Stanford Women’s Hoops gets the Win to Start the Season

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By: Joe Lami

The Cardinal took to the road to start the 2013-2014 campaign, and they start it with a victory, beating the Boston College Eagles by the final score of 83-70.

The Cardinal were led by non other than their pre-season All American center Chiney Ogwumike scoring 30 points and picking up 14 rebounds.  Stanford also had some amazing help from Junior point guard Amber Orrange who scored 19, dished 10 assist and was just one rebound away from accumulating the triple-double.  Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to score 15, with nine of those coming from beyond the three-point line.

Boston College was led by their senior forward, Kristen Doherty, who scored 16 points. Right behind her and coming off the bench putting up15 points was Shayra Brown.  Stanford dominated the boards, out rebounding the Eagles 44-26 with the offensive battle going in Stanford favor as well 17-11.  Though Stanford did lose the turnover battle by four, they were still able to squeak out the 13-point victory.

This win, for the Cardinal, brings coach Tara VanDerveer, to win number 895, just five away of the prestigious 900 mark.  She would become just the fifth coach in women basketball to do so as well, joining the ranks of legendary coaches Pat Summit and Jody Conradt.

Up next for the Cardinal is what very well could be their toughest challenge of the entire season, as they travel to Storrs, Connecticut , to go up against the number one team in the country, UConn.  Stanford will look for its’ revenge after last season’s 61-35 embarrassing loss against the Huskies breaking its 82 home game winning streak.  The game is on Monday, November 11, and can be found on ESPN 2 as a national broadcast.  Tip-off is set for 4pm.

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