Stanford Treads Familiar Path In Pursuit Of Final Four

STANFORD (CBS/AP) – Tara VanDerveer remembers the moment almost as if it were yesterday: Candice Wiggins and her fellow starters huddled in a circle, holding hands in close-knit celebration after finally ending Stanford’s 10-year Final Four drought.

That was four years ago at the Spokane Regional after a thrilling victory over top-seeded Maryland. This weekend, VanDerveer’s top-seeded Cardinal (31-2) will return to that very site in the Pacific Northwest needing two more wins to reach a fourth straight Final Four.

Stanford is riding a 25-game winning streak after capturing its 63rd straight home victory at Maples Pavilion on Monday night by beating St. John’s 75-49. Next up is No. 5 North Carolina (27-8) on Saturday at the Spokane Arena.

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