On Sunday morning, I awoke to a Twitter timeline filled with goat emojis. Contrary to my first thought, it turns out I didn’t drunkenly follow a bunch of farming accounts, but that Roger Federer, the men’s tennis player that many consider to be the “Greatest of All-Time” (i.e. GOAT), had won his record 20th Grand Slam tournament. The goat emoji hasn’t been limited to tennis this past week, as there have been many discussions about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s greatness with his record eighth Super Bowl appearance, including a slightly ridiculous ESPN article trying to decide who is the “greatest GOAT”, Brady or Michael Jordan. Even LeBron James had a GOAT moment this week, becoming the youngest and seventh-total NBA player to score 30,000 regular season points.
On Oct. 4, I watched a former number one overall draft pick and an all-star guard hit a winning shot in the last minute of the deciding game of the finals to give their team a championship. It was a thrilling series that captivated my attention, and a rematch of the previous year’s finals, in which the other team won. Although with this description I could have been talking about viewing a rerun of the 2016 NBA Finals, I was in fact watching the 2017 WNBA Finals, where Maya Moore hit the shot to propel the Minnesota Lynx over the Los Angeles Sparks.
With baseball season in full swing, the NFL preseason right around the corner and the newly renewed anticipation and excitement for college football on campus, it’s understandable that many overlook the fact that the WNBA is also in season.
Stanford’s women athletes have been successful in their sports for well beyond just their time on the Farm. Over the past two seasons, Stanford women’s basketball has had three players taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft: Kayla Pedersen ‘11 (Tulsa Shock, 2011, seventh overall), Jeanette Pohlen ‘12 (Indiana Fever, 2011, ninth overall) and Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike ‘12 (Los Angeles Sparks, 2012, first overall).
Maples Pavilion today will host easily its biggest game this season when the No. 2/2 Connecticut women’s basketball team square up against No. 1/1 Stanford in the Cardinal’s final contest of 2012.
The Stanford women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season on Monday night, falling 68-58 in a matchup against the team’s biggest rival of the last four years, Connecticut. The No. 4 Huskies (3-0) extended their home winning streak to 86 games and took a 5-2 lead over the No. 5 Cardinal (3-1) in games played over the last 48 months.
After years of iconic players passing the torch along–from Candice Wiggins to Jayne Appel to Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen–the No. 5 Cardinal has a new, younger look this year.
Connecticut’s NCAA-record 90-game winning streak in women’s basketball is over