Stanford women's basketball has gone through a wild Sunday in Ames, Iowa, a day ahead of its second-round matchup with No. 10 seed Florida State. The team got a jolt of adrenaline in the early afternoon when the Cardinal men upset Kansas in St. Louis to advance to its first Sweet 16 since 2008, and the good feeling carried over to the women's workout at Hilton Coliseum.
Stanford will take on Florida State Monday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 with a berth in the Sweet 16 at Maples Pavilion on the line. The Cardinal is 1-2 all-time against the Seminoles, and the teams have split their two all-time meetings in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford defeated Florida State in the second round of the 2006 tournament while the Seminoles returned the favor the following year with a 68-61 upset at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal Channel was all over the tension and celebration of the team as it followed the fortunes of the men's team. The women watched the late second half at the team hotel before boarding the bus to Hilton, all the while following the action on phones and the monitors on the bus. They swooped through the security entrance to the arena to get to the locker room to catch the final, nervy minutes, while Tara VanDerveer, Chiney Ogwumike and Amber Orrange headed to the press conference.
During the open media session, the team crowded around the television as the men closed out the win against the No. 2 seed Jayhawks, and pandemonium ensued when Kansas' last-gasp 3-pointer was off the mark.
Redshirt sophomore guard Jasmine Camp recapped the team's following of the game for The Cardinal Channel, describing the nerves and swings of emotion that they experienced while watching the contest.
Pumped up from the men's big win in St. Louis, the Cardinal hit the court for a 90-minute practice, rolling through the scouting report and gameplan with a bounce in their steps.
From there, it was back to the hotel for lunch and dinner, with another film session on the docket.