It's only November and there's a lot of season left, but it got a lot more interesting Monday as Stanford stunned two-time defending NCAA champion UConn and snapped the Huskies' 47-game winning streak.
Stanford is in its sixth Final Four in seven seasons -- but hasn't won a title in 22 years. Chiney Ogwumike and the Cardinal hope to make new history at the Final Four, even as a huge underdog against UConn.
Working hard and handling multiple responsibilities has never been a problem for Stanford's Mikaela Ruef. The redshirt senior and engineering student has juggled starting for the Cardinal this season with a demanding internship.
After nearly blowing a 30-point lead, Stanford hung on to beat Cal 70-64. The two teams meet again Sunday, with the Cardinal looking to play 40 solid minutes and the Bears trying to finish what they started in Thursday's second half.
Chiney Ogwumike didn't have to live up to the high standards her older sister set at Stanford. Instead, Chiney has carved out her own place on the basketball court, as a player, as a personality and as a leader.
Stanford finally got around to celebrating Tara VanDerveer's 900th career victory Saturday. But the Cardinal's balanced effort in a victory over No. 23 Gonzaga gave the Hall of Fame coach even more to celebrate.