October 31, 2012

First up: Corban and Vanguard

The 2012–13 season begins, as usual, with a couple of exhibition games – against Corban University on Thursday evening at 7:00 and Vanguard University on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

Exhibition games aren't included in team win–loss records, so they don't affect rankings or RPIs. They're sort of a bridge between preseason practice sessions and the "real" season games.

But the games are important for Corban and Vanguard, who like to test their mettle against strong non-conference competitors like Stanford and Cal.

And they're important for Stanford as Tara and Amy begin arranging the puzzle pieces to form another winning team. I hope to see lots of playing time for our newbies:

And the returnees who missed most of last season due to injury: Both games will be webcast by Pac–12 Live Stream and broadcast by KZSU.

  Corban Warriers

Corban University, located in Salem, Oregon, plays in the Cascade Conference of Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Last season, the Warriors were ranked #13 in NAIA Division II with a 24–8 overall record and won their first conference title with a 15–3 record. They're ranked #2 in their conference and #14 in the NAIA Division II 2012–13 preseason polls. Thursday's game will be the first meeting of Stanford and Corban.

Corban returns three starters from last season's team:

And adds six freshman, led by Gonzaga transfer: Head coach Terry Williams is, "extremely pleased with the effort our team is showing in practice. Our new players are showing early maturity and we see chemistry already that makes us optimistic for the season."

Here are Corban's 2011–12 statistics and their current roster.

  Vanguard Lions

Vanguard, located in Costa Mesa, plays in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) of Division I of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Lions are one of the elite NAIA teams. They've advanced to the NAIA Division I National Championship for eleven straight seasons, won one championship, advanced to the semifinals twice and finished as quarterfinalists three times. They've been picked to finish fourth in NAIA Division I this season.

Vanguard and Stanford have met in exhibition games the past four seasons. They've never come close to winning (the closest score was 77-41 in 2008), but it's never been for lack of effort. A major factor in their poor showing last year is that 17-year head coach Russ Davis sat down five of his players, including three starters, because they were late for a team meeting.

Vanguard returns three starters:

And its most productive reserve:

Here are Vanguard's 2011–12 statistics and their current roster.

October 30, 2012

Another pre-season honor for Chiney: AP All-American

Congratulations Chiney on being named to the AP Pre-season All-American team!
Read more here:

October 27, 2012

Cardinal ranked 4th in preseason AP poll

The Cardinal is ranked in AP's preseason top five for the fifth straight year. Read more...

October 26, 2012

Get ready for the ride

It's going to be "a high-flying, moving and shaking year," says Chiney in her espnW blog.

Kevin Danna comments on how Chiney has diversified her game in this Pac-12 News article.

And Ashley Westhem (Stanford Daily) writes VanDerveer and Cardinal reload as season approaches.

October 22, 2012

Stanford picked to win

The Pac-12 announced today that the women's basketball coaches have picked Stanford to win the conference title in 2012-13.

Cal was picked to finish second and UCLA third. For a complete list and a bit about each of the contenders, see the Pac-12 announcement.

October 21, 2012

Ros is on Pac-12 Networks team

Pac-12 Networks officially announced its women's basketball TV schedule last week here. The game dates/times/participants had been announced previously, so the interesting part of the article was this sub-heading:

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude & Anne Myers Drysdale Headline Analyst Team Covering 61 Live Network Game Telecasts

What a great team they'll be! We can look forward to hearing a lot about basketball during their broadcasts instead of the irrelevant nattering that passes as game coverage on other networks.

Here's Ros at the Friday Frenzy:

October 17, 2012

Starting Five nearly set

Jake Curtis speculates:

"Who will be the starting five for Stanford’s women’s basketball team this season? Only one spot seems undetermined at this point, although things could change." Read more...

October 13, 2012

Madness begins for Stanford women

As basketball practices got underway this Friday, Stanford Women's Basketball continued its preparation for the 2012-13 season and its quest for a third national title.

Read all about it in this article by Stanford Athletics.

Note: The article says that the women will be holding an open workout beginning at 6 pm, but the workout actually runs from 5:30-6:00, so be sure to get to Maples in time for that.

October 04, 2012

Cardinal-White Friday Frenzy

Stanford Athletics presents the first-ever preseason men's and women's basketball event: Friday Frenzy on October 19.

There'll be women's open practice from 5:30 to 6:00, men's scrimmage from 7:00 - 8:00 and more in between.

You can find all the details here.

October 03, 2012

12 women to watch

The first game is a bit less than a month away, and Kevin Danna writes about 12 women to watch in the Pac-12. Chiney, of course, is one of them.