IU women’s basketball has a marquee non-conference series lined up.
The Hoosiers announced a home-and home series against Stanford, set to begin this year. IU will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face the Cardinal at Stanford Maples Pavilion this coming season, and the teams will play a return game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in 2024-25.
The teams last played in November 2021 in the Bahamas, and Stanford came away with a 69-66 win. The Cardinal are 2-1 in the all-time series, with a 2001 win in Palo Alto. Indiana’s win came in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1979.
These two programs have more in common than those previous matchups, though. Both have All-American forwards returning this season — Indiana’s Mackenzie Holmes and Stanford’s Cameron Brink.
The even bigger connection is through Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, who played at IU from 1972 through 1975. She was part of the 1973 Hoosiers that reached the AIAW Final Four (before the NCAA women’s basketball tournament existed).
She went on to become the winningest coach in women’s college basketball history over her long coaching career, which enters year 46 this season. She’s been at Stanford since 1985 and has won three national championships with the Cardinal.
Vanderveer was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, as well as the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
To Palo Alto this season, at The Hall in 2024. 👀 pic.twitter.com/NkjQSpySsg
— Indiana Women’s Basketball (@IndianaWBB) August 31, 2023
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