Stanford Women's Basketball Announces 2008-09 Schedule

Sept. 5, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Thirteen teams that reached last year's postseason lie in wait on the Stanford women's basketball team's road to the Final Four in St. Louis in 2008-09, as Head Coach Tara VanDerveer announced the Cardinal's slate for the upcoming season. The schedule's 14 regular-season home dates include not only the usual Pac-10 foes but five non-conference opponents that reached the postseason a year ago.

'This year's schedule is the toughest that we have ever faced in my time here at Stanford,' said VanDerveer, who will enter her 23rd season at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2008-09. 'Once again we will be facing some of the toughest competition around the nation, both at home and on the road. I feel that what doesn't break you makes you, and this schedule will prepare us well for the postseason and what we hope will be another chance to play for the national championship.'

Stanford is coming off of one of the most successful seasons in program history heading into 2008-09. Last season, the Cardinal won a program-record 35 games, reached its seventh Final Four, and made its third national-title game appearance.

The Cardinal open the regular season at home following a pair of exhibition contests at Maples Pavilion against Chico State (Nov. 1) and Vanguard University (Nov. 7). Stanford's regular-season opener is set for Friday night, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. opposite the Big Ten's Minnesota Golden Gophers, tipping off a stretch of three home contests in a four-game span.

Although Stanford hits the road for a quick trip to Waco to face the Baylor Bears two days later on Nov. 16, it returns to Maples the following weekend, hosting New Mexico in a Thursday night battle at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, and capping things off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sunday, Nov. 23.

From there, the Cardinal go tropical for the second consecutive year, heading west this time to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where it will take part in the 2008 Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend. Stanford will play three games in three days from Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30, battling 2008 NCAA Tournament squads Purdue and Iowa State before wrapping up the tournament against the host Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine.

Following the two-week finals break, Stanford returns to action at home Dec. 13, hosting the WAC champion Fresno State Bulldogs at 2 p.m. before hitting the road for another big three-game Southern swing.

The Cardinal begins that trip Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Duke, then heads to Columbia to face South Carolina three days later on Dec. 19. Stanford concludes the trek with a highly-anticipated rematch of the 2008 National Championship game, battling the Tennessee Lady Volunteers Sunday, Dec. 21 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Stanford will return home to host UC Davis Sunday, Dec. 28 in its non-conference finale before embarking on its quest to capture its ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular-season title. That quest begins just following the dawn of the New Year, as the Cardinal visits the Arizona State Sun Devils Friday, Jan. 2, followed by a trip to Tucson to meet the Arizona Wildcats Sunday, Jan. 4.

The Cardinal's first homestand in Pac-10 play comes the following weekend, Jan. 8 & 10, against Washington and Washington State, respectively. USC and UCLA visit Maples Pavilion Jan. 29 & 31, while there will be no love lost when California makes its annual trip to Stanford on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

The Golden Bears' visit begins a stretch of three home games in a row for the Cardinal, as the following weekend, Feb. 19 & 21, Oregon State and Oregon come to Maples Pavilion.

Stanford will conclude the regular season at home, as well, hosting Arizona and Arizona State on Friday, March 5, and Sunday, March 7, respectively.

The 2009 Pac-10 Tournament will be held at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles from March 12-15. The 2009 NCAA Tournament is set to begin Saturday, March 21, from pre-determined sites.

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