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It'll be a busy weekend on The Farm for Stanford teams

There's no shortage of sporting events on the Stanford campus this weekend, beginning with the sixth-ranked Cardinal women's basketball team taking center stage with a Pac-12 Conference contest against No. 14 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday.


In case there's a need to keep busy, one could start the day with the undefeated 14th-ranked Stanford softball team making its home debut Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Cal Poly as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational, which continues through Sunday.

Perhaps you might be interested in watching the top-ranked Cardinal women's tennis team take on visiting Santa Clara at 3 p.m. or taking in Stanford's baseball opener against visiting Rice at 4:30 p.m. in the first of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond.

The variety continues Saturday with the Peg Barnard Invitational, a two-day women's golf tournament played on the Stanford Golf Course.

In addition to the women's swimming and diving meet between top-ranked California and No. 4 Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center, there's a women's lacrosse game scheduled at 1 p.m., with Stanford hosting Ohio State.

Still not satisfied? How about the eighth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team hosting No. 4 BYU on Saturday night at 7 p.m.?

Sunday features the Rice-Stanford baseball series finale at noon, Cardinal-Arizona women's basketball, also at noon, and the softball finale of the Stanford Nike Invitational with Stanford meeting Pacific at 12:15 p.m.

The Cardinal women's basketball team will be looking to rebound from its first conference loss of the season when it takes on the Sun Devils, the Pac-12's second-place team who are also coming off a shocking loss.

Stanford (11-1 in the Pac-12, 22-2 overall) dropped an 87-82 decision to host Washington on Sunday. The Cardinal shot 34.6 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range.

Senior Mikaela Ruef recorded career highs in points (16) and rebounds (22) while Chiney Ogwumike added her 18th double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Ruef's rebounding effort was the third-best in Stanford history, following Ogwumike's 24-rebound performance against Oregon last year and Nnemkadi Ogwumike's 23-rebound showing against the Ducks in 2010.

Chiney Ogwumike, named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List and named as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award earlier this week, needs 68 points to match her older sister for second on the Cardinal's all-time scoring list.

Ogwumike is the all-time Pac-12 rebounding leader with 1,415 and is on pace to finish as Stanford's all-time leader in rebounds per game (10.7) and field goal percentage (.595).

Arizona State (9-3, 20-4) had its five-game winning streak snapped with its 68-49 loss to the Wildcats.

Stanford maintains a two-game lead over the Sun Devils in conference play and owns a 15-game winning streak against Arizona State, which is coached by Stanford grad Charli Turner Thorne.

Stanford has not lost consecutive games in more than three years, and has not lost consecutive Pac-12 games in over six years.

The Cardinal could clinch a first-round bye in the conference tournament (to be played in Seattle) Friday night with a victory over the Sun Devils, combined with a UCLA win over Oregon State.

Softball

Stanford concluded an impressive opening weekend Sunday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe with a 10-1 victory over Seattle.

The Cardinal (6-0) outscored opponents 60-6 and out-hit the opposition 69-17, with a team average of .413, with 25 extra-base hits, including eight home runs.

The pitching staff of freshmen Madi Schreyer and Carley Hoover and junior Nyree White limited opponents to a .147 average.

Schreyer (4-0) finished the weekend with 16 strikeouts and a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings pitched.

Women's tennis

Stanford (4-0) hasn't played in nearly two weeks because of a rain postponed match against St. Mary's last weekend.

The NCAA defending champions Cardinal is playing its first match at home since Jan. 28.

The Broncos (1-1) haven't played since splitting a pair of matches at the ITA Kick-Off Class in Berkeley on Jan. 24-25.

Women's golf

Stanford opens its spring season at home with the annual Peg Barnard Invitational.

The No. 11 Cardinal recorded one win and three top-five showings during the fall season.

Mariah Stackhouse, currently 13th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, participated in a practice session for the Curtis Cup Match, conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Stackhouse is beginning considered for the United States roster. The Curtis Cup Match will be held June 6-8 at St. Louis Country Club.

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