November 08, 2006

Stanford Women Shoot for a Goal: Final Four

By: Darren Sabedra, San Jose Mercury News

Soon after Stanford lost to Louisiana State in the NCAA tournament last March, Coach Tara VanDerveer began looking ahead to this season like a child dreams of a return trip to Disneyland.

For nine seasons, the Cardinal has tried to get back to the Final Four. This season, it might finally conquer the magic mountaintop.

How could the expectations be anything but sky high? The Cardinal returns one of the best players in the program's history (junior guard Candice Wiggins) and a post player who had a game for the ages in last season's Sweet 16 (senior Brooke Smith).

It has also added a star-studded freshman class, highlighted by the arrival of 6-foot-4 Jayne Appel from Pleasant Hill, whom VanDerveer can't seem to say enough good things about. (More ...)

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