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Stanford Back In Final Four

TBO.com The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

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BERKELEY, Calif. -

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 securing Stanford's second straight Final Four appearance with a 74-53 victory in the Berkeley Region final on Monday night.

Appel also surpassed Candice Wiggins' single-game scoring record for the Cardinal (33-4), leaving little doubt about Stanford's 20th straight victory and 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 than the 6-foot-4 Appel, who made 19 of her 28 shots before being mobbed by her teammates at the final buzzer.

Amanda Nisleit scored 17 points for the Cyclones, who couldn't hit enough 3-pointers to overcome Appel's awe-inspiring effort. Iowa State (27-9) has made the region final twice, falling short in 1999 and again this season.

Alison Lacey, who scored 29 points in Iowa State's comeback win over Michigan State in the Berkeley semifinals, managed just two on 1-for-10 shooting against Stanford.

Appel scored 27 points in the first half, two more than the fourth-seeded Cyclones' entire roster.

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