Perhaps success has spoiled the longtime fans of the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team, but it’s a surprise to see the team ranked just 19th in the Associated Press poll and 20th in the Coaches Poll at this point in the season. What chance do the Cardinal have in the women’s NCAA Tournament?
The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship.
Maggie Lucas buried her face in a towel on the bench as her day, her NCAA tournament and college career came to a disappointing end. Stanford’s swarming defense simply shut down the Big Ten’s best player.
That missed chance in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals cost Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team a top seed in the NCAA tournament. And a short flight — and that’s what hurts most for VanDerveer considering fewer Cardinal fans will make the Midwest trek.
Fifth-ranked Stanford could come back to Pauley Pavilion next month for the NCAA tournament, and that would be fine with Chiney Ogwumike.
Chiney Ogwumike had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists and No. 4 Stanford ran its winning streak to 20 games by beating 21st-ranked Cal 79-64 on Sunday.
Tara VanDerveer became the fifth women’s coach to reach 900 victories with No. 6 Stanford’s 83-59 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 Stanford to an 86-69 win over 16th-ranked Purdue and earn Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 899th career victory.
Tara VanDerveer planned on using No. 3 Stanford’s game with top-ranked Connecticut as an early season barometer.
Stanford has been picked by the Pac-12 coaches to win the conference title again this season behind reigning Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike.