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).
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.
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 No.1 seed Card (31-2, 17-1) turns its attention to the greater task at hand: The Big Dance. This year marks the programs 26th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Sunday’s game against no.16 seed Tulsa is the start of Stanford’s journey to a sixth consecutive Final Four. The Card would become the only school in Tournament history to achieve that.
With star junior Chiney Ogwumike having the worst scoring game of her career in Sunday’s Pac-12 Championship game, sophomore point guard Amber Orrange stepped up against No. 14 UCLA to overcome a seven-point deficit and lead the Cardinal to a thrilling 51-49 victory.