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Women’s basketball preview: Up-and-comers

Last season, Stanford women’s basketball’s three seniors, Erica McCall, Briana Roberson, and Karlie Samuelson averaged a combined 95.4 minutes per game — almost half of the 200 minutes per game for the whole team.

With the three starters graduating this year, the team will see new leaders emerge, and less familiar faces will be seen on the court more often. Coming back from injury, or playing the shadow of the three superstar seniors last year, here are the players that should see more action this season.

Triple Threat

Imagine a franchise composed of a three-player core of scoring point guard Damian Lillard, combo guard Jerry West, and dominant power forward Draymond Green. The three seem wildly different in terms of personality and style, yet as it turns out, it’s the perfect symbiosis — at least for the Stanford women’s basketball team.

Stanford women’s shooting falls short as Gamecocks quell Cardinal tournament run

Despite being the tournament comeback team after completing a victorious comeback in three of the Cardinal’s first four games, a cold-shooting second half from No. 6 Stanford women’s basketball (32-6) ultimately provided too large of a deficit to climb out of as the Cardinal dropped their Final Four against No. 3 South Carolina (32-4 SEC) by a final of 63-52.

VanDerveer leads women’s basketball to Washington sweep

In a statement weekend, No. 10 Stanford women’s basketball (18-3, 9-1 Pac-12) took care of business during their latest road trip. The Cardinal women defeated both Washington conference rivals, first in a 76-54 Friday blowout at Washington State (9-12, 4-6) and later in an 18-point rally against the No. 7 Huskies (19-3, 8-2) to finish 72-68 on Sunday, ultimately solidifying their position as co-conference leaders.

Women’s basketball rebounds with two victories against Arizona schools

This weekend, No. 13 Stanford women’s basketball (17-3, 7-1 Pac-12) once again relied on veteran leadership for strong defensive performances en route to grabbing two victories while hosting both Arizona schools. The Cardinal women first held the Arizona Wildcats (11-7, 2-5) to 32 percent from the field and followed up that performance by holding No. 18 Sun Devils (14-5, 5-3) to a suffocating 29 percent, ensuring season series sweeps for the Stanford.