Stanford women look forward to Final Four

March 31, 2010 11:47:51 PM PDT
After a heart-stopping, last-second victory, the Stanford women's team is heading to the Final Four tournament for the third straight year -- they will face Oklahoma on Sunday in San Antonio.

Stanford head coach Tara Vandeveer said on Wednesday her team is lucky to be in the Final Four.

"We've been given a second basketball life...and I know our team will make the most of it," said Vandeveer.

Senior Jayne Appel thinks the close win against Xavier will help them in the next round.

"I think it almost brought our team even closer in terms of wanting to play for each other to want to continue on because of how many different people had to step up," said Appel.

Stanford faces one of the most athletic teams in the tournament in Oklahoma, lead by former San Jose Mitty guard Danielle Robinson.

"Their very fast, well balanced, I mean they are an all-around talented team and they're definitely a Final Four team, so this is going to be a tough matchup," said Stanford forward Kayla Pedersen.

"I also think that if we want to win a national championship that a team like this is a great? it's something great to prove to ourselves? we can win against a team like that," said Stanford guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.

The Final Four is not enough for these Stanford seniors.

"I don't think in the first meeting of the year we said 'OK, let's get to the Final Four and have a good time and eat a piece of cake and go home.' We want to come home with the national championship trophy," said Appel.


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