Stanford Draws No. 2 Seed, Faces Idaho State In NCAA Opener

March 12, 2007

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STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (28-4, 17-1 Pac-10) will square off against Idaho State (17-13, 11-5 Big Sky) in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, as announced this evening by the NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Committee.

The Cardinal, ranked No. 5 in the latest edition of both national polls, was awarded a No. 2 seed and will play the 15th-seeded Bengals on Saturday, Mar. 17. Stanford is placed in the Fresno Regional.

With Maples Pavilion serving as one of eight national sites hosting first and second round competition, Stanford will enjoy the advantage of playing on its home court. Stanford and Idaho State are scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off. Four games will be played on Mar. 17 and two second round contests will take place on Monday, Mar. 19. Other first round matchups scheduled for Saturday at Maples Pavilion are: (7) Old Dominion vs. (10 Florida State, (5) Middle Tennessee State vs. (12) Gonzaga and (4) Ohio State and (13) Marist.

Stanford and Idaho State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood.

Stanford owns a 46-18 all-time record in NCAA Tournament competition and is making its 20th consecutive appearance and 21st overall. The Cardinal has advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last three seasons, finishing one victory away from making its first Final Four trip since 1997. One of the most storied women's basketball programs in NCAA history, Stanford has won two national championships, advanced to six Final Fours, 11 Elite Eights and 14 Sweet 16s.

Stanford, the Pac-10 regular season and tournament champion, enters the NCAA Tournament riding a nine-game winning streak. The Cardinal captured its fourth Pac-10 Tournament title in school history after defeating Arizona State (62-55) for the third time this year on Mar. 5. Stanford also wrapped up its seventh consecutive Pac-10 regular season championship, finishing 17-1 in conference play. The Cardinal stands two victories away from a seventh 30-win season.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD. All-session upper reserved tickets cost $43 and include a total of six games (four on Mar. 17 and two on Mar. 19). Single-session tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning.

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