No. 5 Stanford Upset By Florida State 68-61 In NCAA Second Round
March 19, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP)- Alicia Gladden scored the final seven points of an 11-0 run that frustrated the Cardinal and sent Florida State to the first second-round win in school history, 68-61 on Monday night.
After Candice Wiggins' 3-pointer gave Stanford a 50-49 lead with 8:40 left, the 10th-seeded Seminoles (24-9) took charge to avenge an 18-point loss in the same round last March.
And Sue Semrau's in-your-face squad featuring one senior -- Gladden -- gets to play out West in the Fresno Regional later this week.
Shante Williams scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Mara Freshour had 15 and Gladden added 12 points and six rebounds, scoring the first of her seven consecutive points with 6:46 left. Second-seeded Stanford (29-5) never recovered, making an early exit in Maples Pavilion just the way the Cardinal did four years ago against Minnesota in a heartbreaking defeat that kept them from playing on campus the next week in the regionals.
Florida State connected on 15-24 free throw attempts while Stanford was just 7-14. The Seminoles outscored the Cardinal 43-32 in the second half.
Florida State, which only 10 years ago went winless in the ACC, beat a top-25 team for the first time in six tries this season -- eliminating another storied program after taking out Old Dominion in its opener.
Stanford connected on 4-18 tries from beyond the arc while Florida State made 5-10.
Cissy Pierce was a cold 1-for-8, and 0-for-4 on 3s, after scoring 14 during a first-round win over Idaho State and Brooke Smith was held to 12 points and eight rebounds after scoring a season-high 29 in Saturday's win.
NOTES: Stanford is now 47-19 all-time in NCAA Tournament competition ... Jayne Appel became Stanford's single-season record holder for blocked shots when she swatted away a lay-up attempt by Florida State's Nikki Anthony at the 11:44 mark of the first half. For good measure, Appel blocked Anthony's ensuing try to give her a total of 60 and finished with 61. The previous mark of 58 was established by Cori Enghusen in 2001-02 ... Stanford took its first lead of the game at 25-23 with 2:51 remaining in the opening half following a hook shot from Brooke Smith ... Florida State is now 1-5 against top-25 opponents this year ... Stanford misfired on its first nine three-point tries until Candice Wiggins opened the second half by sinking her sixth attempt at the 19:17 mark ... Only five Cardinal players have appeared in all 34 games: Jillian Harmon, Michelle Harrison, Kristen Newlin, Cissy Pierce and Brooke Smith ... Tonight marked the final game for Stanford seniors Clare Bodensteiner, Markisha Coleman, Kristen Newlin and Brooke Smith.