After opening the 2019-20 season with a 92-27 victory over Eastern Washington (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday, No. 3 Stanford women’s basketball (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will take the court at the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco on Saturday for a battle against USF.
Stanford women’s basketball opens the season against Eastern Washington on Tuesday night. Despite the departure of WBNA first-round pick Alanna Smith, the Cardinal women return a strong cohort of talent that make this team worthy of the preseason No. 3 ranking.
In anticipation of the 2019-2020 season, Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer sat down, for the second straight year, with The Daily’s Daniel Martines-Krams. Last year’s Pac-12 Tournament champion was picked by the media to finish second to Oregon, who received 19/20 first place votes. The Cardinal, and their No. 2 recruiting class, take to the court Tuesday for the first of two exhibition games.
The Cardinal had an amazing year in the 2018-19 calendar. Trying to describe all the incredible moments would take too long to do, so The Daily Sports Staff give their favorite moments of the past year.
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.