Pac of Winners
March 20, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Following a record 5-0 showing for Pac-10 women's basketball teams in NCAA Tournament first round games, the Conference will try to advance more than one team to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 11 years.
Stanford (30-2 overall, 17-1 Pac-10), Arizona State (23-9, 12-6), Oregon (21-9, 12-6) and USC (20-10, 12-6) were victorious on Saturday, while Arizona (20-11, 11-7) won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1999 on Sunday.
The last time the Conference sent two or more teams to the Round of 16 was in 1994, when Stanford and USC both reached the Elite Eight. Two Pac-10 teams have reached the Sweet Sixteen six times in league history (1982, `85, `90, `91, `93, `94).
Three Pac-10 teams last reached the Sweet Sixteen in 1992, when UCLA made it to the Round of 16, USC advanced to the Elite Eight and Stanford won its second national championship. The league has never sent more than three squads to the Sweet Sixteen, while three teams have made it that far a total of three times (1983, `88, `92).
Five Pac-10 teams received NCAA Tournament bids this season for the first time in seven years and the sixth time in Conference history.
The schedule of the Pac-10's second round games is as follows:
Mon., Mar. 21
TEMPE REGIONAL (Fresno, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
TEMPE REGIONAL (Seattle, Wash.)
No. 10 OREGON vs. No. 2 Baylor, 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL (Minneapolis, Minn.)
No. 8 USC vs. No. 1 Michigan State, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL (Fresno, Calif.)
No. 2 STANFORD vs. No. 10 Utah winner, 8:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2)
Tue., Mar. 22
CHATTANOOGA REGIONAL (Knoxville, Tenn.)
No. 9 ARIZONA vs. No. 1 LSU, 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)