University Archives celebrates women’s basketball

Women's basketball
This undated photograph, circa 1900, from University Archives shows women playing basketball at Stanford, with no backboard above the net. (Stanford Historical Photograph Collection SC1071:3293-006)

The UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES is featuring a new, small exhibit in the Albert M. Bender Room that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Stanford women’s first NCAA basketball victory. The Bender Room is on the fifth floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library.

In the meantime, the current women’s basketball team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA championship with a Monday victory over Oklahoma.

The exhibit, highlighted in a March 17 blog post by JOSH SCHNEIDER, assistant university archivist, is called “Home of Champions.” Schneider says it showcases the history of women’s basketball at Stanford, from the first intercollegiate women’s game on the Pacific Coast in 1896 to the passage of Title IX and the rebirth of intercollegiate women’s basketball at Stanford. That first intercollegiate game pitted a Stanford team led by Captain STELLA MCCRAY against a team from the University of California. Stanford won 2-1. No men were allowed to attend.

In 1990, Stanford beat Auburn 76-60 to win its first Stanford title. JENNIFER AZZI was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. The coach? TARA VANDERVEER, of course.

The Cardinal won its second NCAA Division 1 title in 1992.

See Schneider’s blog post about the exhibit.