No. 3 Stanford Cardinal
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 - 2 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,233) - Stanford, Calif.
Webcast: WATCH LIVE
Stanford takes the court for its first game action of the fall, hosting Vanguard in exhibition action Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Sunday’s contest can be watched live online at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university.
Stanford Eyes Return To Final Four In 2013-14
Stanford sets its sights on a return to the Final Four after missing out on the pinnacle event in 2013 after five straight trips. The Cardinal opens the 2013-14 regular season over Veteran’s Day Weekend with a trip to Boston College (Nov. 9) and defending national champion Connecticut (Nov. 11).
The Cardinal enters the new campaign as 13-time defending Pac-12 Champion and winners of the Pac-12 double (regular season and conference tournament titles in the same year) for seven years running. Stanford went 33-3 last year to notch its sixth straight 30-win season and returns four starters.
Vanguard, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll, returns to Maples Pavilion for exhibition action for the sixth straight year. The Lions won the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament a year ago. This year Vanguard returns All-America guard Nicole Ballestero, who averaged 21.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 2012-13.
VanDerveer Knocking On Door Of 900-Win Club
Head coach Tara VanDerveer enters her 35th season as a head coach and 28th at the Stanford helm in 2013-14. Her career record of 894-203 leaves her just six wins away from becoming the fifth women’s basketball coach to win 900 games, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell in the exclusive club. This season Stanford’s sixth, seventh and eighth games take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, meaning VanDerveer could very likely hit the 900-win mark on foreign soil.
Ogwumike Aiming For Record-Setting Year
The time is now for senior forward Chiney Ogwumike, who enters the season as the leading contender for national player of the year honors. Already a consensus national player of the year candidate, Ogwumike is coming off of a dominant 2012-13 season in which she was named to the WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team and the Associated Press All-America Team for the second straight year. She also rolled through the Pac-12, earning Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors while taking home the conference’s Triple Crown, leading the loop in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (58.6). She set a single-season Pac-12 record with 466 rebounds and her 805 points ranked second in Stanford history only to older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 809 points in 2011-12.
Four Returning Starters
Stanford also returns three starters in addition to Ogwumike as All-Pac-12 point guard Amber Orrange (10.8 ppg, 4.08 apg, 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio), redshirt senior forward Mikaela Ruef (4.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 22 blocks) and senior guard Sara James (5.3 ppg, 33.0 3-point FG pct.) will bolster the starting lineup. The Cardinal also returns key contributors in junior forwards Bonnie Samuelson (5.4 ppg, team-leading 49 3-pointers and 35.0 3-point FG pct.) and Taylor Greenfield (3.9 ppg, 26 3-pointers) as well as redshirt sophomore guard Jasmine Camp (1.2 ppg, 9.1 mpg). Sophomore Tess Picknell (32 games, 4.4 mpg, 1.5 rpg, 15 blocks) provides depth inside as well.
Also returning are junior forward Erica Payne (1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg), who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, and redshirt sophomore guard Alex Green who returned last February and played seven games after being out for 15 months due to a torn Achilles suffered in Nov. 2011.
The Freshman Class
Stanford will also feature a five-woman freshman class that includes forwards Erica McCall (Bakersfield, Calif.), a multiple-time gold medal-winner with USA Basketball youth teams, and Kailee Johnson (Portland, Ore.), a 2013 McDonald’s All-American and Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year, as well as guards Lili Thompson (Mansfield, Texas), a Sporting News All-America honorable mention, Briana Roberson (Fullerton, Calif.), a two-time All-CIF Southern Section Team selection, and Karlie Samuelson (Huntington Beach, Calif.), the younger sister of Bonnie, who was named a 2013 WBCA All-American after leading Mater Dei to the CIF Open Division championship game.
Key Personnel Losses
Stanford lost a pair of All-Pac-12 performers due to injury and graduation after the 2012-13 season. Forward Joslyn Tinkle, a 2013 All-Pac-12 pick, averaged 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and led the team with 66 blocks while hitting 39 3-pointers, second-best on the team. Tinkle, after having ankle surgery following the season, would go on to sign with the Seattle Storm for the final month of the 2013 WNBA season.
Also ending her playing days, but remaining a part of the program, is 2012 All-Pac-12 guard Toni Kokenis, who announced her medical retirement in July due to concussions. Kokenis played 21 games last year, starting 19, averaging 7.7 points a game and making 17 steals. As a senior Kokenis will remain with the team, tutoring Stanford’s young backcourt and assisting the team with other duties.
The 2013-14 Schedule
Stanford as usual will play one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2013-14. The Cardinal’s slate includes not only Pac-12 competition that sent four teams (California, UCLA, Colorado) to the NCAA Tournament last season but also features a 12-game non-conference schedule that includes seven NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Defending national champion Connecticut headlines the non-conference schedule, as the Cardinal travels to Storrs for Nov. 11 matchup. The Cardinal also travels to Texas for a Nov. 23 game, then to Puerto Vallarta for a three-game set from Nov. 26-28 against Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State. At home, Stanford will face Cal Poly (Nov. 15), UC Davis (Nov. 17), Gonzaga (Dec. 14), New Mexico (Dec. 16) and Tennessee (Dec. 21) then conclude the slate with a trip to Fresno State on Dec. 28.
TV Time For Stanford
The 2013-14 season will also be a banner year for the Cardinal on television as 22 of the team’s games are scheduled to be broadcast live on various national networks. Stanford’s TV slate opens Nov. 11 at Connecticut, as the teams begin the 2013 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN2. The Cardinal’s non-conference game at Texas on Nov. 23 will be broadcast at 10:30 a.m. PT on Fox Sports Net.
A total of 20 of Stanford’s games, the highest among all conference teams, will be broadcast live through the Pac-12’s women’s basketball TV package on the ESPN family of networks and the Pac-12 Network. Stanford’s 17-game set on the Pac-12 Network opens up with the Cardinal’s three-game December homestand against Gonzaga (Dec. 14), New Mexico (Dec. 16) and Tennessee (Dec. 21) being televised live. Come conference season, 17 of Stanford’s 18 games will be shown live on TV. Three of Stanford’s Pac-12 games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks, beginning with Jan. 27’s “Big Monday” matchup at 6 p.m. PT against USC on ESPN2, then continuing with Feb. 2’s 1 p.m. PT tip at California airing on ESPN2 and Feb. 9’s 12:30 p.m. PT contest at Washington airing on ESPNU.