The 12th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team faces a big test this weekend at home, beginning with Washington State's visit Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. tip-off.
The Cardinal (7-1 in the Pac-12, 15-5 overall) responded quite nicely following its home loss to Arizona State. Stanford beat both UCLA, 79-70, and USC, 71-60, on the road last weekend.
Stanford resides in a second-place tie, with the Sun Devils, a game back of Pac-12 leader Oregon State and a game ahead of fourth-place California.
The Cougars (4-4, 13-6) dominated most of the action in their game against the Cardinal in Pullman. Stanford rallied to send it into overtime before pulling away.
Washington State has won its past three games, even without senior center Shalie Dheensaw, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Cougars' 3-point loss at Oregon State two weeks ago.
Briana Roberson took advantage of her first start of the season and second of her career in Stanford's win over the Bruins. She scored a career-high 21 points, one of three players, with Bonnie Samuelson and Amber Orrange, to reach 20 points in the contest.
Lili Thompson, who scored one point against UCLA, went for 21 against the Trojans.
"We are a very good shooting team with a great shooting lineup out there," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I like that we shot a good percentage. We're a very good team, an explosive team, and we know that."
Orrange and Samuelson are close to milestones. Orrange needs three assists to become the seventh player in Stanford history to reach 500.
Samuelson is five 3-pointers shy of matching Nicole Powell (201) for sixth on the Cardinal's all-time list.
Stanford faces the top three scorers in the conference this weekend and four of the top eight. Washington State's Lia Galdeira (19.6) and Tia Presley (18.9) are second and third.
Washington brings sophomore Kelsey Plum (24.5) and senior Jazmine Davis (15.0) to Maples Pavilion for Monday's 7 p.m. game.
Nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford (4-0 in the Pac-12, 5-1 overall) hosts a homecoming of sorts this weekend when UCLA and USC visit Avery Aquatic Center for a pair of Pac-12 dual meets.
There are swimmers from both Southern California schools who have competed at Stanford while in high school, though none more experienced than Palo Alto grad Jasmine Tosky, a junior who has the Trojans' top times in the 400 individual medley (4:12.05) and 200 fly (1:55.59) this season.
No. 12-ranked USC (3-1, 4-1) comes to town for a noon meet on Saturday, the day after swimming at California. The No. 13-ranked Bruins (3-1, 7-1) arrive for a 2 p.m. meet on Friday.
Tosky, who is part of the USC record-holding team in the 400 free relay, has competed in most every event for the Trojans, including the 1,000 free, a tribute to her versatility. She's been a part of the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Club program most of her life.
PASA swimmer and Menlo-Atherton grad Kindle Van Linge, a freshman, is beginning to emerge at USC. She's participated with the 200 and 400 free relay teams and has one of the Trojans' top times in the 100 fly (56.22), which she accomplished at the Texas Invitational. Van Linge also won the 50 free against Oregon State.
Stanford freshman Simone Manuel, a member of the U.S. National Team, already holds school records in the 50 free (21.59), 100 free (46.62) and 200 free (1:42.03) and heads a lineup of All-American sprinters, with senior Maddy Schaefer, a former teammate at PASA with Tosky, swimming 21.93 in the 50 free and sophomore Lia Neal, an Olympian, already qualified for the NCAA championships in the 100 free with her time of 47.81.
The Cardinal is a young team, and with world recordholder Katie Ledecky committed to joining the program next year, will be solid for years to come.
Freshmen own the season's top times in eight events. Manuel and Janet Hu (100 back, 100 fly, 200 fly) are tops in three each, while Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe (1:53.56 in the 200 back) and Heidi Poppe (59.21 in the 100 breast) also lead an event.
Sophomores Tara Halsted (1,000 free, 400 IM) and Grace Carlson (200 IM) are also team leaders.
Stanford relay teams are among the nation's best too, with the top times in the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 medley relay. The Cardinal is second in the 800 free relay and third in the 400 medley relay.
Both the men's and women's teams are in action at home this weekend, with the Stanford men (1-2) hosting UNLV on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The eighth-rankled women's team hosts St. Mary's on Friday (1:30 p.m.) after opening the season with a 6-1 victory over visiting Princeton on Thursday.
On the road
Several Stanford teams are headed to competitions across the nation, with the indoor track and field teams competing at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas and the wrestling team going to Southern Utah on Saturday and to Boise State on Sunday.
The women's gymnastics team, fresh off its upset over Oregon State, competes at Arizona State on Saturday.
The men's volleyball team is at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, while the fencing team is at the Midwest Invitational and the women's squash team plays at Brown and Harvard this weekend.