No. 10/11 Stanford Hosts Rice on Saturday

Dec. 15, 2005

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No. 10/11 Stanford (4-2) vs. Rice (3-3)
Dec. 17, 2005 * 2:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 2-0
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)

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 was nine-for-ten from behind the three-point line. Rappahahn leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage with a 57.7% mark, which is also No. 2 in the nation (through games on Dec. 12).

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, but the Cardinal has come back to No. 10 in AP and No. 11 in USA Today.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur and will be on the sidelines for this weekend's game against Rice. Newlin, who is averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds after pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds at Texas Tech and scoring a career-high 20 points against Tennessee, will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Newlin has four double-doubles in six games this season, with double-digit scoring and rebounding against all three of the Cardinal's ranked opponents (Minnesota, Texas Tech and Tennessee) as well as at Pacific. Newlin has also accumulated 12 blocks so far this season, upping her career total to 93.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford is off to a 4-2 start this season, with a 1-2 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. On the third Sunday of the season, Stanford lost to No. 2/1 Tennessee at Maples Pavilion.

Rice Bullets...
* Rice has gone 3-3 in its first three games, dropping its opener, then winning 3 of its next four (including a victory over Texas Tech).
* Two Owls are averaging double-digit scoring.
* Rice has not played since a 79-75 loss to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 3.

The Stanford-Rice Series...
This is the third match-up between Stanford and Rice. The Cardinal won the previous two meetings, an 11-point victory in December 1986 and a 10-point victory in December 2003.

Stanford vs. Conference USA...
The Cardinal is 6-2 all-time against current Conference USA teams. Stanford has challenged half of the 12 teams in the conference and owns winning records against every opponent except East Carolina and Memphis. The Cardinal has never matched up against Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Rice vs. the Pac-10...
The Owls are 0-7 against Pac-10 teams, having only played Arizona, Cal, Stanford and Washington. This will be Rice's second meeting versus a Pac-10 foe this season, after losing an 86-62 game in Seattle in the Owls' first-ever match-up against Washington on Nov. 27.

Looking at the Lineup...
Stanford has used two lineups this season, adding sharp-shooter Krista Rappahahn to the starting five in the fifth game of the season. The Cardinal used a three-guard starting rotation, with Clare Bodensteiner, Rappahahn and Candice Wiggins in the backcourt to go along with Kristen Newlin and Brooke Smith in the front court. Dec. 1 at Pacific was the first career start for senior guard Rappahahn. Freshman Jillian Harmon started the first four games of her Cardinal career before Rappahahn stepped into the lineup.

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 638-173 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 486-122 (.799) in 20 years.

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 17.8 points per game in the first six contests.

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.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 261-29 (.900) record at home during her tenure and, with the 13-0 mark last year, have posted seven perfect seasons at Maples. The Cardinal has won 57 of its last 61 games at Maples and, before the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 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 are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 14 minutes per game. Through all games on Dec. 12, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (No. 14, 79.5 ppg), blocked shots (No. 18, 5.7 bpg) and assists (No. 19, 18.0 apg). Ranked in the top-5 is Krista Rappahahn, who is No. 2 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, shooting a 57.1% from the beyond the arc. Kristen Newlin is also ranked No. 28 in rebounds per game with a 10.3 rpg average.

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

History Lesson...
The Stanford-Cal series will be even more special this season, as the squads mark the 110 year milestone since Stanford beat Cal 2-1 on April 8, 1896, in the first-ever women's intercollegiate basketball game. Stanford and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative are sponsoring the Inaugural Bay Area Leadership Lunch prior to the Jan. 14 game at Maples. Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will be the featured speaker and will be joined by both head coaches. More information and a ticket reservation form can be found on the women's basketball page at

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