#12/11 Stanford Hosts #2/1 Tennessee on Sunday

Dec. 2, 2005

Game Coverage: TV - Fox Sports Net | Radio - KZSU
Gametracker | Full Game Notes

No. 12/11 Stanford (4-1) vs. No. 2/1 Tennessee (6-0)
Dec. 4, 2005 * 12:30 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Tennessee leads, 17-4
TV: Fox Sports Net (Mary Murphy & Jim Watson)
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jeremy Stone & Jake Kelman)
Gametracker: GoStanford.com

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made 10 three-pointers in a game twice this season - against Fresno State on Nov. 23 and at Pacific on Dec. 1. In those two games, Krista Rappahahn is nine-for-ten from behind the three-point line. Starting the week, Rappahahn and Wiggins are both in the top-five in three-point shooting percentage in the Pac-10, with Rappahahn ranked second with a 53.8% mark and Wiggins ranked fifth with a 42.1% average.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford is off to a 4-1 start this season, with a 1-1 record versus ranked opponents. The Cardinal lost at #16/17 Minnesota on the first Sunday of the season, but rebounded with a three-point victory at #14/16 Texas Tech a week later. The third Sunday of the season sees Stanford hosting No. 2/1 Tennessee at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 4.

Looking at the Lineup...
Stanford debuted its second starting lineup Thursday at Pacific. The Cardinal used a three-guard starting rotation, with Bodensteiner, Rappahahn and Wiggins in the backcourt to go along with Newlin and Smith in the front court. Dec. 1 at Pacific was the first career start for senior guard Krista Rappahahn. Freshman Jillian Harmon started the first four games of her Cardinal career before Rappahahn stepped into the lineup.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin is averaging 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds five games into the season, after pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds at Texas Tech on Nov. 27. Newlin has three double-doubles this season, with double-digit scoring and rebounding against both of the Cardinal's ranked opponents (Minnesota and Texas Tech) and at Pacific. Newlin has also accumulated 11 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 92.

Tennessee Bullets...
* Tennessee has won its first six games, including three over ranked opponents (#9 Michigan State, #10 Maryland and #16/18 Texas) - the Lady Vols average margin of victory over ranked foes is +24.7 points.
* The Lady Vols have five wins in double digits, with its closest game resulting in the 80-75 victory over Maryland at the Paradise Jam.
* Candace Parker will play her first game against Stanford this season, although she did don a uniform in the second half of the Stanford-Tennessee match-up in Knoxville last December.

The Stanford-Tennessee Series...
This will be the 22nd match-up between Stanford and Tennessee. Last year, the Lady Vols won a 70-67 game in Knoxville as Shanna Zolman hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give ninth-ranked Tennessee a 70-67 victory over second-ranked Stanford. Tennessee has won the last nine games in the series, as Stanford's last victory came on Dec. 15, 1996, in Knoxville.

Stanford vs. the SEC...
The Cardinal is 19-21 all-time against Southeastern Conference foes. Stanford has challenged nine of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against every opponent except Tennessee and Louisiana State. The Cardinal has never matched up against Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Tennessee vs. the Pac-10...
The Lady Vols have every Pac-10 team except California, and they own a 47-12 record against the conference. Tennessee owns winning records against all nine teams, although USC has defeated the Volunteers seven times in 15 attempts.

Rankings Report...
Stanford began the 2005-06 season with a No. 11 ranking in the AP poll and a No. 10 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll. Prior to its first game, Stanford moved up to No. 9 in the USA Today poll. After the loss at No. 16/17 Minnesota, the Cardinal dropped back to 15th in the AP poll and 13th in the USA Today Poll. Wins against Fresno State and at Texas Tech pushed the Cardinal up to No. 12 in AP and No. 11 in USA Today.

VanDerveer's Victories...
Stanford's match-up against Utah in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last March was the 600th game of head coach Tara VanDerveer's coaching career at Stanford. Last year, she also coached the 800th game of her career, a 73-69 win versus USC in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinal. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record stands at 638-172 (.788) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 486-121 (.801) in 20 years.

Pac-10 Pride...
Stanford finished atop the preseason coaches' poll with nine first-place votes (81 points). It is the sixth-consecutive time and sixth time overall that Stanford has been favored by the coaches to win the Conference title since the poll's inception in 1998-99.

Preseason Praise...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins was named to the Preseason Watch List for the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy. A Kodak All-American last season, Wiggins is currently Stanford's leading scorer at 18.2 points per game in the first five contests.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 261-28 (.903) record at home* during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark last year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. Stanford opened the home season on Nov. 23 with an 89-67 victory over Fresno State. The Cardinal has won 57 of its last 60 games at Maples and 23 straight since Dec. 27, 2003.

Season Openers...
With the Cardinal's 69-28 victory over Long Island on Nov. 19, Stanford is 21-11 all-time in season openers, picking up a win in the first game in each of the last five years. This year's opener in Minneapolis marks the 22nd time that the Cardinal has kicked off the season on the road. Stanford owns a 15-7 record in season openers away from home.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Three Cardinal players finished the 2004-05 season in double digits for scoring and 10 averaged double-digit minutes. Stanford finished the year ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring margin (No. 1, +21.9 points), won-loss percentage (No. 3, 91.4%), field goal percentage (No. 3, 48.2%), scoring offense (No. 4, 77.8 ppg), in field goal defense (No. 7, 35.1%) and in 3-point field goal percentage (No. 10, 38.0%). The Cardinal was also ranked No. 14 in turnovers (14.0), No. 19 in free-throw percentage (75.2%), No. 21 in rebounding margin (+6.2), No. 23 in assists (16.4). Also ranked in the top-10 was Brooke Smith, who was No. 7 in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting a school-record 61.0% from the field. 2005-06 statistics will be released next week.

Katrina Assist...
Assistant coach Charmin Smith is spearheading a year-long fund-raiser by the Stanford Women's Basketball team this year, as the program collects pledges for every Stanford assist in order to help the Peninsula Habitat, our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, build houses for Operation Home Delivery, a tremendous nationwide effort, that will shipped new homes to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast area. The California Golden Bears are also launching a Katrina Assist program. More information and pledge forms can be found at GoStanford.com.

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