Stanford Opens Pac-10 Tournament Play On Saturday

March 5, 2003

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HOME IS WHERE THE MADNESS IS: After traveling all over the country for 'March Madness' for the past four years, Stanford will stay in the friendly confines of the Bay Area for the rest of the month ... This weekend, the Cardinal makes the short drive south to San Jose for the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament at HP Pavilion ... After a week off, the Cardinal will host an NCAA Subregional at Maples Pavilion on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 ... Regardless of whether it advamces through the subregional, Stanford will then host the NCAA West Regional on Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 2 at Maples Pavilion ... The No. 8/9 Cardinal (23-4 overall, 15-3 Pac-10) enters the conference tournament after capturing its 12th Pac-10 title in 17 years, and third in a row, by a two-game margin over both No. 22/24 Arizona (20-7, 13-5) and No. 25/NR Washington (21-6, 13-5) ... The top-seeded Cardinal, which also won the conference crown in 1989, '90, '91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '98, 2001 and '02, has a first round bye on Friday, and will play the winner of the opening round game between eighth-seeded Arizona State (15-12, 7-11) and ninth-seeded California (9-18, 5-13) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ... The semifinals will be held on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and the championship game will be played on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ... The Cardinal is seeking its first Pac-10 Tournament title after finishing second in last year's inaugural event at the University of Oregon ... Top-seeded Stanford defeated eighth-seeded UCLA 96-61 in the quarterfinals and fifth-seeded Oregon State 71-55 in the semifinals before losing to third-seeded Arizona State 70-63 in the final.

STANFORD VS. ARIZONA STATE:

* - The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Arizona State 35-9, and has won seven of the last eight and 21 of the last 23 ... Stanford is 21-1 against the Sun Devils at home, 14-7 on the road and 0-1 in neutral site games.

* - Stanford swept the 2002-03 regular season series 2-0 ... The Cardinal prevailed 80-63 on Dec. 27 at Stanford and 63-53 on March 1 in Tempe (see game recaps below).

* - In the first meeting between the teams this season (Dec. 27, 2002), sophomores Kelley Suminski (Chester, NJ) and Azella Perryman (Anchorage, AK) both had career-high point totals as Stanford posted an 80-63 win over the Sun Devils at Maples Pavilion in the Pac-10 opener for both teams ... Suminski finished with a game-high 25 points, including 8-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line ... Perryman had 23 points, including 18 of the Cardinal's 48 in the second half, in just 23 minutes ... Stanford jumped out to an 11-4 lead, but the Sun Devils came right back to take a 14-13 advantage ... The Cardinal eventually took a 32-28 halftime lead, and put the game away with a 9-0 run in the opening 1:52 of the second half ... Stanford was without the services of Nicole Powell, who missed the game with a back injury.

* - At last year's Pac-10 Tournament, Arizona State defeated Stanford 70-63 in the championship game on March 4 at the University of Oregon ... The Cardinal led 40-31 at the 18-minute mark of the second half, but was out-scored 39-23 the rest of the way ... Stanford shot 39.2 (20-of-51) percent from the floor, including 25.0 (3-of-12) percent from 3-point range ... Enjoli Izidor led the Cardinal with a career-high 22 points, while Pac-10 Tournament MVP Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists ... The Cardinal was playing without leading scorer Lindsey Yamasaki (emergency appendectomy).

* - Arizona State finished the regular season 15-12 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10 ... The Sun Devils split a pair of games last week, as it defeated California 61-47 on Thursday and lost to Stanford 63-53 on Saturday ... Freshman G Jill Noe leads the Sun Devils with 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

STANFORD VS. CALIFORNIA:

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with California 37-15, and has won four straight and 19 of the last 20 ... Stanford is 20-5 against California at home and 17-10 in Berkeley ... The teams have never met on a neutral court.

* - Stanford swept the 2002-03 series 2-0 ... Stanford won 72-48 on Jan. 29 at Maples Pavilion and 53-50 on Feb. 1 at Haas Pavilion.

* - In the first meeting between the teams, redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter (San Dimas, CA) tied a career-high with 17 points as Stanford breezed to a 72-48 win on Jan. 30 at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the opening 8 minutes, 30 seconds and never looked back ... Stanford held California to 32.8 (21-of-64) percent shooting, and forced 25 Golden Bear turnovers.

* - In the second meeting (Feb. 1 at Haas Pavilion), junior Nicole Powell scored nine of Stanford's points in a game-ending 15-4 run that gave the Cardinal a 53-50 come-from-behind victory ... The Golden Bears led 46-38 with 6:47 to play before Stanford reeled off 13 unanswered points over the next 4:37 to take control of the contest ... The Golden Bears cut the deficit to three with 15 seconds to play, and had a chance to tie in the closing moments after a Stanford missed free throw, but the 3-point attempt bounced off the side of the rim as time expired ... Powell finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

* - California finished the season 9-18 overall and 5-13 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Golden Bears closed out the Pac-10 campaign with road losses at Arizona State (61-47, Thursday) and Arizona (68-51, Saturday) ... Junior G Nihan Anaz leads the Golden Bears with 10.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

ARIZONA STATE WRAP-UP:

* - Stanford wrapped up its 12th 15-win Pac-10 season in the last 15 years with a 63-53 win at Arizona State on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena ... With the win, Stanford finishedthe regular season 23-4 overall and 15-3 in the Pac-10.

* - Junior F Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ) turned in one of her best performances of the season before the hometown crown ... She had 26 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal in 36 minutes ... She was the only Cardinal player in double figures.

* - After Arizona State jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the opening 4:49, Stanford out-scored the hosts 30-11 over the next 15:11 to take a 33-21 halftime advantage ... The Sun Devils cut the lead down to two (44-42) with 9:20 to play, but Stanford responded with seven unanswered points over the next 2:22 to put the game out of reach.

* - Stanford shot 45.8 (22-of-48) percent from the floor, and held the Sun Devils to just 36.2 (17-of-47) percent shooting overall and 30.0 (3-of-10) percent from 3-point range.

ARIZONA WRAP-UP:

* - Twenty-fourth ranked Arizona (19-7, 12-5) built a 13-point halftime lead, and held off a second half charge by ninth-ranked Stanford (22-4, 14-3), to record a 79-64 victory last Thursday night at the McKale Center.

* - Arizona took control early on the strength of an 18-3 run that gave it a 28-14 lead with 7:41 remaining before halftime ... The Wildcats led by as many as 17 in the first half, and took a 37-24 lead into the locker room ... Stanford, however, scored the first six points of the second half to cut the margin to seven ... The Cardinal later cut it to six (57-51) with 5:10 to play, but Arizona responded with a 9-0 run to push the lead back to 15 ... The Wildcats then made 15 of 16 free throw attempts in the final 2:08 to put the game away.

* - Junior All-American F Nicole Powell recorded the 28th double-double of her career, and eighth this season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds ... Redshirt sophomore C Chelsea Trotter recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds (nine offensive), while sophomore G Kelley Suminski chipped in 12 points.

* - Stanford shot 36.5 (23-of-63) percent from the floor, including 32.3 (10-of-31) percent in the first half ... The Cardinal shot 27.3 percent from 3-point range (6-of-22), including 11.1 (1-of-9) percent in the first half.

* - Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona 34-11 ... Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak against Stanford with the victory.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME:

* - Stanford owns an all-time record of 326-76 (.810) at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 (.938) mark last season and a 14-0 (1.000) record this year.

* - Entering the 2002-03 season, the Cardinal's all-time home winning percentage was the eighth best in NCAA Division I women's basketball history ... Stanford's winning percentage at Maples Pavilion ranked as the 10th best in a single facility.

* - The Cardinal has won 25 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is the second longest Division I home winning streak in the nation behind Connecticut's 60 straight home victories ... Stanford has not lost at home since a 68-62 setback to then-No. 2 Tennessee on Dec. 16, 2001.

* - Stanford has lost two home games or less in 14 of the last 16 seasons (including this year).

* - Stanford will host both an NCAA Subregional and the NCAA West Regional this year at Maples Pavilion ... The subregional will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, with the regional to follow Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1 ... For ticket information, call 1-800-STANFORD.

* - The 2002-03 campaign will mark the 12th year that Stanford has hosted the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal hosted subregional games from 1989-98 and 2002 and regional competition in 1990 and 1994.

TARA VANDERVEER FILE:

* - Tara VanDerveer, who was named a Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist this week, is in her 24th season as a collegiate head coach ...She owns a career record of 571-160 (.781) ... VanDerveer picked up career win No. 550 on Nov. 24 of this season at San Francisco ... She entered the 2002-03 season ranked fifth all-time and third among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage ... She also entered the campaign ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career Division I victories.

* - VanDerveer is in her 17th year at Stanford, and is 419-109 (.794) during her tenure on The Farm ... She picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30 of this season vs. Kansas State ... She also owns an impressive Pac-10 record of 242-46 (.840) ... In the 1990's alone, she compiled an overall record of 241-48 (.834).

* - VanDerveer has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 & 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 11 Pacific-10 Conference titles (including this year) ... She is also a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year and was a National Coach of the Year Finalist last season.

* - VanDerveer served as head coach of the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia ... She 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) missed both games last weekend because of a sore right knee ... She is listed as questionable for the Pac-10 Tournament.

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

MEDIA CORNER:

* - Saturday's Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal will not be televised.

* - Both of Sunday's Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, as well as Monday's final, will be aired live nationally by Fox Sports Net ... Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Mary Murphy (color) and Jim Watson (sideline) will handle the announcing chores.

* - All of Stanford's women's basketball games can be heard live on KZSU 90.1 FM and/or www.gostanford.com.

RANKING REVIEW:

* - Stanford is currently ranked eighth in the USA Today/ESPN/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Poll and ninth in the Associated Press Poll ... The Cardinal moved up one spot in the Coaches Poll and stayed put in the AP Poll after last weekend's road split in Arizona.

* - Stanford is 5-3 against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 this season ... The Cardinal owns home victories over (rankings listed are as of this week), No. 18/20 Rutgers (64-60), No. 4/4 Kansas State (63-57), No. 22/24 Arizona (82-74), Oklahoma (58-38) and No. 25/NR Washington (77-63) ... The only losses against ranked opponents came at No. 3/3 Tennessee (71-56), No. 25/NR Washington (92-68) and No. 22/24 Arizona (79-64).

* - 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.

FROM THE STAT SHEET:

* - Stanford is currently allowing an average of just 59.4 points per game, which is less than half a point behind both the Pac-10 and school records ... The school record of 59.3 was established in 1978-79 and the Pac-10 record of 59.1 was set by Arizona State in 2001-02.

* - As a team, Stanford ranks in the top 20 in the nation in free throw percentage (2nd, 78.6), won-loss percentage (11th, 85.2) and rebounding margin (13th, +8.2).

* - Stanford's team free throw percentage of 78.6 currently ranks as the best in both school and Pac-10 history ... The school and conference record of 76.4 was set by the 1989-90 Cardinal squad that won the NCAA Championship.

* - Stanford's 183 3-pointers this season ranks fifth on the school single season list.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE NICOLE POWELL:

* - Junior F Nicole Powell has been named a finalist for the two most prestigious 2002-03 National Player of the Year Awards --- the Naismith Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy ... Powell is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Award and one of 13 finalists for the Wade Trophy.

* - She is averaging a near double-double of 18.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals despite missing the first nine games with a bulging disc in her lower back ... The 9.4 rebounds ranks as the fourth highest single season total in school history and the 18.7 points ranks tied for eighth.

* - On Monday, Powell qualified for the Pac-10 stat leaders for the first time this season after missing the first nine games due to injury ... She ranks first in free throw percentage (87.2; 82-of-94), first in defensive rebounding (7.11 pg), second in scoring (18.7 pg), third in total rebounding, sixth in assists (3.67 pg), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.22) and 10th in 3-point percentage (36.2; 21-of-58) ... Her free throw percentage is also currently tied for the fourth highest in school single season history.

* - She has scored in double figures in 16 of her 18 games this season, including a 26-point effort at Arizona State last Saturday, has pulled down 10 or more rebounds nine times and has recorded eight double-doubles ... Powell has scored in double figures in 22 of her last 25 games, and 30 of her last 34, dating back to last year.

* - In Pac-10 games only, she ranks among the conference leaders in nine of a possible 12 categories, including second in scoring (19.1 pg), third in rebounding (9.3 pg) and fourth in assists (3.94 pg).

* - Powell owns an impressive 28 career double-doubles, including eight in 18 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.

* - Powell ranks first in Stanford history and tied for seventh in Pac-10 history in rebounds per game (9.1), tied for third in points per game (16.1), fifth in Stanford history and seventh in Pac-10 history in free throw percentage (81.2; 282-of-345), sixth in rebounds (752), eighth in assists (428) and 15th in points (1,340) ... Powell needs just one more rebound to tie Olympia Scott (750; 1994-98) for fifth on the all-time school list and is seven behind Oregon State's Sonjhia Fleming (759; 1990-93) for 25th on the Pac-10 list ... On the school scoring list, she is only 20 points behind 14th place Meg Metzger (1,360; 1979-83) ... She also needs just nine more assists to tie Kate Starbird (437; 19932-97) for seventh on the all-time school list.

* - Powell made a pair of game-winning shots in Pac-10 play to lift the Cardinal to two 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 two free throws (on a 1-and-1) with only 1.3 seconds left.

* - She earned her sixth career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on Feb. 24 after averaging a double-double of 23.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in home wins over USC and UCLA ... She had 22 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists against the Women of Troy on Feb. 20 and 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists vs. the Bruins on Feb. 22 ... Only six players in Pac-10 history have received more player of the week honors than Powell.

* - 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 school 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 (Mountain View, CA), F Azella Perryman, G Kelley Suminski and C T'Nae Thiel (Weatherford, TX).

* - Kimyacioglu is averaging 9.2 points, 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds ... She is shooting 41.4 (65-of-157) percent from 3-point range this season and her career percentage of 41.8 (107-of-256) ranks eighth in Pac-10 history ... Kimyacioglu, who made her 100th career 3-pointer on Feb. 15 at Washington State, ranks 30th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in 3-point percentage and first in the conference in 3-pointers per game (2.41) ... The 65 3-pointers made leaves her just three short of breaking into the school single season top 10 ... Kimyacioglu has made at least one 3-pointer in 26 of Stanford's 27 games this year and has drained three or more 11 times ... Kimyacioglu has scored in double figures 13 times this season ... She has made five 3-pointers in a game twice this season --- Dec. 30 vs. Arizona (career-high 19 points) and Jan. 24 at UCLA ... 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 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds ... She ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.81 pg), sixth in total rebounding and ninth in field goal percentage (50.3; 96-of-191) ... Perryman has doubled her scoring output from her entire freshman campaign (2002-03: 250 points; 2001-02: 121 points) ... She has scored in double figures 11 times and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... Perryman has four double-doubles this season, including back-to-back double-doubles against Arizona on Dec. 30 (10 points, 12 rebounds) and 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 ... Perryman was named to the Verizon All-Academic District 8 Third Team on Feb. 20.

* - Suminski is averaging 11.7 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds ... She ranks third in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (83.5; 96-of-115), sixth in 3-point percentage (37.4; 43-of-115), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.07), eighth in 3-pointers per game (1.59) and 14th in scoring ... Suminski's career free throw percentage of 85.6 (167-of-195) ranks as the best in Stanford history, and her percentage this season (83.5) ranks ninth on the school single season list ... She has scored in double figures 16 times, including six times in the last eight games ... 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, in a win over then-No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 30.

* - Thiel is averaging 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists ... She ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (0.74 pg) and 12th in total rebounding ... Thiel has scored in double figures 10 times this season, and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times ... She recorded her fourth career double-double, and third of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds 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 (Richfield, MN) 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 6.3 points and 1.5 assists ... King is also shooting an impressive 81.3 (26-of-32) percent from the foul line this season ... She had a season-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range, on Dec. 29 vs. Arizona ... King has scored in double figures five times this season, including a 14-point effort in the Cardinal's win over then-No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 30 ... She was also named to the Verizon All-Academic District 8 Third Team on Feb. 20.

* - 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 11.3 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 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists, and has started the last three games after coming off the bench in the first 24 ... She recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds (nine offensive) last Thursday night at Arizona ... She ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (54.1; 93-of-172) and 13th in total rebounding ... Trotter shot an impressive 56.4 (66-of-117) percent from the floor in Pac-10 play, which was the second best total in the conference ... She shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 14 of the 18 Pac-10 games ... She has scored in double figures 15 times this season ... She has recorded a career-high 17 points three times in 2002-03 --- Jan. 9 at Oregon State, Jan. 24 at UCLA and Jan. 29 vs. California ... She also pulled down a career-high 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 campaign because of chronic pain in both knees.

VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN JOINS THE SQUAD:

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

* - McGee has appeared in 12 games off the bench and is averaging 0.8 points and 2.1 rebounds ... She had career-highs of three points and five rebounds on Feb. 15 at Washington State .. She also had five rebounds on Feb. 6 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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