The third-ranked Stanford women's basketball team made its first journey to Canada to compete in the Victoria Invitational, which started Thursday at the VARSA Performance Gym on the University of Victoria campus.
The Cardinal (5-0) met California Baptist (7-0) in the opening round. The former NAIA institution is currently in its second year of a four-year transition to NCAA Division I. The Lancers completed their transition to NCAA Division II from NAIA in 2013-14.
Stanford has scored 443 points so far, its most after five games since the 1991-92 team scored 450 en route to its second national title.
Pinewood grad Hannah Jump has 23 of those points, averaging 5.8 in her four games. She missed one game with a broken nose suffered during a practice. She's currently using a face mask, the same one especially made for Alyssa Jerome, to protect the nose.
Jump is 8-of-18 from the field, including 7-of-17 from 3-point range. She also has five rebounds and two steals in the first 43 minutes of her college career.
She's one of several former Pinewood players currently on college rosters. She's one of two locals in the Pac-12 Conference.
Gunn grad Archer Olson has appeared in 16 games for California, coached by former Stanford standout Charmin Smith. She scored her first career points last year and grabbed her first career rebound earlier this season.
As for other locals (not a comprehensive list):
Filling the Lane
Priory grad Ila Lane has produced big-time numbers through her first six career collegiate games with UC Santa Barbara, averaging 15.8 points on 63.5% shooting and 12.8 rebounds.
"Honestly, I'm not surprised," said Priory coach Franklin "Buck" Matthews said. "She's worked so hard since the seventh grade and I knew if given the right situation she could excel. She's still has a long way to go in her development but I am very proud of her."
Lane averaged over 18 points and 12.5 rebounds per game over her final two years with the Panthers, which produced four Central Coast Section Division V titles and a NorCal title.
The Gauchos (3-3) are headed to the Nugget Classic in Reno and take on Stephen F. Austin in Friday's opener. Lane has recorded a double-double in each of her past four games and reached double figures in scoring five times and double figures in rebounding five times.
Pinewood alum Brianna Claros and her UC San Diego teammates are heading to Hawaii for a two-day tournament in Honolulu.
The Tritons (4-1) play Minnesota State Moorhead (5-0) on Friday morning and Hawaii Pacific (4-0) on Saturday.
UC San Diego, coached by Heidi VanDerveer, finished 30-1 last season, losing in the NCAA Division II West Regional. Claros appeared in all 31 games, averaging 25.6 minutes a contest.
Claros, named the CCAA Freshman of the Year, has started all five games this year, averaging a team-high 33 minutes.
The Tritons are in their final transitional year and are scheduled to become a full time member of Division I over the summer.
Palo Alto alum Carly Leong came up big for Pomona-Pitzer in its 66-61 win over Stevens Institute of Technology.
With the score tied late in the fourth quarter, Leong hit a 3-pointer and followed that with a layup on her next trip down the court to give the Sagehens the lead for good.
Leong scored a season-high 22 points, which included a 4-of-4 effort from 3-point range. She added a season-best seven rebounds.
The reigning SCIAC Newcomer of the Year led the team in scoring last season, averaging 16 points. Her career high is 26 points.
Pinewood alum Kaitlyn Leung joined the Sagehens this year. She's appeared in all four games and is 5-of-5 from the foul line.
After 30 games coming off the bench the past two seasons, Palo Alto grad Lauren Koyama has become a fixture in the starting lineup for New York University, which plays at Wesleyan on Sunday.
Koyama, whose career-high is 26 points, averages 10.2 points and 2.2 assists for the Violets (5-1), who are coming off a 103-50 victory over Baruch on Wednesday.
She led the team in 3-point percentage last year and reached double figures in scoring in 10 games. Koyama scored at least 12 points in each of her first three games and had a career-high five assists in the opener. She currently has an assist to turnover ratio of 2.6-1.
Tufts it out
Pinewood grad Erin Poindexter-McHan has appeared in all five games for Tufts (5-0) this season. She came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer against Skidmore on Tuesday.
The Jumbos are 59-8 over the past two-plus years and reached the NCAA quarterfinal round. Poindexter-McHan had 10 points in a win over University of New England earlier this season.
(Tangent: Menlo School grad Maddie Stewart became Tufts' first volleyball player to be named an AVCA Division III All-America first team pick this fall and just the third named to the first or second team. Palo Alto grad Maddie Kuppe earned second team recognition four years ago. Sacred Heart Prep alum Cate Desler was honorable mention).
The Yale Experience
Pinewood alum Klara Astrom's first collegiate experience was a suspended game due to a scoreboard malfunction. Yale's opener against visiting Providence was suspended at halftime and the game will be resumed Tuesday.
Until then, Astrom and Yale will be in Los Angeles as part of the LMU Invitational. Yale (3-2) meets Fresno State on Friday afternoon and then meet the host Lions on Saturday.
Yale lost to UCLA on Tuesday, though Astrom did hit a 3-pointer against the Bruins. She has eight points and six rebounds through five games.
Woodside resident Ayla Elam, who spent her freshman season in high school at Menlo, also plays for Yale. She's appeared in one game.