After opening last season on the road, the Stanford women's basketball team will begin its quest for a fourth straight trip to the Final Four -- and a possible third national title -- by hosting Rutgers on Nov. 14 in Maples Pavilion.
The 2 p.m. contest against the Scarlet Knights tips off a campaign that will see the Cardinal take on nine teams that reached the 2010 NCAA Tournament and four teams that won their conference's regular season title.
"Once again, our regular season schedule will be one of the most challenging and competitive in my time here at Stanford," said Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer, who begins her 32nd season overall and 25th on the Stanford bench. "Facing such high-quality competition both at home and on the road will no doubt prepare our team for what it will face in the postseason."
Stanford will play 17 home dates in 2010-11, including a pair of exhibition contests on Saturday, Nov. 6 (Vanguard) and Tuesday, Nov. 9 (UC San Diego).
The nonconference season features a pair of highly anticipated rematches on Dec. 28 and 30. The first showdown will match Stanford and Atlantic-10 champion Xavier in a rematch of the thrilling Sacramento Regional Final that saw the Cardinal's Jeanette Pohlen send Stanford to the Final Four with a 55-53 victory thanks to a game-winning layup as time expired.
Two days later, on Dec. 30, fans will be treated to a national title game rematch as two-time defending champion Connecticut makes its first visit to Stanford since Dec. 28, 1993. The Huskies used a second-half comeback to defeat the Cardinal, 53-47, in San Antonio last April 6.
On top of its annual nine home dates against Pac-10 competition, Stanford
also will welcome nonconference opponents South Carolina (Nov. 26), Texas (Nov. 28) and WAC champion Fresno State (Dec. 12).
Stanford also has a Dec. 22 game at USF against as VanDerveer squares off against former Stanford All-American Jennifer Azzi, in her first season with the Dons.
The New Year begins with the 10-time defending Pac-10 champion Cardinal traveling to Berkeley to open conference play on Jan. 2.
Stanford also will be hosting the first and second rounds of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for the second straight year, with games set for the frame of March 19-22. The 2011 Women's Final Four is set for April 3 and 5, 2011, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Stanford (3-0) will look to extend its winning streak when it hosts the 2010 Stanford Invitational this week in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will open Thursday against UC Irvine (2-1) at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Stanford will take on Marquette (2-1) at 2 p.m. Marquette will play UC Irvine on Friday at 6 p.m.
Stanford then will pack its bags and travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic. The Cardinal will take on No. 2 Texas on Sept. 10. The winner will face either No. 1 Penn State or No. 6 Florida on Sept. 11.
Stanford (1-0) will host UC Davis on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Monday at 2 p.m. The Cardinal is ranked No. 20 nationally and has won 12 straight at home.