No. 3 Stanford women’s basketball will host the USA Women’s National Team for their second of two exhibition games in preparation for the upcoming 2019-20 season. This will be the fourth meeting between the Cardinal and Team USA. The national team is 3-0 against Stanford and has compiled a 39-1 record against all NCAA competition.
Preseason No. 3 Stanford looked comfortable in a preseason-opening 100-58 victory over the visiting Beijing Normal.
In anticipation of the 2019-2020 season, Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer sat down, for the second straight year, with The Daily’s Daniel Martines-Krams. Last year’s Pac-12 Tournament champion was picked by the media to finish second to Oregon, who received 19/20 first place votes. The Cardinal, and their No. 2 recruiting class, take to the court Tuesday for the first of two exhibition games.
The Cardinal had an amazing year in the 2018-19 calendar. Trying to describe all the incredible moments would take too long to do, so The Daily Sports Staff give their favorite moments of the past year.
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).