The No.6 ranked Stanford’s women’s basketball team is currently a dominant force no one wants to reckon with, and they look to wreak havoc this weekend against two more Pac-12 foes. Coming off a weekend in which they beat Washington and Washington State by a combined score of 176- 118, the Cardinal (16-1, 6-0 PAC-12) look to extend their 10 game winning streak by two this weekend as they hit the road to face Utah and Colorado.
No. 6 ranked Stanford women’s basketball (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) and Stanford men’s basketball (9-9, 2-4 Pac-12) No. 6 ranked Stanford women’s basketball are nearly halfway through their Pac-12 conference schedules, and while both teams have vastly different overall narratives, they both are in the middle of exciting seasons. With matches for both teams against Colorado and Utah on the horizon, the Daily’s Sally Egan and Daniel Martinez-Krams share their thoughts about the women’s hot start, the men’s high variance season, and the most valuable player for each team.
The Arizona State University women’s basketball team had won 9 of their previous 10 games going into their home game last Friday against Stanford. The University of Arizona was on an even hotter streak, winning 12 of their past 13 games going into their home game on Sunday against the Cardinal. Both teams left the weekend disappointed as Stanford continued to show dominance in wins over two of the stronger teams in the Pac-12.
In a game that ended closer than some anticipated, the Stanford men’s basketball team (7-8, 0-3 Pac-12) fell to Arizona (12-4, 3-0 Pac-12) by a final score of 70-75. From Arizona’s four game winning streak to the surprisingly large number of Wildcat fans that turned out, the Cardinal knew they were facing their toughest home opponent yet. The Arizona men’s basketball team is no Eastern Washington or Portland State; they’ve been to the NCAA tournament the past six seasons in a row.
Tomorrow the No. 7 ranked women’s basketball team opens their regular season at home against UC Davis. This will also mark the start of Coach Tara VanDerveer’s 40th season as a collegiate head coach. After throttling Vanguard 87-36 last Thursday at home in an exhibition game, with 12 players scoring, the Cardinal is ready to begin their season.
The Daily’s Sally Egan sat down with three returning women’s basketball players, sophomore guard Kianna Williams, senior forward Alana Smith and junior guard Dijonai Carrington to get their thoughts on this upcoming season.
This weekend, the No. 2 Stanford men’s water polo team (15-1) takes on No. 9 UC Davis (13-5) on Saturday at noon and No. 11 UC Irvine (7-10) on Sunday at 1pm in their final two home games of the regular season. The team will be led by sophomores Ben Hallock and Tyler Abramson on offense, each of whom have 42 goals on the season. On defense, the Cardinal will be led by senior goalkeeper Oliver Lewis, who has 174 saves on the season and is allowing an average of only 6.46 goals per game.
Coming off a tough loss to #3 USC last Sunday, the No. 2 Stanford men’s water polo team (15-1, 1-0 MPSF) capped off a successful weekend in dominating fashion on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Avery Aquatic Center.