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Stanford basketball teams are working through the holiday

 

The 11th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team is on the road for the first time this season. The Cardinal (3-1) is in Mexico for the Cancun Challenge until Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya where it plays Northeastern on Thursday and will play Wichita State and Purdue.

Stanford is coming off a 88-54 rout of CSUN on Sunday. The Cardinal rebounded from its first defeat of the season as 11 different players scored, led by Erica McCall's game-high 17. Brittany McPhee notched 14 points and freshman Nadia Fingall contributed as many off the bench on 7-of-8 shooting.

The win was the 983rd in Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer's Hall of Fame career. She is 17 away from joining Pat Summitt as the only NCAA women's basketball coaches with 1,000 career wins.

Since the start of 2015-16, Erica McCall is one of two players in the country averaging 15-plus points, nine-plue rebounds and two-plus blocks while shooting better than 50 percent.

Karlie Samuelson is the active NCAA leader in career 3-point field goal percentage (.419). Marta Sniezek is averaging 4.9 assists with a 2.47 assist-to-turnover ratio in her last 19 games.

Stanford has never faced Northeastern, is 0-1 against Wichita State and 8-3 against Purdue. The Cardinal's only other meeting with the Shockers came on December 4, 1980, a 71-68 loss at New Mexico State's Roadrunner Classic.

Stanford has won three straight over the Boilermakers, including last November's 71-65 overtime victory to claim the Gulf Coast Showcase title in Estero, Fla.

Men's basketball

Stanford is in Orlando, Fla. to compete in the eight-team Advocare Invitational at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex through Sunday.

The Cardinal opens the tournament against Miami on Thanksgiving Day. From there, it will face either No. 21 Iowa State or Indiana State.

The three-day tournament features four teams - Miami, Iowa State, Gonzaga and Seton Hall - who made the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The championship game will take place at 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, with the third-place game at 1:30 p.m. and the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. All games will be aired on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Stanford's 4-0 start to the season is its best in five years, since opening the 2011-12 season 5-0. The Cardinal has won its first four games of the season just twice the last eight years.

After missing the final 22 games last season due to injury, Reid Travis has returned to action this season. He leads the team in scoring (19.0 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg) through the first four contests.

Travis ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding and fifth in scoring. The forward ranked 24th nationally in rebounding through Monday's games. The junior's .590 field goal percentage is also tops on the team among players who average more than 10.0 mpg. Two of his three career double-doubles have come in the first four games this season.

— Stanford Athletics

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