When Stanford last missed a bowl game, George W. Bush was the President of the United States. Instagram and Snapchat did not exist. Current Stanford head coach David Shaw was a mere offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach under Jim Harbaugh. But now, the Cardinal are rapidly approaching a sobering reality they have not faced since 2008: a losing season.
Closing off their regular season with a strong 72-53 win against the University of Washington (UW) last Sunday, No. 7 Stanford women’s basketball (25-4, 15-3 Pac-12) extended their winning streak to six games as the team enters the Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 2 seed in Las Vegas this weekend.
The young talent of Stanford men’s basketball (15-13, 8-8 Pac-12) was on display Thursday night as the Cardinal blew past Washington State (11-17, 4-11 Pac-12) with a final score of 98-50, notching their sixth-straight victory over the Cougars to bring the all-time record to 79-60 in the Cardinal’s favor.
Reeling from back-to-back losses of more than 15 points each, Stanford men’s basketball (14-13, 7-8 Pac-12) will look to bounce back against conference bottom-feeder Washington State (11-16, 4-10 Pac-12) when the Cougars come to Maples at 6 p.m. Thursday for the first game in Stanford’s season-closing, three-game home stand.
In a spectacular weekend which saw more than 5500 people gather at Maples Pavilion for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional Finals, the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (32-1, 20-0 Pac-12) bested their bracket, defeating both No. 19 Washington State (23-10; 12-8 Pac-12) and No. 8 Penn State (26-8, 14-6 Big Ten) by 3-1 scores, gaining a place in the Final Four to be played December 13th and 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Basketball season is finally here. If you believe the numbers, last year marked a successful but otherwise unremarkable season for Stanford men’s basketball, where the team garnered eleven conference wins compared to their six in the year before. This was Stanford’s best Pac-12 record since 2008.
On Friday, No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer (17-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) defeated rival University of California (5-12-2, 1-9-1) 2-0 to secure the Pac-12 Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive year. To further cement their dominance in the conference, the Cardinal added another win on Sunday over Arizona State (10-7-1, 5-5-1), defeating the Sun Devils 4-1.
In what very well may have been quarterback KJ Costello’s best game for the Cardinal, ending with 323 yards and four touchdowns and a strong completion percentage of 79%, Stanford came up just short Saturday night in a tough 41-38 loss to the Washington State Cougars. It was certainly Stanford’s debut as a pass-first team, throwing 43 times compared to only 23 plays on the ground.