No. 10 Stanford hosts Oregon Friday night
No. 10 Stanford (12-2, 2-0) opens its home conference schedule with Oregon (10-4, 0-2) on Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. Krista Blunk and Tammy Blackburn have the call on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Oregon.
Stanford has started 2-0 in 22 of the 31 years of Pac-12 women’s basketball … The Cardinal has won its last six conference games dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the Pac-12 … Tara VanDerveer has accumulated a 992-227 career record and is eight victories away from joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 career wins … Stanford has the second most conference wins of any team this millennium with 271 … Stanford is 142-8 (.947) at home the last 10 years … Since 2007-08, the Cardinal owns a conference home record of 77-4 … The Cardinal is one of three teams in the country in the top 20 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense … The Cardinal is 12-0 this year when shooting better than 40 percent from the floor … Brittany McPhee‘s 7.1 per game scoring increase over last season is the best in the league … Erica McCall has 25 double-doubles in her last 48 games, fifth in the country since the start of 2015-16 … She became Stanford’s 37th 1,000-point scorer in its win at George Washington on Dec. 21 … Karlie Samuelson is second among active NCAA players in career 3-point field goal percentage (.428) and 10th in school history in 3-point makes (187) … Nadia Fingall is third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.652) … Stanford signed the nation’s fifth-ranked recruiting class on Nov. 9, including three top-50 recruits.
Stanford is 50-9 all-time against Oregon dating back to Feb. 13, 1981, 28-1 against the Ducks at home and has won 20 of the last 21 in the series. Oregon’s only win on The Farm came on March 5, 1987 (63-54). Each of Stanford’s last 14 wins against the Ducks at home have been decided by double-digits and those victories have come by an average of 27.5 points. Stanford won in Eugene 64-62 last year on a last-second layup and cruised to a 69-42 win in Maples to close out the regular season. Erica McCall finished with 25 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in the victory at home.
CATCHING YOU UP
• Stanford opened conference play last weekend with its first sweep in the desert since 2014, winning at No. 18 Arizona State 64-57 and Arizona 77-55.
• The Cardinal has now started 2-0 in 22 of the 31 years of Pac-12 women’s basketball.
• Friday’s win in Tempe was Stanford’s first over a ranked team on the road since Feb. 26, 2015 at No. 7 Oregon State.
• Since 2007-08, the Cardinal owns a conference road record of 73-10 and a Pac-12 home record of 77-4.
• Stanford has the second most conference wins of any team this millennium with 271. Only Chattanooga has more (278). Connecticut is third (266), Green Bay fourth (259) and Liberty fifth (237).
• The Cardinal’s all-time Pac-12 record is 473-69 (.873), more than 150 wins clear of the next closest team (Washington – 321).
• Stanford has won its last six conference games, the longest active streak in the league. UCLA has won four in a row and Oregon State three.
SETTING THE STAGE
• Stanford is 142-8 (.947) at home the last 10 years and one of nine schools to have more than 140 home wins during that span along with Baylor (171), Connecticut (167), Maryland (152), Ohio State (149), Notre Dame (143), North Carolina (142), Tennessee (142) and Green Bay (140).
• Its .947 home winning percentage since 2007-08 is third behind Connecticut (.971) and Baylor (.961).
• The Cardinal’s 71-52 victory at George Washington on Dec. 21 was its 300th since 2007-08. Now at 303 only Connecticut (347) has more the past 10 years.
• Stanford is 14th in the nation in field goal percentage (.476), 16th in field goal percentage defense (.340), 16th in scoring defense (53.9) and 14th in scoring margin (+21.4).
• The Cardinal is one of three teams in the country in the top 20 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense along with Baylor and Duke.
• Stanford has shot better than 40 percent in eight consecutive conference games dating back to last season and held its opponent under 40 percent in seven straight.
• The Cardinal is 12-0 this year when shooting better than 40 percent from the field.
TARA IS EIGHT AWAY
• Entering her 31st season on the bench at Stanford, Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer has accumulated a 992-226 record in her 37+ years as a collegiate head coach and an 840-176 mark on The Farm. Her teams have won 20 or more games 31 times, including each of the last 15 seasons.
• In November 2013, VanDerveer became just the fifth college women’s basketball coach to win 900 career games and is eight victories shy of joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 career wins.
• Summitt (1,098) along with Mike Krzyzewski at Duke (1,056) and Herb Magee at Philadelphia University (1,040) on the men’s side are the only college basketball coaches with 1,000 wins.
AMONG THE BEST EVER
• With a 1,016-314 overall record, the Cardinal is tied as the seventh-winningest program in women’s college basketball history with Stephen F. Austin. Tennessee (1,308), Louisiana Tech (1,079), Connecticut (1,060), James Madison (1,053), Texas (1,021) and Old Dominion (1,020) are the only schools with more victories.
• The Cardinal’s .764 winning percentage is fourth all-time in Division I, trailing Tennessee (.812) and Louisiana Tech (.782) and Connecticut (.782).
• Oregon assistant coach Nicole Powell starred at Stanford in the early 2000s. She was a Kodak First Team All-American and a finalist for the James Naismith Player of the Year for three straight years (2002-04).
• Powell began her career as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000 and was named Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. She helped Stanford accumulate a 105-26 record over her four years, as she averaged 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Cardinal.
• Stanford freshman DiJonai Carrington is the younger sister of Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington. Her brother was at the Cardinal’s game against Arizona State last Friday, the first time he had seen her play since her freshman year of high school.
• Stanford’s final nonconference game was a 102-44 rout of Yale on Dec. 28.
• It was the Cardinal’s first time in triple digits since March 11, 2011 against Arizona and tied for the fifth largest margin of victory in program history.
• Stanford has scored 100 or more points 64 times in its 1,330 games all-time (4.8 percent).
• Junior Brittany McPhee is 14th in the Pac-12 averaging 13.6 points per game.
• McPhee, who averaged 6.5 points per game as a sophomore, has increased her average output by 7.1 points, more than any player in the Pac-12.
• Only six other players in the conference have upped their scoring output by at least five points from a year ago – Marie Gulich, Oregon State (+6.8); Kennedy Leonard, Colorado (+6.4); Ivana Kmetovska, Washington State (+6.0); Breanna Brown, Oregon State (+5.9); Chantel Osahor, Washington (+5.2); Alexys Swedlund, Washington State (+5.0).
• McPhee has scored 20+ four times, one of nine players in the Pac-12 to have at least four 20-point efforts along with Kristine Anigwe (Cal), Kelsey Plum (Washington), Kennedy Leonard (Colorado), Emily Potter (Utah), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), LaBrittney Jones (Arizona), Jordin Canada (UCLA) and Kristen Simon (USC).
• Ten of her 20 career games scoring in double figures have come this season.
• The junior torched then-No. 8 Texas on Nov. 14 for a career-high 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting (.733) and followed that up with 22 points against Gonzaga her first back-to-back 20-point games.
• Her performance from the floor against the Longhorns was the most efficient for a Stanford guard against a ranked opponent with records dating back to 1999-00 (minimum 10 field goals made).
• Four-time All-American Candice Wiggins is second on that list, converting 55.6 percent in games against No. 16 Minnesota on Nov. 20, 2005 (10-of-18) and No. 23 UTEP on March 24, 2008 (15-of-27).
• Including McPhee, Stanford guards have made 10 field goals in a game against top-25 teams nine times since 1999-00. Wiggins has seven of them.
• Since the start of her junior year, Erica McCall is averaging 15.4 points on 51.0 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.
• Only five players in the country are averaging those numbers since the beginning of last season and three are in the Pac-12. Along with McCall, Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, Utah’s Emily Potter, Oklahoma State’s Kaylee Jensen and Maryland’s Brionna Jones own those averages since 2015-16.
• McCall, on watch lists for the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, became Stanford’s 37th 1,000-point scorer at George Washington on Dec. 21. She is currently 34th in program history with 1,060. Next up is Joslyn Tinkle (1,091).
• Her 158 career blocks rank fifth at Stanford behind Jayne Appel (278), Chiney Ogwumike (202), Val Whiting (201) and Kristen Newlin (163).
• McCall’s 27 career double-doubles are tied for 11th among active NCAA players and she’s had 25 in her last 48 games.
• Only Alaina Coates of South Carolina (28), Nia Coffey (27) of Northwestern, Lexi Martins of George Washington (27) and Brionna Jones (27) of Maryland have had more since the start of 2015-16.
• Karlie Samuelson is second in career 3-point field goal percentage (.428) among active NCAA players and with 187 3-pointers made is four shy of tying Jennifer Azzi for ninth in Stanford history.
• Her career 3-point percentage would be second in program history to Azzi (.452). Kelley Suminski is the only other Cardinal to make more than 40 percent of her 3-pointers in a career (minimum 150 3FGM). She converted 208-of-514 from 2002-05 (.405).
• Since older sister Bonnie arrived on campus as a freshman for the 2011-12 season, the Samuelson sisters have made 424 of Stanford’s 1,187 3-pointers during that time, or 35.7 percent.
• Karlie Samuelson, Oregon’s Lexi Bando (.462; 2015-17) and Cal’s Kristin Iwanaga (.422; 2002-05) are the only Pac-12 players to shoot better than 42.0 percent from behind the arc for their career this millennium (minimum 100 3FGM).
• In her last 35 games, Samuelson is 86-of-173 on 3-pointers (.497). She is currently 20th in the country in percentage from behind the arc this season (.466).
• As a junior, Samuelson was 80-of-169 on 3-pointers in 2015-16 and checked in at third in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.473).
• More than 71 percent of her career attempts are from 3-point range and more than 80 percent of her points have come on 3-pointers and free throws. Samuelson is 87-of-176 (.494) on two-point shots.
• Nadia Fingall, who made her first career start against Yale on Dec. 28, is third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.652).
• Among freshmen in the country with a minimum of 60 field goals attempted, her clip from the floor is second nationally behind only Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard (.713).
• The Cardinal finished sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.338) and ninth in blocks per game (6.0) last year. Its field goal percentage defense was third in Stanford history and its 211 total blocks set a school record.
• The Cardinal is third in the nation in field goal percentage defense the past 10 years, holding its 343 opponents to 34.5 percent shooting (7,190-of-20,862).
FG% Defense Leaders (Since 2007-08)
IN THE POLLS
• Stanford is No. 10 in the AP top 25 and No. 10 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.
• It has been ranked 504 times out of 719 total AP polls since 1977 (70.1 percent), with an average positioning of 7.1. It’s been in the past 295, the second-longest active streak behind Connecticut (439). Stanford has been in 303 consecutive coaches polls.
• The Cardinal’s 504 all-time appearances in the AP top 25 are fourth behind Tennessee (696), Georgia (522) and Texas (510).
• From 2000 to 2012, Stanford played 22 conference games against ranked opponents and went 16-6. In just the last five seasons, the Cardinal has played a ranked Pac-12 team 21 times, going 14-7.
• Stanford is 65-30 (.684) against AP ranked opponents since 2007-08, fifth in the country in such wins over that span and fourth in percentage.
• Only Connecticut (.902), Baylor (.756), Notre Dame (.709), Stanford (.684), Tennessee (.616), Duke (.560), Maryland (.543) and Texas A&M (.519) have winning records against ranked teams the past decade.
• On Nov. 9, the Cardinal announced the signings of Maya Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis), Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate), Estella Moschkau (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood) and Kiana Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner), a group collectively rated No. 5 by espnW HoopGurlz.
• Dodson is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, Moschkau is a five-star prospect rated No. 44 and Williams is a five-star point guard and the No. 8 prospect overall.
• Williams is Stanford’s first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
• Jerome is a veteran of Canada Basketball and represented her country this summer at the both the aforementioned FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile.
• Dodson and Williams were named to the 50-person Naismith Trophy High School Girl’s Preseason watch list on Nov. 16.
• It was a big summer for Stanford alumnae, headlined by Nneka Ogwumike ’12 winning the 2016 WNBA MVP award and hitting the game winner in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Sparks to the championship.
• Ogwumike is Stanford women’s basketball’s seventh WNBA champion and the second Cardinal to win a league most valuable player award in any sport, joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie, who was selected NFL MVP in 1970.
• On Oct. 17, the 2012 Stanford graduate was voted president of the WNBA players’ union executive council, a post she will hold for three years. She will serve alongside her sister Chiney ’14, who will serve as the organization’s vice president. Jayne Appel Marinelli, who retired this September after a seven-year WNBA career with the San Antonio Stars, will begin her post-playing days as the union’s Associate Director of Player Relations.
• Sebnem Kimyacioglu ’05, the fifth Stanford alumna to compete in the Olympics, helped Turkey advance to the quarterfinals in the country’s second appearance in women’s basketball at the Games.
• Kimyacioglu was one of 39 Stanford athletes to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Cardinal contingent in Rio hailed from 10 countries and spanned 17 varsity sports. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games resulted in a school-record 27 medals, the most of any NCAA institution.