April 26, 2012
April 25, 2012
Here we are in the summer doldrums again. But don't despair — the FBC website will be active all summer, reporting all the Cardinal Women's Basketball news to be found. Watch for this information:
- 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship
- Will any of the youngest Cardinal be invited to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women to be held in Puerto Rico August 15-19? USA trials will be held May 18-21.
- 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- Will Jillian or Kristen get to play in the 2012 Olympic games? Follow the Olympic Qualifying Tournament from June 25 to July 1 as New Zealand and Turkey compete for one of the remaining five spots.
- 2012 Olympics
- Then, of course, there are the Olympic Games to be watched from July 27 to August 12.
- Cardinal in the WNBA, May - September
Will Nneka continue to expand her game and have a standout rookie season? Will a Parker/Ogwumike front court be as dominant as an Ogwumike/Ogwumike one?
Tara says that many [college] players improve the most between their freshman and sophomore seasons. Is this also the case with professional players? Will Kayla and Jeanette shine as WNBA "sophomores"?
And what will we see from our veteran pros Nicole, Candice and Jayne?
- Summer basketball at Kezar, June - August
Who will participate? Will we get an early look at our incoming freshmen Tess Picknell and Aly Beebe? The rosters and schedule will be available early in June.
Jos at Kezar last summer
- Pac-12 News
What can we expect in the Pac-12 next season? Read Bob Kinder's preview of each team beginning in August.
- The 2012-13 Schedule
- The official schedule probably won't be announced until late in the summer, but we already know quite a bit about our opponents.
The Cardinal will participate in a tournament sponsored by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu November 16-18. Our non-conference opponents will include UConn (at Maples), Tennessee (in Knoxville), South Carolina, Gonzaga and Baylor.
- National Awards
Will Chiney be selected as a preseason All-American? Will she be on all the national award preseason watch lists?
- Preseason predictions and prospects
April 23, 2012
Stanford Athletics has posted a review of the Stanford Women's Basketball 2011-12 season that chronicles the team's many accomplishments, addresses each player's contributions and provides links to many of the season videos. Read here...
April 20, 2012
Michelle Smith wraps up her "Total Access" series for espnW with an account of the Cardinal's season wrapup event — the banquet. Read here ...
(Watch for another account of the banquet in Judy Richter's "Event Reports" blog in a day or two.)
April 18, 2012
After 38 seasons, 1,098 victories and eight NCAA titles, Pat Summitt has stepped aside as head coach at Tennessee but will serve as an adviser for the Lady Vols. Holly Warlick will take over as head coach.
Tara said, "Words cannot adequately describe the extraordinary career that Pat Summitt has had in the world of basketball. She is a model of class and courage, and I don't think that enough can be said for just how much Pat has accomplished in building and elevating women's basketball to its current heights. Pat is Tennessee Basketball.
"I am very happy that Pat will be continuing her work with Tennessee as Head Coach Emeritus, and I will miss seeing her on the sidelines on game day.
"This will be a great opportunity for Holly, Tennessee Basketball is in great hands with her. Holly has learned from the absolute best, and I wish her the best of luck."
Pat Summitt Named Head Coach Emeritus, announcement from Lady Vols Basketball
Pat Summitt steps down, by Dan Fleser (Knoxville News)
Pat Summitt is still much more able than disabled, by Sally Jenkins (Washington Post)
Pat Summitt's final season both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring, by Ann Killian (Sports Illustrated)
Changes are right decisions, by Mechelle Voepel (espnW)
Coaching legend Pat Summitt steps down after 38 seasons, by Elliott Almond (Mercury News)
Reactions as Pat Summitt steps aside, statements and Twitter reactions published by ESPN
April 09, 2012
The team broke or extended four Stanford records and four Pac-12 records this season.
Two current players are in the Stanford record book – one for the first time this season.
She attempted 718 free throws in her career, which breaks the record of 676 set by Candice.
She scored 809 points this season, which breaks the Stanford record and the Pac-12 record of 787 set by Candice in 2007-08.
She averaged 22.5 points per game this season, which breaks the record of 21.8 set by Candice in 2005-06
She made 307 field goals this season, which breaks the Stanford record of 275 set by Kate Starbird in 1996-97 and the Pac-12 record of 280 set by Jennifer Bennett (CAL) in 1986-87.
She attempted 230 free throws this season, which breaks her own record of 226 that she set in 2009-10.
She made 191 of those free throw attempts, which breaks the record of 184 set by Candice in 2007-08
Nneka retains the record for rebounds in a single game with the 23 she snatched from Oregon on Jan 23, 2010. She also retains the record for rebounds in a season – 376 – that she set in 2010. She didn't quite match that with 368 this season, which ranks third in that category.
Nneka also lost one record this season. At the end of her junior year, she had made 60.1% of her field goal attempts. That dropped to 58.3% at the end of this season, and the record reverts to the 58.6% set by Jeanne Ruark Hoff in 1978-83.
Nneka scored 2,476 points in her career, second only to Candice's 2,629, and grabbed 1,226 rebounds, third to Kayla Pedersen's 1,266 and Jayne Appel's 1,263. With those two accomplishments she joined Jayne, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting in the elite Stanford 2000 -point/1000-rebound club.
Nneka led the Pac-12 in scoring in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She's the first Pac-12 basketball player to lead three years in a row since Lew Alcindor in 1966-69.
Joslyn has been in the Stanford record book since her freshman season when she blocked six Oregon State shots on Jan 21, 2010. That placed her in a 6-way tie for second place in Stanford single-game blocks.
She blocked five shots twice this season – against Cal at Maples on Mar 4 and Cal at Haas on Mar 10 – which places her in a multi-way tie for eighth place in the category.
At this point in her career, Chiney has recorded 655 rebounds – more than any other notable Stanford rebounder. At the end of her sophomore season, Kayla had 624, Nneka had 607, Jayne had 593, Nicole had 582 and Val had 548.
The Team attempted 42 3-pointers against Oregon on Jan 5 this year, which breaks the Stanford single-game record of 37 that they set against Kansas State on Nov 30, 2002 and the Pac-12 single-game record of 40 set by Oregon at Washington State on Feb 5, 2011.
They won 35 games this season, the 23rd in which they've won at least 20, which breaks the Pac-12 record of 22 they set last season.
They won 32 consecutive games this season, which breaks the Stanford and Pac-12 record of 27 that they set in 2009-10 and matched in 2010-11.
They extended the Stanford record streak of games won at Maples to 79 and the Stanford and Pac-12 record streak of consecutive conference victories to 78.
April 08, 2012
Three years ago, Jake Curtis wrote a series of articles in which he selected and ranked what he considered to be Stanford's alltime best 25 women's basketbal players. He concluded the series with his pick of Candice Wiggins as Stanford women's basketball best player ever.
Since then he has revised his list to include Jeanette and Kayla, but Candice remained at the top. Now he has written a two-part article in which he considers whether Nneka has supplanted Candice:
April 05, 2012
Chiney led the way for the Cardinal with a 3.46 grade point average and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Women's Basketball second team.
Sarah, Toni, Lindy and Nneka had grade point averages of at least 3.0 and received Honorable Mention.
April 03, 2012
Stanford women move forward without Nneka Ogwumike — Elliott Almond (Mercury News) wonders if the Cardinal will have enough pieces to the VanDerveer puzzle to return to the Final Four any time soon.
Nneka Ogwumike leaving big void at Stanford — Tom FitzGerald (San Francisco Chronicle) predicts that the Cardinal team will have a very different look next season and that Tara has her work cut out for her. So, what else is new?
April 01, 2012
Just one star senior
A six-pack of untested freshmen
It continued with ...
Three players lost to injury
Another win and another
A perfect conference season
A perfect season at Maples
Three more wins and the Pac-12 championship
Four more wins and a trip to the Final Four
35 wins in all
It ended with ...
Playing, as always, with respect and love for the game and for each other
Thank you every one for a wonderful journey!
Stanford 47, Baylor 59
Here are game reports and commentary:
- No. 2 Stanford Falls Short Against No. 1 Baylor, 59-47 by Doug Feinberg, Associated Press
- Baylor knocks out Stanford to advance to NCAA final by John Henderson, Denver Post
- Baylor ends Stanford's season, 59-47 by Tom FitzGerald, San Francisco Chronicle
- Baylor defeats Stanford 59-47 in Women's Final Four semifinal by Elliott Almond, Mercury News, with a gallery of photos by Nhat V. Meyer
- Another bittersweet ending for Stanford women by Tim Kawakami, Mercury News
- Ogwumike proud of accomplishments by Michelle Smith, espnW
- Perfect Baylor beats Stanford by Charlie Creme, ESPN
- Tara VanDerveer: Don't crown Baylor yet by Tom FitzGerald, San Francisco Chronicle
- Baylor too much for Stanford women in 59-47 loss by Pat Graham, Associated Press
- Stanford women lose to a Baylor team team that was simply better by Jake Curtis
- Baylor's Griner changed game, maybe the sport by Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle
The press conference video with Tara, Nneka and Toni,
A gallery of photos from the Associated Press.
- Women's Final Four: Previewing Baylor-Stanford, ND-UConn by Ann Killion, Sports Illustrated
- Stanford women's basketball team wearing target on its back by John Henderson, Denver Post
- Tara VanDerveer not worked up over Brittney Griner's dunking ability by Elliott Almond, Mercury News
- Stanford can beat Baylor; here's how by Tom FitzPatrick, San Francisco Chronicle