Stanford's strategy in the Elite Eight was simple: Get the ball to Jayne Appel. Well, it worked. The Cardinal crushed Iowa State to reach the Final Four for the second consecutive year.
Stanford and Maryland insist they have a chip on their shoulder. But forget the perceived slights. Stanford needs to prove it has re-established itself among the super elite; Maryland calls this the season that will define its program.
Stanford's win over Pitt on Saturday wasn't pretty. But it earned the Cardinal a spot in the Elite Eight -- and proved Stanford can win even when Candice Wiggins plays badly out of sorts.