No. 6 Stanford Hosts USF

Nov. 24, 2003

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THE CARDINAL CONTINUE AT HOME AGAINST USF

STANFORD SEASON UPDATE:
* - The Cardinal continue a six-game home stretch as they take on the University of San Francisco at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday.
* - Senior forward Nicole Powell leads Stanford in scoring with 48 points in two regular-season games, followed by freshman center Kristen Newlin with 22 points.
* - In two regular-season games, the Cardinal have shot 45.7 percent (49-107) from the field, including 40.5 percent (15-37) from three-point range.

STANFORD-FORDHAM WRAP-UP:
* - In their first regular-season home game, Stanford downed Fordham 79-53 at Maples Pavilion.
* - Leading the Cardinal in scoring were Nicole Powell (20), Kristen Newlin (16), Susan King Borchardt (11) and Krista Rappahahn (10).
* - Freshman Newlin recorded two blocks and now boasts six this season.

STANFORD-PEPPERDINE WRAP-UP:
* - The Cardinal opened the regular season with a 69-61 win at Pepperdine.
* - Senior forward Nicole Powell led Stanford with 28 points and 12 rebounds, marking her first double-double of the regular season.
* - Also scoring in double figures were Chelsea Trotter (15) and Sebnem Kimyacioglu (12).

SCOUTING USF:
* - The Lady Dons are 1-0 in regular-season action after a 72-46 victory over South Carolina State.
* - Leading the squad in scoring against SCSU were Carey Sauer (14), Joy Hollingsworth (13) and Mary Jane Krueger (12).
* - USF also downed Latvia 67-61 and Sonoma State 63-45 in 2003-04 exhibition play.
* - Head coach Mary Hile-Nepfel, entering her 17th season at USF, returns four starters from last year: Hollingsworth (10.7 ppg/5.0 rpg), Krueger (9.0 ppg/8.7 rpg), Toni Russell (3.7 apg/3.3 spg) and Sauer (15.8 ppg/5.5 rpg).
* - Last season, San Francisco tallied a 12-16 overall record and were 7-7 in West Coast Conference play.

CARDINAL-LADY DON SERIES:
* - Stanford leads the all-time Cardinal-Lady Dons series 17-9. In their last meeting on Nov. 24, 2002, at San Francisco's War Memorial Gym, Stanford beat USF 59-57.

PACIFIC-10 CONFERNCE:
* - Stanford has been tabbed to win the 2003-04 Pac-10 Conference race, according to a poll of media members and who regularly cover women's basketball in the league and the conference coaches.
* - The Cardinal garnered all 18 first-place votes from the media and totaled 180 points as the media's undisputed pick to win it all.
* - Stanford tallied eight first-place votes from the league's coaches.
* - This is the fourth year in a row and fourth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.
* - This is the fourth-straight year Stanford has been picked by the media as the Conference preseason favorite, however, it marks the first time the Cardinal received every first-place vote since the 1997-98 season. The Pac-10 media poll has correctly predicted the Conference champion in five of the last six seasons.
* - Five returning All-Pac-10 players were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team: UCLA sophomore Nikki Blue, USC senior Ebony Hoffman, Washington senior Giuliana Mendiola (2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year), Arizona sophomore Shawntinice Polk (2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) and Stanford senior All-American Nicole Powell.
* - Stanford won the 2003 Conference Championship, captured the Pac-10 Tournament trophy and advanced to second round of the NCAA Championship.

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 577-161 (.782) ... 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 425-110 (.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).

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE Nicole Powell:
* - Senior forward Nicole Powell has been named a candidate for the two most prestigious 2003-04 National Player of the Year Awards --- the Naismith Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy.
* - Named an Associated Press Preseason All-American.
* - One of the top players in the nation, and has already established herself as one of the elite players in Stanford women's basketball history.
* - Earned Kodak First-Team All-America honors each of the last two seasons, and joins Jennifer Azzi, Kate Starbid and Val Whiting as the only two-time Kodak All-Americans in school history.
* - A two-time Naismith National Player of the Year Finalist.
* - Named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001-02, and is a three-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player.
* - Ranks first in Stanford history in career rebounds per game (9.1), third in points per game (16.5), third in free throw percentage (81.7; 304-of-372), fourth in total rebounds (818), sixth in assists (456), seventh in 3-pointers made (147) and 10th in total points (1,483).
* - She is listed 15 times in 11 different categories in Stanford's single-season record book ... Holds single season (327; 2001-02) and single game (21 vs. Oregon, Jan. 13, 2002) rebounding records.
* - Owns six of the 12 triple-doubles in Pac-10 history, and six of the eight in Stanford history.
* - The only Pac-10 player to have ever recorded more than one career triple-double.
* - In 89 career games, has recorded the six triple-doubles and 31 double-doubles.
* - She has scored in double figures 75 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds on 39 occasions.
* - Has spent three of the last four summers playing for USA Basketball ... She helped the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic and the gold medal at the Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Argentina.

IN THEIR FINAL SEASON:
* - Senior forwards Katie Denny and Nicole Powell compete in their final collegiate seasons.
* - Last season, Denny averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.6 rpg after missing eight games due to a knee injury ... saw action at Pepperdine and against Fordham.
* - Powell, national player of the year candidate and two-time Kodak All-American ranks as on of the top players in Stanford's history ... in 2002-03, Powell averaged 18.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg ... Powell recorded her first double-double of the season in Stanford 69-61 win over Pepperdine with 28 points and 12 rebounds ... notched 20 points and nine rebounds against Fordham.

JUNIORS ROUND OUT STRONG UPPER CLASS:
* - The Cardinal boast six juniors this season: guard Susan King Borchardt, forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu, forward Azella Perryman, guard Kelley Suminski, forward T'Nae Thiel and center Chelsea Trotter.
* - Redshirt junior Borchardt married former Stanford men's basketball standout Curtis Borchardt in August ... last season, she averaged 6.5 ppg and 1.5 apg ... tallied 16 points against EV-1 and 11 against Fordham.
* - Kimyacioglu will be a major scoring threat from the outside ... she has made 116 career 3-pointers, including 70 last year and averaged 8.4 ppg ... recorded 12 points against Pepperdine.
* - Perryman averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg last season ... hasn't competed this season due to injury.
* - Suminski earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors last season after averaging 11.4 ppg and 3.1 apg ... ranks first in school history in free-throw percentage (84.8) ... recorded 24 points against EV-1.
* - Thiel averaged 7.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg last season ... boasts a career average of 5.9 rpg ... hasn't competed this season due to injury.
* - Trotter averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.1 rpg last year ... shot 50.0 percent or better from the floor in 14-of-18 conference games ... tallied 15 points against Pepperdine.

ONE YEAR UNDER THEIR BELT:
* - The Cardinal sophomore class includes guard Clare Bodensteiner, guard Krista Rappahahn, center Shelley Nweke and center Brooke Smith.
* - Bodensteiner came off the bench in 22 games last season to average 2.3 ppg ... appeared for 11 minutes of play against Love & Basketball.
* - Rappahahn averaged 3.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 26 games last season as a freshman ... against Fordham, tallied 10 points in 17 minutes of play.
* - Nweke appeared in 14 games last season after suffering injury ... recorded five blocks in 44 minutes of play as a freshman ... saw action in 12 minutes of play against Love & Basketball and EV-1.
* - Smith is a transfer from Duke who will redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

FABULOUS FRESHMAN:
* - The Cardinal freshman class includes guard Markisha Coleman, center Kristen Newlin and forward Eziamaka Okafor.
* - Coleman, an East Palo Alto, Calif., native, joined the Cardinal squad as a walk-on ... came off the bench for six minutes against Everyone's Internet to record one point and two rebounds.
* - Newlin hails from Riverton, Wyo. ... at Pepperdine, Newlin recorded six blocks as a starter at forward ... tallied career-high 16 points vs. Fordham, shooting 5-of-7 from the field.
* - Okafor, who missed last season due to a torn ACL, may enter competition with the Cardinal midway through the 2003-04 season after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon in the fall.

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