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Women's Basketball

Familiar Faces

STANFORD, Calif. -- Molly Goodenbour and Katy Steding won national championships while playing for Stanford. On Thursday, they return to The Farm as coaches of the University of San Francisco, which takes on the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion in a 7 p.m. contest.

No. 7 Stanford (2-0) vs. San Francisco (1-0)
Thursday, Nov. 15 • 7 p.m.
Maples Pavilion • Stanford, Calif.
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Stanford hopes to open the season 3-0 for the first time in three years. So far, the Cardinal is rolling, tying a school record for three-point baskets in a game, with 16 in a 115-71 victory over visiting Idaho on Sunday. The Cardinal had its fifth-highest point total ever and most since tying a school record with 122 against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 10, 1994. Stanford is in the midst of a four-game homestand to open the season. The only other time in its history that Stanford opened with four at home was in 2016-17, going 3-1. The Cardinal closes the homestand Sunday against Ohio State.


  • Stanford is 14-4 all-time against the Dons, winning 86-66 on The Hilltop last year. Kiana Williams made five 3-pointers and Stanford hit 11 in the second half alone. The last time the teams met at Maples Pavilion was in the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, with the Cardinal winning, 85-58. All four losses to USF came before Tara VanDerveer arrived as Stanford coach in 1985. USF's most recent victory was 69-63 at USF on Dec. 9, 1983.
  • On Dec. 22, 2010, Tara VanDerveer became the sixth women's coach to reach the elite 800 wins mark, as the Cardinal routed San Francisco 100-45 and former Stanford stars turned coaches Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding.
  • Stanford's 2016 NCAA victory marked Jennifer Azzi's final game as USF coach. The former Stanford star left coaching after six seasons at The Hilltop. However, USF still has Stanford ties on the coaching staff, with Molly Goodenbour the head coach and Katy Steding the associate head coach. Goodenbour, in her third season as head coach, won two national championships at Stanford, including in 1990 with Steding as a teammate. Steding, who also played for VanDerveer on the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1996 Olympic Games, is in her first season with the Dons.
  • Of the Dons' 13 players, nine are foreigners. There are eight newcomers to the team, all true freshmen, with seven of them from outside the U.S. Goodenbour and Steding also have European ties, having played professionally there. Last season, USF went 16-15 overall and 10-8 in the West Coast Conference, losing in the first round of the conference tournament to Gonzaga.
  • The Dons opened Friday with an 85-63 victory over visiting San Jose State. Guard Shannon Powell led the Dons with 17 points and seven assists. This is their second game.

Stanford shot 53 percent from the field on the way to a 115-71 victory over Idaho on Sunday. Stanford's 16 3-pointers were divided between seven in the first half and nine in the second, on 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman Lexie Hull had five 3-pointers and scored 17 altogether. She is believed to be the first in program history to have a double-double in her collegiate debut, with 11 points and 11 rebounds in Stanford's 71-43 season-opening victory over UC Davis on Nov. 7.