Julie Foudy ’93 was just one year old when the groundbreaking Title IX equality law, passed in the summer of 1972, kick-started a revolution in women’s college sports by enforcing a balance between the funding of men’s and women’s programs. Looking back from the clarity of our position 40 years later, the impact of Title IX is obvious and striking. Over the past two weeks, The Daily has told the story of Title IX and women’s sports at Stanford, from the program’s history to the experiences of both players and coaches. But what is next?
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).
After years of iconic players passing the torch along–from Candice Wiggins to Jayne Appel to Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen–the No. 5 Cardinal has a new, younger look this year.
Stanford women’s basketball seniors Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were two of the first nine picks in last night’s WNBA Draft
Another April, another heartbreak. The Stanford women will have to keep dreaming, at least for another year. For the fourth time in as many seasons, the Cardinal (33-3) fell short in the Final Four, this time to Texas A&M (32-5) in the semifinals last night in Indianapolis. Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s 31 points couldn’t offset poor late-game offense and foul trouble for Stanford which surrendered a 10-point lead to the Aggies and ultimately fell by a single point, 63-62.
After battling through four tough rounds of the NCAA tournament, the Stanford women’s basketball team heads to Indianapolis this weekend to tackle its tallest test yet: the Final Four.
The Associated Press named Stanford senior guard Jeanette Pohlen a first-team All-American yesterday. Junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was placed on the second-team and senior forward Kayla Pedersen was named to the honorable mention squad.