Stanford is Top Seed at Pac-10 Tournament
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Going undefeated in Pac-10 regular-season play for the second-consecutive year, the STANFORD women's basketball is the top seed in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament, also claiming the top seed in the event for the 10th-straight year and the regular-season crown for the 11th year in a row.
The second-ranked team in the nation, the Cardinal claim its sixth undefeated Conference season (18-0) and the first in back-to-back seasons since 1995-96 and 1996-97. Stanford is riding a 21-game winning streak, which began on Dec. 22, 2010. It is also currently on a Pac-10-record 55-game winning streak vs. Conference opponents (including regular-season and postseason games) heading into the Tournament.
Boasting its best regular-season record in the history of the program, ninth-ranked UCLA (26-3, 16-2) is the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament for the second-consecutive year, winning a program-record 16 Conference games. With the Tournament taking on a new bracket, both the Cardinal and Bruins have byes through to the semifinals.
ARIZONA STATE (19-9, 11-7) earns the third seed at the Pac-10 Tournament, the seventh time in the 10 years of the event the Sun Devils have clinched a top-three seeding.
ARIZONA and USC tied for fourth in the standings, but the Wildcats earn the fourth seed by virtue of the tie breaker rule. Arizona's 10-8 Conference record is its best since the 2004-05 campaign, and its 19 wins overall are the most since that same season. It is the highest finish in the Pac-10 for the Wildcats since tying for the Pac-10 regular-season crown in 2004.
The Trojans (18-11, 10-8) play host to the Pac-10 Tournament for the third-consecutive year at Galen Center. Tied for fourth in the standings with Arizona, USC is the fifth seed in the tournament, posting double-digit Conference wins for the second-straight year.
Recording a 7-11 Pac-10 mark and 15-14 overall, CALIFORNIA is the sixth seed in the tournament. WASHINGTON (11-16, 6-12) and WASHINGTON STATE (8-22, 6-12) tied for seventh in the Conference standings, but the Huskies claim the seventh seed by virtue of the tiebreaker rule. The Cougars' seventh-place showing in the Pac-10 standings is their best since the 1997-98 season, while the six Conference victories are also the most since 2000-01.
The ninth-seeded OREGON Ducks went 13-16, 4-14 this season heading into the Tournament, and Oregon State is seeded 10th (9-20, 2-16).
The Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament enters its 10th season with the women's portion splitting its time between Galen Center and Staples Center, the first time in the history of the event the women's teams will have the opportunity to play in an NBA/WNBA venue, joining the men's event for the semifinal and championship games.
Stanford is the four-time reigning champion, winning the title seven times overall. ASU won the tournament crown in the inaugural season in 2002, and UCLA upset the Cardinal in 2006 to win the championship.
With a new bracket this season, the first-round games tip off at Galen Center with #3 Arizona State and #10 Oregon State on Wednesday, March 9 at 12 p.m. PT, followed by #4 Arizona and #9 Oregon at 2:15 p.m. PT; #5 USC vs. #8 Washington State at 5 p.m. PT; and #6 California taking on #7 Washington at 7:15 p.m. PT.
The winners of the ASU/OSU and CAL/UW matchups play at 3 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 10 to kick off quarterfinal action, while the winners of the ARIZ/ORE and USC/WSU games play at 5:15 p.m. PT.
The Tournament moves over to Staples Center where top-seeded Stanford and second-seeded UCLA will take on the quarterfinal winners at 12 p.m. PT and 2:30 p.m. PT, respectively, on Friday, March 11. The championship game is slated for Saturday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m. PT. Both the semifinal and title games will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.
Tickets for the four-day event are still available for purchase by visiting www.pac-10.org/hoopstix.
2011 PACIFIC LIFE PAC-10 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12
Galen Center & Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wednesday, March 9 // Galen Center
Game 1: #3 Arizona State (19-9, 11-7) vs. #10 Oregon State (9-20, 2-16), 12 p.m. PT
Game 2: #4 Arizona (10-8, 19-10) vs. #9 Oregon (13-16, 4-14), 5 p.m. PT
Game 3: #5 USC (18-11, 10-8) vs. #8 Washington State (8-22, 6-12), 5 p.m. PT
Game 4: #6 California (15-14, 7-11) vs. #7 Washington (11-16, 6-12), 7:15 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 10 // Galen Center
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 4, 3 p.m. PT
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 5:15 p.m. PT
Friday, March 11 // Staples Center
Game 7: #1 Stanford (27-2, 18-0) vs. Winner Game 6 // Fox Sports Net
Game 8: #2 UCLA (26-3, 16-2) vs. Winner Game 5 // Fox Sports Net
Saturday, March 12 // Staples Center
Championship game, 11:30 a.m. PT // Fox Sports Net
All times Pacific.