Appel Explodes As Stanford Hammers Iowa State In Regional Finals
March 30, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -Jayne Appel had a career-high 46 points and 16 rebounds in the third highest-scoring performance in NCAA tournament history, overwhelming Iowa State's helpless defense and carrying Stanford back to the Final Four with a 74-53 victory in the Berkeley Regional final on Monday night.
Stanford's physically imposing center with neon-pink fingernails and a dancer's grace also surpassed Candice Wiggins' single-game scoring record for the Cardinal (33-4), leaving little doubt about Stanford's eighth Final Four berth.
Only Drake's Lorri Bauman (50 points in 1982) and Texas Tech's Sheryl Swoopes (47 in 1993) have scored more points in an NCAA tournament game.
Amanda Nisleit scored 17 points for the Cyclones, who couldn't hit enough 3-pointers to overcome Appel's awe-inspiring effort. Iowa State has made the regional final twice, falling short in 1999 and again this season.