No. 4 Stanford Travels East To Take On Tennessee, Boston Univ.
Dec. 16, 2002
The No. 4 (Coaches)/5 (AP) Stanford women's basketball team (5-0) embarks on its longest road trip of the 2002-03 season this week as it visits No. 4 (AP)/No. 5 (Coaches) Tennessee (7-1) on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and Boston University (2-4) on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) ... The Cardinal, which is coming off a 67-56 win at Pacific on Saturday, is off to its second 5-0 start in as many seasons, and the eighth in school history ... Including this year's start, Stanford is 37-3 in its last 40 games dating back to the 2001-02 season (.925 winning percentage) ... Following this week's trip, Stanford will take a three-day break for the Christmas holiday ... The Cardinal will then open defense of its Pacific-10 Conference title with home games against Arizona State (Dec. 27) and Arizona (Dec. 29).
STANFORD VS. TENNESSEE:
* - Tennessee leads the all-time series 13-4, and has won five straight dating back to the 1997-98 season ... The Lady Vols have won six of the seven meetings between the teams in Knoxville.
* - Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by six points or less.
* - Last season at a sold-out Maples Pavilion (Dec. 16, 2001), the No. 2/2 Lady Vols posted a come-from-behind 68-62 victory over the No. 5 (Coaches)/6 (AP) Cardinal (see box score on page 6).
* - In the last meeting in Knoxville (Dec. 17, 2000), Tennessee used a 12-0 run over the final five-plus minutes to post a come-from-behind 63-58 victory ... Stanford, which led by as many as eight points, was led by 21 points and five rebounds from Susan King.
* - These teams have met annually since the 1988-89 season.
* - This will be Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer's second trip to Knoxville in 2002 ... VanDerveer was inducted into Knoxville's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on April 26-27.
* - Heidi VanDerveer --- sister of Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer --- was a graduate assistant at Tennessee from 1986-88.
* - Stanford is 16-17 all-time against the SEC (Alabama 1-0, Arkansas 1-1, Auburn 3-0, Florida 1-0, Georgia 5-2, Louisiana State 0-1, Mississippi 1-0, Tennessee 4-13).
* - The Lady Vols improved to 7-1 with a 71-39 win at Southern California on Saturday afternoon in Inglewood ... Senior F Gwen Jackson leads Tennessee with 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
STANFORD VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY:
* - This will be the first-ever meeting between Stanford and Boston University.
* - Stanford University head coach Tara VanDerveer is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.
* - Stanford has two players on its roster from the Northeast - junior G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ/Mendham HS) and freshman G Krista Rappahahn (Lebanon, CT/Norwich Free Academy).
* - The Cardinal has played just one game against an opponent from the America East Conference ... The Cardinal dropped a 60-58 decision to Maine on March 12, 1999 in an NCAA Tournament first round game at Old Dominion University.
* - Boston University junior F Becky Bonner played two seasons (2000-01 & 2001-02) at Stanford before transferring to BU over the summer ... She is sitting out the 2002-03 season because of NCAA transfer rules ... She appeared in 41 games off the bench for the Cardinal in those two seasons and averaged 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds.
* - The Terriers are 2-4 on the season, and are coming off a 65-54 win over Loyola of Chicago in the third-place game of the DePaul Tournament on Dec. 7 ... Junior G Katie Terhune leads Boston University with 18.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
STANFORD VS. PACIFIC:
* - Stanford (5-0) out-scored host Pacific (2-6) 26-7 over the final 7 minutes, 32 seconds to post a come-from-behind 67-56 victory on Saturday night at the Spanos Center.
* - The Tigers led by three points (28-25) at the half, and extended the lead to as many as nine points early in the second half ... Pacific led 49-41 with 7:58 remaining before Stanford rattled off 15 unanswered points to take control ... Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter made a pair of free throws with 6:34 remaining to tie the game at 49, and redshirt sophomore G Susan King put the visitors on top for good with a jumper with 5:21 remaining ... Pacific later cut the lead to four (56-52), but the Cardinal closed the game on an 11-4 run.
* - Trotter finished with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds ... She also recorded career-highs in blocked shots (3), steals (3) and minutes played (25).
* - Stanford is 13-3 all-time against Pacific, and has won four straight dating back to Jan. 23, 1985.
TARA VANDERVEER FILE:
* - 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 553-156 (.780).
* - Now in her 17th year at Stanford, and owns a record of 401-105 (.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).
KANSAS STATE WRAP-UP:
* - 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.
* - Freshman C Shelley Nweke suffered a stress reaction in her left foot in practice in mid-November ... 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.
* - 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 at 2:00 p.mm. 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 http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ ... 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.
* - Tennessee is ranked fourth in the AP Poll and fifth in the Coaches Poll.
* - Stanford is allowing just 53.8 points per game, and entered last week ranked 24th in the nation.
* - The Cardinal has allowed 60 points or less in its last four games (San Francisco, Princeton, Kansas State, Pacific) ... The last time Stanford held its opponents under 60 points for four straight games was Jan. 18-Feb. 11, 1995 (seven straight games --- Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, California, USC, UCLA).
* - Stanford is holding opponents to 37.1 (103-of-278) percent shooting from the floor thus far in 2002-03, and has not allowed an opponent to shoot above 45.0 percent this season.
* - 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 45.8 points and 25.4 rebounds per game ... The 45.8 points accounts for 65.8 percent of Stanford's scoring output (69.6 points per game), while the 25.4 rebounds represents 61.4 percent of the team total (41.4).
* - Kimyacioglu leads the team with 14 3-pointers, and is averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... She tied a career-high with 14 points in the win over Kansas State, and was named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team ... The Bay Area native is shooting 45.2 (14-of-31) percent from behind the arc.
* - Perryman is averaging a double-double of 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds ... She entered last week ranked 13th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in rebounds per game ... The Alaska native has made 14 of her last 23 field goal attempts (60.9 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 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists ... The New Jersey native had a season-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, on Saturday at Pacific ... She had 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 8.4 points and 7.6 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 five games this season.
* - 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.
KING AND TROTTER RETURN:
* - Redshirt sophomores Susan King and Chelsea Trotter have returned to action this season after redshirting the 2001-02 campaign because of knee injuries.
* - King, a 5-foot-7 guard, is averaging 9.0 points and 2.2 assists ... She had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... The Minnesota native has made at least one 3-pointer in all five games this season.
* - King received a medical hardship in 2001-02 after suffering a stretched right ACL at Arizona (Dec. 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 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in five appearances off the bench ... She had a career-high 14 points at San Francisco on Nov. 24 ... She recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Saturday night at Pacific ... She also set career-high in blocks (3), steals (3) and minutes played (25) against the Tigers ... Averaging 8.7 rebounds over the last three games.
* - 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.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME:
* - 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.
LAST MEETING VS. TENNESSEE:
Game #9 - Tennessee 68, Stanford 62 (December 16, 2001 at Maples Pavilion): STANFORD, Calif. --- The Cardinal suffered its first loss of the season with the six-point defeat against the second-ranked Lady Vols ... Stanford led by four points (60-56) with 5:55 remaining, but the Lady Vols finished the game on a 12-2 run ... Nicole Powell led the Cardinal with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Lindsey Yamasaki had 15 points and nine rebounds and Bethany Donaphin added 10 points and eight boards.