This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
March 18, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Four Pac-10 teams participate in postseason tournaments, highlighted by three who go on to the NCAA Tournament and compete for a national championship with all the action beginning this Saturday. Successfully defending its Pac-10 Tournament title for the third-straight year, Stanford is the second seed in the Berkeley Region, traveling to San Diego State, while California and Arizona State compete in the Trenton Region as the No. 4 and 6 seeds, respectively.
Oregon State is in the postseason for the first time in three years, awaiting the result of the Portland/Portland State matchup in the first round of the WNIT.
All NCAA Tournament games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPNU.
ROAD TO ST. LOUIS GOES THROUGH THE PAC-10
0For teams looking to get to St. Louis for the NCAA Final Four, they may have to go through Pac-10 country. League schools hosting the first and second rounds are USC at the Galen Center and Washington at the Bank of America Arena. Dates for both those sites are March 21 and 23. California's Haas Pavilion was selected one of four sites for the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight on March 28 and 30.
The Final Four is slated to be held on April 5 and 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Pac-10 has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven years, including this year's tournament, with at least one team advancing to the Sweet Sixteen each year since 2004. In 2005, Arizona State and Stanford both advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
Pac-10 teams have combined for a 129-98 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament with at least one Conference team reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 24 of 29 tournaments. In addition, the Pac-10 has reached the Elite Eight in 18 of 27 years, including the last five seasons.
ASU's best tournament showing was in 2007 when the Sun Devils advanced to the regional final in Greensboro, N.C. California has earned four-straight tournament bids and Stanford was the national championship runner-up last year.
POSTSEASON HONORS BEGIN TO ROLL IN
After leading Stanford to its ninth-straight regular season title and a third-straight Pac-10 Tournament crown, 10-time Conference Coach of the Year Tara VanDerveer was named WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year. She is now in contention for the WBCA's National Coach of the Year honor.
Also receiving recognitions from Stanford is JR F/C Jayne Appel who was selected a WBCA Region 8 All-American finalist and is also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to the national player of the year. Joining Appel on both lists is California's SR F/C Ashley Walker, while Arizona State SR G Briann January is a WBCA Region 8 All-American finalist, as well.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Saturday March 21, 2009 San Diego, Calif.
No. 7 DePaul (23-9) vs. No. 10 San Diego State (23-7), 5 p.m. PT ESPN2
No. 2 STANFORD (29-4) vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (22-9), 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN2/ESPNU
Saturday, March 21, 2009 Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 4 CALIFORNIA (25-6) vs. No. 13 Fresno State (24-8), 5 p.m. PT ESPN2
No. 5 Virginia (23-9) vs. No. 12 Marist (29-3), 7:30 p.m. PT ESPN2
Saturday, March 21, 2009 Duluth, Ga.
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE (23-8) vs. No. 11 Georgia (18-13), 10 a.m. PT ESPN2
No. 3 Florida State (25-7) vs. No. 14 North Carolina A&T (26-6), 12:30 p.m. PT ESPN2
WNIT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 21, 2009 Corvallis, Ore.
Portland/Portland State at Oregon State, 7 p.m. PT