As the Cardinal head home for a five-game stretch in which they will open their conference schedule, Ellie Chen, Gregory Block, and Laura Anderson discuss the team’s season start.
No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball (5-4) fell to a No. 9 Baylor (7-1) team that was better in every aspect of the game. The Bears outscored the Cardinal 81-57 behind 28 points from Kalani Brown and double doubles from Lauren Cox and Kristy Wallace.
Before playing No. 8 Ohio State in its season opener on Nov 10, No. 9 Stanford women’s basketball starts at home with an exhibition game against UC San Diego on Saturday. The occasion for head coach Tara Vanderveer to adjust her lineup, the game will also serve as the first on-court appearance for Stanford freshman class.
Last season, Stanford women’s basketball’s three seniors, Erica McCall, Briana Roberson, and Karlie Samuelson averaged a combined 95.4 minutes per game — almost half of the 200 minutes per game for the whole team.
With the three starters graduating this year, the team will see new leaders emerge, and less familiar faces will be seen on the court more often. Coming back from injury, or playing the shadow of the three superstar seniors last year, here are the players that should see more action this season.
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.
Surging from last night’s win against CSU Bakersfield (1-4) in the Cardinal’s first true away game on the season, No. 11 Stanford women’s basketball (7-1) will return to Maples Pavilion to take on UC Davis (4-1) this Sunday.
Heading into this past weekend’s Cancun Challenge, the Cardinal women not only fixed their defensive miscommunication but resoundingly marched to the tournament championship while increasing their level of play in every facet, defeating Northeastern (2-5) 74-45, Wichita State (2-4) 87-39 and Purdue (3-4) 78-69 in the tournament final to clinch the trophy.
Stanford women’s basketball ultimately ended the 2014-15 season on a high note after an up-and-down year as one of the top 16 teams in the nation, leaving a pleasant taste in their fans’ mouths. Two years ago, the Cardinal were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 — also finishing in the…