#13/14 Stanford Will Face USC in the Pac-10 Semifinals on Sunday

March 4, 2006

Game Coverage: TV: Fox Sports Net | Radio: KZSU | Full Game Notes
No. 13/14 Stanford (22-6, 15-3) at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament
March 5, 2006 * 5:30 pm
HP Pavilion (18,500) * San Jose, Calif.

Series History:
Stanford is 4-0 in Pac-10 Semifinals
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU (Jake Kelman)

VanDerveer's Victories...
Tara VanDerveer became the ninth Division-I coach to reach the 650 milestone last Saturday (Feb. 4) with an 87-54 victory over Oregon State. Two games later at Cal on Feb. 11, VanDerveer won her 500th as the Stanford head coach. One of the winningest active coaches, her overall record stands at 656-177 (.788) in 27 years, while her record at Stanford is 504-126 (.800) in 20 years.

Twenty Time...
With the 100-69 victory over Washington on Feb. 23, Stanford has posted its 17th season with 20 or more wins. Stanford has won 20+ games in each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven.

Candice Corner...
Sophomore Candice Wiggins became the 26th player in Stanford history to score 1,000 points with her first basket at USC. Through 62 games, Wiggins has scored 1,214 points, which ranks 20th on the all-time scoring list.

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 moved up from its lowest ranking this year (16th) with a five-game winning streak to 11th in the AP poll and 12th in the USA Today poll, but a road loss at Arizona State put the Cardinal back at 15th in both polls. After winning the Pac-10 regular season title, Stanford is No. 13/14.

Pac-10 Pride...
In the preseason, the coaches picked Stanford to win the conference, with nine first-place votes (81 points). It was 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. The Cardinal has won the conference title each year that the coaches picked Stanford to finish first.

Stanford Saga...
Stanford owns a 22-6 record this season, and posted a 15-3 mark in Pac-10 action. The Cardinal won the Pac-10 regular season title and secured the No. 1 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament. It is the 15th championship in 20 Pac-10 seasons and the sixth-straight regular season conference crown (a new record, besting the previous five won from 1989-93).

USC Bullets...
* The Women of Troy went 4-4 in the final eight games of the regular season.
* USC is 2-5 against ranked teams this season, including two losses to Stanford.
* The Trojans have suffered some injuries this season, with Jamie Funn out for the year after having hip surgery, Brynn Cameron out indefinitely with a hip injury (last game on Jan. 21 against UCLA), and Símone Jelks sidelined with a reinjured knee.

The Stanford-USC Series...
This will be the 54th match-up between Stanford and USC. The Cardinal won all three meetings between the two schools last season, with two regular season wins and a victory in the Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals. And Stanford has won both regular season meetings this season. The Cardinal has won 23 of the last-26 contests. The Women of Troy have not beaten the Cardinal since a 59-56 game in LA on Jan. 25, 2004.

Stanford vs. the Pac-10...
The Cardinal owns an overall record of 340-104 (.766) against current Pac-10 foes and a 306-54 (.850) record in regular season conference action, the best percentage in the league. Stanford has won its sixth-straight regular season Pac-10 title this year and will look to build on its three-straight Pac-10 Tournament titles in San Jose this weekend.

USC vs. the Pac-10...
The Trojans are 282-174 (.618) all-time against current Pac-10 foes. Southern California is tied for third with two Pac-10 titles, behind Stanford's 14 conference crowns and Washington's three. The Women of Troy have never won a Pac-10 Tournament title.

Shooting from the Outside...
Stanford is ranked No. 4 in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, with the Cardinal making 40.0% of its threes. And Stanford is shooting a lot from the outside, hitting at least eight three-pointers in a game 11 times this season - and making 10 against Fresno State, at Pacific and at Washington, 11 against Washington at home, 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. Sophomore guard Candice Wiggins has hit seven three in a game twice this season -- against Cal and Washington (both in Maples). Against the Huskies, she was 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Rappahahn and Wiggins are both strong beyond the arc, as both are hitting more than 43% of their shots this season.

Cardinal Catalogue...
Two Cardinal players are scoring in double digits and just six are averaging at least 20.9 minutes per game - although no player is averaging more than 31.1 minutes. Through all games on Feb. 27, Stanford is ranked No. 4 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage as the Cardinal is shooting 40.3% from beyond the arc, and No. 5 in the nation in scoring offense, with 79.2 points per game. The Cardinal is also in the top-25 nationally in field-goal percentage (No. 9, 47.2%), scoring margin (No. 10, 16.0 ppg), assists (No. 10, 17.4 apg), three-point field goals per game (No. 17, 7.1 pg) and turnovers (No. 21, 13.9 tpg). Candice Wiggins is ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring with 21.7 points per game and is No. 6 in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 46.3%, while Krista Rappahahn is ranked No. 15 in the nation in threes per game, making an average of 2.8 treys per contest. Wiggins is No. 20 with 2.7 per contest. Rappahahn is also ranked No. 13 in three-point percentage, shooting (44.1%) from behind the arc. Brooke Smith is among the nation's best in field-goal percentage, ranked No. 18 with a 57.5% average.

A Lot Allowed...
The Cardinal gave up 90 points in the Jan. 27 loss at UCLA, the most points allowed by the Cardinal this season. It is the first time Stanford has given up 90 points since Feb. 24, 2001, when the Cardinal lost 95-87 at Washington. That season, Stanford gave up 90 points or more in three games (a 30-point loss at No. 8 Purdue and a four-point overtime loss at No. 22 Oklahoma).

Not A Lot Allowed...
The Cardinal held an opponent to 17 for the second time this season as Stanford limited Cal to just 17 first half points in Berkeley on Feb. 11. The Cardinal also held Long Island to 17 first half points in the season opener. But against the Golden Bears it went both ways, as Stanford scored a season-low 22 points in the first half at Haas. The Cardinal ended the game with a season-low 55 points. Stanford is 13-0 on the year when holding opponents to 60 or fewer points, and 5-0 when the Cardinal's foes scored 50 or fewer.

Free Throw Lows...
Stanford is shooting 67.4% 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's free throw percentage has been below 70% since the Tennessee game on Dec. 4.

Free Throw Highs...
Against Arizona State, the Cardinal shot a season-high 32 free throws and made a season-high 26, with sophomore Candice Wiggins leading the way, going 16-for-19 from the charity strike, which ties the school record for makes in a single game and sets a new mark for attempts. She now leads the Pac-10 in free-throw percentage. Wiggins longest streak was 23-straight free throws over a four game stretch (last four at USC, all nine against Oregon, all six against Oregon State, first three against UCSB).

Back-to-Back Disappointment...
In December, Stanford lost two games in a row for the first time 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). Stanford has not lost back-to-back games twice in a season since 2000-01, when the Cardinal lost at least two games in a row three times.

Streak Stats...
After Stanford lost back-to-back games in December, the Cardinal rebounded with a seven-game win streak, during which time sophomore guard Candice Wiggins averaged 26.9 points per game -- with four games of 30 points or more. Junior Brooke Smith averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game during the stretch and freshman point guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude contributed 5.1 assists per game. Senior guard Krista Rappahahn knocked down 3.7 threes per contest and freshman forward Jillian Harmon added 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Maples Magic...
Tara VanDerveer's teams have compiled a 272-29 (.904) record at home during her tenure. The Cardinal is 169-11 all-time against Pac-10 foes at home. Stanford has won 68 of its last 72 games at Maples and 11-straight since the Tennessee loss on Dec. 4, 2005. With the 78-47 win over Washington State on Feb. 25, Stanford improved its conference home win streak to 46 games. Stanford's last conference loss in Maples was on March 1, 2001, when USC posted a 62-59 victory over the Cardinal. No member of the current Stanford team has ever lost a conference game in Maples.

Tournament Talk...
Stanford secured the No. 1 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament for the fifth time in the five-year history of the conference tournament. The Cardinal will look to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the Pac-10 Tournament Championship. Stanford has been the Pac-10's automatic qualifier in each of the last three seasons. Stanford has made 18th-straight NCAA appearances and 19 in program history and is 44-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with two National Championships, six Final Fours, 10 Elite Eights and 13 Sweet 16 appearances.

Strong Finishes...
With the 78-47 win over Washington State on Feb. 25, Stanford has won its regular season home finale in each of the last 18 years.

Conference Chatter...
On March 2, Candice Wiggins was named the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Tara VanDerveer was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Wiggins is just the sixth player to receive two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, and the fifth to receive the honor in consecutive seasons. This is VanDerveer's eighth honor as Pac-10 Coach of the Year and second-straight. Brooke Smith was selected to teh All-Pac-10 team, her second All-Conference selection in as many seasons with the Cardinal. Jillian Harmon was named to the All-Freshman team, the 21st Cardinal to claim rookie honors, and third consecutive. And Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was an honorable mention selection to the All-Freshman squad.

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.

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. Scout.com has ranked the class No. 3 in the nation, while Blue Star ranks the group at No. 4. Appel and Harrison were both selected for the 2006 McDonald's All-American High School girls' basketball team on Feb. 22. Harrison is the first Utah girl to receive the honor. 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)

Looking at the Lineup...
Stanford has used nine different lineups this season, with only Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins starting all 28 games. Kristen Newlin made six starts before a stress reaction sidelined her. Freshman Jillian Harmon made four starts to begin the season and stepped back in to replace the injured Newlin. Guards Clare Bodensteiner, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Cissy Pierce and Krista Rappahahn have all made starts for the Cardinal this season. Stanford has used three different lineups in the last six games.

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