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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.

Second-seeded women’s basketball topples Fighting Irish to head to 13th Final Four

Down by 14 heading into halftime against the fast-paced and streaking first-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (33-4) with a Final Four bid on the line, No. 6 Cardinal women’s basketball (32-5) entered into what Erica McCall defined earlier in the tournament as “code red”–a “do this by any means necessary” mindset that unifies the team during struggling runs.

Stanford then utilized a pivotal third quarter in addition to some late-game heroics from frontcourt senior Erica McCall and Alanna Smith, including a game-winning bucket and block, in order to upset the Fighting Irish and escape the Lexington region by a final tally of 76-75.