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.
With the close of the regular season drawing near, Stanford men’s and women’s basketball looks to finish off the season on a high note. The women currently boast a four-game winning streak as they head up North this upcoming weekend to face Washington and Washington State in the final two games of the season. Meanwhile,…
As quickly as it began, the end of college basketball is nearly upon us, as the Stanford teams make the final turn into their final five (four for the women) games of the season and gear up for whatever tournaments they wind up in come March. The Stanford teams went a combined total of 4-0 against the Southern California teams this weekend, with the women rebounding from some rough patches and the men continuing to improve. But what does the future truly hold for both of these teams? The Daily’s King Jemison, Daniel Martinez-Krams and Asia Zhang pull out their crystal balls and weigh in on the men’s recent successes, the women’s performances against top national talent and the slim, slim chances for the men to make March Madness.
A cool-headed Alanna Smith goes in for a game-winning, left-handed layup to rally No. 10 Stanford from 15 points down to topple the unranked Trojans 69-67 at USC’s Galen Center in LA on Sunday. Smith topped off the game with 23 points and 12 rebounds to help Stanford (21-4, 11-3 Pac-12) beat USC (15-10, 5-9) in the second game of the weekend for women’s basketball.
In a weekend of highs and lows, the Stanford women’s basketball team (19-4, 9-3 Pac-12) dominated the No. 7 ranked Oregon State Beavers (20-4, 10-2) in an upset victory on Friday night before being dissected by the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (23-1, 12-0) on Sunday. The Cardinal walked all over the Beavers, winning 61-44, but were obliterated by the Ducks, falling 84-44. This loss marked the first time the team has been beaten by 40 points since 1985.
After absolutely demolishing their cross-bay rival Cal last Saturday (75-50), No. 11 Stanford women’s basketball (18-3, 8-2 PAC-12) looks to use their home court advantage tonight against No. 7 Oregon State (19-3, 9-1 Pac-12) at Maples Pavilion at 6 p.m. Stanford seeks to extend their 21-0 home-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation.
It was a mixed bag of a weekend for Stanford basketball. Despite a 2-1 record overall, the teams showed inconsistency against their rivals, the Berkeley Golden Bears. The men went to the last second against Cal, winning on a reversed call by the Pac-12 refs. This would ordinarily be cause to celebrate, except that they almost gave Cal their first win in the Pac-12 this year, and allowed them to break a nine game losing streak. The women went a step farther and dropped a game to unranked Cal on the road, causing their ranking to fall out of the NCAA’s top ten. As the schedules reach a particularly difficult curve for both teams, it’s time for both groups to tighten the screws and clean up their gameplay. The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams and Stephen Ren share their thoughts on the Oregon teams visiting the Farm, the men’s big men woes, and the women’s recent shift out of utter dominance.
On a buzzer beating layup, No. 8 Stanford (17-3, Pac-12 7-2) dropped its second consecutive Pac-12 game against rival California (14-5, 5-4) 81-80. The Bears’ Anna Thomas hit her first field goal of the game with no time remaining as the upset caused bedlam in Haas Pavilion.