No. 7 Stanford women’s basketball opened their unofficial season in a 87-36 blowout against the Vanguard Lions Thursday evening in Maples Pavilion for their preseason exhibition. Having lost only two seniors from last season, the team’s depth combined with fresh talent, including twin freshmen Lacie and Lexi Hull, will make for a tenacious season. Lexi led the team in total points, scoring 11 in her first game with Stanford.
Before her 33rd year as the head coach of the Stanford women’s basketball team, the legendary Tara VanDerveer (TVD) sat down in Maples Pavilion with sports writer Daniel Martinez-Krams (DMK) to answer some questions about the upcoming season.
The Daily’s Sally Egan sat down with three returning women’s basketball players, sophomore guard Kianna Williams, senior forward Alana Smith and junior guard Dijonai Carrington to get their thoughts on this upcoming season.
The Stanford women’s basketball team begins pre-season training with momentum after a strong season under coach Tara VanDerveer. Last season, the Cardinal finished second in the Pac-12 tournament, losing to Oregon in the title game. In the NCAA tournament, the team defeated Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast, reached the Sweet Sixteen for the eleventh consecutive time, but ultimately lost to Louisville in the round of 16.
Alanna Smith did it all for fourth seed Stanford women’s basketball (24-10) against No. 12 FGCU (31-5) on Monday night as the Cardinal won 90-70. The junior finished with a double-double as she tallied 12 boards and 28 points, 13 of which she poured in the first quarter alone, to help the Cardinal survive the three-point avalanche from the Eagles.
Aided by 21 points from freshman guard Kiana Williams, 20 points from junior forward Alanna Smith and a double-double from senior Brittany McPhee, fourth-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (23-10) rolled past thirteenth-seeded Gonzaga (27-6) during the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinal punched their ticket to the second round with an 82-68 win.
After a deep run in the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle earlier in March, Stanford women’s basketball (22-10) finished 15th on the AP Poll and was awarded a fourth seed for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
Despite shooting 49 percent from the field on Sunday night, No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball was unable to contain No. 6 Oregon as the Ducks ran away with the 77-57 win to capture their first-ever Pac-12 championship.