Cardinal Faces Big Test In Seattle

Feb. 11, 2003

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STANFORD SHOOTS FOR WIN NUMBER 20: Stanford University shoots for its 20th victory of the season this weekend when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for crucial Pacific-10 Conference contests against Washington and Washington State ... The No. 6/6 Cardinal, which is 19-2 overall and 11-1 in the Pac-10, needs one win this weekend to post its 14th 20-win season in the last 16 years ... The Cardinal has won 25 games or more 11 times in this stretch, and has won 30 or more five times ... Stanford opens the two-game trip with a difficult road test at Washington (17-5, 9-4) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ... The Huskies are 11-0 at home this season ... The Cardinal then travels to Washington State (0-21, 0-13) for a Saturday afternoon tilt in Pullman ... Stanford, which has had its last four road games decided by a total of nine points, is 7-2 away from Maples Pavilion this season ... The Cardinal, which has won 32 of its last 33 conference games dating back to March of 2001, leads the Pac-10 by 2.5 games over Washington and No. 23/24 Arizona (16-6, 9-4) and four games over UCLA (12-8, 7-5) ... Stanford's final three weeks of the season includes road contests against Washington, Arizona and Arizona State, which have a combined home record 32-4 this season (17-2 in Pac-10 play) ... The Cardinal returns home next week to conclude its 2002-03 regular season home slate vs. USC (11-12, 6-6) and UCLA.

STANFORD VS. WASHINGTON STATE:

* - Stanford is a perfect 35-0 against Washington State in a series that dates back to Feb. 1, 1983 ... The Cardinal is 16-0 against the Cougars in Pullman ... Twenty-nine of the 35 victories have been by 10 points or more.

* - In the first meeting this season, junior F Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) had 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals in 27 minutes to lead Stanford to an easy 85-56 home win over Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford shot 50.9 (27-of-53) percent from the floor, including 55.6 (15-of-27) percent in the second half, to overcome a season-high 28 turnovers ... All five Stanford starters played just 23 minutes or less, and 11 different players saw at least 10 minutes of action.

* - In the two meetings last year, Stanford prevailed 104-57 in Pullman (Jan. 17) and 76-50 at Stanford (Feb. 16).

* - In the last meeting between the schools in Pullman (Jan. 17, 2002), Cori Enghusen had a career-high 24 points in just 24 minutes to lead the Cardinal to a 104-57 victory ... Stanford shot 61.8 (42-of-68) percent from the floor compared to 36.4 (24-of-66) percent for the Cougars ... None of Stanford's starters played more than 17 minutes in the contest.

* - Washington State is 0-21 overall (0-10 at home) and 0-13 in the Pac-10 (0-7 at home) ... The Cougars suffered road losses at Arizona State (70-52, Thursday) and Arizona (80-50, Saturday) last weekend ... Junior F Bianca McCall leads the Cougars with 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. WASHINGTON:

* - Stanford leads the series with the Huskies 25-12, and has won three straight and five of the last six ... The Cardinal is 9-7 against the Huskies in Seattle.

* - In the first meeting this season, three Stanford players recorded double-doubles, and the Cardinal won the battle of the boards 53-26, en route to a 77-63 win over Washington on Jan. 18 at Maples Pavilion ... Nicole Powell recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) had 13 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds ... Both teams shot just 37.9 percent from the floor (UW: 22-of-58; S: 25-of-66), and the Cardinal shot a season-low 19.2 (5-of-26) percent from behind the arc.

* - The Cardinal swept the 2001-02 season series 2-0, with a 75-67 win in Seattle on Jan. 19 and an 81-65 victory on The Farm on Feb. 14.

* - In the last meeting in Seattle, Stanford built a 40-23 halftime lead and held on for a 75-67 victory before 5,672 fans on Jan. 19, 2002 ... Lindsey Yamasaki led the Cardinal with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.

* - Washington is 17-5 overall (11-0 at home) and 9-5 in the Pac-10 ... The Huskies are coming off road losses at Arizona (79-66, Thursday) and Arizona State (62-56, Saturday) last weekend ... Junior G Giuliana Mendiola leads the way with 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

STANFORD VS. OREGON STATE:

* - Junior All-American F Nicole Powell had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Stanford to an easy 72-48 win over Oregon State (12-10, 6-7) on Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion ... The double-double was the 26th of Powell's illustrious career ... The win was the Cardinal's 23rd straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001.

* - Stanford took a 35-22 halftime advantage after out-scoring the Beavers 15-6 over the final 9:02 of the opening half ... Powell had 16 points and six rebounds in the first half alone, as Stanford shot an impressive 52.2 (12-of-23) percent from the field in the first 20 minutes ... Stanford, which is 17-0 when it leads at halftime this season, then opened the second half with an 11-4 run for a commanding 46-26 lead with 14:56 to play ... Oregon State could get no closer than 16 points (50-34, 11:10 remaining) the rest of the way.

* - Stanford forced Oregon State into 30 turnovers, and held the Beavers to just 36.2 (17-of-47) percent shooting from the floor ... Stanford has now held visiting teams to 40 percent shooting or less in the last seven games at Maples Pavilion.

* - Sophomore G Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) added 20 points, five assists and four a career-high steals for the Cardinal, while sophomore G Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, CA) had 11 points, including three 3-pointers ... Suminski, who had 15 points vs. Oregon last Saturday, recorded back-to-back double figure games for the first time since Jan. 3 and 5 ... The Cardinal was an impressive 20-of-23 from the foul line (87.0 percent), and now leads all of Division I women's basketball in team free throw percentage at 79.2 (339-of-428).

* - Stanford now holds a 30-6 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon State, and is 17-0 all-time against the Beavers at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal has won six straight and 17 of the last 18 against Oregon State.

OREGON WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford shot a season-high 56.4 (31-of-55) percent from the field, including 66.7 (16-of-24) percent in the first half alone, to cruise to an 85-54 win over Oregon (8-13, 4-8) before 3,345 fans on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion ... The 31-point margin of victory was the Cardinal's largest in a Pac-10 game this season, and biggest against the Ducks since a 42-point win (97-55) on March 4, 1995 at Maples Pavilion.

* - The Cardinal placed five or more players in double figures for the fifth time this season, highlighted by 15 points apiece from Nicole Powell and Kelley Suminski ... Sophomore F Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) had 14 points, including 12 in the first half, and eight rebounds, while freshman G Krista Rappahahn (Lebanon, CT) added career-highs of 10 points and seven rebounds and sophomore C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX) chipped in 10 points and a career-high tying five assists.

* - Stanford broke the game open with a 25-6 run over the final 8:52 of the first half ... The decisive surge turned a 22-20 deficit into a 45-28 halftime cushion, and more impressively, the Cardinal went on the run with both Powell and redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter on the bench with foul trouble for the final seven-plus minutes of the half ... Perryman had eight points in the run, while Thiel added six ... Stanford missed its first three shots, and then proceeded to make 16 of its final 21 first half shots (76.2 percent) ... Stanford led by as many as 32 points in the second half (76-44; 5:46 remaining).

* - Stanford committed a season-low 11 turnovers, and also won the rebounding battle by a commanding 39-22 margin.

* - Stanford now leads the series with Oregon 29-6, including a 16-1 record at Maples Pavilion.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Now in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ... Owns a career record of 567-158 (.782) ... Picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 of this season at San Francisco ... Entered the 2002-03 season ranked fifth all-time and third among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage ... Also entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career Division I victories.

* - In her 17th year at Stanford, and is 415-107 (.795) during her tenure on The Farm ... Picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 of this season vs. Kansas State ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled a record of 241-48 (.834).

* - 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 2002 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).

INJURY REPORT:

* - Junior G Katie Denny (Pacific Grove, CA) returned to action against Oregon and Oregon State after missing five games because of a sore right knee.

* - Redshirt sophomore G Susan King (Richfield, MN) missed the Oregon and Oregon State games because of a broken toe (little toe on the left foot) ... She is questionable for this weekend's games in Washington.

* - Freshman F Eziamaka Okafor (Rolla, MO) tore her right ACL in July ... She is expected to redshirt the 2002-03 season.

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Neither the Washington or Washington State games will be televised.

* - The Saturday, Feb. 22 game against UCLA has been announced as a 12:00 p.m. start by the Pacific-10 Conference ... The game will be televised live nationally by Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action.

RANKING REVIEW:

* - Stanford is currently ranked sixth in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll ... The Cardinal moved up one spot in the Coaches Poll (over North Carolina) and stayed put in the AP Poll after the home wins over Oregon and Oregon State.

* - Stanford is 5-1 against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season ... The Cardinal owns victories over No. 23/25 Rutgers (64-60), No. 5/5 Kansas State (63-57), No. 23/24 Arizona (82-74), Oklahoma (58-38) and Washington (77-63), ... The only loss against a ranked opponent came at No. 3/3 Tennessee (71-56).

* - Stanford 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 Feb. 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.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE NICOLE POWELL:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell, is on the 'watch list' for two national player of the year honors --- the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award ... Last season, Powell was a Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist, Kodak First-Team All-American and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year.

* - She is averaging a near double-double of 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals after missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... She has started the last four games after coming off the bench in her first eight appearances.

* - She has scored in double figures in 11 of the 12 games, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times ... Powell has scored in double figures in 17 of her last 19 games, and 25 of her last 28, dating back to last season ... She is shooting 55.4 (36-of-65) percent over the last five games, and has also made 13 straight free throws dating back to Jan. 29.

* - Powell has made two game-winning shots in Pac-10 play to lift the Cardinal to crucial road victories ... On Jan. 24 at UCLA, Powell drove the lane and made a six-footer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Cardinal an 80-78 victory ... The All-American also gave Stanford a dramatic 75-74 win at Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 11 by sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 with only 1.3 seconds left.

* - Powell has not played in enough games to figure into the national or conference overall statistical rankings ... But she has played in enough games to qualify for the Pac-10 stat leaders (conference games only), and ranks second in defensive rebounding (6.70 pg), second in free throw percentage (89.8; 44-of-49), third in scoring (18.7 pg), third in total rebounding (9.1 pg), ninth in assists (3.40 pg), ninth in field goal percentage (51.2; 66-of-129), ninth in offensive rebounding (2.40 pg), 10th in steals (1.80 pg) and 10th in 3-point percentage (36.7; 11-of-30).

* - Powell owns an impressive 26 career double-doubles, including six in 12 games this year ... She also owns six career triple-doubles, and is the only player in Pac-10 history to have recorded more than one.

* - On Jan. 26 at USC, the junior had a season-high 34 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes ... The 34 points tied for the 13th highest single game total in school history, and gives Powell three of the top 18 single game scoring efforts in Stanford women's basketball history ... Powell had back-to-back double-doubles of 24 points and 14 rebounds against Washington State on Jan. 16 and 19 points and 12 rebounds vs. Washington on Jan. 18 ... She also had 19 points and 16 boards vs. Pepperdine on Jan. 5.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history and tied for eighth in Pac-10 history in rebounds per game (9.0), fourth in points per game (15.9), fourth in Stanford history and sixth in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (80.9; 258-of-319), sixth in rebounds (694), tied for ninth in assists (399) and 18th in points (1,222) ... She is just seven assists shy of tying Kate Paye (406; 1991-95) for eighth place on the Stanford all-time list ... Powell needs 59 more rebounds to tie Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) for fifth on the school list ... She is also 37 points shy of tying Julie Zeilstra (1,259; 1988-91) for 17th on the all-time school scoring list.

* - Last year, Powell was named a Kodak First-Team All-American, Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists ... She also recorded five triple-doubles, and broke the school single season (327) and single game (21) rebounding records.

* - In 2000-01, Powell was named First-Team Kodak All-District 8 and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

SOPHOMORE STANDOUTS:

* - One of the primary reasons for Stanford's success in 2002-03 has been the performance of the 'Class of 2005' --- F Sebnem Kimyacioglu, F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski and C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX).

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds ... She is shooting 43.0 (55-of-128) percent from 3-point range, and her career percentage of 42.7 (97-of-227) ranks fifth in Pac-10 history ... She is 20th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage and tied for 28th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in 3-pointers per game (2.62) ... The 55 3-pointers made leaves her 13 short of breaking into the school single season top 10 and 26 short of the school record ... She has made at least one 3-pointer in 20 of the 21 games this year, and has drained three or more 10 times ... She has made 16 of her last 31 (51.6 percent) treys dating back to Jan. 24 ... On Jan. 29 vs. California, she had 14 points (4-of-5 from 3-point range), five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench (her first non-start of the season) ... She had 15 points on Jan. 24 at UCLA, including a career-high tying five 3-pointers in nine attempts ... She had a career-high 19 points against Arizona on Dec. 30, including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range ... Kimyacioglu had a team-high 18 points at Tennessee on Dec. 18 and 14 points vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 en route to Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team honors.

* - Perryman is averaging 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds ... She is third in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (5.33 pg), fourth in total rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage (51.0; 81-of-162), eighth in free throw percentage (77.5; 55-of-71) and 10th in offensive rebounding (2.43 pg) ... She has nearly doubled her scoring output from her entire freshman campaign (2002-03: 219 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 11 times, including 14 points in 28 minutes last Thursday night vs. Oregon, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... Perryman has four double-doubles this season, including back-to-back double-doubles against then-No. 21/21 Arizona on Dec. 30 (10 points, 12 rebounds) and then-No. 19/19 Oklahoma on Jan. 3 (14 points, 14 rebounds) ... She had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds (the seventh highest single game rebounding total in school history) on Nov. 29 vs. Princeton.

* - Suminski is averaging 11.6 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... She is third in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (83.5; 76-of-91), fifth in 3-point percentage (39.8; 33-of-83), sixth in assists (3.52 pg), seventh in 3-pointers per game (1.57), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.28), and 15th in scoring ... She has made 56 of her last 60 free throw attempts (93.3 percent) dating back to Dec. 21, and her career percentage now stands at 85.6 (149-of-174) ... She has scored in double figures 12 times, including both games last weekend ... Suminski had 15 points last Thursday against Oregon and 20 points and five assists last Saturday against Oregon State ... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 30 after averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in home wins over Arizona State and Arizona ... She had a career-high 25 points and seven assists vs. Arizona State on Dec. 27 ... Suminski earned tournament co-MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Nov. 29-30) after she had 18 points, including five 3-pointers, vs. Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... She also had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - Thiel is averaging 8.0 points and 6.5 rebounds ... She ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.38 pg), ninth in total rebounding and ninth in blocked shots (0.67 pg) ... Thiel has scored in double figures nine times, including a 10-point effort vs. Oregon last Thursday, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds on four occasions ... Thiel had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of action vs. California on Jan. 29 ... She recorded her fourth career double-double, and third of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds (six offensive) on Jan. 18 vs. Washington ... Thiel had a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds on Jan. 11 at Oregon ... She had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on Dec. 21 at Boston University.

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 7.1 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds ... King has missed the last two games with a broken toe (little toe on the left foot), and is questionable for Thursday's game at Washington ... In Pac-10 play, she ranks sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage (40.0; 12-of-30) ... King is also shooting an impressive 82.8 (24-of-29) percent from the foul line this year ... She had a season-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range, on Dec. 29 vs. then-No. 21/21 Arizona ... She has scored in double figures five times this season, including 12 points vs. then-No. 19/19 Oklahoma on Jan. 3.

* - 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 (Dec. 27) ... She averaged 11.3points, 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 now a member of the Utah Jazz.

* - Trotter is averaging 9.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists ... She ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (54.7; 69-of-127), ninth in defensive rebounding (4.14 pg), tied for 10th in free throw percentage (76.6; 59-of-77) and 16th in total rebounding ... Trotter is shooting an impressive 58.3 (42-of-72) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play, and is shooting at a 61.5 (24-of-39) percent clip over the last six games ... She has scored in double figures 12 times, including seven of the last 11 ... Trotter tied a career-high with 17 points on Jan. 29 vs. California, and also had 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists on Jan. 24 at UCLA ... She had a career-high tying 17 points at Oregon State on Jan. 9 and 16 points and eight rebounds at Oregon on Jan. 11 ... She also pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds on Dec. 14 at Pacific.

* - Trotter appeared in 28 games, including three starts, as a freshman and averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds ... She redshirted the 2001-02 season because of chronic pain in both knees.

VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN JOINS THE SQUAD:

* - Sara McGee, who was named a 2002 First-Team Women's Volleyball All-American, joined the women's basketball team on Thursday, Dec. 26.

* - McGee has appeared in eight games (56 total minutes) and is averaging 0.5 points and 2.5 rebounds ... She had career-highs of two points and five rebounds in seven minutes off the bench on Thursday night vs. Oregon.

* - McGee is a 6-foot-3 center from Davis, California and Davis High School ... Including this season, she has three years of basketball eligibility remaining.

* - In volleyball this season, she played in all 129 games and hit .426 with 402 kills and 179 blocks as the Cardinal went 32-5 and advanced to the NCAA Final.

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