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Hector Garcia-Molina/Stanford Athletics
Women's Basketball

Zoned in on Zona

No. 6 Stanford (13-1, 3-0)
at Arizona (13-2, 3-1)
Sunday, Jan. 13 • 11 a.m. PT/12 p.m. MT
McKale Center • Tucson, Ariz.
Television Pac-12 Networks
Audio GoStanford.com
Live Statistics  ArizonaWildcats.com
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THE GAME: No. 6 Stanford (13-1, 3-0) finishes its first conference road trip at Arizona (13-2, 3-1) on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. PT/12 p.m. MT. Cindy Brunson and Joan Bonvicini have the call on Pac-12 Networks and Kevin Danna will handle the radio broadcast on GoStanford.com.
 
THE RUNDOWN: Stanford is 85-18 in its last 103 Pac-12 road games ... The Cardinal's 180 conference wins the past 11 seasons are the most in the nation ... At 13-1, Stanford is off to its best start since it began 22-1 in 2013-14 ... Stanford is the only school that has multiple players with multiple 30-point games this season in Alanna Smith and DiJonai Carrington ... Smith's 30-point, 13-rebound, five-assist, three-block performance at Buffalo was just the fourth for a player in a true road game since 2000 ... Carrington's 33-point, 13-rebound, four 3-pointer effort against Tennessee was just the second for a player in the past 20 years against a ranked opponent ... Stanford is one of two schools in the nation with a pair of top-10 wins this season ... The Cardinal is 23rd in the country in scoring offense (79.9) and 18th in field goal percentage (.468) ... Stanford is 15th in the country in 3-point makes per game (9.6) and 13th in 3-point percentage (.385)  ... Alanna Smith is the only player in the country averaging 19.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game ... DiJonai Carrington is averaging 17.2 points and 10.3 rebounds in the last six games ... Haley Jones, the nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, announced her commitment on Nov. 28, the first top player to sign with Stanford since Chiney Ogwumike in Nov. 2009.
 
VS. ARIZONA: Stanford is 67-13 all-time against Arizona, 26-9 against the Wildcats on the road and has won 31 of the last 32 meetings. During the Cardinal's 31-1 run in the series, it has outscored Arizona by an average of 22 points (77.7-55.2), outshot the Wildcats by 12 percent (.470-.356) and outrebounded Arizona by 10 per game (42.2-31.8). Alanna Smith,  a career 60.0 percent shooter against Arizona (24-of-40) and an even better 69.2 percent from deep (9-of-13), averaged 13.5 points in the Cardinal's two wins last season.
 
NEWS AND NOTES »

  • At 13-1, Stanford is off to its best 14-game start since it began the 2013-14 season 22-1.
  • The Cardinal started the year with six consecutive victories, something it hadn't done since winning its first 11 games in 2012-13.
  • Stanford entered conference play with a 10-1 record (.909), the first time in five years it suffered just one nonconference defeat.
  • The Cardinal's Nov. 18 home contest against Ohio State was canceled due to smoke from the devastating wildfires in Butte County that had compromised the air quality throughout the Bay Area.
  • Stanford is currently No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and No. 2 in the NCAA RPI.
  • Since 2007-08, the Cardinal owns a conference home record of 95-6 and a Pac-12 road record of 85-14.
  • Stanford's 180 conference wins the past 11 seasons are the most in the nation (Green Bay - 179).
  • Stanford's all-time Pac-12 record is 503-75 and 150 wins clear of the next closest team (UW - 337).
  • The Cardinal was 14-of-14 at the line in Friday's 72-65 win over No. 19 Arizona State, a program record for makes without a miss from the stripe. Stanford had previously gone 13-for-13 against Seattle on Feb. 29, 2012 and Cal on Feb. 11, 2005.
  • Tara VanDerveer is three wins away from No. 900 at Stanford and would be the fifth DI coach, men's or women's, with that many at a single school (Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim).

 
HOME COOKIN' »

  • Stanford upped its home winning streak to 18 games, tied for the sixth longest active stretch in the country, with a pair of victories to begin Pac-12 play against USC (72-64) and UCLA (86-80).
  • In last Sunday's win over the Bruins, Stanford had three players score at least 20 in DiJonai Carrington (30), Alanna Smith (24) and Kiana Williams (21). It was the first time the Cardinal had three 20-point scorers in the same game since Jan. 23, 2015 at UCLA (Briana Roberson - 21; Bonnie Samuelson - 21;  Amber Orrange - 20).
  • Alanna Smith had double-doubles in each game (19 points, 11 rebounds; 24 points, 11 rebounds) and Kiana Williams also had the first of her career with 20 points and 10 assists against UCLA. That Sunday win against the Bruins was Stanford's first in which two players had double-doubles since its 2017 Final Four loss to South Carolina when Erica McCall had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Alanna Smith had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

 
INJURY BUG »

  • A number of players have missed significant stretches of time for Stanford.
  • Junior Nadia Fingall, who had started each of the Cardinal's first 12 games and averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee in a game against USC on Jan. 4
  • Senior Marta Sniezek has yet to play this year after undergoing offseason ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery on her right hand/thumb. She started 32 games last season.
  • Freshman Lexie Hull returned in Stanford's win over UCLA after missing the previous nine games with a left foot injury. She had started the first three games of the year.
  • Sophomore Maya Dodson, arguably one of the conference's most improved players, has missed the last three games with a left foot injury.

 
RECORDS SET ON ROCKY TOP »

  • On the 30th anniversary of the first meeting in their storied rivalry, Stanford went on the road and beat then-No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville, 95-85, on Dec. 18.
  • In the first top-10 matchup between the schools since 2013, the Cardinal collected its third win against the Lady Vols in Thompson-Boling Arena. Its previous road victories in Knoxville came on Dec. 22, 2012 (73-60) and Dec. 15, 1996 (82-65).
  • Stanford shot 14-of-24 (.583) from 3-point range, an opponent record for Thompson-Boling Arena and a record-tying number of makes from deep against the Lady Vols all-time.
  • The Cardinal's 95 points were the most against Tennessee in Knoxville in 13 seasons and just two shy of the opponent record in Thompson-Boling Arena. Texas beat the Lady Vols 97-78 on Dec. 9, 1987.
  • Stanford shot 55 percent overall (33-of-60) to score its 95 points, a program record for scoring on the road against a top-10 team.
  • DiJonai Carrington led five Cardinal in double figures with a career-high 33 points and 13-rebounds for her third career double-double. Carrington was 11-of-15 (.733) from the floor and 4-of-5 (.800) from deep and became just the second player in the last 20 years to have 33 points, 13 rebounds and four made 3-pointers against a ranked opponent. Missouri's Evan Unrau had 40/15/4 against No. 8 Kansas State on Feb. 22, 2014, a game that went into double-overtime.

 
RESUME BUILDERS »

  • Coupled with a Dec. 15 68-63 home victory over then-No. 3 Baylor, Stanford beat a pair of top-10 teams in the span of four days, something it last did eight years ago when it beat No. 4 Xavier, 89-52, on Dec. 28, 2010 and No. 1 UConn, 71-59, on Dec. 30, 2010 to end the Huskies' then-record 90-game winning streak. Both of those victories were at home.
  • Stanford and Notre Dame are the only schools in the nation with a pair of top-10 wins.
  • The win against the Lady Bears was the Cardinal's first in the regular season against a top-five team since it ended No. 1 UConn's 47-game winning streak in overtime, 88-86, on Nov. 17, 2014.
  • Stanford is now 9-1 in its last 10 home game against top-five opponents.
  • The 6-foot-5 Shannon Coffee set season highs with nine points and 19 minutes and made three of her four 3-point attempts against Baylor. The senior has made 12 from deep in her career and seven have come against Baylor. She was 4-of-8 last season in an 81-57 loss in Waco.
  • Coupled with Alanna Smith's 5-of-9 effort from behind the arc, the Cardinal's two tallest players were a combined 8-of-13 (.615) from distance.
  • Baylor, which entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage (.557), shot just 34.9 percent (22-of-63) against the Cardinal, its lowest since losing 88-69 to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on March 31, 2014 (.338).
  • Kalani Brown (16.4 ppg) and Lauren Cox (12.3 ppg), who came in averaging nearly 30 combined points per game, together went for just seven points on just 3-of-11 shooting (.273). Brown came into the day leading the NCAA's active players in field goal percentage (.648) made only two of her seven attempts from the floor, the third-lowest percentage of her career when attempting at least five shots.

 
LONE LOSS »

  • The Cardinal's loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 2 was its third to a WCC team in the nonconference in the last four seasons. Gonzaga won at Stanford, 68-63, on Nov. 18, 2016 and Santa Clara beat the Cardinal in Maples on Nov. 23, 2015, 61-58.
  • Gonzaga shot 54.2 percent from the floor (26-of-48) in its most recent victory, the best for a Stanford opponent since No. 22 DePaul made 59.6 percent (31-of-52) in a 91-71 win on Dec. 16, 2010.

 
MARKED OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT »

  • The Cardinal is 23rd in the country in scoring offense (79.9) and 22nd in scoring margin (+16.9).
  • Stanford hasn't averaged more than 75.0 points per game since 2013-14 and has averaged 68.7 (2017-18), 68.8 (2015-16) and 69.3 (2014-15) in three of the last four years. Those are three of the five lowest scoring offenses for a Tara VanDerveer team at Stanford, behind 1985-86 (66.6) and 1986-87 (67.8).
  • Stanford is 18th nationally in field goal percentage (.468) and 27th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.20).
  • Those categories are just a couple of many where the Cardinal has seen a marked improvement year-over-year. Last season, Stanford was 87th in field goal percentage (.424) and 126th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.93).

 
SHARP SHOOTERS »

  • Stanford is 15th in the country, averaging 9.6 3-point makes per game and 13th in 3-point percentage, making 38.5 percent.
  • Stanford's 16 3-pointers on Nov. 11 against Idaho tied a program single-game record also achieved at UCLA on Feb. 24, 2002 and at Washington on Feb. 24, 2001.
  • Entering the season, Stanford had made 14 3-pointers in a game 16 times in 1,389 games (1.2 percent). This year's Cardinal has already done it three times in 14 games against Idaho (16), San Francisco (15) and Tennessee (14).
  • The Cardinal made 31.9 percent of its attempts from behind the arc last season, the second-worst percentage in program history. Stanford also was a program-low 42.4 percent from the floor overall in 2017-18.
  • Stanford won that game against Idaho 115-71, its fifth-highest point total ever and most since tying a school record with 122 against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 10, 1994.

 
FROM DOWN UNDER »

  • Alanna Smith is on every major watch list, including the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Katrina McClain Award and Senior CLASS Award and also was selected to the preseason All-Pac-12 Team as voted on by the media who regularly cover the conference.
  • The espnW, USBWA and Pac-12 Player of the Week from Dec. 17, this season Smith is shooting 54.9 percent from the field (100-of-182), 47.3 percent from behind the arc (35-of-74) and averaging a team-high 19.7 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds.
  • She is the only player in the nation shooting better than 54 percent from the floor and 47 percent from deep using NCAA minimums of five made field goals per game and two made 3-pointers per game.
  • Elena Delle Donne is the only player 6'4" and taller over the past 20 years to shoot better than 40 percent from 3-point range when she made 41.3 percent as a freshman at Delaware in 2009-10 (NCAA minimum of two made 3-pointers per game).
  • Smith, who has double-doubles in three of her last five games, is the only player in the country averaging 19.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game this season.
  • Smith is third in the conference and 41st in the country in field goal percentage, second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the country in 3-point percentage, fourth in the league and 29th nationally in scoring and first in the conference and 35th in the country in blocks per game.
  • She is 27th in school history in scoring (1,280) and fifth in blocks (176).
  • Smith has made 109 career 3-pointers, more than any other player her height since 2015-16. Six-foot-4 Courtney Zezza on Saint Francis has made 87 over the past four years.
  • The senior had 30 points, 13 rebounds five assists and three blocks in a 62-55 win at Buffalo on Dec. 21 to become just the fourth player since 2000 to put together a line of 30/13/5/3 in a true road game.
  • Jennie Simms had 41/13/6/3 for Old Dominion against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 4, 2017, Jerica Coley had 30/14/5/4 for FIU against South Florida on March 17, 2012 and Jessica Davenport had 34/16/6/3 for Ohio State against Iowa on Jan. 12, 2006.

 
WATCH WILLIAMS »

  • Kiana Williams is also on watch lists for the Naismith Trophy and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.
  • The sophomore is second on the team in scoring (14.0 points per game) and put in 20+ in each of Stanford's wins last weekend over USC and UCLA, the first back-to-back 20-point games of her career.
  • Williams had her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in the win against the Bruins. It was Stanford's first 20-point, 10-assist double-double since Jeanette Pohlen had 21 and 12 in a win over USC on Jan. 22, 2011.
  • It was also the Cardinal's first individual 10-assist effort since Marta Sniezek had that many in the 2016-17 season opener against Cal Poly on Nov. 11, 2016.
  • Williams is also averaging 4.9 assists per game, which is ninth in the conference. No Stanford player has averaged 4.5 assists in a season since Jeanette Pohlen in 2010-11 (4.8).

 
CARRINGTON CLUTCH »

  • DiJonai Carrington has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in four of the last six games and is averaging 17.2 points and 10.3 rebounds in those six while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (35-of-70) and 42.3 percent from deep (11-of-26).
  • The junior has a pair of 30-point efforts in those last five against Tennessee (33) and UCLA (30) and Stanford is the only school in the nation that has multiple players with multiple 30-point games this season. Alanna Smith scored 30 at Hawaii on Nov. 25 and 30 at Buffalo on Dec. 21.

 
FOUR TO THE FARM »

  • Stanford bolstered an already strong recruiting class for next season with the addition of the nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, Haley Jones (Santa Cruz, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who committed on Nov. 28.
  • Jones joined the earlier signings of top-50, five-star talents Fran Belibi (Aurora, Colo./Regis Jesuit), Hannah Jump (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Pinewood School) and Ashten Prechtel (Colorado Springs, Colo./Discovery Canyon) in Stanford's class, which is ranked second nationally by espnW HoopGurlz.
  • Jones is the first No. 1 prospect to sign with Stanford since Chiney Ogwumike came to The Farm as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.

 
SO INTERNATIONAL »

  • Alanna Smith, the program's first international student, became the sixth Stanford player to appear in a FIBA World Cup in helping Australia to a silver medal in late September. The senior was one of two Stanford players at the tournament in Tenerife, Spain along with alumna Nneka Ogwumike (United States) and was a late arrival to campus for the fall quarter. Classes started on September 24.
  • Brown and the USA Basketball U18 National Team won gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Mexico City in early August. The freshman averaged 7.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds in six games. She had her best performance in the semifinals against Colombia, going for a team-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including hitting three of her four 3-point attempts.
  • Jerome was the youngest player on Canada's Senior Women's National Team roster that participated in a four-game exhibition series in China and Japan from August 1-7.