After four years on the Farm, Stanford forward Alanna Smith is headed to the Phoenix Mercury as the eighth overall selection in the WNBA draft. Smith, who was born in Hobart and grew up in Melbourne, Australia, was the first international recruit of Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. Now, as the highest-drafted Australian out of college, she will be playing for a fellow Australian, Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello.
Two-seed No. 7 Stanford left Las Vegas with hardware and a net after a 64-57 victory over one seed No. 6 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.
The Pac-12 championship matchup is set as two-seed No. 7 Stanford (27-4, 15-3 Pac-12) ended the Cinderella run of eleven-seed Washington (11-21, 2-15 Pac-12) with a 72-61 win in the semifinal on Saturday.
In the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal, 2-seed No. 7 Stanford (26-4, 15-3 Pac-12) overcame a slow start to defeat 7-seed Cal (19-12, 9-9 Pac-12) 72-54 and move on to face Washington (11-20, 2-15 Pac-12).
There’s only one game left in the regular season for the Stanford basketball teams, when the men take on Berkeley this Thursday in Maples Pavilion. With postseason play kicking off, the nationally ranked No. 7 women have a spot in the NCAA tournament locked down, while the men head to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 tournament with a hope and a prayer. With the women kicking off play this weekend, and the men starting up next week, The Daily’s Daniel Martinez-Krams, Mark Lu, and King Jemison take a look at the Pac-12 chances of both teams, and the possible tournament MVPs from the coming weekends.
Closing out the regular season, Stanford women’s basketball (25-4, 15-3 Pac-12) demolished Washington (9-20, 2-15 Pac-12) at Alaska Airlines Arena yesterday. To a silent crowd of 2760, the 72-53 result marked Stanford’s sixth consecutive win after losing horribly to the apparently indomitable No. 3 Oregon (27-3, 16-2 Pac-12). As the Cardinal head into the quarterfinals, this recent flurry of wins has placed the squad back at a desired tempo.
No. 7 Stanford (23-4, 13-3 PAC-12) concludes its regular-season with a road trip in Washington. The Cardinal will first tip off against the Cougars (9-18, 4-12 PAC-12) before heading to Seattle to face the Huskies (9-18, 2-13 PAC-12) in the season finale.
As quickly as it began, the end of college basketball is nearly upon us, as the Stanford teams make the final turn into their final five (four for the women) games of the season and gear up for whatever tournaments they wind up in come March. The Stanford teams went a combined total of 4-0 against the Southern California teams this weekend, with the women rebounding from some rough patches and the men continuing to improve. But what does the future truly hold for both of these teams? The Daily’s King Jemison, Daniel Martinez-Krams and Asia Zhang pull out their crystal balls and weigh in on the men’s recent successes, the women’s performances against top national talent and the slim, slim chances for the men to make March Madness.