No. 4/4 Stanford To Be Featured On ESPN's <i>NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Special </i> Monday
March 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford will be one of four schools prominently featured during ESPN's NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Special airing at 4 p.m. PT on Monday, March 17. The Cardinal will be one of four schools, along with Connecticut, Maryland, and UTEP, to be featured through live interviews and reactions as the brackets are announced.
The Cardinal (30-3) is coming off of its eighth consecutive Pac-10 regular-season championship, as well as its fifth Pac-10 Tournament title in the last seven years. Stanford's seventh 30-win season has featured a slew of memorable moments and performances, and resulted in seven players being honored with All-Pac-10 recognition.
Senior guard Candice Wiggins, the conference leading scorer with 19.3 points per game, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year for a record-breaking third time, while forward Kayla Pedersen captured Freshman of the Year honors, and Tara VanDerveer was named Coach of the Year for the ninth time in her career.
The season also saw a healthy share of records falling, as Wiggins became both Stanford's and the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer. Against USC on Jan. 31, Wiggins broke Kate Starbird's Stanford record of 2,215 career points, while just over a month later, on March 2 at Washington State, she topped Lisa Leslie's conference career mark of 2,414 career points. Currently, Wiggins has scored 2,478 career points in her career, and also owns the Stanford career marks for points per game (18.9), three-pointers made (277) and attempted (708), and free throws made (522).
Sophomore center Jayne Appel broke the Stanford single-season record for blocked shots, turning away 79 shots to eclipse her own previous mark of 61, set last year. Appel, an All-Pac-10 First Team selection, leads the conference with 2.39 blocks per game as well as a 58.6 shooting percentage from the floor, ranks second with 8.8 rebounds a game, and fifth with 14.2 points per contest.
Pedersen, in her rookie campaign, was the only freshman to finish in the conference's top 10 in scoring (12.8 points per game - eighth) and rebounding (8.1 rebounds per game - third). Her 49.5% mark from the field was also seventh-best in the Pac-10.
Trey Wingo will host the Selection Special alongside analysts Stacey Dales and Kara Lawson. The one-hour show will mark ESPN's 16th consecutive year of announcing the pairings days before it begins complete coverage of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship March 22 - April 8 on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN FULL COURT. In addition, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will simulcast the show, while more women's NCAA Championship content will be featured across other ESPN entities, including SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Mobile TV's ScoreCenter and ReSet and ESPN.com.