December 30, 2006

Stanford readies for gritty ASU

By: Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle

In recent years, playing Arizona State has proven to be not merely a game, but an experience for Stanford. It's an experience with a significance that needs to be conveyed properly to those Cardinal players facing the No. 10-ranked Sun Devils for the first time in their careers today at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer has gone over the basketball basics -- taking care of the ball, maintaining poise and composure, hitting the boards hard. She let her veteran players handle the rest.

"You can't really know until you play them," senior center Kristen Newlin said. "We are getting prepared for aggressive defense." (More ...)

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