No. 550 last Sunday at San Francisco ... Owns a career record of 551-156 (.779).
* - Now in her 17th year at Stanford, and is just one win shy of reaching the 400 win mark on The Farm ... Owns a record of 399-105 (.792) at Stanford, including a 241-48 mark (.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 VS. KANSAS STATE:
* - This will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Kansas State.
* - This is Stanford's first game against a Big 12 Conference opponent since the Cardinal dropped a 62-59 decision to Colorado in the NCAA West Regional Semifinals on March 23, 2002 in Boise, Idaho.
* - Stanford is 21-13 all-time against the Big 12 Conference (Baylor 0-1, Colorado 5-4, Iowa State 2-0, Missouri 1-1, Nebraska 2-0, Oklahoma 1-2, Texas A&M 1-0, Texas Tech 6-3).
* - Stanford scored 31 unanswered points in a span of 9 minutes, 17 seconds in the first half en route to a 95-39 victory over Princeton in the first round of the Stanford Invitational on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
* - After Princeton's Kelley Schaeffer hit a 3-pointer 2:14 into the game to cut Stanford's lead to 4-3, the hosts reeled off the 31 straight points to take a 35-3 lead with 7:53 remaining before halftime ... Seven of the nine Stanford players in uniform scored in the decisive run ... The Cardinal went on to lead 47-17 at halftime, and scored 13 of the game's final 16 points to record the 56-point victory.
* - The 56-point margin of victory tied for the fifth highest in school history, and was the biggest since a 109-53 win over USC on January 28, 1995.
* - Stanford out-rebounded the Tigers 62-27 to tie the school single game record for rebound margin (+35) ... The record was first established vs. Pennsylvania on January 11, 1980 (63-28) ... The 62 boards also fell just one short of the school record set vs. Pennsylvania.
* - The 39 points allowed by the Cardinal was tied for the ninth lowest total in school history ... The 39 points was the fewest allowed since an 87-36 win over California on March 3, 1996.
* - Junior G Katie Denny made her 2002-03 debut after missing five weeks with a broken right hand, and responded with a career-high of 18 points and seven rebounds ... Denny's previous career-high was eight points on January 17, 2002 at Washington State ... The Northern California native (Pacific Grove) scored seven straight points in the 31-0 run.
* - Sophomore F Azella Perryman had 17 points and 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes ... The 18 rebounds set a career-high, while the 17 points tied a personal best ... The 18 rebounds is the seventh highest single game total in school history.
* - All nine Stanford players scored at least five points, while five players reached double figures ... Freshman G Clare Bodensteiner had a career-high 14 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
* - The game was the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Princeton.
SAN FRANCISCO RECAP:
* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski's basket with 15 seconds remaining gave Stanford a thrilling 59-57 victory at the University of San Francisco (1-2) last Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.
* - Stanford led by six points at halftime (32-26), but the Lady Dons closed the gap behind 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting from behind the arc in the second half ... USF led 57-54 with 1 minute, 31 seconds remaining, but the Cardinal tied it on a Sebnem Kimyacioglu 3-pointer just 21 seconds later ... After a USF turnover, Suminski scored on a post play with 15 seconds remaining to put the visitors on top for good ... Stanford immediately committed two fouls that burned 10 seconds off the clock, and the Dons were unable to get off a shot in the final seconds.
* - The victory gave Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer career win No. 550.
* - Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, though she was limited to just 12 minutes because of foul trouble ... Sophomore F Azella Perryman notched her third career double-double with 13 points and a career-high tying 16 rebounds ... Kimyacioglu added 11 points and five assists.
* - Stanford shot 55.6 (25-of-45) percent from the field, including 57.9 (11-of-19) percent in the second half ... The Lady Dons, meanwhile, shot 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from outside the arc and 10-of-36 (27.8 percent) from inside the arc.
* - Stanford now leads the all-time series with San Francisco 17-9, and has won 11 in a row dating back to the 1984-85 season.
* - The two-point victory gave Stanford a 2-0 record in games decided by five points or less in 2002-03 ... Just three of Stanford's 35 games in 2001-02 were decided by five points or less (2-1 record).
* - Stanford had just eight players in uniform (2 redshirt sophomores, 4 sophomores, 2 freshmen) because of injuries.
* - Stanford opened the 2002-03 season with a 64-60 come-from-behind victory over Rutgers last Friday before 3,451 fans at Maples Pavilion.
* - The Cardinal led 33-23 at the half, but Rutgers opened the second half with a 22-3 run to take a 45-36 advantage ... Stanford, however, out-scored the visitors 28-15 over the final 11 minutes, 32 seconds to post the victory ... Stanford took the lead for good at 54-52 on a pair of free throws by sophomore F Azella Perryman with 4:55 remaining, and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel extended the lead to five 40 seconds later with a 3-pointer ... After Rutgers cut the deficit to one, Perryman scored five consecutive points to give the hosts a commanding 62-56 lead with 2:08 to play.
* - Perryman scored a game-high 15 points, including 9-of-11 from the foul line ... Sophomore G Kelley Suminski and sophomore F Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 12 points apiece, while Thiel had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
* - Junior G Katie Denny returned to action on Friday vs. Princeton after missing five weeks with a broken right hand.
* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice early last week, and will not play in the Stanford Invitational ... She is questionable for the Saturday, December 14 game at Pacific (Stanford's next game after the tournament).
* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor tore her right ACL this summer, and is out until at least January.
* - Junior F Nicole Powell will miss Saturday's game because of a bulging disc in her lower back .... Powell's return date has not been set.
* - Saturday's 8:00 p.m. game 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 Friday vs. Princeton ... The 5:30 p.m. game will not be televised.
* - Saturday's first game was originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but was moved to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate television.
* - 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.
* - Stanford is currently ranked seventh in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... Stanford dropped two spots in the AP Poll and one spot in the Coaches Poll this week.
* - Kansas State enters the week ranked second in both polls ... The Wildcats jumped two spots in the AP Poll and one spot in the Coaches Poll after winning the Preseason WNIT over the weekend
* - Kansas State is Stanford's highest ranked opponent since a 68-62 home loss to No. 2/2 Tennessee on December 16, 2001.
* - Stanford has played the No. 2 team in the nation nine times dating back to the 1988-89 season, and owns a 4-5 record in those contests.
* - 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.
* - The Stanford women's basketball class of 2005 --- F Sebnem Kimyacioglu, F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski and C T'Nae Thiel --- is off to a great start in 2002-03 ... All four players are in Stanford's starting lineup, and the quartet is averaging 42.3 points and 28.0 rebounds per game ... The 42.3 points accounts for 58.2 percent of Stanford's scoring output (72.7 points per game), while the 28.0 rebounds represents 67.8 percent of the team total (41.3).
* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with seven 3-pointers, and is averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 assists ... She had 12 points in the season opener vs. Rutgers and 11 at San Francisco.
* - Perryman turned in the best game of her career Friday night vs. Princeton ... She tied a career-high with 17 points and set a new personal best with 18 rebounds ... The 18 rebounds is the seventh highest single game total in school history ... Perryman has recorded two double-doubles in three games this season, and is averaging 15.0 points and 13.3 rebounds.
* - Suminski is averaging 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists ... The Chester, New Jersey, native has played a team-high 103 minutes through the first three games ... She pulled down a career-high nine rebounds vs. Princeton.
* - Thiel is averaging a near double-double of 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Rutgers ... The Weatherford, Texas, native is shooting 52.4 (11-of-24) percent from the floor.
* - Both Suminski and Thiel were Pac-10 All-Freshman selections last year, while Kimyacioglu was Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman ... The foursome combined to average 23.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in 2001-02.
EXHIBITION SEASON RECAP:
* - 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.
KING AND TROTTER RETURN:
* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored eight points in both games, and was 3-of-5 (60.0 percent) from 3-point range on the weekend ... She had six points vs. Princeton, and is averaging 7.3 points per game.
* - King received a medical hardship in 2001-02 after suffering a stretched right ACL at Arizona (December 19) ... She appeared in just two games, and averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds ... King was also limited to just nine games as a freshman in 2000-01 because of a torn right ACL suffered at Oklahoma ... She averaged 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists before the injury.
* - King is engaged to former Stanford men's basketball standout Curtis Borchardt, who was an NBA first round pick in 2002 and is a member of the Utah Jazz.
* - Trotter, a 6-foot-3 center, had a career-high 14 points at San Francisco on 7-of-10 from the field, despite playing only 12 minutes because of foul trouble ... Trotter had 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Princeton, and is averaging 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds ... She is shooting 54.5 (12-of-22) percent from the field.
* - Trotter averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds as a freshman in 2000-01, but sat out last season because of chronic pain in both knees.
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 Pac-10 All-Freshman pick.
* - Stanford also welcomes a talented four-player freshman class, including two who were Gatorade State Players of the Year in 2001-02 - F Eziamaka Okafor (Missouri) and G Krista Rappahahn (Connecticut).
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 convincing home wins in subregional play over Tulane (77-55) and Weber State (76-51) ... 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 314-76 (.805) 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 to 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.
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