Stanford Claims No. 1 Seed in State Farm Women's Basketball Tournament
March 7, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- After going undefeated in Pac-10 regular-season play, the Stanford women’s basketball team claimed its 10th-straight regular-season crown and the top seed in the 2010 State Farm Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament, which takes place Thursday-Sunday, March 11-14 at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Ranked second in the nation, the Cardinal posted its fifth undefeated Conference season (18-0) and first since 2001-02. No. 25 UCLA is the second seed in the league tournament after going 15-3 in the Pac-10 slate. The 15 Conference wins ties a school record set in 1998-99. It is also the highest seed the Bruins have earned in the eight years of the tournament.
USC ends the regular season with a 12-6 Pac-10 record to grab the third seed in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament. It is the highest seeding for the Women of Troy since 2004. Standing in fourth place and claiming the fourth seed is California who went 11-7 in Conference play. Arizona State rounds out the top-five seeds, posting a 9-9 Pac-10 record.
Oregon and Washington tied for sixth in the standings each ending the season with a 7-11 Conference record. The Ducks assured themselves the sixth seed by virtue of the tie-breaker rule and a first-round bye. Oregon has won more league games than last year and improved their seeding one spot after claiming the seventh seed in 2008 and 2009.
The seventh seed goes to the Huskies, who also improve three spots in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament from last year. Last year, the Huskies were the first-ever No. 10 seed to win in the tournament. Arizona is the eighth seed with a 6-12 record, while Washington State claimed the No. 9 seed with a 3-15 mark and Oregon State rounds out the bracket at 2-16.
The State Farm Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament enters its ninth season with Stanford winning the title six times. Arizona State won the tournament crown in the inaugural season in 2002, and UCLA upset the Cardinal in 2006 to win the championship.
The first-round games tip off with #8 Arizona and #9 Washington State on Thursday, March 11 at 6 p.m., followed by #7 Washington and #10 Oregon State at 8:15 p.m. Quarterfinal action begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 12 with #4 California and #5 Arizona State tipping off at 11 a.m. #1 Stanford plays the winner of the Arizona-Washington State matchup at 1:15 p.m. At 5 p.m., #3 USC and #6 Oregon tip off action in the evening session, with the final game of the day pitting #2 UCLA and the winner of Washington-Oregon State matchup at 7:15 p.m. Live streaming for all six games will be available at www.pac-10.org.
Both the semifinal and championship games will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN) on Saturday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. All times listed are Pacific and subject to change.
2010 STATE FARM PAC-10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday-Sunday, March 11-14
Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Thursday, March 11 • Live video stream on www.pac-10.org
Game 1: #8 Arizona (13-16, 6-12) vs. #9 Washington State (8-21, 3-15), 6 p.m.
Game 2: #7 Washington (12-16, 7-11) vs. #10 Oregon State (10-19, 2-16), 8:15 p.m.
Friday, March 13 • Live video stream on www.pac-10.org
Game 3: #4 California (17-12, 11-7) vs. #5 Arizona State (17-12, 9-9), 11 a.m.
Game 4: #1 Stanford (18-0, 28-1) vs. Game 1 winner, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: #3 USC (18-11, 12-6) vs. Oregon (16-14, 7-11), 5 p.m.
Game 6: #2 UCLA (22-7, 15-3) vs. Game 2 winner, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 • Nationally Televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN)
Game 7: Semifinal 1, 2:30 p.m.
Game 8: Semifinal 2, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 • Nationally Televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN)
Championship game, 3 p.m.
All times Pacific.
Pac-10 Seedings and Tie-Breaker Rules
All 10 teams shall participate in the Tournament. Seeding and pairings will be determined following the final Conference regular season game on Sunday, March 7, 2010. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular season conference play will determine Tournament seeding. The team with the best won-lost percentage in Conference play will be seeded #1, the next best won-lost percentage in Conference play will be seeded #2, and so forth through the 10 seeds.
Tie breaking procedures for determining all Tournament seeding will be as follows:
1. Two-team tie
1.1 Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
1.2 Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.
1.3 When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual teams.
1.4 Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
1.5 Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.
2. Multiple-team tie
2.1 Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.
2.2 If two or more teams are still tied, each of the tied team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.
2.3 When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.
2.4 Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
2.5 Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.
If a coin toss is needed to establish the final seeding and pairings, it will be administered by Commissioner Larry Scott. Each institution involved in the coin toss is entitled to have a representative present. If a representative does not attend, the institution will be advised of the results immediately upon completion. Results of the coin toss will be made available to the wire services and other media outlets between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, March 7, 2010.
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