There are a lot of reasons to believe that Stanford never fully adopted a sports, nor even football, culture. As national Heisman voters did not vote for Christian McCaffrey ’18 because they could not bother to watch his games, Stanford students would not bike over to Stanford Stadium for games.
Ionescu scored 15 of her 20 points in a breakout second quarter that Oregon won 29-9. The Ducks beat the Cardinal in the Pac-12 tournament championship for the second time in three years. The final score was 89-56 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Cardinal fell 6-1 in the finale of a four-game series with Kansas State (9-6, 0-0 Big 12) on Sunday.
The response from Stanford head coach VanDerveer to UCLA’s press defense was brilliant and exemplified Stanford’s effort to avenge the regular season loss and book a ticket to the championship game with a 67-51 win.
Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader was decidedly less successful for the Cardinal than the prior game. Stanford answered Kansas State’s two-run fourth inning with a run of its own, but surrendered nine straight runs to lose 11-1.
No. 7 Stanford (25-5, 14-4 Pac-12) played preseason-top-10 Oregon State three times this season, won all three and improved each time.
It is a new era for Stanford baseball (4-9, 0-0 Pac-12), one that includes openers. Freshman RHP Nathan Fleischli started the game, pitched an inning and two thirds, then handed the ball off to junior RHP Brendan Beck.
Now, Stanford (25-5, 14-4 Pac-12) is set to meet Oregon State (23-8, 11-8 Pac-12) in the quarterfinal, with Oregon looming on the other side of the bracket for a potential rematch of the championship game for a third time running.
Coming off back-to-back losses, No. 4 Stanford (25-5, 14-4 Pac-12) leaned in to what had gotten it to this point: its defense. The Cardinal held No. 24 Arizona State (20-10, 10-8 Pac-12) to single digit scoring in two separate quarters and its lowest point total of the season.
Matching the longest game in program history, Stanford (1-8, 0-0 Pac-12) fell 5-3 to Grand Canyon (6-3, 0-0 WAC) in 18 innings. The Cardinal had 11 hits to the Antelopes seven, but the visitors were able to strike for three runs in the top of the 18th, which proved to be the difference.
Friday night's contest proved difficult for Stanford women's basketball (24-5, 13-4 Pac-12). When the game was pushed into overtime, the extra minutes were no different. No. 13 Arizona (23-5, 12-5 Pac-12) went on a run. Stanford went on a momentary comeback and even took the lead, but the Wildcats had a little bit more in the tank. Arizona won 73-72 in overtime.
Despite a much shorter history, women’s sports have accounted for 59 of Stanford’s NCAA-record 126 team national championships (47%). Given this success despite inequity, it is no surprise, then, that a former Cardinal is attempting to remedy one of sports media’s most glaring blights: 4% of coverage is dedicated to women’s sports.
When No. 4 Stanford (24-4, 13-3 Pac-12) was not getting bullied inside the paint, turning the ball over or outrun, the game was close. The Cardinal even won the fourth quarter by 10 points and tied the second. The 74-66 loss to No. 3 Oregon (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) came for other reasons.
Without much in terms of offensive help, Williams dropped 24 points and pushed Stanford’s record to 1-0 in such games with a 63-60 victory. Williams played all but 11 seconds of the game, while none of her teammates topped 30 minutes.
The toughest stretch of No. 4 Stanford women's basketball (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12) season begins today. The final four regular season games will all come against ranked opponents, including the date tonight with No. 15 Oregon State (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12).
And on Tuesday, No. 25 Stanford (1-3, 0-0 Pac-12) grew into its offense over the course of the game. Despite not getting a hit until the fourth inning, the Cardinal eventually tacked on a couple of runs and even staged a brief comeback.
Stanford scored two runs on as many errors and salvaged a Sunday win out of a lost series against Fullerton. The Titans out-hit the Cardinal 5-4 and struck out three fewer times but could not find the sweep.
Once again, No. 8 Stanford (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12) rebuffed Colorado (15-10, 4-10 Pac-12) of an upset victory.
After Cal State Fullerton (2-0, 0-0 Big West) won its fourth straight game at No. 17 Stanford (0-2, 0-0 Pac-12), the Titans huddled briefly and cheered their dominant 6-1 victory.
Head coach David Esquer ’87 knew coming into Friday night’s opener that the relative inexperience of this Cardinal team would present a challenge. Five unearned runs, 13 strikeouts later and a 7-1 loss later, Esquer’s prediction rang true.
No. 17 Stanford (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) welcomes its nemesis Cal State Fullerton (0-0, 0-0 Big West) to Sunken Diamond for a three-game opening set beginning Friday.
With the help of Athletes Guide, nine Stanford football players hosted their first free football clinic on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Hillview Middle School for the community and were paid for their time. For nearly two hours, kids of all ages played football with their heroes under beautiful blue skies and the incessant drum of clean rap music.
Normally, Senior Day is celebrated in Maples Pavilion after the game to prevent the emotions of a goodbye from impeding the focus on winning. On Sunday, however, a dominant first quarter turned the whole afternoon into a celebration as there was no doubt about the end result.