I'm not sure what broke yesterday, but I'm confident that Tara can fix it and take the Cardinal through another successful conference season — play starts next weekend.
Chiney, for one, will be ready to go. After the game yesterday, she said, "Connecticut, the team we just played for 40 minutes, is the standard. We need to get to that standard. I'm motivated, definitely." Then she suggested that she and Amber might take a few extra shots before the evening's men's basketball game.
How is the conference shaping up this season?
A few days ago, the Eugene Register-Guard published an article by Curtis Anderson in which he asks, "Will this be the year that Stanford tumbles from its perch atop the Pac-12 women’s basketball universe?"
He concludes with a comment by UCLA coach Cori Close, “Stanford sets the bar so high, it gives us a measuring stick. I’m not saying someone is going to knock them off, but this conference has risen up and is ready to have some very competitive games, even with Stanford.”