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Of local note: Stanford women's hoops; Menlo communications

 
Menlo College Athletics won a pair of media awards this week for their broadcasting and website design.

Back-to-back-to-back December games against Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas highlight the 2019-20 Stanford women’s basketball nonconference schedule, which was announced Friday.

Tip times and broadcast information along with Stanford’s Pac-12 schedule will be announced once television arrangements have been finalized. The Cardinal’s home exhibition schedule will also be announced at a later date.


Kevin Danna
Every game this upcoming season will again be carried via GoStanford.com’s audio stream with Kevin Danna and Tim Swartz splitting play-by-play duties.

Stanford checks in at No. 3 in ESPN's early women's college basketball rankings and will host Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA in addition to Ohio State and Tennessee as part of its impressive home schedule next year.

Stanford’s nonconference slate peaks when it hosts the Buckeyes in Maples Pavilion on Sunday, December 15 and Lady Volunteers on Wednesday, December 18 before heading to Austin, Texas to play the Longhorns on Saturday, December 21. Texas (No. 15) and Tennessee (No. 24) are also ranked in espnW’s early top 25 for 2019-20.

The regular season kicks off in Maples on Tuesday, November 5 against Eastern Washington. Stanford will make the short drive north to play at San Francisco on Saturday, November 9 and return to campus for three straight at home against Northern Colorado (November 14), Gonzaga (November 17) and Buffalo (November 24).

The Cardinal will be in British Columbia over the Thanksgiving holiday for the Vancouver Showcase running from Nov.28-30. Opponents for that tournament have yet to be determined.

Stanford’s pre-Pac-12 schedule wraps up at home on Saturday, Dec. 28 against UC Davis.

Stanford returns four starters and 11 letterwinners to a team that went 31-5, won its 13th Pac-12 Tournament title and advanced to the program’s 20th Elite Eight in 2018-19.

General

Menlo College Athletics took home a trio of awards from the annual NAIA-SIDA convention in Orlando as part of its Publication Contest.

Menlo Sports Information Coordinator, Brian Brownfield, took home first and second place for the NAIA “Call of the Year” and assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Marketing Aaron Gillespie, earned a second place finish for the design of the official home of Menlo Athletics, www.menloathletics.com.

Brownfield’s “Call of the Year” took place at a Menlo softball game in which Oaks outfielder Keeley Hernandez gunned down her second runner of the game at the plate in the top of the 8th inning. His second place call came at the GSAC men’s soccer championship semifinal match in which the Vanguard University Lions hit a crucial goal in the final minutes.

MenloAtheltics.com underwent a redesign prior to the start of the 2017-18 academic year. In conjunction with website host, SIDHelp, Gillespie worked to offer fans of the Oaks a user-friendly, visually appealing design with staying power.

The current iteration of the website features large photos and graphics, easy to access news archives, quick view of upcoming events and previous scores and much more. Additionally, the website features a free mobile app for both iOS and Android.

— Staff report

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