Stanford’s women’s basketball team had been in the AP Top 25 for 17 straight years. That streak is over. For the first time since the 2001 season, the Cardinal are not ranked in the top 25.
The streak, which lasted 312 consecutive weeks, started with the 2001-02 preseason poll and ended on Christmas 2017. Stanford is 6-6 on the season and lost at home last week to Western Illinois and Tennessee. Five of the six losses this season have come against AP Top 10 teams.
“We can schedule it so that we are 12-0 or 10-2. But this team went to the Final Four last year, and that’s the level that we have to get to,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said after the loss to Tennessee, per the Associated Press . “Tennessee wasn’t in the Final Four last year, Baylor wasn’t, Ohio State wasn’t, but those are the teams you have to play to get there. We need our tough schedule to pay off for us. But it only pays off if we build on it. Don’t get frustrated. Get mad and go to work. We are looking up at people right now. We need people to look up at where we need to be and embrace that challenge.”
Stanford will host No. 11 UCLA and USC this week as the team attempt to get back on track.
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