As the Cardinal heads East to take on the No. 5 and No. 1 teams in the nations, Ellie Chen, Gregory Block and Laura Anderson discuss Stanford’s lineup strength and weaknesses.
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.
Renewing with Final Four play for the first time since 2014, Stanford women’s basketball brought the school chills during their playoff run, climaxing with McCall’s game saving block with less than two seconds left on the clock against Notre-Dame during the team’s final win of the season in the Elite 8.
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.
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.
Head coach Tara VanDerveer will have her first opportunity to reach 1,000 career wins this Friday as No. 8 Stanford women’s basketball (19-3, 9-1 Pac-12) hosts USC (12-9, 3-7) in Maples Pavilion. With a Cardinal victory, VanDerveer would join Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coach with a thousand wins or more.
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.
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.