Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer has a prodigious arsenal to call upon for the 11th meeting between the two teams; the Cardinal leads the series 6-4, although Tech has won the last two games. Senior Kelley Suminski recently scored her 1,000th point while racking up 13 against Louisiana-Lafayette as Stanford took the championship of the Great Alaska Shootout 67-47. Suminski leads the team in three-point production with eight successes in 17 tries.
Stanford came to the finals via a 91-50 victory over Eastern Washington wherein freshman Candice Wiggins, Stanford's lead scorer in three outings, picked up five steals. During that game Stanford stole the ball 21 times, with nine different players picking off at least one steal. Two days earlier the Cardinal collected 18 steals against Pacific, with freshman Cissy Pierce grabbing five. Four games into the year, Stanford has 57 total takeaways.
Junior center Brooke Smith has eight steals to lead her team, and the Cardinal has 23 blocks for the season. The Duke University transfer is leading the team in shooting from the field at .519, and has averaged 21 minutes a contest.
Tech presents Stanford its first game against a ranked opponent. Lady Raider senior center Cisti Greenwalt's 19 points and 15 rebounds sparked Tech's victory over Rice. Sophomore standout Alesha Robertson quietly posted a double-double during the game with 18 points and 10 boards.
Stanford plays five seniors this season. In their last outing Sebnem Kimyacioglu earned Player of the Game honors with 11 points and eight rebounds. T'Nae Thiel, Azella Perryman, and Susan King Borchardt add experienced depth to the Cardinal roster. Kimyacioglu, Suminski, and Wiggins are likely starters along with Perryman and Thiel. Kristen Newlin has a single starting appearance and is averaging almost 17 minutes a game for the Cardinal.