Stanford Opens Season with Exhibition Game

Nov. 8, 2003


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* - Stanford defeated Love & Basketball last season at Maples Pavilion 89-73.
* - T'Nae Thiel recorded a double-double of 15 point and 10 rebounds, followed by Azella Perryman and Sebnem Kimyacioglu with 13 points each.
* - Chelsea Trotter and Kelly Suminski also scored in double figures with 10 points a piece.
* - The Cardinal shot 44.4 percent from the three-point arc compared to Love & Basketball's 25 percent.

Tara VanDerveer FILE:
* - Tara VanDerveer, the 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year honors, is in her 25th season as a collegiate head coach ... She owns a career record of 575-161 (.781) ... She enters the 2003-04 season ranked fourth among active coaches in career Division I winning percentage.
* - The 2002-03 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor is the sixth of VanDerveer's career ... VanDerveer is the only coach to have won the award more than twice.
* - VanDerveer is in her 18th year at Stanford, and is 423-110 (.794) during her tenure on The Farm ... She picked up her 400th win at Stanford on Nov. 30, 2002, against 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 Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2002-03.
* - 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).

* - Senior F Nicole Powell has been named a finalist for the two most prestigious 2003-04 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.

VanDerveer's squad will continue to look to push the ball up the court with the return of starting guards Kelley Suminski and Susan King Borchardt and sophomore Clare Bodensteiner.

Suminski enjoyed a spectacular sophomore season that culminated with First-Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Tournament Team honors. With Nicole Powell sidelined with a back injury for the first nine games of the 2002-03 season, Suminski took over and averaged 14.4 points to lead the Cardinal to an 8-1 record and wins over nationally-ranked Kansas State and Arizona. She averaged 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists and ranked among the conference leaders in five different categories, including third in free throw percentage (82.7) and sixth in 3-point percentage (37.6).

Suminski enters the season first in school history and second in Pac-10 history in career free throw percentage (84.7), seventh in conference history in career 3-point percentage (40.9) and 22nd in school history in career scoring average (9.4 ppg).

One of the biggest story lines for Stanford last season was the return of Borchardt, who missed most of her first two seasons because of knee injuries. She returned to start 30 games last year and averaged 6.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-7 redshirt junior, who married former Stanford men's basketball standout Curtis Borchardt in August, had 14 points in an upset of then-No. 2/2 Kansas State in November and 17 points, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range in a come-from-behind victory over then-No. 21/21 Arizona in December.

Bodensteiner earned valuable experience coming off the bench last season, and is expected to make more of an impact this year. She appeared in a total of 22 games in 2002-03 and averaged 2.3 points per contest. The Minico, Idaho, product gives the Cardinal speed, energy and an additional outside shooting threat.

The 2003-04 season will mark the end of the Nicole Powell era on The Farm. The 6-foot-2 senior has already established herself as one of the top players in Stanford women's basketball history. Last year alone, she joined Jennifer Azzi, Kate Starbird and Val Whiting as the only two-time Kodak First-Team All-Americans in school history and became just the third player in Stanford history, along with Starbird and Whiting, to be a two-time Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist.

Powell will also look to continue her assault on the school record book this season. She ranks in the top 12 in Stanford history in rebounding average (first, 9.1 pg), scoring average (third, 16.3 pg), free throw percentage (third, 81.5), rebounds (fourth, 797), assists (sixth, 450), 3-pointers (eighth, 143) and points (12th, 1,435) and is represented in the school single season record book 15 times in 11 different categories. She averaged a near double-double of 19.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals last season, and owns career averages of 16.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals.

Powell will be joined on the wings by junior 3-point shooting specialist Sebnem Kimyacioglu and sophomore Krista Rappahahn.

Kimyacioglu is the Cardinal's top outside shooting threat, and has made 112 3-pointers over the last two seasons. She made 70 3-pointers last season, which tied for the seventh-highest total in school history, and now ranks eighth in Pac-10 history in career 3-point percentage at 40.6. The 5-foot-11 Kimyacioglu started 20 games a year ago and averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds. She ranked second in the conference in 3-pointers (2.19) and fourth in 3-point percentage (39.5), and was among the national leaders in those categories for most of the season. She showed great improvement in the off-season, and was the Cardinal's leading scorer in Italy at 18.6 points per contest.

Rappahahn played in 26 games as a freshman, and averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per outing. The sophomore from Lebanon, Conn., who averaged 10.0 points per game for the Cardinal in Italy, improved tremendously over the course of last season, and became a key component off the bench by the end of the year. She is an intelligent player, and has the potential to be a dangerous scoring threat in the years to come.

Defense and rebounding will be at a premium in the paint with juniors Azella Perryman, T'Nae Thiel and Chelsea Trotter, who combined to start all 64 games at the power forward and center positions in 2002-03.

The three juniors were instrumental in Stanford setting Pacific-10 Conference and school scoring defense records by allowing just 58.9 points per game last season. Stanford allowed 60 points or less 19 times in 32 games, and 50 points or fewer on nine occasions.

In addition, the Cardinal ranked first in the conference in rebounding margin by beating opponents by an average of 8.0 per game (39.2-31.2) on the glass. Trotter, Perryman and Thiel all ranked in the top 20 in the conference in rebounding, and combined to pull down 19.0 boards per contest.

Thiel has started 40 consecutive games, and 55 of the last 56, over the last two seasons in the paint. She averaged 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists a year ago, and now ranks ninth in Stanford history in career rebounds per game at 5.9. More importantly, the 6-foot-1 Thiel has established herself as one of the top defensive post players in the Pacific-10 Conference. Her status for the season opener is in doubt, however, after she suffered a stress fracture in her left foot during preparations for the trip to Italy in early September.

The 6-foot-3 Trotter enjoyed a career renaissance last season after she sat out the 2001-02 campaign because of chronic pain in both knees. Trotter, who finished the season in the starting lineup, averaged 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds and finished among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (fourth; 52.9) , defensive rebounding (ninth, 4.22 pg) and total rebounding (12th, 6.1 pg). Trotter, who owns a career field goal percentage of 52.8 (152-of-288), averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in Pac-10 play and shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 14-of-18 conference games.

After coming off the bench as a freshman in 2001-02, Perryman made great strides in her sophomore season. She increased her production to 9.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest in her sophomore season after averaging 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds as a freshman. She ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in defensive rebounding (4.62 pg), sixth in total rebounding (6.9 pg) and sixth in field goal percentage (51.4) last season, in addition to 14 double figure scoring games and five double-doubles.

Perryman, Thiel and Trotter will be challenged by senior Katie Denny, sophomore Shelley Nweke, redshirt freshman Eziamaka Okafor and freshman Kristen Newlin.

Denny started off her senior season by playing well in Italy, and showed great improvement on offense and defense. She has appeared in 65 games over the last three seasons, and averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds a year ago. The 6-foot-1 Denny played well early in the season, but missed eight games down the stretch with a knee injury. She is a versatile player who can help the Cardinal at a variety of positions.

Nweke missed the first month of the 2002-03 season with a stress reaction in her left foot, and went on to appear in 14 games off the bench. The 6-foot-5 native of Marietta, Ga., showed off season improvement and her shot blocking abilities will help her compete for playing time this year.

Okafor, who missed the entire 2002-03 season with an ACL tear that occurred before her arrival on The Farm, was hit by the injury bug again this year. On the second day of preparations for the team's Italian tour, Okafor tore her left Achilles' tendon. She may return midway through the 2003-04 campaign. Injury aside, Okafor is a tremendous athlete who will be a factor in the Cardinal program for years to come.

Newlin, a 6-foot-5 forward/center from Riverton, Wyo., is the lone true freshman on the roster. The two-time Gatorade Wyoming Player of the Year was one of just 20 players selected to participate in the 2003 L'Adidas All-Star Roundball Classic after averaging a double-double as a senior. Newlin is a quick learner, and will immediately challenge for time in the frontcourt.

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