Tulsa-Stanford Preview

Stanford senior Joslyn Tinkle would enjoy seeing a rematch with

Pac-12 Conference rival California. It would mean a lot to both

teams and the conference.

That, however, can’t come until the regional final – when the

Cardinal would be looking to reach a sixth straight Final Four.

Top-seeded Stanford looks to run its winning streak to 18 games

Sunday when it faces No. 16 seed Tulsa in the first round at Maples

Pavilion.

Fourth-ranked Stanford (31-2) was given the No. 1 seed in the

Spokane Region of the NCAA women’s tournament. No. 6 California was

awarded the No. 2 seed.

“It’s a fun rivalry game, they’re a good team and we went at it

earlier in the year,” Tinkle said. “Sometimes if you get that far,

you don’t know teams that well. We’re so familiar and it’s great

competition. It would be awesome to see that game happen

again.”

Stanford and Cal tied for the Pac-12 regular-season title, with

the teams splitting the season series. The Bears were knocked out

of the conference tournament by UCLA in the semifinal.

“Not getting to play Cal in the championship makes it

different,” said Cardinal junior Chiney Ogwumike, who will bring a

22.4 scoring average and 13.1 rebounding average into the

tournament. “It’s not so fresh in our minds. We love the Pac-12 and

we want the Pac-12 to succeed. Honestly, I was excited to see Tulsa

on the bracket so we can have something to focus our energy

on.”

The Golden Hurricane (17-16) went just 8-8 in Conference USA

play during the regular season, but reeled off four wins in four

days in the league tournament to claim the conference’s automatic

bid.

Senior guard Taleya Mayberry, who averages a team-high 18.7

points, stepped up her game even more in the C-USA tourney.

Mayberry averaged 25.0 points and shot 53.3 percent to lift Tulsa

to its first NCAA appearance since 2006.

The Golden Hurricane upset fifth-seeded North Carolina State as

a No. 12 seed in that tournament, but an entirely different

challenge awaits Sunday.

Stanford just won its seventh straight Pac-12 tournament title

and leads the nation in opponents’ field-goal percentage (31.5) and

3-point percentage (23.5).

Despite all their success in the first four rounds of the

tournament since 2008, the Cardinal are looking for their first

national title since 1992. They lost to Baylor in last year’s

national semifinal and last reached the championship game in

2010.

Stanford has been eliminated by the eventual national champion

in each of the past five years.

Ogwumike will be looking for some redemption after being held to

a career-low three points in Stanford’s 51-49 victory over the

Bruins in the conference championship.

“I expected three people on me every game,” Ogwumike said. “I

like being inside a lot. I always expect the best of the defense.

The difference with UCLA was they were committed to it for 40

minutes. I’m excited to be back at Maples; it’s a special

place.”

The Cardinal will be without starting guard Toni Kokenis for the

rest of the year with an undisclosed illness. She has missed 11

straight games and 12 overall.