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 coming back from a double-digit deficit against Cal (18-9, 9-7 Pac-12), No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball (19-9, 13-3) saw its seven-game streak snapped in Berkeley this Sunday as the Bears downed the Cardinal 78-66.
A thrilling 74-69 victory over Cal (17-9, 8-7 Pac-12) has vaunted No. 14 Stanford women’s basketball (19-8, 13-2) into first place in the conference after a rocky start to the year. The Cardinal usually win games on the strength of its veterans such as seniors Brittany McPhee and Kaylee Johnson. However, a freshman stepped up to carry the offensive load against Cal.
After several weeks of absence, Stanford women’s basketball is finally back in the AP Poll, checking in at No. 24. What does this tell you about the way this team has improved since the start of the season? Jack Golub (JG): Absolutely, the team has improved; it is a young group that keeps getting better…
Stanford Women’s basketball (13-8, 7-2 Pac-12) won big versus No. 25 Arizona State (14-7, 5-4) on Friday in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, after losing to the Sun Devils by seven points two weeks ago, came out hungry for redemption. Behind senior captain McPhee’s 24 points and junior point guard Marta Sniezek’s 13 points and six assists, Stanford crushed Arizona State 74-50.