For the first time in 29 years, first overall seed Stanford women's basketball (31-2, 19-2 Pac-12) celebrated in the confetti on the sport’s final weekend.
31 years ago, Stanford’s senior point guard was nervous. She was the team leader, returning to her hometown for the Final Four and had already become a media darling.
This afternoon, first overall seed Stanford (30-2, 19-2 Pac-12) meets third-seeded Arizona (21-5, 13-4 Pac-12) in the NCAA championship.
While Jones earned her sophomore status with the jumper, first overall seed Stanford (30-2, 19-2 Pac-12) needed to do a bit more work to clinch the victory. No. 1 South Carolina (26-4, 14-2 SEC) had 32 seconds and took three more shots before the buzzer sounded on a 66-65 Cardinal victory.
Stanford (29-2, 19-2 Pac-12) reached the final weekend of the tournament, the Final Four, for the 14th time in program history. The reward: a clash of heavyweights with South Carolina (26-4, 14-2 SEC) on Friday.
HUMOR: Despite what you may have heard every five seconds on ESPN’s broadcast of Stanford women’s basketball, no other outlet had confirmed this.
Tuesday was a tale of two halves, or, more accurately, a tale of two Kiana Williams.
It will be Cardinal vs. Cardinals. Two of the four teams to be ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season. A game in the Alamodome with a spot in the Final Four hanging in the balance.
Head coach Tara VanDerveer’s first-seeded Stanford (28-2, 19-2 Pac-12) advanced to the Elite Eight with a convincing 89-62 victory over fifth-seed Missouri State (23-2, 16-0 MVC).
First-seeded Stanford (27-2, 19-0 Pac-12) will play for a spot in the Elite Eight on Sunday against fifth-seeded Missouri State (23-2, 16-0 MVC).
No. 1 Stanford (27-2, 19-2 Pac-12) never trailed against No. 8 Oklahoma State (19-9, 13-5 Big 12) and will head to the Sweet 16 following a 73-62 win.
Behind senior guard Kiana Williams, No. 1 Stanford (26-2, 19-2 Pac-12) made an opening round statement against No. 16 Utah Valley (13-7, 10-4 WAC) with a wire-to-wire 87-44 win.
Tara VanDerveer’s team has never shied away from making a statement. Now faced with as many as six games under the bright lights in San Antonio, Stanford made one more: Women’s sports demand equal treatment.
Stanford women’s basketball is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. While the Cardinal will headline the Alamo region, all games will take place in the San Antonio area.
No. 4 Stanford (25-2, 19-2 Pac-12) was perfectly happy relying on the all-around excellence of Williams to win the Pac-12 Tournament championship 75-55 over No. 9 UCLA (16-5, 12-4 Pac-12).
Legends are made in tournaments, and Cameron Brink is already writing hers. The freshman forward scored 24 points, the most of her increasingly brilliant collegiate career.
There are a lot of ways to look at No. 4 Stanford’s (23-2, 20-2 Pac-12) quarterfinal victory over eighth-seeded USC (11-12, 8-11 Pac-12), but all of them involve domination by the Cardinal.
This year, Stanford will open the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas against eighth-seeded USC (11-11, 9-10 Pac-12).
Gabi Cipolleti and Julia Lee make up a crowd of two at every home game for men's and women's basketball. The duo strives to make normal games happen in a very non-normal season.
Wilson dribbled out the clock on a 62-48 victory for No. 4 Stanford (21-2, 18-2 Pac-12). For the second time this season, the Cardinal defense handled No. 9 Arizona (15-3, 13-3 Pac-12).
The Cardinal left with a 80-41 victory and a lot to like heading into Monday night’s showcase against No. 10 Arizona.
In a game that had everyone drooling in anticipation of March, No. 6 Stanford (19-2, 16-2 Pac-12) outlasted No. 13 Oregon (12-5, 9-5 Pac-12) in Matthew Knight Arena, 63-61.
No. 5 Stanford (18-2, 15-2 Pac-12) found another level, going on runs of nine, 11 and 19 to beat Oregon State (6-6, 4-6 Pac-12) in Corvallis, 83-58.
VanDerveer had been preparing for a game like Sunday, what looked to be a sneak peek of the future. At the same time, it was a statement about the team’s championship aspirations.