Oklahoma-Stanford Pregame Notes

Courtney Paris (above right) and the Sooners (31-4) will tip-off against Candice Wiggins (above left) and the Cardinal (25-7) at 1:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday. See inside for notes on Saturday's game, including the starting lineups and a scouting report on the Cardinal. (AP Photos)

The Setting
No. 3 Stanford (25-7) vs. No. 2 Oklahoma (31-4) -- 1:30 p.m. CST -- San Antonio, Texas -- AT&T Center

Radio
The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Dave O'Brien (play-by-play), Ann Meyers (analyst) and Beth Mowins (sideline) will call the action. To listen to the game online, click the link below and then click the black and white photo at the top of the page.

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The Matchup
Stanford advanced to Saturday's Sweet 16 with a 72-45 first round win over Southeast Missouri and a 88-70 win over 6th-seeded Florida State in the second round.

The Cardinal are led by two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins, a 5-foot-11 guard who averages 21.2 points a game and scored 34 points in the win over the Seminoles on Monday.

Stanford will also counter Courtney Paris inside with possibly the biggest frontline she's seen this season. The Cardinal will start 6-foot-3 center Brooke Smith, and then bring 6-foot-5 center Kristen Newlin off the bench.

The Sooners are in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last seven years, while Stanford has advanced to the Sweet 16 each of the last two seasons and 14 times the schools' history.

Stanford head coach Tara VanderVeer is in her 20th season with the Cardinal. She is 507-127 at Stanford and 659-178 overall. OU head coach Sherri Coale is 204-112 in her 10th season in Norman.

The Cardinal lead the all-time series against Oklahoma 3-2 overall and 1-1 in NCAA Tournament games.

The winner of Saturday's game will play winner of top-seeded LSU and fourth-seeded DePaul on Monday. Tip-off for Monday's Elite Eight game is set for either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

ESPN.com analyst Beth Mowins on the Cardinal
"Stanford is in the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time and looking to go a step further than last year's trip to the region finals.

"Candice Wiggins, who last season became just the ninth freshman to win Kodak All-American honors, is a two-time Pac-10 player of the year. She reached the 1,000-point plateau in just 54 games to become the second-fastest player in Stanford history to reach the century mark. Wiggins finished the regular season ranked third nationally in scoring with 21 points per game.

"Wiggins and senior guard Krista Rappahahn both shoot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. Rappahahn set a single-season school record with 83 triples this season. When she shoots the ball, it's a good bet she's behind the arc. Only 20 of her 209 field-goal attempts this season came from inside the 3-point line, and of her made shots, only nine were 2-point baskets.

"A couple of rookies also are making an impact. Freshman Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (on-WOO-day) has taken over the point-guard duties. Jillian Harmon, a 6-foot-1 forward, was named to the All-Pac-10 freshman team.

"And then there's junior center Brooke Smith, an All-Pac-10 first-team pick who's a handful in the paint with her trademark "Brooke Hook". She shot 60 percent over four NCAA Tournament games last season and tallying 15.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

"Stanford, which won national titles in 1990 and '92, won its sixth-straight Pac-10 regular-season title before getting upset by UCLA in the tournament final. But the Cardinal are the fifth-highest scoring team in the country at 79 points per game and have weapons both inside and out. A composed performance from the freshmen and a standout effort by Wiggins could carry this team far.

"Tara VanDerveer was the Pac-10 coach of the year and picked up the 650th win of her career this season. Her team has won 17 of its last 21 games."

Stanford Projected Starters
F -- 33 -- Jillian Harmon -- 6-1, Fr. -- 8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg
C -- 30 -- Brooke Smith -- 6-3, Jr. -- 16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg
G -- 11 -- Candice Wiggins -- 5-11, So. -- 21.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg
G -- 2 -- Krista Rappahahn -- 6-0, Sr. -- 8.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.0 apg
G -- 23 -- Rosalyn Gold-Onwude -- 5-10, Fr. -- 5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5
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F -- 43 -- Kristen Newlin -- 6-5, Jr. -- 8.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg

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Oklahoma Projected Starters:
G -- 33 --Britney Brown -- 5-9, Jr. -- 6.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.1 apg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Jr. -- 8.9 ppg, 1.9 rbg
F-- 22 -- Chelsi Welch -- 5-9, Jr. -- 9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Jr. -- 10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, Fr. -- 21.8 ppg, 14.9 rpg, 3.4 bpg

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