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Stanford women set to host first two rounds of NCAAs

 

Following a run through Seattle that resulted in the program's 11th Pac-12 Tournament Championship, the Stanford women's basketball team earned its 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid when the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee announced the field Monday.

The Cardinal (24-9), seeded fourth, was placed in the Oklahoma City Regional. As one of the nation's top 16 overall seeds, Stanford will host first- and second-round games in Maples Pavilion on Saturday and Monday.

The Cardinal will open its 29th overall NCAA postseason with No. 13 Cal State Northridge at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 12 Quinnipiac will meet in the other first-round matchup at 1 p.m. The winners meet in Monday's second-round contest at 3:30 p.m.

Stanford and CSUN have met once before, on Jan. 6, 1979. The Cardinal won at home, 98-69.

On Saturday, Stanford will be going for win No. 500 in Maples Pavilion and Tara VanDerveer will be going for win No. 800 as the Cardinal's head coach. Stanford is 499-87 (.852) at home since 1974-75 and 120-5 (.960) since 2007-08.

VanDerveer is 799-165 at the helm of the Stanford program. Winning one more would make her just the 10th college basketball coach - men's or women's - with 800 victories at a single Division I school.

The Cardinal is 30-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at Maples Pavilion and has won 10 straight.

Stanford earned its 28th consecutive and 29th overall NCAA Tournament bid by earning the Pac-12s automatic berth into the field after securing the conference tournament championship.

Since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1982, Stanford has won two national championships (1990, 1992), reached 12 Final Fours (1990-92, 1995-97, 2008-12, 2014), 17 Elite Eights, 21 Sweet 16s and compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 75-26 (.743).

Stanford's 12 Final Four appearances are the third-most by any school entering this year's tournament, and its 29 overall appearances rank third behind only Tennessee, which has appeared in all 34 NCAA Tournaments, and Georgia (31 appearances).

The Cardinal played the nation's 14th-most difficult schedule in 2014-15 and tied with UCLA for the most games against RPI top-25 opponents (12).

Stanford went 5-7 in those contests. In fact, only five schools played 10 or more RPI top-25 opponents this season and three are from the Pac-12 [Stanford (12): 5-7; UCLA (12): 0-12; Notre Dame (11): 10-1; Tennessee (10): 5-5; Washington (10): 3-7.

Stanford compiled a 7-7 record against the NCAA field, which includes wins over top-ranked Connecticut and Pac-12 regular-season champs Oregon State.

Lili Thompson (13.4) and Amber Orrange (13.2) are the squad's double-digit scorers and one will become the first Cardinal guard since Candice Wiggins in 2007-08 to lead the team in points per game. Orrange, averaging career bests in points (13.2) and rebounds (4.0), is one of just five Stanford players with 1,000 career points and 500 assists, joining Jennifer Azzi, Sonja Henning, Jeanette Pohlen and Nicole Powell.

Bonnie Samuelson leads a proficient group from behind the arc. Stanford is eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.377) and Samuelson is 12th individually (.427).

The senior has made 226 in her four years at Stanford trails only Candice Wiggins (295) and Jeanette Pohlen (268) on The Farm. She is also 10th all-time in Pac-12 history in that category.

On the glass, Kaylee Johnson is averaging a team-best 9.9 rebounds per game, 39th in the nation and second among the country's freshmen. She has grabbed more than 10 boards 17 times and is the second-most prolific freshman reĀ­bounder in Stanford history, trailing Kayla Pedersen (329) by one board among first-year players on The Farm.

Johnson is aiming to become just the sixth Stanford women's basketball player to average more than 10 rebounds per game in a single season, joining Chiney Ogwumike (three times), Nicole Powell (11.2; 2003-04), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10.2; 2011-12), Kathy Murphy (10.1; 1977-78) and Jeanne Ruark Hoff (10.0; 1979-80).

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday by visiting gostanford.com/tickets or by calling (800)-STANFORD.

— Stanford Athletics

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