NORFOLK, Va. - Stanford wrapped up a short day at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Sunday, meeting with the media for 30 minutes before a two-hour practice.
The Cardinal takes on No. 8 seed West Virginia Monday at 4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN2 in a second-round contest. The winner will advance to the Fresno Regional Semifinal next Saturday, March 24. Fans can also catch the full contest online on ESPN3.
West Virginia (24-9) finished fourth in the Big East this season, advancing all the way to the semifinal round of the conference tournament earlier this month. Head coach Mike Carey, in his 11th season at the Mountaineer helm, guides a team led on the floor by Asya Bussie (12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.15 bpg) and Ayana Dunning (8.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg).
Sunday, the Cardinal continued its rest before heading to the arena for its 1:30-2 p.m. media session. Tara VanDerveer, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Toni Kokenis took the dais, where the conversation fixated on the styles of play between the Cardinal and Mountaineers.
Many of the questions dealt with how Stanford would counter the physical play of West Virginia, as well as how the Cardinal would gameplan for the Mountaineer offense.
Sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike gave The Cardinal Channel an update on her status as well. After bruising her knee in Saturday's opening-round win over Hampton, Ogwumike participated in Sunday's light workout and will be ready to go for Monday night's contest.
Redshirt junior center Sarah Boothe checked in with The Cardinal Channel, discussing how the Cardinal were enjoying Norfolk, especially in light of its last visit in nov. 2009, when the tail end of Hurricane Ida resulted in high winds, heavy rains, flooded roads and some interesting bus rides.
The team's two-hour practice involved a heavy dose of scouting review, going over West Virginia's sets as well as sets the Cardinal would run against the Mountaineers.
By 4 p.m., the team's practice limit was finished, and the team loaded the bus for the ride back to the hotel, where it would have one more film session before dinner and the end of the work day.