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.
Flying back to the continental United States after three slamming wins in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, No. 8 Stanford women’s basketball (6-0, 0-0 Pac-12) fights to protect their undefeated season, venturing into the Pacific Northwest this Sunday to play Gonzaga (8-1) at 2 pm in Spokane, Washington.
While students across campus headed home for the holiday, Stanford women’s basketball spent their their Thanksgiving in Hawaii, competing in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. They took on the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles on Friday, the American University Eagles on Saturday, and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Sunday, emerging from the weekend with three wins. The Cardinal are currently undefeated on the season.
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.
If you wanted a clinic on how to dominate a team in all facets of the game, all you had to do was head to Maples Pavilion on Sunday night. Stanford women’s basketball (14-8, 8-2 Pac-12) was lights out from beyond the arc, played stifling defense, and controlled the glass against Arizona (5-16, 1-9 Pac-12), jumping out to a massive lead on its way to a 79-42 victory.
Ellie Chen and Alexandre Bucquet discuss the team’s performance in the Play4Kay challenge last week.
No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball (4-3) will stay on the road this week as it gets ready to face University of San Francisco (2-3) on Wednesday.