With another Final Four just 40 minutes away, the Cardinal are doing their best to forget the ease of that first victory over Iowa State. Stanford hit made 58 percent of its shots in the second half, hit 13 3-pointers, forced 14 turnovers and held the Cyclones to their lowest point total of the season — all while getting just six points from Appel, the Pac-10 player of the year.
"The thing I was disappointed in, we embarrassed our school,” Fennelly added. "We embarrassed our basketball program. … I just felt like we didn’t compete. It was one of the only times all year we were enamored of the (opponents’) jersey. If it was a fight, they would have stopped it real early.”
While the Cyclones have stark memories of Hawaii, several Cardinal couldn’t recall many details of that game — perhaps on purpose. Appel thought Iowa State might have tried to double-team her, but wasn’t sure, while Kayla Pedersen didn’t recall much of anything.
"Maybe it’s because they let us go to the beach, and we were so relaxed,” senior Jillian Harmon said with a shrug. "I don’t think it has anything to do with this next game. Both of those teams have improved so much since then. I wouldn’t put too much into it.”