Stanford’s women athletes have been successful in their sports for well beyond just their time on the Farm. Over the past two seasons, Stanford women’s basketball has had three players taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft: Kayla Pedersen ‘11 (Tulsa Shock, 2011, seventh overall), Jeanette Pohlen ‘12 (Indiana Fever, 2011, ninth overall) and Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike ‘12 (Los Angeles Sparks, 2012, first overall).
Tara VanDerveer has not only fulfilled her own dreams of playing college basketball and of witnessing women’s basketball become a dominant sport in the athletic world, but she is also the reason that so many young women today have had that same opportunity.
On the heels of earning Naismith Trophy finalist honors, junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named a 2013 Associated Press First Team All-American on Tuesday. Chiney and her older sister, Nneka Ogwumike ’12, became the first sister pair to earn AP First Team All-American distinctions.
Everything seemed to be going the way of the No. 4 Stanford women’s basketball team to start the regional semi-final game of the NCAA Tournament against No. 14 Georgia.
The Card (33-3, 17-1 Pac-12 ) started the game 9-0 and midway through the first half of the Sweet Sixteen, Georgia (28-6, 12-4 SEC) was still only 3-16 shooting from the field and trailing 11-4. National Player of the Year candidate Chiney Ogwumike was leading all scorers with eight points, shooting a perfect 4-4, while the rest of her team shot just 3-13.
This evening in Spokane, Wash., the Stanford women’s basketball will face Georgia in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Joining them in the Evergreen State, both the Pac-12 Conference and SEC will be doubly represented, with California and LSU due to face off on the same hardwood two-and-a-half hours later.
With a 73-40 victory over Michigan at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday, the Stanford women’s basketball team booked its place in the Spokane Regionals next weekend. Senior Joslyn Tinkle hit a career-best five three-pointer in her final game at Maples Pavilion.
The Stanford women’s basketball team recovered from a difficult start to defeat Tulsa 72-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Maples Pavilion on Sunday. It will now face Michigan in the second round on Tuesday evening after the Wolverines defeated Villanova 60-52.