By: Joe Lami
The Stanford Cardinal took on the Florida Gulf Eagles on Wednesday afternoon, as part of the Hardwood Tournament for Hope. It was the second game in as many days for Stanford in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and for the second straight day, the Cardinal came away victorious.
Stanford beat the Eagles by the final score of 83-59, with a strong first half showing by the Cardinal outscoring their opponent 45-28. Three different players got into double digits in scoring; including Mikaela Ruef with 14, Freshman Lili Thompson with her career high of 12 and Chiney Ogwumike with 27. Ogwumike and Ruef also got double-double as Ruef picks up her second of the year with 12 rebounds and Ogwumike her fifth of the year with 13 rebounds.
Three players for Florida Gulf Coast also got into double digits in scoring as Kaneisha Atwater led the way with 15, right behind her was Stephanie Haas with 14 and Sara Hansen had 11.
Though the win gives Stanford their sixth of the season and makes it five straight for the Cardinal, there was a much more important number, and that is 900. As in the 900th career win for hall of fame coach Tara VanDerveer. With achieving the milestone, she just becomes the fifth coach in women’s basketball history to reach the historic number, joining the ranks of Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.
VanDerveer has an outstanding record of 748-153 with her tenure at the farm. She was also presented the game ball, with the inscription of “900” on it. Two players are still on the team when the coach hit her 800th win in 2010, with Ogwumike and Reuf.
VanDerveer looks to make it win number 901 when her Cardinal take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits to finish off their historic week in Mexico on Thursday.
By: Joe Lami
Stanford started their week in Mexico with a win against Purdue on Tuesday. The Cardinal took on the Boil Makers as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. This is the first time that Stanford has played a regular season matchup outside of the United States, they have played tournaments in Alaska, Hawaii and even the Virgin Islands, but never outside the United States. Purdue was coming into the contest with a perfect record of 4-0 and the rank of the 16th best team in the country.
Stanford beat Purdue by the final score of 86-69. With the win, Stanford is now 1-1 against ranked opponents, with the only loss of the season coming to number one ranked Connecticut. The Cardinal had the five-point lead going into the half, and were able to extend the lead to 17 by the end of the game.
Chiney Ogwumike lead the team once again with 22 points. For the second straight game she was unable to record a double-double. This was after she started the season with four straight. The Boil Makers held Ogwumike to eight rebounds.
Guard, KK Houser had a great game for Purdue, she led the Boil Makers with 20 points in the 31 minutes she played. Courtney Moss had 12 points herself and was the only other player for Purdue to get to double-digits in scoring.
The win for Stanford gives head coach, Tara VanDerveer, win number 899 in her career. “I know that everyone keeps reminding me of it (win #900), but I look at it as Florida Gulf Coast is our next opponent and we are going to watch video on them tonight and prepare for them like any other game” said VanDerveer on not looking to far ahead towards win 900.
Stanford will try to get VanDerveer win number 900 on Wednesday, as they continue their play in Puerto Vallarta where they take on Florida Gulf Coast.
By: Joe Lami
The number six-ranked Stanford Cardinal traveled to Austin, Texas where they played the unranked Longhorns on Saturday. Stanford defeated Texas by the final score of 63-54. The Cardinal extend their record to 4-1 with the nine-point victory.
It was a very impressive win for the Cardinal, as they were able to come back from the seven-point deficit they faced going into halftime. Texas was able to get on the board first with Nneka Enemkpali’s bucket and the foul to put the Longhorns up 3-0. Mikaela Ruef then knocked down her first of many on the night. Texas answered when Imani McGee-Stafford hit her only three-pointer of the night. Scoring changes would go back and forth until there was 4:23 to go in the first half, where Texas would hold the lead going into the half. The halftime score was 37-30.
Coming out of the half, Texas would get the two points off of free throws. Stanford would then go on a 22-5 run to take over the game, giving them a 52-44 lead with 7:25 to go in the game. The Cardinal would not loose the lead, as they carried it out for the victory.
It was a strong performance from the redshirt senior, Ruef, who picked up her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and picking up ten rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal in scoring with 18 points, however she was held to only six rebounds. Saturday was Ogwumike’s first game this season without recording a double-double. Amber Orrange had yet another fantastic game scoring 13 points. Though the bench for Stanford had some trouble only notching 8 points total, Sara James was impressive as she led the team in assists with four.
Texas was led by Guard Chassidy Fussell scoring 15 points, with six of them coming from the charity strike, from which she was perfect. McGee-Stafford was right behind Fussell with 12 points of her own on the way to a double-double with the 14 rebounds that she brought down.
Stanford next travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they will take on Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In Mexico, head coach, Tara VanDerveer expects to pick up win number 900, which she is now only two-wins away from the historic feat.