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24 March 2009 @ 12:54 pm
Go, Go, Cardinal! (Stanford Women's Basketball in NCAA Sweet 16)  
Well, once again the mighty Stanford Women's Basketball Team has made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Women's Tournament.

Once again, they were given a Number 2 seed despite being ranked #2 in the country. By now, that's business as usual and I'd think that, if anything, Tara VanDerveer uses it as motivation to psych the team up.

And yes the West #1 seed, Duke, did beat Stanford earlier in the year. Whatever. Besides, the West regional is in Berkeley and that's basically home court. So, not an issue.

The Stanford Women made it to the championship game last year, but that was with the awesome Candace Wiggins running the show and she's graduated. Stanford is still big and strong, with Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike pounding it out inside. They're looking good, and at the right time. The loss to Cal earlier in the season seems to have woken them up!

Games this weekend in Berkeley. Alas, I have to go to State MathCounts in Stockton. But I'll try to catch em on TV.

Go Stanford!

ps - Cal is also in the Sweet Sixteen, their best showing ever. Good luck to Cal, and they'll need it because they'll probably get UConn next.

pps - oh yeah, the men's basketball team is playing in something called the College Basketball Invitational, one of those "NCAA-leftovers tournament". They're doing well, too, so Go Stanford there too!
They Didn't Ask Medr_phil_physics on March 24th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Most years I try to skip the NIT. For Division I, I try to see as many of the men's and women's games as I can. Students do give me strange looks when I start talking about games or teams, like "Wow, Tennessee's been knocked out of the NCAA tourney this year?" and they don't realize I'm talking about Pat Summitt. (grin)

Dr. Phil
jeffsoesbe: demimoore gijanejeffsoesbe on March 25th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
That was probably the biggest shocker of all, Tennessee's early exist. They are perennial top of the heap. Pat Summitt is probably spitting nails right now.
Deborah Layne: ncaa b-balldeborahlive on March 24th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
We're just home from watching Pitt's women win their first two rounds in Seattle (against Montana and Gonazaga, respectively).

It was soooooo much fun!!!

jeffsoesbe: bluemangroup curiousjeffsoesbe on March 25th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Excellent! When I lived in the Bay Area, I went to Stanford games a lot and even saw some of the NCAA regionals. It was great.

Next year, there's a regional in Sacramento. I hope Stanford is there!

Pitt is, I think, one of the only schools with both men and women still alive in the NCAA bball tournaments?
Deborah Laynedeborahlive on March 25th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yes! Along with UConn and I think Michigan State. Who else? Oklahoma. I don't have the women's bracket in front of me. Louisville's women won last night. That might be all of them.

ETA: And Purdue!

Edited at 2009-03-26 03:50 am (UTC)
jeffsoesbe: bender fur coatjeffsoesbe on March 26th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
We'll see if any of the schools can have both teams make it to the Elite Eight. Or even the Final Four.

I wonder if any school has ever had both women and men bball win the NCAAs? I seem to think that UConn came close.

We'll also see who wins the wheatland_press men's tournament pool. There's a lot of Pitt pickers in that group. Gee, wonder why... :-)
Deborah Layne: Teamdeborahlive on March 27th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
UConn men and women both won in 2004. And, alas, it could happen again this year. Bleah.

True story: I was in a Journeys shoe store with my son yesterday and the staff were talking about their brackets, so of course, I jumped in the conversation. The guy helping us had Pitt winning it all, then he got all sheepish, "I had to pick them... I'm from there..."

He went to Duquesne, but still, what are the odds? In a suburban mall in Portland? I told Nicholas maybe it was a sign. He said maybe it was wishful thinking.

jeffsoesbe: elmerfudd confusedjeffsoesbe on March 27th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Teenagers are very good at telling you exactly how they feel, aren't they? :-)

Just goes to show you - there are Pitt fans everywhere!

I'm still wondering how I'm tied for the lead of the pool after tonight's games. Must be a fluke.