The opening weekend of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Maples Pavilion rolled on Monday as Stanford and Michigan addressed the media and practiced ahead of their 6:50 p.m. second-round contest Tuesday night.
The Cardinal and Wolverines will square off for a Sweet 16 berth next weekend in Spokane. For Stanford, it is a chance to reach its 20th regional semifinal.
Tuesday's contest will be the third all-time between the schools and the second in the NCAA Tournament. That most recent meeting took place in the 2000 NCAA Tournament first round in Norman, Okla., with the Cardinal squeezing out an 81-74 overtime win.
The Cardinal, the top seed in the Spokane Region, earned its spot into Tuesday's second round with a 72-56 win over No. 16 Tulsa, improving its record in NCAA Tournament games at Maples Pavilion to 27-4. Eighth-seeded Michigan, meanwhile, outlasted No. 9 Villanova, 60-52, in Sunday's nightcap.
"They don't play a lot of people, but the people who do play, play well," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "They're big, athletic, well-coached and physical."
Monday, each team took the dais to speak with the media ahead of the game. Following that, each team conducted a closed practice on the Maples Pavilion court as the teams went through fresh game plans.
Chiney Ogwumike, who scored 29 points with eight rebounds in Sunday's win, and Amber Orrange, who posted a 14-point, six-rebound effort, joined VanDerveer on the dais Monday.
"Michigan is a very organized team," Ogwumike said. "They have a lot of strengths. They are big
inside and out and can shoot very well. Any open shot you can count on them making it."
The teams will shoot around Tuesday morning at Maples Pavilion before returning to the arena for the nationally televised game, which will be carried on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Mary Murphy on the call.