BERKELEY -- When the announcement came that the Maryland women beat out Stanford for the final No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the disappointment was clear in the faces of the Cardinal players and coaches.
As soon as the news settled in, Stanford was ready to use the slight as motivation in the tournament.
"I just think at this point we really need to focus on things that make our team successful," coach Tara VanDerveer said after Monday's announcement. "If not being a No. 1 seed is something that can be used to our team's advantage we're going to use it."
The fourth-ranked Cardinal open as a No. 2 seed in the Spokane (Wash.) Region, hosting No. 15 Cleveland State at 5:30 p.m. game in one of four Saturday games at Stanford's Maples Pavilion.
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Also at Maples will be No. 3-seeded Cal, which will take on No. 14 San Diego earlier Saturday in a Greensboro (N.C.) Region game.
Cal is led by juniors Devanei Hampton (center), Ashley Walker (forward) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (guard), a group that is 0-2 in tournament games.
"We're excited and ready to play," said Walker, a Davis High graduate who was recently named all-Pac-10. "It's the next part of our season. It means a lot to us.
"We won't be satisfied if we don't do better than in the past. We're looking forward to this as a new season. What's done is done. We're moving on and happy to be playing at Stanford."
In other games:
Fresno State (No. 14 seed, Spokane Region) plays Baylor at 11 a.m. Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Former Modesto Christian stars Ashley and Courtney Paris will help lead Oklahoma (No. 4 seed, Oklahoma City Region) into a first-round tilt against Illinois State at 9 a.m. Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.