Stanford Women's Basketball Announces 2002-03 Schedule

Sept. 26, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University women's basketball program, which is coming off an appearance in the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and a perfect 18-0 Pacific-10 Conference regular season, announced its 2002-03 schedule on Thursday.

The 28-game schedule is highlighted by a pair of games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Final Four a year ago. Stanford visits national semifinalist Tennessee on Wednesday, December 18 before hosting NCAA Finalist Oklahoma on Friday, January 3 at Maples Pavilion. The game against the Sooners will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.

In addition to the match-up with Oklahoma, Stanford's home schedule will be highlighted by a four-team tournament on Thanksgiving weekend (November 29-30) at Maples Pavilion. The field includes consensus top-10 preseason selection Kansas State, a Temple team coached by WNBA star Dawn Staley and Princeton.

Rounding out the non-conference schedule are home games with Rutgers (November 22) and Pepperdine (January 5) and road match-ups at San Francisco (November 24), Pacific (December 14) and Boston University (December 18).

'We try to play a very competitive non-conference schedule every year,' Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. 'It seems like every game will be a battle, and that will prepare us for Pac-10 play as well as the NCAA Tournament.'

The Cardinal's Pac-10 home schedule is highlighted by a pair of nationally televised contests. Both the December 27 game with Arizona State and January 18 match-up with Washington will be broadcast live by Fox Sports Net.

'The Pac-10 is always extremely competitive and we know that everyone always plays well against us,' VanDerveer said. 'We know we'll have to be ready to play every night.'

In post-season play, all roads will travel through the Bay Area. The 2nd annual Pacific-10 Conference Tournament will be held at nearby San Jose Arena on March 7-10, and the Cardinal will then host both NCAA Subregional and Regional action at Maples Pavilion. The Subregional will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24, with the regional to follow on Sunday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 1. The 2002 NCAA Women's Final Four will be held on Sunday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.

'It is great to host NCAA Tournament games,' VanDerveer said. 'I know it is very exciting for both myself and our players.'

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