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.
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.
After 28 seasons at Stanford, Tara VanDerveer remains a pure student of the game. Even on the brink of 900 career wins, she has never stopped learning, growing and changing to stay at the front of the pack.
If the Cardinal are true contenders for a national title, they will almost certainly do it behind Chiney Ogwumike. But as Tara VanDerveer reminded her team this offseason, Stanford can't be content relying on its senior star.