Support independent, student-run journalism.

Your support helps give staff members from all backgrounds the opportunity to conduct meaningful reporting on important issues at Stanford. All contributions are tax-deductible.

VanDerveer notches 900th win with dominant weekend sweep

With a weekend sweep of the Washington schools, head coach Tara VanDerveer became just the fifth Division I basketball coach to reach 900 victories at one school. No. 6 ranked Stanford (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) was unrelenting in a 91-54 win over Washington (8-10, 1-5 Pac-12) on Friday in anticipation of a career performance by senior forward Alanna Smith on Sunday to defeat Washington State (7-11, 2-5) by a score of 85 to 64.

Brewer: The purple crayon paradox

I want you to be really honest with yourself when thinking about the following question. Sit with your instinctual answer. Would you be surprised upon hearing that a highly touted college athlete, primarily known for their athletic capabilities, is also an aspiring mechanical engineer, with a 3.7 GPA? Why are you surprised? Where does such a concrete divide between athlete and student come from? Why is there a line at all? Why do you have to be either a student or an athlete? In this realm, you can be either blue or red in the crayon box, and mouths drop when there’s purple.

Women’s basketball opens Pac-12 play with a Southern California sweep

After the best non-conference record since the 2013-2014 season, the No. 6 ranked Stanford  women’s basketball team (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) opened conference play with consecutive wins over their Southern California neighbors in Maples Pavilion. On Friday night, the Cardinal beat USC (10-3, 0-2 Pac-12) by a score of 72-64 before coming back from two double digit deficits against UCLA (9-6, 2-1 Pac-12) to win 86-80 Sunday afternoon.

Women’s basketball overcomes American University in day two of Rainbow Wahine Showdown

In day two of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawai’i, No. 8 Stanford women’s basketball (5-0) improved their undefeated season record with a 71-49 victory over American University (3-2). Led by senior forward Alanna Smith’s career-high 25-point performance, the Cardinal produced 26 points in the fourth quarter to outscore the Eagles.