The Stanford women’s basketball team begins pre-season training with momentum after a strong season under coach Tara VanDerveer. Last season, the Cardinal finished second in the Pac-12 tournament, losing to Oregon in the title game. In the NCAA tournament, the team defeated Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast, reached the Sweet Sixteen for the eleventh consecutive time, but ultimately lost to Louisville in the round of 16.
Alanna Smith did it all for fourth seed Stanford women’s basketball (24-10) against No. 12 FGCU (31-5) on Monday night as the Cardinal won 90-70. The junior finished with a double-double as she tallied 12 boards and 28 points, 13 of which she poured in the first quarter alone, to help the Cardinal survive the three-point avalanche from the Eagles.
Aided by 21 points from freshman guard Kiana Williams, 20 points from junior forward Alanna Smith and a double-double from senior Brittany McPhee, fourth-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (23-10) rolled past thirteenth-seeded Gonzaga (27-6) during the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinal punched their ticket to the second round with an 82-68 win.
After a deep run in the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle earlier in March, Stanford women’s basketball (22-10) finished 15th on the AP Poll and was awarded a fourth seed for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
Despite shooting 49 percent from the field on Sunday night, No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball was unable to contain No. 6 Oregon as the Ducks ran away with the 77-57 win to capture their first-ever Pac-12 championship.
Led by a stellar Kiana Williams, second-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (22-9, 14-3) punched its ticket to the Pac-12 championship game thanks to a convincing 58-46 win against sixth seed ASU (21-12, 10-8) in KeyArena, Seattle.
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.
No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball (20-9, 14-3) took the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament off due to being the second-seed. Now, the Cardinal will face USC (20-10, 9-9) in the second round after the Trojans defeated Washington State 47-44 on Thursday.