Stanford To Honor 1989-90 National Championship Team Sunday, Feb. 7 Following USC Game

Feb. 2, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The past will be celebrated alongside the present and future this Sunday, Feb. 7, at Maples Pavilion as Stanford recognizes the 20th anniversary of the 1989-90 team winning the program's first women's basketball national title in a postgame ceremony following the Cardinal's 1 p.m. contest against USC.

Eight members of the 1989-90 Cardinal team, along with the coaching staff and additional support staff members will attend the contest between second-ranked Stanford and USC, the second-place team in the Pac-10. Following the game, the players and staff will be recognized on the court for their momentous achievement.

That 1989-90 Stanford team completed the season with a 32-1 overall record and a .970 winning percentage, the highest ever by a Cardinal team. The Cardinal opened the season on a 20-game winning streak, and cruised to a 17-1 Pac-10 record and the program's second Pac-10 title.

After suffering its only loss of the season on Feb. 10 at Washington, the Cardinal would run off 12 straight wins to close out the year. This streak included three consecutive NCAA Tournament victories at Maples Pavilion which sent the Cardinal to the 1990 Final Four in Knoxville, Tenn.

There, Stanford downed Virginia 75-66 to reach the national title game for the first time, where the Cardinal claimed its first national title with an 88-81 victory over Auburn.

Sunday's celebration will include such players as Jennifer Azzi, the 1990 Wade Trophy, James Naismith and Honda-Broderick National Player of the Year, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year and a first-team Kodak All-American. Also set to attend are 1990 All-Pac-10 selections Katy Steding and Trisha Stevens, as well as Pac-10 All-Freshman selection Val Whiting.

To this day, the 1989-90 Stanford team still holds program single-season records for winning percentage (.970), total points (3,063), scoring average (92.8 ppg), scoring margin (+26.6), field goals (1,160), assists (758) and most 100-point games (10).

Sunday's celebration of the 1989-90 national championship team will follow a 1 p.m. contest between Pac-10 -leading and second-ranked Stanford, with a Pac-10 record of 9-0, and the USC Women of Troy, who enter the weekend tied for second place with a 7-2 conference mark.

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