Women's Basketball

2018-19 Season In Review

Stanford (31-5, 15-3 Pac-12)
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ELITE EIGHT WRAP• Stanford made its 20th overall trip to the Elite Eight and 12th in the last 16 years in 2018-19.
• The Cardinal was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time.
• Since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1982, Stanford has won two national championships (1990, 1992), reached 13 Final Fours (1990-92, 1995-97, 2008-12, 2014, 2017), 20 Elite Eights, 26 Sweet 16s and compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 89-31 (.742).
• The Cardinal earned its 32nd consecutive and 33rd overall NCAA Tournament bid by collecting the Pac-12's automatic berth into the field after winning its 13th conference tournament championship. • Tennessee is the only school that has a longer active streak of NCAA Tournament appearances than Stanford's 32. The Lady Vols have earned a bid to all 38 NCAA Tournaments.
• Tara VanDerveer leads all coaches in NCAA Tournament appearances with 34. Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Andy Landers (Georgia) and Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) are tied for second with 31.

MADNESS IN MAPLES• Stanford advanced by running its winning streak in NCAA Tournament games at Maples Pavilion to 18 with wins over No. 15 seed UC Davis (79-54) and No. 7 seed BYU (72-63) • As a city, Stanford has served as a host for 73 NCAA Tournament games, the second-most behind Knoxville, Tenn. (86).
• Each of those games has been played in Maples Pavilion, which has hosted more NCAA Tournament games than any other facility. Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena is second (71).
• This season was the 22nd in which Stanford has hosted NCAA Tournament games in Maples Pavilion since staging its first in 1989 and the 21st in which the Cardinal opened up its postseason at home.

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS• The Cardinal avenged an earlier loss to Oregon and won its 13th Pac-12 Tournament in 18 tries with a 64-57 victory over the Ducks in Las Vegas on March 10.
• The Cardinal lost 88-48 to No. 3 Oregon in the teams' only regular-season meeting on Feb. 10, snapping the program's 22-game home winning streak and its 18-game Pac-12 home winning streak.
• Stanford had won 29 in a row over the Ducks in Maples Pavilion. Oregon's only other win in the building came on March 5, 1987 (63-54).
• The margin of defeat was the worst of Tara VanDerveer's career, larger than Idaho's 88-49 loss at Washington on Dec. 9, 1978, her third game as a collegiate head coach and first career loss. It was also the Stanford program's worst since a 42-point defeat at Long Beach State on Feb. 2, 1985 (98-56) and its second-biggest home loss, trailing a 45-point rout to Long Beach State on March 10, 1983 (96-51).
• Following the loss, Stanford went on a 12-game winning streak, its longest stretch in five seasons.
• In the Pac-12 Tournament championship, Stanford held Oregon to season-lows in points (57) and field goal percentage (.339) and to its third-worst effort on 3-pointers (.273). The Ducks came into the game second in the nation in scoring (87.0), third in shooting (.512) and first in 3-point shooting (.425).
• The Cardinal, which finished second in the league standings, has not won a Pac-12 regular-season title since 2014, the first drought of more than two years in program history.

THIS AND THAT• Stanford's .875 winning percentage (28-4) was its best entering the NCAA Tournament since the program was 29-3 in 2014 (.906).
• Stanford won 20+ games for the 18th straight season and 30 games for the 15th time. The Cardinal won 30 or more games for seven straight years from 2008-14. Its last 30-win campaign was the season of its most recent Final Four appearance in 2016-17.
• Tara VanDerveer won her 900th game as head coach at Stanford on Jan. 20 against Washington State to become the fifth DI coach, women's or men's, with that many at a single school (Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim).
• The Cardinal was 28-0 this season when holding its opponent under 70 points and 26-0 when limiting them to less than 40.0 percent shooting.
• Stanford was 11th in the country in blocks (178), 16th in field goal percentage defense (.358), 13th in rebounds (1,459), ninth in 3-pointers made (320) and 20th in assists (547).
• Stanford ent 14-of-14 at the line in a 72-65 win over No. 19 Arizona State on Jan. 11, a program record for makes without a miss from the stripe. The Cardinal had previously gone 13-for-13 against Seattle on Feb. 29, 2012 and Cal on Feb. 11, 2005.

ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS• DiJonai Carrington, Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams were voted to the 15-person All-Pac-12 squad, Smith was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team, Lacie Hull earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team and Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention accolades and Lexie Hull received a Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention nod.
• Stanford has 75 All-Pac-12 honorees in program history and 163 all-time Pac-12 awardees including honorable mention, freshman and defensive teams, the top totals in league history.
• On March 4, Smith was also selected as the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is Stanford's fifth women's basketball awardee, joining Brittany McPhee (2017-18), Chiney Ogwumike (2013-14), Kayla Pedersen (2010-11) and Jayne Appel (2009-10).
• A school-record 10 Cardinal were named to Pac-12 all-academic teams on March 13. Every player on the roster that met the playing time requirements earned recognition for having over a 3.0. Stanford's three freshmen were not eligible, nor was Marta Sniezek, who didn't played all season.

INJURY BUG• Junior Nadia Fingall, who had started each of the Cardinal's first 12 games and averaged 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds, missed the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in her left knee in a game against USC on Jan. 4.
• Senior Marta Sniezek did not play in 2018-19 after undergoing offseason ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) surgery on her right hand/thumb. She started 32 games as a junior.
• Freshman Lexie Hull returned in Stanford's Jan. 6 win over UCLA after missing the previous nine games with a left foot injury. She had started the first three games of the year.
• Sophomore Maya Dodson returned to the lineup at Cal on Jan. 31 after missing the previous eight games with a left foot injury. She didn't suit up for Stanford's two wins in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 and 17, was back on the court for the final 11 games and started the last nine.

BACK ON TRACK• Following an offensive lull over through late January and much of February, Stanford got back on track with a blistering performance in a 71-50 win over No. 17 Arizona State on Feb. 24.
• The Cardinal shot 61.9 percent (26-of-42) from the floor, the program's best field goal percentage against a ranked opponent in 20 seasons (readily available records since 1999-00).
• Stanford's previous high over the last two decades was the 61.7 percent (29-of-47) it shot in an 86-69 win over No. 16 Purdue on Nov. 26, 2013.
• The Cardinal was 11-of-12 (.917) from two-point range in the second half.
• It was the third-highest field goal percentage in the country this season against a ranked team. No. 22 Iowa shot 63.0 percent (34-of-54) in an 81-63 win over No. 23 Minnesota on Jan. 14 and No. 17 Syracuse shot 62.1 percent (36-of-58) in a 94-88 win over No. 22 Florida State on Feb. 28.

FROM DEEP• Stanford was 18th in the country, averaging 8.9 3-point makes per game and 58th in 3-point percentage, making 34.8 percent.
• Stanford's 16 3-pointers on Nov. 11 against Idaho tied a program single-game record also achieved at UCLA on Feb. 24, 2002 and at Washington on Feb. 24, 2001.
• The Cardinal's 116-71 victory over the Vandals featured the fifth-highest point total in program history and most since tying a school record with 122 against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 10, 1994.
• Entering the season, Stanford had made 14 3-pointers in a game 16 times in 1,389 games (1.2 percent). This year's Cardinal did it three times against Idaho (16), San Francisco (15) and Tennessee (14).
• The Cardinal made 31.9 percent of its attempts from behind the arc a year prior, the second-worst percentage in program history, and was also a program-low 42.4 percent from the floor overall.

DEFENSE CAME TOGETHER• Stanford's scouting-report defense, typically one of the strongest in the country, got off to a bit of a slow start this season. Through the season's first 20 games, Cardinal opponents were shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from behind the arc and averaging 63.7 points per game.
• From November through January, Stanford was 55th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, 313th in 3-point field goal percentage defense and 167th in scoring defense.
• The Cardinal locked in defensively at the start of February excluding the outlier against Oregon on Feb. 10. In its 14 victories since Feb. 1, Stanford's defense gave up 53.3 points and held its opponents to 32.0 percent shooting (264-of-825) and 26.6 percent from behind the arc (74-of-278).
• In addition to its lockdown performance against Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament championship, Cal (50) and Oregon State (44) were limited to season-low points totals and UCLA (51), Arizona State (50) and Washington State (42) were held to their second-lowest.
• The No. 7 Beavers came in leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.430) and were sixth in field goal percentage (.492). Stanford limited OSU to 44 points on 28.6 percent shooting (16-of-56) and 19.0 percent on 3-pointers (4-of-21).
• Stanford led the conference and was 24th in the country in blocks per game (4.9).

AUSTRALIAN ALL-AMERICAN• Alanna Smith became the 26th Stanford player to hear her name called in the WNBA Draft when the Phoenix Mercury selected the forward with the eighth overall pick.
• Smith is the program's 12th first-round selection and first since Chiney Ogwumike went No. 1 overall to the Connecticut Sun in 2014.
• The 12th All-American in program history, Smith had a superb senior season in which she shot 51.5 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from behind the arc and averaged a team-high 19.4 points per game to go with 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.
• She was one of two players in the country to average 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season and her numbers were even better in conference. She put up 20.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 18 Pac-12 games and was one of just two nationally to have those averages in league action.
• Smith, the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the year and an academic All-American, led Stanford to its 13th Pac-12 Tournament title with a 64-57 win over Oregon in Las Vegas on March 10. She was named the tournament's most outstanding player after posting double-doubles in each of the Cardinal's three wins and averaging 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds.
• The 6-foot-4 forward finished her career 10th in school history in scoring (1,703) and second in blocks (225) and made 155 career 3-pointers.
• She was just the fourth NCAA women's basketball player over the past 20 years to put together a career of 1,600 points, 150 made triples and 200 blocks. Since 1999-00, the only others to do that are Elena Delle Donne (3,039 points; 206 3-pointers; 273 blocks), Maya Moore (3,036 points; 311 3-pointers; 204 blocks) and Breanna Stewart (2,676 points; 152 3-pointers; 414 blocks).
• Smith, who had 81 triples, 78 blocks and 699 points was the only NCAA women's basketball player to accumulate 70 3-pointers, 70 blocks and 600 points in a season in the last 20 years. It had been done once on the men's side during that span, by Shane Battier for Duke in 2000-01 (124 3-pointers; 88 blocks; 778 points).
• Her 81 made 3-pointers were the second most for a player her height over the past 20 seasons.
• She was 34th in the country in scoring (19.4) and 33rd in blocks per game (2.17), the only player in the NCAA in the top 40 in both categories.
• Smith's 78 rejections are second in Stanford history behind Jayne Appel's 84 in 2007-08, her 81 made 3-pointers are tied for eighth and her 699 points are eighth.
• She is just the fourth player in program history to earn both All-America and academic All-America honors, joining Chiney Ogwumike, Kristin Folkl and Kate Starbird.

WATCH WILLIAMS• Kiana Williams slid over from her natural position of shooting guard to run point this season due to injury and didn't skip a beat.
• Among the five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, she was second on the team in scoring (14.3 points per game), first in assists (4.7) and was the first Stanford player to average 4.5 assists in a season since Jeanette Pohlen in 2010-11.
• Williams, whose 71 3-pointers last season where the second-most for a freshman in Stanford history, made another 91 as a sophomore, which is tied for third in program history (Krista Rappahahn – 2006).
• She averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists at this year's Pac-12 Tournament. Eleven of her 15 made field goals in the tournament were from behind the arc and in six career Pac-12 Tournament games, she averaging 16.8 points on 56.7 percent shooting, including a 58.5 percent clip from deep.
• Williams scored seven of Stanford's final nine points in its 64-57 victory over Oregon in the championship, including a step-back 3-pointer with 86 seconds left that put the Cardinal up six.
• She's made 162 3-pointers in her career, 10th among Power 5 conference players the past two seasons.
• Williams also averaged 34.5 minutes per game, the second most for a Stanford player in the last two decades. Milena Flores averaged 37.6 in 1999-00.
• She had her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists in the Jan. 6 win against UCLA. It was Stanford's first 20-point, 10-assist double-double since Jeanette Pohlen had 21 and 12 in a win over USC on Jan. 22, 2011.

CARRINGTON CLUTCH• DiJonai Carrington was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, including a double-double in the semifinal and 22 points and nine rebounds in the final.
• The junior scored 20+ points four times and in double figures in 29 of Stanford's 36 games.
• She pulled down 10 or more rebounds in eight games, put up seven double-doubles and was one of four Power 5 conference players in the country under 6'0" averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds along with Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon), Anriel Howard (Mississippi St.) and Mikayla Pivec (Oregon State).
• In the Cardinal's second of three top-10 wins this season, Carrington had a career-high 33 points and 13-rebounds in a 95-85 victory at No. 9 Tennessee on Dec. 18. She was 11-of-15 (.733) from the floor and 4-of-5 (.800) from deep and became just the second player in the last 20 years to have 33 points, 13 rebounds and four made 3-pointers against a ranked opponent.

HULL OF A DEBUT• Lacie Hull's seven steals against American were the most for a Stanford player since Candice Wiggins had the same number in a win over Old Dominion on Nov. 24, 2007.
• She inished the year with 53 steals, tied with Nicole Powell for third in freshman history. Wiggins is first (85) and Sonja Henning is second (54).
• Lexie Hull Had an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double in the season opener against UC Davis and is the first freshman in Stanford history to record a double-double in her debut.

COFFEE'S CAREER• Twenty-eight of Shannon Coffee's 159 career points came in the season's final eight games (17.6 percent).
• Of her 16 career made 3-pointers, seven came against Baylor and 11 against teams with Bear mascots (Baylor, Cal, UCLA, Missouri State).

RECORDS SET ON ROCKY TOP• On the 30th anniversary of the first meeting in their storied rivalry, Stanford went on the road and beat then-No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville, 95-85, on Dec. 18.
• In the first top-10 matchup between the schools since 2013, the Cardinal collected its third win against the Lady Vols in Thompson-Boling Arena. Its previous road victories in Knoxville came on Dec. 22, 2012 (73-60) and Dec. 15, 1996 (82-65).
• Stanford shot 14-of-24 (.583) from 3-point range, an opponent record for Thompson-Boling Arena and a record-tying number of makes from deep against the Lady Vols all-time.
• The Cardinal's 95 points were the most against Tennessee in Knoxville in 13 seasons and just two shy of the opponent record in Thompson-Boling Arena. Texas beat the Lady Vols 97-78 on Dec. 9, 1987.
• Stanford shot 55 percent overall (33-of-60) to score its 95 points, a program record for scoring on the road against a top-10 team.

RESUME BUILDERS• Coupled with a Dec. 15 68-63 home victory over then-No. 3 Baylor, Stanford beat a pair of top-10 teams in the span of four days, something it last did eight years ago when it beat No. 4 Xavier, 89-52, on Dec. 28, 2010 and No. 1 UConn, 71-59, on Dec. 30, 2010 to end the Huskies' then-record 90-game winning streak. Both of those victories were at home.
• The win against the Lady Bears, Baylor's only loss this season, was the Cardinal's first in the regular season against a top-five team since it ended No. 1 UConn's 47-game winning streak in overtime, 88-86, on Nov. 17, 2014.
• Baylor, which entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage (.557), shot just 34.9 percent (22-of-63), its lowest since losing 88-69 to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight on March 31, 2014 (.338).
• Kalani Brown (16.4 ppg) and Lauren Cox (12.3 ppg), who came in averaging nearly 30 combined points per game, together went for just seven points on just 3-of-11 shooting (.273).

FOUR TO THE FARM• Stanford bolstered an already strong recruiting class for next season with the addition of the nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, Haley Jones (Santa Cruz, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who committed on Nov. 28.
• Jones joined the earlier signings of top-50, five-star talents Fran Belibi (Aurora, Colo./Regis Jesuit), Hannah Jump (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Pinewood School) and Ashten Prechtel (Colorado Springs, Colo./Discovery Canyon) in Stanford's class, which is ranked second nationally by espnW HoopGurlz.
• Jones, the Naismith Trophy Girls' High School Player of the Year, is the first No. 1 prospect to sign with Stanford since Chiney Ogwumike came to The Farm as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
• Belibi, Jones and Prechtel were on the West Team for the 2019 McDonald's All American Game on March 27. Of Stanford's 24 McDonald's All-Americans all-time, nine will be on the team together next season.
• On March 25, Belibi became the first woman since Candace Parker in 2004 to win the Powerade Jam Fest dunk title.

  • Alanna Smith »
    • WBCA Coaches' All-American
    • Associated Press All-America Second Team
    • espnW All-America Second Team
    • USBWA All-America Third Team
    • Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American
    • CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American
    • Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
    • Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
    • WBCA All-Region
    • Katrina McClain Award Finalist
    • Chicago Regional All-Tournament Team
    • All-Pac-12 (Coaches and Media)
    • Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (Coaches and Media)
    • CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
    • Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week (Feb. 19)
    • Pac-12 Player of the Week (Feb. 18)
    • Pac-12 Player of the Week (Jan. 14)
    • USBWA National Player of the Week (Dec. 18)
    • espnW National Player of the Week (Dec. 17)
    • Pac-12 Player of the Week (Dec. 17)
  • Kiana Williams »
    • Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Finalist
    • Chicago Regional All-Tournament Team
    • All-Pac-12 (Coaches and Media)
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • DiJonai Carrington »
    • All-Pac-12 (Coaches and Media)
    • Pac-12 All-Tournament Team
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Lacie Hull »
    • Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (Coaches and Media)
    • Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention (Coaches)
    • Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Dec. 24)
  • Lexie Hull »
    • Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention (Coaches)
    • Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (March 4)
  • Shannon Coffee »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Anna Wilson »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Nadia Fingall »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Alyssa Jerome »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Mikaela Brewer »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Maya Dodson »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
  • Estella Moschkau »
    • Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention