Women's Basketball Releases 2001-2002 Schedule
Oct. 22, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford University women's basketball team, which was picked to finish first in the annual Pacific-10 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, has released its 2001-02 regular season and television schedules.
Tara VanDerveer's squad, which returns three starters from last year's NCAA Tournament team, will play over half of its games - 16 of 24 - against teams that qualified for the postseason last year. Six of those contests are against NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including a home match with national power Tennessee on Dec. 16 and a trip to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers on Jan. 2.
The Cardinal opens its 2001-02 home schedule on Nov. 16-17 when they host Santa Barbara, Western Kentucky and Indiana in the Stanford Tournament. The Cardinal will then make their first road trip to Hawaii to compete in the Rainbow Classic. Stanford will open Pac-10 conference play Dec. 19 at Arizona and Dec. 21 at Arizona State. Home Pac-10 highlights include matchups with 2000-01 NCAA qualifiers Oregon (Jan. 13 @ 1 p.m.), Arizona State (Jan. 26 @ 1 p.m.) and Washington (Feb. 14 @7 p.m).
Stanford will also have three games televised by the Fox Sports Network - Dec. 16 vs. Tennessee (national), Jan. 13 vs. Oregon (national), Jan. 19 at Washington (Fox Sports Northwest) and Jan. 26 vs. Arizona State (national). Locally, KRON will televise the Feb. 2 game at Cal and Washington State matchup on Feb. 16.
The Cardinal are led by preseason Naismith College Women's Basketball Player of the Year candidate, Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ). Powell is coming off one of the best freshman campaigns in Stanford women's basketball history after being named a Freshman All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Stanford also returns two Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selections in seniors Lauren St. Clair (Philadelphia, PA) and Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR). Sophomore point guard Susan King (Richfield, MN) returns after missing the final half of last season due to injury.