Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals to feature Pacific Northwest clash
SEATTLE – Four teams remain in contention for the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament crown heading into Saturday’s semifinals at KeyArena starting at 6 p.m. PT. Top-seeded and seven-time defending champion Stanford opens the night against USC, followed by a clash of Pacific Northwest teams Oregon State and Washington State in the nightcap.
Tickets for the semifinals and Sunday’s championship game are on sale at pac-12.com/tickets and at KeyArena box office.
The Cardinal advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 69-54 win over the No. 9 seed Colorado Buffaloes. Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike (19 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman guard Lili Thompson (16 points) led Stanford in the win. Standing in Stanford’s way is USC after the No. 5 seed Trojans continued their surprising season by defeating Arizona and Arizona State by a combined seven points in the first two rounds.
The second spot in Sunday’s championship game will be decided in a Pacific Northwest tilt between Oregon State and Washington State. The No. 7 seed Cougars will play in their second semifinal in the last three years after an 91-83 upset win over the No. 2 seed Cal Golden Bears that featured a 28-point performance by WSU sophomore Lia Galdeira. The No. 3 seed Beavers advanced to the semifinals with a convincing 50-35 win over No. 11 Utah. The win is the Beavers’ first tournament victory under fourth-year head coach Scott Rueck.
Fans at Saturday’s semifinals will be treated to some of Seattle’s top family musical and entertainment acts. Local musician Kalieb Nash is scheduled to sing the national anthem and the Emerald City Slammers and the Seattle FlyDogs are scheduled to perform at halftimes.
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