Stanford Visits Pacific

Dec. 12, 2002

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STANFORD RETURNS FROM TWO-WEEK BREAK: The No. 4/5 Stanford women's basketball team comes back from its 13-day break from final examinations with a Saturday evening contest at Northern California rival Pacific ... Tipoff is at 5:00 p.m. at the Alex G. Spanos Center ... The Cardinal is coming off an impressive 63-57 home victory over No. 2/2 Kansas State in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 30 ... Kansas State was the highest ranked team Stanford defeated since a 73-72 win over then-No. 1 and eventual NCAA Champion Purdue on Nov. 22, 1998 at Maples Pavilion ... Following Saturday's game, Stanford will embark on its longest road trip of the year ... The Cardinal will take on No. 4/5 Tennessee on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Boston University on Saturday, Dec. 21 before breaking for the holidays.


* - Stanford is 12-3 all-time against Pacific, and has won three straight dating back to Jan. 23, 1985 ... The Tigers have not defeated the Cardinal since an 84-75 victory on Jan. 29, 1983 at Stanford.

* - This is the third meeting between the teams in the last four years ... Stanford and Pacific did not meet from 1984-85 through 1998-99.

* - In the last meeting between the schools, Tara VanDerveer picked up her 500th career win as the Cardinal recorded a 73-65 victory on Nov. 26, 2000 at Maples Pavilion (see box score on page 6).

* - In the last game between the schools in Stockton, Carolyn Moos had 22 points and nine rebounds and Bethany Donaphin contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds as Stanford prevailed 70-55 on Dec. 20, 1999 ... The Cardinal out-scored the Tigers 36-24 in the second half, and out-rebounded Pacific 36-11 in the second half and 58-29 overall ... Cardinal point guard Milena Flores, who is now an assistant coach at Pacific, had six points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes.

* - Stanford is 39-22 all-time against the Big West Conference (UC Irvine 2-0, UC Santa Barbara 7-1, Cal Poly 5-1, Long Beach State 6-8, Pacific 12-3, Idaho 2-0, Cal State Fullerton 4-9, Cal State Northridge 1-0).

* - Stanford Athletic Director Dr. Ted Leland was the A.D. at Pacific from 1989-91.

* - The Tigers are currently 2-5 overall and 1-2 at home ... Pacific is coming off a 92-50 home win over Sacramento State on Dec. 11 ... Junior Nancy Dinges, who is from San Mateo, California (Hillsdale HS), leads Pacific with 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game ... The Tigers have two other Bay Area natives on their roster --- senior Ahshalic Johnson (Oakland, CA/Castlemont HS) and freshman Sarah Feeley (Sunnyvale, CA/Pinewood School) ... Feeley was a high school teammate of Stanford forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu.

* - Milena Flores, who was a standout guard for Stanford from 1997-2000, is in her first season as an assistant at Pacific ... She was a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection (1998 & 1999) and ranks third in Stanford history in assists (644) and fifth in free throw percentage (79.6).


* - Picked up her 400th victory at Stanford on November 30 vs. Kansas State.

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 at San Francisco ... Owns a career record of 552-156 (.780).

* - Now in her 17th year at Stanford, and owns a record of 400-105 (.792) ... She compiled 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).


* - Led by 18 points, six rebounds and four assists from tournament co-MVP Kelley Suminski, No. 7/7 Stanford defeated No. 2/2 Kansas State 63-57 in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational.

* - Stanford led by as many as eight points in the first half, and led 29-27 at the break ... There were four ties and five lead changes in the second half before the Cardinal went on top for good at 56-54 on a basket by Azella Perryman with 2:56 remaining ... Sebnem Kimyacioglu then pushed the lead to five with a 3-pointer at the 1:48 mark, and the hosts used four free throws by freshman Krista Rappahahn in the final 42 seconds to put the game away.

* - The Cardinal attempted a school record 37 3-pointers to shatter the old record of 34 set Feb. 24, 2001 at Washington ... The 12 3-pointers made tied for the sixth highest single game total in school history.

* - Susan King added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists, while Kimyacioglu contributed 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and five rebounds ... Suminski also tied a career-high with five 3-pointers.

* - Suminski was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow co-MVP Nicole Ohlde of Kansas State ... The other all-tourney selections were Sebnem Kimyacioglu and Azella Perryman of Stanford, Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker of Kansas State and Stacey Smalls of Temple.

* - Stanford has now played the No. 2 team in the nation 10 times dating back to the 1988-89 season, and owns a 5-5 record in those contests.


* - 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 Nov. 29 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 56-point win (109-53) 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, and was the most by a Stanford team since it grabbed 58 on Dec. 20, 1999 at Pacific.

* - 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.


* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice in mid-November, and will not play at Pacific ... She is questionable for Wednesday's game at Tennessee.

* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor tore her right ACL in July ... She is out indefinitely.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell suffered a bulging disc in her lower back in mid-October .... She is out indefinitely.


* - Saturday's game will be televised live in the Stockton area only by AT&T Broadband SJTV Cable Channel 26 ... Erik Alves and Dick Fitchner will call the action.

* - Neither game on Stanford's road trip to Tennessee and Boston University will be televised.

* - Upon Stanford's return home, the Dec. 27 game vs. Arizona State will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net at 7:00 p.m. with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy calling the action and the Dec. 29 game vs. Arizona will be televised live in the San Francisco Bay Area only by KRON Channel 4 with Dave Cox and Mary Murphy handling the announcing chores.

* - All of Stanford's 2002-03 games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM or on the internet at ... Lilla Toal and Scott Allen will call all the action for KZSU.


* - Stanford is currently ranked fourth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll and fifth in the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal did not move in either poll this week (Dec. 9), but moved up three spots in the Coaches Poll and two slots in the AP Poll after victories over Princeton and then-No. 2 Kansas State.

* - 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 is allowing just 53.2 points per game, which ranks 24th in the nation.

* - The Cardinal has allowed 60 points or less in its last three games (San Francisco, Princeton, Kansas State) ... The last time Stanford held its opponents under 60 points for three straight games was Dec. 20-28, 1996 (Ohio University, Santa Clara, Colorado).

* - Stanford is holding opponents to 37.4 (83-of-222) percent shooting from the floor thus far in 2002-03, and has not allowed an opponent to shoot above 45.0 percent.


* - 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 42.9 points and 26.9 rebounds per game ... The 42.9 points accounts for 61.1 percent of Stanford's scoring output (70.2 points per game), while the 26.9 rebounds represents 65.9 percent of the team total (40.8).

* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 11 3-pointers, and is averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 assists ... She tied a career-high with 14 points in the win over Kansas State, and was named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team ... She ranks second in the Pac-10 in 3's per game with 2.76.

* - Perryman is averaging a double-double of 13.3 points and 11.8 rebounds ... She ranks 13th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... She also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (58.8; 20-of-34) and 11th in scoring ... The Alaska native has made 11 of her last 14 field goal attempts (78.6 percent) ... She tied a career-high with 17 points and set a new personal best with 18 rebounds on Nov. 29 vs. Princeton ... The 18 rebounds is the seventh highest single game total in school history ... She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Stanford Invitational.

* - Suminski earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational, and is averaging 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists ... She had a season-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, in the win over Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... She pulled down a career-high nine rebounds vs. Princeton on Nov. 29.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.3 points and 7.8 rebounds ... She opened the season with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Rutgers ... She has grabbed at least six rebounds in all four games this season ... The Weatherford, Texas, native is shooting 50.0 (13-of-26) percent from the floor on the year.

* - 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.


* - Redshirt sophomores Susan King and Chelsea Trotter returned to action last weekend after redshirting the 2001-02 season because of knee injuries.

* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 rebounds ... She had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... The Minnesota native has shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in three of the Cardinal's four games.

* - 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 is averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in four appearances off the bench ... She had a career-high 14 points at San Francisco on Nov. 24 ... Shooting 50.0 (12-of-24) percent from the floor.

* - 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.


* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 315-76 (.806) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season.

* - The Cardinal has won 14 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to December 28, 2001, which is tied for the third longest streak in the nation ... Stanford has not lost at home since a 68-62 setback to then-No. 2 Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.

* - 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.


Game #4 - Stanford 73, Pacific 65 (November 26, 2000 at Maples Pavilion): STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer earned career victory No. 500 with the eight-point non-conference home win over Pacific ... The Tigers led by as many as six points in the opening 10 minutes, but the Cardinal used a 15-4 run to take a 40-34 lead into the half ... Stanford later used a full-court press to score 14 unanswered points and take a commanding 60-50 lead with seven minutes remaining.

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