On a buzzer beating layup, No. 8 Stanford (17-3, Pac-12 7-2) dropped its second consecutive Pac-12 game against rival California (14-5, 5-4) 81-80. The Bears’ Anna Thomas hit her first field goal of the game with no time remaining as the upset caused bedlam in Haas Pavilion.
After finishing second in the Pac-12 during the regular season and winning the conference tournament last year, Stanford women’s basketball enters this new season ranked second in the conference, behind UCLA and tied with Oregon. In a star-studded conference that includes 6 of the best 25 teams in the nation, according to a preseason poll, the Cardinal will once again be in the title race.
After toppling Cal (17-11, 5-11) on the road at Berkeley in a highly competitive match on Thursday, No. 8 Stanford women’s basketball (24-4, 14-2) cruised to a 72-54 victory during senior night on Sunday for its final home game of the season against their Bay Area conference rivals.
In the first of a two-game series between No. 10 Stanford (22-4, 12-2 Pac-12) and Cal (17-9, 5-9), the Cardinal edged the Bears 72-66, souring Cal’s final home game of the season and senior night. The two teams will square off again on Sunday at Stanford.
In a short three-day turnaround, No. 10 Stanford women’s basketball (22-4, 11-2 Pac-12) heads into hostile territory when travelling to square off against bay area rival California Golden Bears (17-9, 5-9 Pac-12) who look to avenge last season’s highly competitive Cardinal series sweep.