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.
Former Stanford standout and current Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike was named the 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the league announced Tuesday.
At the beginning of the season, Chiney Ogwumike told me that the team’s final goal was a national title; although the Cardinal fell short, reaching the Final Four is a huge milestone. I was fortunate enough to be the voice of Stanford women’s basketball for KZSU almost every game en route to this year’s Final…
On Monday afternoon, senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the first overall pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft, becoming the second Stanford player in the last three years after older sister Nneka Ogwumike to be taken as the top pick in the annual professional draft.
Yesterday I left Nashville, Tenn. and took my last flight with the Stanford women’s basketball team until next fall. My weekend in the Music City for the Final Four was the perfect capstone for an unforgettable season with an amazing team.
After making it to the Final Four for the previous five seasons and advancing to the finals in two of those five years, the Card was stopped short last season by Georgia in the Sweet 16 — a disappointing end for a team that had started the season with a victory over defending NCAA champion Baylor and had proceeded to hold on to the No. 1 spot for six weeks.
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.
It gets harder every single year. The end of the school year means it’s time to say goodbye to another class of Stanford student-athletes.