March 23, 2014
AMES, Iowa (seminoles.com) - The 10th-seeded Florida State women's basketball team faces No. 2 seed Stanford on Monday, March 24, in an NCAA Second Round matchup at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 at the Hilton Coliseum.
Once again, Florida State's NCAA Tournament contest will feature the broadcast duo of Clay Matvick (PXP) and Fran Fraschilla (Color analysis) on ESPN2. Viewers in Florida, California and Iowa can watch the game on ESPN2, while those in the other 47 states and worldwide can access the game on ESPN3.com or through the WatchESPN app. For those not in Iowa, California or Florida, ESPN2 will provide whip-around coverage should the FSU-Stanford game not be in the local market.
Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will also be available to call the action on WNLS 1270-AM and via Seminoles.com.
Monday's game is a bit of déjà vu for the FSU women's basketball program. The last time Stanford and FSU faced was in the 2007 NCAA Second Round in Palo Alto, Calif., when the 10th-sedded `Noles knocked off second-seeded Stanford, 68-61, to advance to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16. FSU leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-1.
"Stanford is just a tremendous program," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "It is amazing what (head coach) Tara (VanDerveer) has done there. She has built one of the best programs in basketball. We know that Monday is going to be a good battle and we're excited for the challenge. Stanford poses a lot of problems for any team but we feel our zone defense can create problems as well and hopefully it will do that on Monday."
The winner of Monday's game will advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 held on Stanford's home court in Palo Alto. FSU is looking for its third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, also advancing in 2007 and 2010.
Monday's matchup features two of the top low-post players in the country in FSU senior Natasha Howard (20.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike (26.7 ppg, 12.2 rpg). Howard collected her school-record 41st career double-double on Saturday against Iowa State with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and also became FSU's career leader in rebounds with 1,040.
Florida State's first-round win over No. 7 seed Iowa State marked its 11th consecutive opening-round victory in the NCAA postseason. FSU held the 3-pointing shooting Cyclones to just 7-of-38 from the bonusphere, earning its 10th Top 100 RPI win of the season. Iowa State's 44 points were its season low and the fifth-lowest allowed by FSU this year.
Aiding the effort inside was FSU freshman Ivey Slaughter, who picked up 13 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action against the Cyclones. Redshirt junior Lauren Coleman also stepped up, tying a career high with three 3-pointers and logging 30 minutes of action.
Under Semrau, FSU is now 13-9 in the Big Dance. Overall, the `Noles are 14-12 in NCAA Tournament play.
Stanford notched an NCAA First-Round win over 15th-seeded South Dakota on Saturday, winning 81-62 behind Ogwumike's 23 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Stanford registered 46 points in the paint, an area of strength for FSU who has outscored its opponents inside in 24 of 32 games.
The Cardinal finished 17-1 in Pac 12 play this season, dominating its conference with a scoring margin of +18.5 points. Stanford averages 43.6 rebounds per game and owns quality wins over several opponents including Tennessee (76-70) and California twice (70-64, 79-64).
Stanford averages 77.7 points per game and has an impressive team shooting percentage of 47.1.
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