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WHO HAS THE EDGE? // Stanford vs. Old Dominion

THREE-POINT SHOOTING

A strength for both teams, but Stanford has two players (Kate Starbird and Vanessa Nygaard) who are threats beyond the arc. Edge: Stanford

REBOUNDING

Both teams are averaging about 44 rebounds a game, but the Monarchs have one or two more players who can do the job. Edge: Old Dominion

DEFENSE

Defense is one thing the Monarchs have done well during the tournament. ODU barely let Florida, which had rolled through its first three games, get off a shot in the regional final. ODU's opponents averaged only 51.1 points a game.

Edge: Old Dominion

BENCH

Old Dominion is thin beyond its starting five, while Stanford has nine or 10 high-impact players. Edge: Stanford.

COACH

Old Dominion's Wendy Larry is well-respected, but Stanford's Tara VanDerveer has two NCAA titles and led the U.S. women to Olympic gold last year. Edge: Stanford.

INTANGIBLES

Stanford's only loss is to ODU, and the Cardinal was rooting for the Monarchs against Florida just for the chance to pound 'em senselessly. Edge: Stanford.

_ SHARON GINN

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