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.
For just the second time this season, the No. 6 ranked Stanford women’s basketball team (17-2, 7-1 PAC-12) failed to look like an unstoppable force of nature, escaping Colorado 80-69 on Friday before falling to No. 21 Utah on Sunday by a score of 68-75. This was Stanford’s first loss in 11 games and their first loss to a Pac-12 foe.
The No. 6 Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team sits comfortably atop most of the Pac-12 (and most of the country) with a current record of 14-1, with their only loss coming out of conference back in 2018.
After a slamming weekend at Maples Pavilion in which No. 6 Stanford women’s basketball team (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) swept the USC Trojans (10-3, 0-2 Pac-12) and fought off the UCLA Bruins (9-6, 2-1 Pac-12) to secure two consecutive wins in their conference opener, the Cardinal look to increase their record to an eight game winning streak against No. 22 Arizona State (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12) on Friday at 6pm.
No. 7 Stanford women’s basketball opened their unofficial season in a 87-36 blowout against the Vanguard Lions Thursday evening in Maples Pavilion for their preseason exhibition. Having lost only two seniors from last season, the team’s depth combined with fresh talent, including twin freshmen Lacie and Lexi Hull, will make for a tenacious season. Lexi led the team in total points, scoring 11 in her first game with Stanford.
Before her 33rd year as the head coach of the Stanford women’s basketball team, the legendary Tara VanDerveer (TVD) sat down in Maples Pavilion with sports writer Daniel Martinez-Krams (DMK) to answer some questions about the upcoming season.
Using a strong first quarter and getting great minutes from sophomore DiJonai Carrington off the bench, second-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (21-9, 14-3 Pac-12) came away with a 69-59 win over No. 5 USC (20-11, 9-9) to move on to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament on Friday night.
Spurred once again by senior Kaylee Johnson, Stanford women’s basketball (11-7, 5-1 Pac-12) handled Washington (6-11, 0-6) 71-45 this Sunday in Maples Pavilion to complete a weekend sweep.