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Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome

Community celebrates team's NCAA championship win with parade through campus, downtown Palo Alto

It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title — a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.

The hometown welcome came after Sunday's close 54-53 win in the championship game of the NCAA tournament against the University of Arizona.

"It will probably hit me tomorrow," coach Tara VanDerveer said after the victory.

VanDerveer meshed together a team of veterans and youth to earn her third national title and the first since 1992, when current Associate Head Coach and Menlo School graduate Kate Paye was a member of the team.

Sophomore Haley Jones, who scored 17 points in the title game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Former Pinewood School star Hannah Jump also contributed to the championship run.

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Seniors Kiana Williams and Anna Wilson, and junior Lexie Hull, provided leadership.

Monday's socially distanced parade kicked off at 2 p.m. at the Stanford University campus, where the team waved to cheering community members from convertibles that drove around the Oval, according to social media posts.

They reached downtown about half an hour later, when they were seen outside City Hall donning championship T-shirts, hats and metallic red pompoms.

Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois joined the crowd at stops along the way. The team was escorted by units from Stanford's Department of Public Safety and Palo Alto Police Department.

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Fresh off national victory, Stanford women's basketball returns to hometown welcome

Community celebrates team's NCAA championship win with parade through campus, downtown Palo Alto

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Apr 6, 2021, 11:31 am

It's been 29 years since Stanford University women's basketball landed a national title — a cause for celebration on Monday when the team paraded through campus and downtown Palo Alto.

The hometown welcome came after Sunday's close 54-53 win in the championship game of the NCAA tournament against the University of Arizona.

"It will probably hit me tomorrow," coach Tara VanDerveer said after the victory.

VanDerveer meshed together a team of veterans and youth to earn her third national title and the first since 1992, when current Associate Head Coach and Menlo School graduate Kate Paye was a member of the team.

Sophomore Haley Jones, who scored 17 points in the title game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Former Pinewood School star Hannah Jump also contributed to the championship run.

Seniors Kiana Williams and Anna Wilson, and junior Lexie Hull, provided leadership.

Monday's socially distanced parade kicked off at 2 p.m. at the Stanford University campus, where the team waved to cheering community members from convertibles that drove around the Oval, according to social media posts.

They reached downtown about half an hour later, when they were seen outside City Hall donning championship T-shirts, hats and metallic red pompoms.

Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois joined the crowd at stops along the way. The team was escorted by units from Stanford's Department of Public Safety and Palo Alto Police Department.

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Pat Markevitch
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Downtown North
on Apr 5, 2021 at 8:15 pm
Pat Markevitch, Downtown North
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on Apr 5, 2021 at 8:15 pm

Go Stanford! A great win by a great group of women!


paul
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Barron Park
on Apr 6, 2021 at 6:12 am
paul, Barron Park
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on Apr 6, 2021 at 6:12 am

Love Palo Alto and Stanford Congrats Stanford Women's Basketball Team!!!!


Novelera
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Midtown
on Apr 6, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Novelera, Midtown
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on Apr 6, 2021 at 12:31 pm

I watched every game - from the early easy victories to the later nail biters. What a group of wonderful, resilient young women. They are fantastic. And Tara VanDerveer Is just amazing. So many years of success, appearing at the Sweet Sixteen year after year. And I enjoyed the T-Dawg moniker she was given this year. They did it nearly all on the road.


Marianne Mueller
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Professorville
on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Marianne Mueller, Professorville
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on Apr 6, 2021 at 3:35 pm

Congratulations to the team and the coaches, what a great tournament and great games to watch I would if we can set a date for a parade through town so we can all show up and cheer them!


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