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No. 13 Stanford in SLC Friday at 5 p.m. PT


THE GAME

Two of the nation’s top defensive teams meet when No. 13 Stanford (13-3, 3-1) plays at Utah (12-3, 1-3) on Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT. Thad Anderson and Elise Woodward have the call on Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain.

THE RUNDOWN

Stanford (13th; .342) and Utah (11th; .339) are two of the nation’s best in terms of field goal percentage defense … Tara VanDerveer owns a 993-228 career record and is seven victories away from joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 wins … Stanford has the second most conference wins of any team this millennium (272) … Stanford is 107-22 (.829) on the road the last 10 years … Since 2007-08, the Cardinal owns a conference road record of 73-10 … The Cardinal is one of five teams in the country in the top 20 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense … The Cardinal is 13-0 this season and has won its last 20 in a row when it shoots better than 40 percent … Stanford shot 30 percent on 3-pointers in its first 11 games, but has made 47 percent in its last five … Erica McCall has 26 double-doubles in her last 50 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 players in career 3-point field goal percentage (.428) and 10th in school history in 3-point makes (188) … Brittany McPhee‘s 6.8 per game scoring increase over last season is the third-best in the league …Nadia Fingall is third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.612) … Stanford signed the nation’s fifth-ranked recruiting class on Nov. 9, including three top-50 recruits.

VS. UTAH

Stanford is 20-0 all-time against Utah dating back to the first meeting on Jan. 13, 1986. This will be the ninth game between the two schools as conference foes. Stanford has won those previous eight matchups by an average of 20.0 points. In its 2016 visit to the Huntsman Center, Stanford beat Utah 72-54 to collect the program’s 999th win behind Erica McCall‘s 18 points, nine rebounds and career-high seven blocks. Four players scored in double figures in Maples last January, Briana Roberson had a career-high eight assists and the Cardinal won at home 72-52.

CATCHING YOU UP

• No. 16 Oregon State outlasted Stanford in the Cardinal’s first double-overtime game in nine seasons on Sunday 72-69.
Erica McCall scored all 25 points in the second half and overtimes and had 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season and seventh in Stanford’s last 10 games.
• The game featured 10 ties, 11 lead changes and neither team had greater than a six-point advantage.
• It was the Cardinal’s third double-overtime game in program history. Stanford lost at home to San Francisco 79-78 on Feb. 24, 1981 and beat Utah on the road 81-77 on Nov. 18, 2007.
Alanna Smith scored a career-high 24 points in 20 minutes off the bench, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Stanford beat Oregon 81-60 on Friday.
Briana Roberson added 15 and Erica McCall 14. Karlie Samuelson handed out a career-high six assists and Marta Sniezek grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go along with nine points and five assists.
• Stanford opened conference play with its first sweep in the desert since 2014, winning at No. 18 Arizona State 64-57 and Arizona 77-55.
• The 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 78-5.
• Stanford has the second most conference wins of any team this millennium with 272. Only Chattanooga has more (279). Connecticut is third (267), Green Bay fourth (261) and Liberty fifth (239).
• The Cardinal’s all-time Pac-12 record is 474-70 (.871), more than 150 wins clear of the next closest team (Washington – 323).

SETTING THE STAGE

• Stanford is 107-22 (.829) on the road the last 10 years, one of only four schools to have more than 100 road wins along with Green Bay (110), Connecticut (109) and Notre Dame (102).
• The Cardinal’s 71-52 victory at George Washington on Dec. 21 was its 300th since 2007-08. Now at 304 only Connecticut (349) and Baylor (305) have more the past 10 years.
• Stanford is 18th in the nation in field goal percentage (.466), 13th in field goal percentage defense (.342), 22nd in scoring defense (55.4) and 12th in scoring margin (+19.9).
• The Cardinal is one of five teams in the country in the top 20 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense along with Baylor, Duke, South Carolina and West Virginia.
• The Cardinal is 13-0 this season and won its last 20 in a row when shooting better than 40 percent from the field.

TARA IS SEVEN AWAY

• Entering her 31st season on the bench at Stanford, Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer has accumulated a 993-228 record in her 37+ years as a collegiate head coach and an 841-177 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 seven victories shy of joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 career wins.


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• Summitt (1,098) along with Mike Krzyzewski at Duke (1,057) and Herb Magee at Philadelphia University (1,042) on the men’s side are the only college basketball coaches with 1,000 wins.

AGAINST RANKED

• 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 22 times, going 14-8.
• Stanford is 65-31 (.677) against AP ranked opponents since 2007-08, fifth in the country in such wins over that span and fourth in percentage.
• Only Connecticut (.903), Baylor (.756), Notre Dame (.712), Stanford (.677), Tennessee (.611), Duke (.555), Maryland (.543) and Texas A&M (.523) have winning records against ranked teams the past decade.

AMONG THE BEST EVER

• With a 1,017-315 overall record, the Cardinal is tied as the seventh-winningest program in women’s college basketball history with Stephen F. Austin. Tennessee (1,309), Louisiana Tech (1,079), Connecticut (1,061), James Madison (1,054), Texas (1,023) and Old Dominion (1,021) are the only schools with more victories.
• The Cardinal’s .764 winning percentage is fourth all-time in Division I, trailing Tennessee (.812), Connecticut (.782) and Louisiana Tech (.781).

STEP UP IN SHOOTING

• In the season’s first 11 games, Stanford was shooting just 63.4 percent from the line (135-of-213) and 29.9 percent from behind the arc (56-of-187).
• The Cardinal has significantly improved those numbers since, making 73.0 percent of its free throws (65-of-89) and 46.8 percent of its 3-pointers (36-of-77) in its last five outings.

CENTURY MARK

• 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 1,332 games all-time (4.8 percent).

BIRD SOARING

• Since the start of her junior year, Erica McCall is averaging 15.6 points on 50.1 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds.
• 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 32nd in program history with 1,099. Next up is Jill Yanke (1,134).


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• Her 163 career blocks are tied for fourth at Stanford with Kristen Newlin. Jayne Appel (278), Chiney Ogwumike (202) and Val Whiting (201) own the top three spots in program history.
• McCall’s 28 career double-doubles are tied for 11th among active NCAA players and she’s had 26 in her last 50 games.
• Only Alaina Coates of South Carolina (29), Lexi Martins of George Washington (28), Brionna Jones (28) of Maryland and Nia Coffey (27) of Northwestern have had more since the start of 2015-16.
• In four Pac-12 games McCall is averaging a double-double of 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Eighteen players from Power 5 conferences are averaging a double-double in league play, including three from the Pac-12 in McCall, Monique Billings (UCLA) and Chantel Osahor (Washington).

TAKE AIM

Karlie Samuelson is second in career 3-point field goal percentage (.428) among active NCAA players and with 188 3-pointers made is three 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 425 of Stanford’s 1,197 3-pointers during that time, or 35.5 percent.


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Karlie Samuelson, Oregon’s Lexi Bando (.466; 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 37 games, Samuelson is 87-of-175 on 3-pointers (.497). She is currently 12th in the country in percentage from behind the arc this season (.467).
• 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 70 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 90-of-187 (.481) on two-point shots.
• Samuelson returned to practice on Nov. 8 for the first time in roughly six weeks after she recovered from a hairline fracture in her wrist.
• She didn’t attempt a 3-pointer in Sunday’s loss to Oregon State, only the eighth time in 112 career games Samuelson didn’t fire off one from deep.

McPHIRE

• Junior Brittany McPhee, who missed Friday’s game against Oregon with an ankle sprain, is 14th in the Pac-12 averaging 13.3 points per game.
• McPhee, who averaged 6.5 points per game as a sophomore, has increased her average output by 6.8 points, the third most in the Pac-12.


Pac-12 Per Game Scoring Improvement
Player 2016 PPG 2017 PPG Change
I. Kmetovska (WSU) 1.5 8.5 +7.0
K. Leonoard (COLO) 12.1 19.0 +6.9
B. McPhee (STAN) 6.5 13.3 +6.8
B. Brown (OSU) 2.2 8.8 +6.6

• She is one of six players in the conference have upped their scoring output by at least six points from a year ago – Ivana Kmetovska, Washington State (+7.0); Kennedy Leonard, Colorado (+6.9); Breanna Brown, Oregon State (+6.6); Kennedy Burke, UCLA (+6.5); Marie Gulich, Oregon State (+6.5).
• McPhee has scored 20+ four times, one of 10 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), Kristen Simon (USC) and Sydney Wiese (Oregon State).
• 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.

FINGALL FINSHES

Nadia Fingall, who made her first career start against Yale on Dec. 28, is third in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.612).
• Among freshmen in the country with a minimum of 80 field goals attempted, her clip from the floor is third nationally behind Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard (.683) and Ohio State’s Tori McCoy (.631).

APPLYING PRESSURE

• 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 (7,239-of-20,998).


FG% Defense Leaders (Since 2007-08)
Rank School Percentage
1. Connecticut .319
2. Baylor .336
3. Stanford .345
4. Liberty .349
5. Duke .355

IN THE POLLS

• Stanford is No. 13 in the AP top 25 and No. 12 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.
• It has been ranked 505 times out of 720 total AP polls since 1977 (70.1 percent), with an average positioning of 7.1. It’s been in the past 296, the second-longest active streak behind Connecticut (440). Stanford has been in 304 consecutive coaches polls.
• The Cardinal’s 505 all-time appearances in the AP top 25 are fourth behind Tennessee (696), Georgia (522) and Texas (511).

CARDINAL FOURTUNE

• 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), collectively rated No. 5 by espnW HoopGurlz.


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• 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 FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile.

FOREVER STANFORD

• 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.


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• 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.

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