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Pac-10 tourney title for Stanford women

Original post made on Mar 16, 2009

Jayne Appel was in early foul trouble again, the Stanford women's basketball team missed six of its first seven shots and turned the ball over once. The second-ranked Cardinal then took a collective breath and went on to beat USC, 89-64, in the championship game of the Pac-10 tournament Sunday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. It was Stanford's (29-4) sixth conference tournament title.

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Posted by basketball fan
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

Congratulations to the Stanford Women's Basketball Team for winning yet another Pac-10 Tournament Championship! They demolished all three teams that they faced; the average margin of victory was 27.5 points! And yet, the average attendance at the Galen Center in LA was less than 1000 people per game. While attendance was somewhat better when the tournament was held in San Jose, I don't understand why Women's basketball isn't a more popular spectator sport, especially in this area. The women's game is more team oriented than the men's game is. There's not the showboatsmanship that dominates the men's game (both college and professional). These women are hard working athletes who are a joy to watch. Head Coach Tara Vandeveer is an icon in the sport and has 601 wins in her tenure at Stanford. The program she runs is model of decorum (no NCAA violations, no athletes on academic probation, no fights in bars or inappropriate behavior) and sportsmanship (she and her players are quick to compliment the opponent on their skills and accomplishments).

I have season tickets to both the Stanford men's and womens's teams, and I am saddened by the lack of support for the Number 2 Women's Team in the country! The lack of student support is especially disappointing. I would love to see better attendance at the women's games. And I would love to hear any ideas for increasing attendance by both the community and the students.

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Posted by Stanford Women Fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I agree with you 100%. I was at the games last weekend and the small attendance was surprising. Even at the final championship game - with USC in it and the game at their home court - there were more Cardinal fans than USC. A couple of the USC men players, who had won the PAC-10 championship game the night before, showed up but it looked like only one stayed for the entire game. There were only a handful of students.

I'm not sure how to increase attendance at our home games - the team gets lots of press. They've offered reduce admission and food for 4 tickets and that seems to bring more families. Cal filled their arena for our game with with there by offering very inexpensive tickets and marketed it well. Maybe Stanford could do the same.

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