No. 14/15 Stanford Welcomes Arizona

Jan. 18, 2006

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No. 14/15 STANFORD (11-4, 6-1) vs. ARIZONA (6-11, 2-5)
Jan. 19, 2006 * 7:00 pm
Maples Pavilion (7,233) * Stanford, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford leads, 39-12
TV: None
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)

Schedule Shift...
Stanford's game versus Arizona State is on SATURDAY at 2 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The game date and time were both changed after the posters and tickets were printed! Make sure and update your schedule for Stanford-ASU on Saturday at 2!

VanDerveer's Victories...
Tara VanDerveer is just five wins away from her 650th career win and just seven victories away from her 500th win as the Stanford head coach. Last year, she 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 645-175 (.787) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 493-124 (.799) in 20 years.

Stanford Stats...
Stanford owns an 11-4 record this season, with a 6-1 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal is in first place in the conference with a half-game lead over USC.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Four Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and nine are averaging at least 14.1 minutes per game. Through all games on Jan. 16, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring offense (No. 8, 79.2 ppg), assists (No. 8, 18.3 apg), three-point field goals per game (No. 10, 7.5 pg), field-goal percentage (No. 15, 46.7%), scoring margin (No. 18, 15.2 ppg), and three-point field-goal percentage (No. 21, 38.6%). Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 6 in the nation in threes per game, making an average of 3.1 treys per contest. Rappahahn is also ranked No. 22 with a 45.6% mark from beyond the arc, while Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 8 in the country in scoring with 21.1 points per game and is No. 19 with 2.7 threes per game. Brooke Smith is also among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, ranked No. 20 with a 57.3% average. Smith is one of three Cardinal players shooting more than 50% from the field.

Arizona Bullets...
* The Wildcats had lost five-straight games before defeating Oregon in overtime last week.
* Junior Linda Pace, who started the first 11 games of the season, suffered a left knee injury against Washington State on Dec. 29 and is out for the rest of the season.
* Arizona is 0-3 against ranked teams, with losses to No. 20 Utah, No. 8/9 Maryland and No. 10/12 Arizona State.

The Stanford-Arizona Series...
This will be the 52nd match-up between Stanford and Arizona. The Cardinal has won the nine of the last 11 meetings and the past three contests.

Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 330-102 (.764) against current Pac-10 foes and a 297-52 (.851) record in regular season conference action, the best percentage in the league. Stanford won its fifth-straight regular season Pac-10 title and its third-straight Pac-10 Tournament title last season.

Arizona vs. the Pac-10...
The Wildcats are 181-255 (.415) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. In regular season action, Arizona is ranked sixth in the conference with 162 wins in their 20th year of Pac-10 play. Arizona has won one Pac-10 Championship, when the Cats shared the regular season title with Stanford in 2003-04.

Winning Ways...
After Stanford lost back-to-back games in December, the Cardinal has rebounded with a five-game win streak, during which time sophomore guard Candice Wiggins has averaged 28.8 points per game -- with three games of 30 points or more. Junior Brooke Smith has averaged 19.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during the stretch and freshman point guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude has contributed 6.2 assists per game. Senior guard Krista Rappahahn has knocked down four threes per contest and freshman forward Jillian Harmon is adding 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Cardinal has bested its last five Pac-10 opponents by 17.6 points per game and is shooting 47.9% from the field, with a 40.2% mark from three-point territory.

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 - its highest ranking this season. The Cardinal is up from its lowest ranking this year (16th) after five-straight wins, as the Cardinal is steady at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today poll.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 265-29 (.901) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal has won 61 of its last 65 games at Maples and four-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 87-75 win over Cal on Jan. 14, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 40 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal.

Free Throw Woes...
Stanford is shooting a near-school low 65.4 % from the free throw line. The worst free-throw shooting by a Cardinal team on record was in 1978-79, when Stanford went 64.8% from the charity strike. The Cardinal has not shot less than 70% since the 1999-2000 season when the squad finished the campaign with a 69.9% average. Stanford shot a season high 92.9% against UCLA on Jan. 1 (13-of-14), besting the Cardinal's previous best of 81.3% against Fresno State (13-of-16).

Back-to-Back Disappointment...
Stanford lost two games in a row for the first times since just two seasons ago, when the Cardinal suffered back-to-back losses at Arizona and Arizona State on Feb. 5 & 7, 2004 (Stanford was ranked No. 7 at the time).

Commencing the Conference...
Stanford has won its conference opener in 17 of the last 20 seasons, including this year's opener at Washington State on Dec. 20. For the second-straight season, the Cardinal has started with a 6-1 record in conference play, losing its second game in league play both times.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford has made at least eight three-pointers in a game nine times this season - hitting 10 against Fresno State, at Pacific, and at Washington and knocking down 14 against Cal. Against Fresno State and Pacific, Krista Rappahahn was nine-for-ten from behind the three-point line, and against the Huskies, she hit a career-high six threes in a game. Rappahahn and sophomore guard Candice Wiggins are both strong beyond the arc, as both are hitting more than 40% of their shots this season.

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 21.1 points per game. Wiggins was recently named the Bay Area's Most Dynamic Amateur Athlete of 2005 by KNTV-11 (NBC) and was selected as the Stanford/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2, after helping the Cardinal to a pair of wins against USC and UCLA. After helping Stanford to a road sweep in Oregon and a 37-point showing against the Ducks, Wiggins was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 9. She has passed the 30-point mark three times in the last four games.

Newlin Notes...
Junior forward Kristen Newlin was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her left femur and missed eight games, but returned for last week's contest versus California. Newlin, who was averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in her first six games, pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds at Texas Tech and scored a career-high 20 points against Tennessee. 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.

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

Looking Ahead...
Next season, the Cardinal will add four freshmen to its roster, as Jayne Appel, Michelle Harrison, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy all signed a National Letter of Intent in November. has ranked the class No. 3 in the nation, while Blue Star ranks the group at No. 4. The quartet will arrive on The Farm in 2006 and will make an immediate impact:
Appel (6-4, C, Concord, CA/Carondelet HS)
Harrison (6-3, F, Orem, UT/Mountain View HS)
Hones (5-10, G, Portland, OR/Southridge HS)
Murphy (5-9, G, Brooklyn, NY/Midwood HS)

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