The No. 7 Stanford women’s basketball team (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) took on the UC Davis Aggies (0-1) to open their season yesterday night. The Cardinal had a game fraught with turnovers, yet filled with impressive debuts by freshman and continued solid performances by veterans. The Cardinal easily won the game with a final score of 71-43.
The No. 7 preseason ranked Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball tips off its much hyped season today. Expectations are high for a team returning three starters and twelve players overall from last year’s team that made its eleventh straight NCAA Sweet 16.
Tomorrow the No. 7 ranked women’s basketball team opens their regular season at home against UC Davis. This will also mark the start of Coach Tara VanDerveer’s 40th season as a collegiate head coach. After throttling Vanguard 87-36 last Thursday at home in an exhibition game, with 12 players scoring, the Cardinal is ready to begin their season.
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.