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An extra week of (postseason) basketball at Maples Pavilion

 
The Stanford women's women's basketball team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend. Games will be played at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Photo by Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com.

The Stanford women's basketball team looks to keep its home court magic alive this weekend when Gonzaga, Missouri, and Florida Gulf Coast come to town for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal earned its 31st consecutive NCAA tournament bid Monday, when the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee announced the field.

Stanford (22-10), seeded fourth, was placed in the Lexington Region. The Cardinal opens the postseason against No. 13 Gonzaga (27-5) at 3 p.m. on Saturday in a game televised on ESPN2.

No. 5 Missouri (24-7) and No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast (30-4) will play in the other first-round matchup at 12:30 p.m., with the winners meeting in Monday's second-round contest at a time to be determined.

Stanford earned its 32nd overall NCAA tournament bid as an at-large selection. Since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1982, Stanford has won two national championships (1990, 1992), reached 13 Final Fours (1990-92, 1995-97, 2008-12, 2014, 2017), 19 Elite Eights, 24 Sweet 16s and compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 84-29 (.743).

Stanford's 13 Final Four appearances are the third-most by any school entering this year's tournament, and its 32 overall appearances rank third behind only Tennessee (37 appearances) and Georgia (33 appearances).

The Cardinal is 34-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament at Maples Pavilion and is on a 14-game winning streak. This season will be the 21st in which Stanford has hosted NCAA Tournament games in Maples Pavilion since staging its first in 1989 and the 20th in which the Cardinal has opened up its postseason at home.

Tennessee is the only school that has a longer active streak of NCAA Tournament appearances than Stanford's 31. The Lady Vols have earned a bid to all 37 NCAA Tournaments.

The Cardinal's 84 wins in the NCAA Tournament are third all-time behind Tennessee (124) and Connecticut (113) as are its 113 tournament games. Tennessee has appeared in 152 and Connecticut 131.

As a city, Stanford, Calif. has served as a host for 65 NCAA Tournament games, the third-most behind Knoxville, Tenn. (82) and Norfolk, Va. (67). Each of those games has been played in Maples Pavilion, which has hosted more NCAA Tournament games than any other facility except Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena (66).

The Cardinal is a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time. It advanced to the Sweet 16 from the same position in 2015 and the Elite Eight as a No. 4 seed in 2016. No. 4 seeds are 224-144 all-time in the tournament.

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