C and R just want to give a shout out to our wonderful golf foursome, which took first place in our golf tournament today, called the Weather-Outside-Is-Frightful-And-Our Hands-Are-Freezing-Bowl. (What, Stanford is on hiatus because of finals and there is no basketball, what else can we write about?) Oh, we did see Tennessee beat Texas 78-58. It was on cable TV, so we gotta support that. Although Tennessee won handily, C is going to say something she has never said in four years. I think Stanford can take ‘em. I think the triple threat of Jayne Appel, Kayla Pederson and Nneka Ogwumike can score against them. Wow, C has never been this optimistic of our chances against Tennessee, even in Candice Wiggins’ last year where they beat Tennessee on our home court.
Wait, we could write about Stanford women’ soccer and their heart breaking loss in the NCAA championship game to hated North Carolina 1-0. Stanford went undefeated all season, something they have never done, and a win in the championship would make them only the 6th team to go undefeated and win the championship. The other five teams were all from North Carolina. To make matters worse, North Carolina scored in the third minute and Stanford had a goal waved off for off sides even though the off sides player never touched the ball, making it a legal goal. Then Stanford lost their best player and top scorer, Kelly O’hara, for getting her second yellow card for tackling from behind (geez, in basketball you get five chances before you foul out). And when “you foul out” in soccer, you are not allowed to be replaced. So Stanford had to play a woman short. And then their second best player still scored…. to tie it... but, wait, Stanford was ruled off sides again! So they lost 1-0 and the National Championship and a shot at history to finish the year undefeated. What an incredible run.
Oh, and thanks to faithful reader Tom Guardino, who was able to scroll through all 176 pages of the online Stanford Women’s Basketball Media Guide, and find out the most points scored by Stanford in a game was been 122. Twice. It happened once against Cal State Fullerton in 1994 and once against Long Beach State in 1993.
See ya at Maples Dec.13th for DePaul. Let’s hope they can score 123.