FSU Stuns Stanford In Palo Alto
Seminoles heading to first ever Sweet 16
March 20, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford got shocked right out of the NCAA tournament on its home floor again.
Alicia Gladden scored the final seven points of an 11-0 run that frustrated the Cardinal and sent Florida State to the first second-round win in school history, 68-61 on Monday night.
After Candice Wiggins' 3-pointer gave Stanford a 50-49 lead with 8:40 left, the 10th-seeded Seminoles (24-9) took charge to avenge an 18-point loss in the same round last March.
And Sue Semrau's in-your-face squad featuring one senior -- Gladden -- gets to play out West in the Fresno Regional later this week.
Shante Williams scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Mara Freshour had 15 and Gladden added 12 points and six rebounds, scoring the first of her seven consecutive points with 6:46 left. Second-seeded Stanford (29-5) never recovered, making an early exit in Maples Pavilion just the way the Cardinal did four years ago against Minnesota in a heartbreaking defeat that kept them from playing on campus the next week in the regionals.
This time, they were hoping to make the short three-hour drive to Fresno for the next round.
Florida State, which only 10 years ago went winless in the ACC, beat a top-25 team for the first time in six tries this season -- eliminating another storied program after taking out Old Dominion in its opener.
Candice Wiggins had 19 points, five assists and five rebounds for the seven-time defending Pac-10 champions, Jayne Appel added 14 points and eight rebounds before fouling out, but Stanford shot 4-for-18 from 3-point range to fall short in a season when expectations were to reach the school's first Final Four since 1997.
Cissy Pierce was a cold 1-for-8, and 0-for-4 on 3s, after scoring 14 during a first-round win over Idaho State and Brooke Smith was held to 12 points and eight rebounds after scoring a season-high 29 in Saturday's win.
Stanford's fans began their exit before the final buzzer sounded.
Wiggins held a bawling Smith in a long embrace by the baseline, then Florida State's players shed tears of joy when they came together at midcourt and waved to their fans.