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May 16 Stanford Season Recap
The season was up and down, with Stanford going exactly 5-5 against AP top 25 teams. The up was highlighted by an epic, 90-84 upset of top-seeded Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 in Lexington, Ky. And down; consider this chilling fact: This season was the first since 1999-2000 that the Cardinal did not win some form of a Pac-12 championship - regular season or tournament.
There were some post season awards for Stanford. Erica McCall was named to both the All-Pac-12 squad and the Pac-12 All-Defensive team, Lili Thompson earned her second All-Pac-12 nod and was a Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention, Karlie Samuelson was picked All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Kaylee Johnson earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention team and Marta Sniezek was a Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention pick. Stanford now boasts 70 all-time Pac-12 all-conference honorees, the top total in league history.
And, this being Stanford, not all awards are won on the hardwood floor. Some are won in the classroom (nerd nation). A psychology major with a 3.53 cumulative GPA, Erica McCall was selected to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team on Feb. 11. Her honor continued a run of five straight years with a Cardinal receiving academic all-district accolades, the longest streak in the Pac-12. Other players receiving academic honors: Kaylee Johnson landed on the Pac-12 All-Academic second team while Brittany McPhee, Erica McCall, Karlie Samuelson, Lili Thompson, Briana Roberson and Kailee Johnson each earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention squad.
And, Stanford’s victory over Oregon State on Feb. 26 was the 1,000th in Cardinal program history.
The Stanford program won their 1000 game this season. Coach Tara VanDerveer has 828 of those victories!
But don’t worry about Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer. She is now 20 victories away from joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women’s basketball coaches with 1,000 career wins. And, according to sources, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer will have loaded team next season. Did we mention we are getting three McDonald’s All-American, including Russell Wilson’s sister?
Early Preseason polls have Stanford at #10, with five Pac-12 teams in the top 25. The even better news is UConn is not ranked number one. Or even number two. They are fourth. Wow.
Having Basketball withdrawals? The WNBA just started, and the Olympics in Rio is right around the corner!
March 25 Stanford’s Sweet, Sweet Sixteen
So the Stanford Women’s Basketball Team was playing Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen. No one, and I mean no one, thought they could win. In fact, for ESPN to fill the pre-game show they had to ask the analysts what Stanford could do to win the game and, well, the commentators, let’s just say, were all firmly in Notre Dame’s camp.
So, C and R asked each other what does Stanford need to do to win??
Stanford would have to take control early in the game and play lock down D and outscore ND. If we do that, we gonna win.
Have to hold ND’s Brianna Turner to zero points in the first half, then we gonna win.
Get high flying ND guard Lindsey Allan in foul trouble and send her to the bench and limit her to six points in the first half, then we gonna win.
Have Erica McCall get going early and score 19 by the half, we gonna win.
Be up by 11 at the half, we gonna win.
If Kaylee Johnson is scoring, we gonna win.
Get Kaylee Johnson involved in the offense, score early and have a double double, then we gonna win.
Have Erica McCall keep the scoring up and score a career-high 27 points and drain at least one 3-pointer and go 12-18 from the field…we gonna win.
Erica McCall, whom coach Tara VanDerveer calls the most improved player in the nation, led all players with 27 points. Photo: Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports
Cut off ND’s screen to the elbow play. Do that, and we gonna win.
Shoot 59% from the floor, we gonna win.
Shoot 55% from the three point line, including one from Marta Sniezek, only her second made three of her young career… we gonna win.
Score 11 3-pointers, we gonna win.
Have Karlie Samuelson go 5-6 from behind the line, gonna win
Have freshie guard Marta Sniezek drive in for lay ups and get in double figures for a career high..gonna win.
Heck, if Stanford gets four players in double figures, we gonna win.
Keep a double digit lead for most of the game, we gonna win.
Hold off ND when they make a run, not once, not twice, but THRICE…then we gonna win.
Have Lili Thompson give out a career high in assists, we gonna win.
Have Kaylee Johnson score 17 and gran , say 12 boards, then we gonna win.
Score 90 points… we gonna win.
And if Karlie can score 20 points and make some key baskets just when Stanford needs them…we gonna win!
Have Karlie Samuelson heave, and I mean heave a throw WELL beyond the three point line with time expiring on the shot clock, with a minute and a half to play, and have it bank off the glass for three to make it 84-78 Stanford lead and stop a ND run……WE GONNA WIN!!
WE GONNA WIN!
So that, Ladies and Gentlemen, are all Stanford needs to do to win…..and they did. They beat Notre Dame 90-84, with four players in double figures, career highs in points for Erica and Marta and assists for Lili, a double double for Kaylee, 11 threes and whatever else we said above. Next up is a familiar Pac-12 foe, Washington, on Sunday (yes Easter Sunday) at 10 AM Stanford time. This will be the rubber match, and I don’t think Tara has been beaten by Washington twice in one season since the 80s. We gonna win!
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