This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
March 22, 2006
SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL
Sat., March 25, 2006
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Stanford, 1:30 p.m. CT
SWEET 16 NOTES (3/22)
STANFORD (25-7, 15-3): No. 3 seed Stanford takes to the court Sat., March 25 in the 2006 NCAA Sweet 16, following its two convincing wins in first and second round action ... The Cardinal will take on the No. 2-seeded Oklahoma Sooners at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas ... The 1:30 p.m. CT tip-off will be televised on ESPN and ESPN HD ... The winner of this game will advance to the Elite Eight to face the winner of the (1) LSU- (4) DePaul game ... Stanford started Tournament play with a 27-point win over No. 14 Southeast Missouri State on Sat., March 18 in Denver, Colo. ... SO G Candice Wiggins was just getting started as she put together a 21-point, 6-rebound effort on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor in 21 minutes played against the Redhawks... JR C Brooke Smith was one rebound shy of a double-double as she posted 14 points and nine rebounds, while adding three blocks and one steal ... The Cardinal bench added 25 points behind the 10 from SO G Cissy Pierce who went 3-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe ... Stanford outrebounded SE Missouri State, 52-35, including 11 boards from FR F Jillian Harmon ... On Mon., March 20, Stanford took care of sixth-seeded Florida State, 88-70, helped by the 34 points from Wiggins ... Hitting 11 of her 18 shots from field goal range, the San Diego, Calif. native dropped four from behind the arc and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line ... Smith also picked up her ninth double-double of the season, the 10th of her career, with a 22-point, 13-rebound effort ... She also had five assists and four blocks in 33 minutes ... The Cardinal were outscored in the paint, 30-18, but outrebounded the Seminoles, by a 6-board margin, 38-32 ... Stanford is making its 14th appearance in the Sweet 16, and will be seeking its 11th Elite Eight appearance (and third straight regional final bid) ... With 691 and 535 respective points, Wiggins and Smith have become just the fifth duo in Cardinal history to have scored 500 or more points in the same season and the first since 2001-02 when Nicole Powell scored 581 points and Lindsey Yamasaki added 551 ... Wiggins paces the Conference with a 21.6 ppg average, while Smith ranks sixth, averaging 16.7 per contest ... Stanford leads the league in all of the following categories: scoring offense (78.9), scoring margin (+16.3), field goal percentage (46.9), 3-point field goal percentage (39.6), 3-point field goals made (7.03), rebounding offense (41.3), blocked shots (4.47), assist/turnover ratio (1.20) and defensive rebounds (28.22) ... Stanford will try to find an answer for Oklahoma's FR C Courtney Paris, who has amassed over 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks this season, becoming the first woman in NCAA history to accomplish such a feat ... Stanford and Oklahoma have met up six times in program history and twice in NCAA Tournament action, as the Cardinal took the most recent win in Tempe, and the Sooners defended their home court in Norman ... In the other portion of the San Antonio Regional, LSU and DePaul will go head-to-head ... The Cardinal is 0-1 against the Tigers and have never faced DePaul.
CONFERENCE NOTES (3/22)
PAC-10 MAKES HISTORY: Never before had the Pac-10 sent six squads into NCAA Tournament action until this season, as the Top 1-6 league finishers were granted tourney berths on the NCAA's Selection Monday ... The Conference has sent five teams six times, most recently as last season ... This year, Pac-10 teams finished with a non-conference regular season record of 67-27 (.713), the best mark since 1991-92 when all 10 teams combined for a 75-24 (.758) record ... Only the ACC (7) and Big East (7) sent more teams to the 2006 Tournament ... The SEC also sent six.