No. 7/7 Stanford Opens Season in Utah

Nov. 17, 2004

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â„¢Stanford's Home Away From Home...The Cardinal will play its first four games (two exhibition and two regular season) at the Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara. Maples Pavilion was slated to open in January but will be finish ahead of schedule. Stanford Women's Basketball will be the first to play in the newly renovated Maples Pavilion when the Cardinal host Pepperdine on Dec. 10.

Season Openers...Stanford is 19-11 all-time in season openers, winning the first game in each of the past three years. Twenty times, the Cardinal has kicked off the new year on the road, posting a 13-7 record. Last year, the Cardinal won a 69-61 contest at Pepperdine to start the season.

Utah Bullets* The Utes defeated Baden Sports, 70-41 on Nov. 2 and then beat NWBL Elite, 99-63, on Nov. 13.* Utah shot 15-of-25 (.600) from the field in the second half last Saturday, as top returners Smith and Thorburn combined for 52 points in the game.

The Stanford-Utah SeriesStanford leads the all-time series history over the Utes, 6-0. The squads have faced off twice in Palo Alto and four times in Salt Lake City.

Stanford vs. the Mountain West...The Cardinal is 18-7 all-time against current Mountain West teams. Stanford has faced six of the eight teams in the conference and leads all but one of the series (San Diego State has a 4-3 advantage).

Utah vs. the Pac-10...The Utes are 41-39 all-time against current Pacific-10 Conference teams. Utah has matched up against all 10 teams. They have beaten every team except Stanford at least one time.

Preseason Accolades...Stanford starts the 2004-05 season with a No. 7 ranking in the AP poll and the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll. The media and conference coaches picked the Cardinal to win the Pac-10 title again, and the media voted Kelley Suminski to the preseason all-Pac-10 squad.

Exhibition Excitement...The Cardinal made its 2004-05 debut in Santa Clara with exhibition contests against Baden Sports an Love & Basketball. Last Thursday, Stanford kicked things off with a 78-48 victory over Baden Sports. Freshman Candice Wiggins started the game and scored 18 points in her debut as a Cardinal. On Sunday, 10 different Stanford players scored as Stanford defeated Love & Basketball, 64-40. Sophomore Markisha Coleman came off the bench and recorded seven points in the second half to propel Stanford into victory.

Season in Review...Last year, Stanford finished the season with a 27-7 record, a top-ten ranking, an Elite Eight appearance, its third-straight Pac-10 title and second-straight Pac-10 Tournament Title. Three-time All-American Nicole Powell was the No. 3 pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting, but the Cardinal is returning 11 letterwinners from last year and adding four new freshmen to the mix.

Suminski Story...Kelley Suminski was named a Preseason Wooden Award Candidate over the summer, and was recently named to the Preseason Naismith Award Watch List. The Pac-10 media selected her to the preseason all-conference squad. A senior, Suminski has started 93 games in her Stanford career and 74 straight. She is starting the season ranked No. 1 in school history with a .844 free throw percentage (260-of-308). Suminski is also ranked No. 10 with 141 three-pointers in her career. Suminski's 141st three-pointer is even more special because she hit it with 0.3 seconds left in the Sweet 16 match-up versus Vanderbilt last March to help the Cardinal advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1997. She is only 11 points away from breaking into the top-25 for career scoring, with 971 points to start the season.

VanDerveer's Victories...Head coach Tara VanDerveer recorded her 600th career win last season, as the Cardinal defeated Missouri, 68-44, in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. She won her 450th game as Stanford's head coach against Vanderbilt (57-55) in the Sweet 16 last March. Her overall record now stands at 602-168 (.782) in 25 years, while her record at Stanford is 450-117 (.794) in 18 years.

Senior Salute...Stanford's five seniors have helped the Cardinal to an 86-15 record over the last three years. As freshmen in 2001-02, the squad advanced to the Sweet 16, and as juniors last season, they helped the team make it to the Elite Eight.

No Place Like Home...Stanford owns an impressive 332-75 (.816) record at Maples Pavilion, including a 29-2 record over the last two years. Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 247-28 (.898) record at home during her tenure and have posted six perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford has won 45 of its last 48 games at Maples and owns a 28-game winning streak against Pac-10 opponents at home. The Cardinal has lost two or less home games in 15 of the last 17 seasons (including 2003-04).

Injury Updates...Two Stanford players are currently sidelined with injuries. Junior center Shelley Nweke had knee surgery before the season and fifth-year senior Susan King Borchardt is sitting out due to a stress reaction in her left foot.

Record Watch...Cardinal players are getting their names in the record books in all sorts of categories. Kelley Suminski and T'Nae Thiel are on the verge of breaking into the top-25 in points and rebounds, respectively. Here's where they rank:

Points25. Milena Flores, 982-- Kelley Suminski, 971

Points Per Game21. Jill Yanke, 9.722. Kelley Suminski, 9.6

3-Point Field Goals6. Molly Goodenbauer, 1787. Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 1698. Christy Hedgpeth, 1559. Lauren St. Clair, 14510t. Katy Steding, 141 Kelley Suminski, 141

3-Pointers Attempted5. Molly Goodenbauer, 4566. Sebnem Kimyacioglu, 446

Rebounds25t. Evon Asforis, 519 Mary Bradach, 519-- T'Nae Thiel, 513