Night of Upsets At Stanford
First Marist, then Florida State
March 20, 2007
(AP) - First Marist, then
After watching the Red Foxes beat Middle Tennessee 73-59, the Seminoles knew they could upend the host Cardinal in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Alicia Gladden scored the final seven points of an 11-0 run that frustrated the Cardinal and sent
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.
"Ten years ago, this program was 0-16 in our conference," Semrau said. "It took a lot of players to come and believe that this could be a good basketball school, and not just a football school. These are three of them right here (Gladden, Shante Williams, Mara Freshour). It was fun to see them succeed tonight. These players all have a lot of courage."
Williams scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Freshour had 15 and Gladden added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals -- 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
At Austin, Texas, Sylvia Fowles scored 14 of her 21 points in the second half, and the Lady Tigers rallied from an 11-point deficit to keep their run to a fourth consecutive Final Four alive.
Playing without former head coach Pokey Chatman, who abruptly resigned March 7 amid allegations of improper conduct with a former player, third-seeded LSU (28-7) trailed by 11 in the second half. But Fowles scored six points in a 12-0 run that saw the Lady Tigers rally to take the lead 36-35 on her layup with 7:58 to play.
LSU will play
Tasha Humphrey had 21 points and seven rebounds for the third-seeded Lady Bulldogs (27-6), which shot 61 percent and made eight 3-pointers in the first half.
Lyndsey Medders had 11 points and nine assists for sixth-seeded
Purdue 76, Georgia Tech 63
Stephanie Higgs scored 27 points and Janie Mitchell had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (21-12).
George Washington 59,
George Washington (28-3) advance to Sunday's regional semifinals, where it will face either No. 1 seed
Takia Starks had 15 points for the Aggies (25-7).
Briann January matched a career-high with 22 points and Emily Westerberg scored 12 for the Sun Devils (30-4), who outscored the Cardinals 31-8 down the stretch. They missed their first 15 shots, but went 15-of-29 in the second half to win going away.