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.
Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Stanford broke open the game with a 30-2 run spanning the halves in a 63-44 victory over Florida State in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament Monday night.
Bonnie Samuelson knocked down five 3-pointers on the way to 17 points all scored in the first half, and No. 6 Stanford beat Arizona 74-48 on Sunday to move closer to a 14th straight conference regular-season crown.
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 had 19 points and seven rebounds and No. 6 Stanford celebrated Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's 900th victory a few weeks later back at home, beating 23rd-ranked Gonzaga 73-45 on Saturday.
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.