- Associated Press - Monday, March 12, 2012

Stanford has received the No. 1 seed in the Fresno regional of the women’s NCAA tournament.

The NCAA tournament gets started Saturday _ the first step en route to the Final Four, which begins April 1 in Denver.

The Cardinal has advanced four straight seasons to the Final Four, and coach Tara VanDerveer is looking to get her first title in 20 years. She’ll begin with a trip East to Norfolk, Va. to face Hampton. Stanford hasn’t been east of the Rockies since 2001 when they went to Oklahoma.

In the Fresno regional, eight-seed West Virginia plays No. 9 Texas; No. 5 South Carolina meets 12th-seed Eastern Michigan; No. 4 Purdue faces 13th-seed South Dakota State; sixth-seed Oklahoma hosts No. 11 Michigan; No. 3 St. John’s takes on 14th-seeded Creighton; No. 7 Vanderbilt hosts No. 10 Middle Tennessee; and No. 2 Duke plays 15th-seed Samford.

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