March 17, 2008

The road to Tampa starts ...

... with a game against Cleveland State at Maples Pavilion at 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 22.

The NCAA bracket shows the whole trip and all its participants.

The Cardinal, who had hoped to receive a #1 seed after winning the Pac-10 regular season and tournament, were disappointed to be placed #2 after Maryland in the Spokane region. But the disappointment didn't last long. As soon as the news settled in, they were ready to use the slight as motivation in the tournament.

"The most important thing is not the seed,'' Tara said. "We just want to have a great tournament and have everyone play well. We'd love to play Maryland for the regional title.''

"This is a very motivated team," Candice. "This is extra motivation for us. We have been the hunters the whole season. We're very good in that position. We know what we really want. We know what our goals are. We're going to go after them."

Two other teams in particular are looking forward to playing at Maples next weekend. Cal has the #3 seed (in the Greensboro region), its highest ever. They will begin their trip with a game against San Diego (the WCC tournament champion) on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The bears hope to regain the strength and skill they showed for most of the Pac-10 season before faltering at the end.

And UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) is ecstatic to be dancing for the first time ever as the #7 seed. They'll play Western Kentucky on Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Tell all your noisy friends about next weekend -- it's going to be exciting! Here's the schedule and ticket information.

And remember what Tara said in the team blog last week:

We are playing at Stanford,
YOU will be LOUD!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sure, it's a slap in the face. But the big pictures is to reach the Final Four. Even if Stanford and Maryland swapped seedings, Stanford would still have to beat them to get there. I say this is just more ammunition Tara can use to motivate her team. Like I tell my team of girls, you can't worry about things you can't control. (seedings, talk). Take care of what you can control-- your play. Afterall, action speaks louder than words and numbers.