This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
April 1, 2009
NCAA FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
Sunday, April 5, 2009 Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Mo.)
#3 Louisville (33-4) vs. #1 Oklahoma (32-4), 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
#1 Connecticut (37-0) vs. #2 Stanford (33-4), 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET
Radio: Westwood One
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Mo.)
National Championship game, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET
Radio: Westwood One
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Second-ranked and second-seeded Stanford will make a second-straight trip to the NCAA Final Four, after recording convincing wins in the Berkeley Regional. The Cardinal are looking for its second-straight national title game appearance and its first national championship crown since 1992. Stanford will face its national semifinal opponents from last season, top-seeded and undefeated Connecticut on Sunday, April 5 in St. Louis. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPNHD with tip-off schedule for approximately 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. Stanford is the third-straight Pac-10 squad the Huskies will be facing.
The first semifinal of the evening pits #1-seed Oklahoma and #3 Louisville on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN/ESPNHD. The national championship is slated for Tuesday, April 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Pac-10 has had a good showing in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, so far, advancing one team to the NCAA Final Four for the second-straight year. The Conference has posted an 8-2 record heading into the final weekend, the most tournament wins for the league since 2005 when the Pac-10 went 8-5.
The Conference has earned at least three NCAA Tournament bids in each of the last seven years, including this year's tournament. For the sixth-straight year, the Pac-10 has had at least one team reach the NCAA Elite Eight with two teams advancing that far for the first time since 1994 and the fourth time overall (1990 and 1992 were the other years).
At least one Conference squad has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen each year since 2004 with this year marking the first since 1992 three Pac-10 teams have advanced to the Sweet 16.
Pac-10 teams have combined for a 138-100 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament with at least one Conference team reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 25 of 30 tournaments. In addition, the Pac-10 has reached the Elite Eight in 19 of 28 years, including the last six seasons.
ASU's has matched its best tournament showing, also advancing to the regional final in 2007. California made its first-ever Sweet 16 and Stanford was the national championship runner-up last year, winning the National Championship in 1990 and 1992.
Heading into Cardinal country - St. Louis Cardinals, that is - Stanford will put its 20-game win streak on the line when facing Connecticut. Only the Huskies have a longer win streak of 37 games. UConn's last loss was to the Cardinal in the 2008 national semifinal game in Tampa, Fla.
FIVE PAC-10 PLAYERS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The Associated Press announced its All-America teams earlier this week, and five Pac-10 players representing four league teams appeared on the teams. Stanford's Jayne Appel was named to the second team, while California's Ashley Walker was a third team pick. Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson, Arizona State's Briann January and Arizona's Ify Ibekwe were honorable mentions.
The United State Basketball Writers Associated also announced its 10-member All-America squad, and Appel was prominently featured among them.