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.
No. 14 Stanford Women’s basketball (2-2) beat UC Riverside (0-3) 53-43 on Friday Nov 17 and CSU Bakersfield (1-3) 57-34 on Sunday Nov 19 to remain undefeated (2-0) in Maples Pavilion. Different players continue to step up big for the Cardinal, with sophomores Dijoinai Carrington and Alexa Romano having career nights versus UCR and CSUB respectively. The Cardinal donned turquoise uniforms to honor Native American Heritage month versus CSUB.
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.
No. 10 Stanford women’s basketball beat UCSD 60-46 on Saturday Nov 4 in their exhibition season opener. Sisters Tara and Heidi VanDerveer coached against each other for the third time in four years as 2523 loyal fans excitedly returned to Maples Pavilion.
For a Stanford women’s basketball team that was propelled to the Final Four last season by strong senior leadership, it may be the young guns who help them return this year. The Cardinal’s freshman class— forwards Alyssa Jerome, Maya Dodson, Estella Moschkau, and guard Kianna Williams—are talented, versatile, and confident. And while all of the freshmen are yet to play a collegiate game, their teammates and coaches have been impressed by what has been displayed in practice.