Stanford’s first international women’s basketball recruit, Alanna Smith has enjoyed the successes of a standout senior season for which she was named an All-American. Smith was also the 12th Cardinal to be named All-American and to be drafted in the first round of the WBNA draft.
After four years on the Farm, Stanford forward Alanna Smith is headed to the Phoenix Mercury as the eighth overall selection in the WNBA draft. Smith, who was born in Hobart and grew up in Melbourne, Australia, was the first international recruit of Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. Now, as the highest-drafted Australian out of college, she will be playing for a fellow Australian, Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello.
In her 33rd year at the helm, head coach Tara VanDerveer leads Stanford women’s basketball to its 32nd consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
Two-seed No. 7 Stanford left Las Vegas with hardware and a net after a 64-57 victory over one seed No. 6 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.
In the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal, 2-seed No. 7 Stanford (26-4, 15-3 Pac-12) overcame a slow start to defeat 7-seed Cal (19-12, 9-9 Pac-12) 72-54 and move on to face Washington (11-20, 2-15 Pac-12).
There’s only one game left in the regular season for the Stanford basketball teams, when the men take on Berkeley this Thursday in Maples Pavilion. With postseason play kicking off, the nationally ranked No. 7 women have a spot in the NCAA tournament locked down, while the men head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament with a hope and a prayer. With the women kicking off play this weekend, and the men starting up next week, The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams, Mark Lu, and King Jemison take a look at the Pac-12 chances of both teams, and the possible tournament MVPs from the coming weekends.
Closing out the regular season, Stanford women’s basketball (25-4, 15-3 Pac-12) demolished Washington (9-20, 2-15 Pac-12) at Alaska Airlines Arena yesterday. To a silent crowd of 2760, the 72-53 result marked Stanford’s sixth consecutive win after losing horribly to the apparently indomitable No. 3 Oregon (27-3, 16-2 Pac-12). As the Cardinal head into the quarterfinals, this recent flurry of wins has placed the squad back at a desired tempo.
No. 7 Stanford (23-4, 13-3 PAC-12) concludes its regular-season with a road trip in Washington. The Cardinal will first tip off against the Cougars (9-18, 4-12 PAC-12) before heading to Seattle to face the Huskies (9-18, 2-13 PAC-12) in the season finale.