We will have a Pac-12 vs. Ten Showdown on Thursday, Indiana vs. Stanford. Both teams are in the top 10, with the undefeated Indians ranked fourth. Stanford ranks 7th, and the only loss was in the hands of the 14th-ranked Texas team.It’s still early in the season, but neither team wants to lose this game and may be in Ranking.
Stanford’s leaders are Haley Jones (13.7 points per game) and star forward Cameron Brink, who will make a jump in the second grade this season. Brink averaged 12.5 points per game and shot 70.4% from the field. Fran Belibi also helped, shooting 61.9% from the field.
The mission of Stanford University this year is to win the championship again. This is not a small task. This has not happened since the University of Connecticut won four consecutive wins from 2013 to 2016. The victory over Indiana will greatly strengthen the Cardinal’s position as a true contender this season.
Stanford is a team with good rebounds and defensively. It allowed opponents to average 53.5 points per game this season. If the Cardinals want to beat the Indians, they need to bring their best game on Thursday.
Indiana has always been as good as advertised. The Indians entered the game with an unbeaten record, with an average score difference of 20.5 points. They have not yet been tested this year, but as the game progressed, the situation has changed. They need to continue to get excellent offensive skills from Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Berger. In addition, Aleksa Gulbe will have to win the fight on the rebounds, and Nicole Cardano-Hilary should make a few three-pointers. If the Indians can combine these three things to execute, then they should be in the best position to end the game in the last few minutes.
No. 4 Indiana Indiana (4-0, 0-0 Big 10) and No. 7 Stanford Cardinals (3-1, 0-0 Pac 12)
when: Thursday, November 25th at 1:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Nassau, Bahamas
How to watch/listen: FloHoops, WHCC 105.1 FM (Indiana), Varsity Network (Stanford University)
The key to the game: No board, no ring. The team that wins the rebound is likely to win the game. For Stanford University, another factor is its three-point shooting percentage. The Cardinals’ only loss this year was in the game against Texas, where they shot 14% from three-pointers. If they want to win, it can’t happen again. The Indians performed well in every victory, but how they played against the top 10 teams will tell us a lot about their potential. An important game for Holmes will greatly help ensure that they are unbeaten in the Bahamas.