OSU nabs no. 1 seed in Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament
SAN FRANCISCO - Final seedings and games times are set for the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held at KeyArena in Seattle, March 3-6. ARIZONA STATE and OREGON STATE claim a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title, but the Beavers grab the No. 1 seed by virtue of the tie-breaker rules. It is the second-consecutive year OSU claims the top seed. Tickets for the Conference’s premiere women’s event are still available at www.pac-12.com/tickets.
Single-session tickets can be purchased at pac-12.com/tickets and start at just $20 each plus Ticketmaster fees. Discounted group tickets and a limited number of VIP premium courtside seats are also available. Full ticket information can be found at pac-12.com/tickets or by calling 1-855-MYPAC12. Seattle fans have helped record three of the top-four largest attendances in the tournament’s history in three years at KeyArena. Fans are urged to secure their tickets early to get the best seats.
Seventh-ranked Oregon State (25-4, 16-2) claims its second-straight Pac-12 regular-season crown after winning the program’s first-ever title last year and will be the top seed in the tournament for the second-straight year. Ninth-ranked ASU (25-5) claims a share of the regular-season crown, the program’s second all-time and first since 2000-01, but is the No. 2 seed by virtue of the tiebreaker rule. Also earning first-round byes are 13th-ranked STANFORD (24-6) and No. 14/15 UCLA (22-7). The two teams tied for third with a Pac-12 record of 14-4, but the Bruins grab the No. 3 seed after winning the only head-to-head matchup with the Cardinal earlier this year. The Cardinal is the defending tournament champion.
WASHINGTON (20-9) earns the No. 5 seed in the tournament and takes on 12th-seeded COLORADO (7-22) in the first round at 8:30 p.m. PT. The Huskies are led by the Conference’s leading scorer Kelsey Plum, who is averaging nearly 27 points per game, and also ranks third in the country in scoring. The Buffs will be looking to avenge a pair of losses this season to the Huskies.
OREGON (20-9) is seeded No. 6 and has suffered blows this weekend, losing the Conference’s all-time leading rebounder in Jillian Alleyne to injury. Alleyne also ranked second in the country in rebounds per game, averaging 13.6 rpg. Fifth-year senior Jordan Loera also sustained a season-ending injury. The short-handed Ducks will face 11th-seeded ARIZONA (11-18) in the first round. The Wildcats are in the midst of their final regular-season game against USC this afternoon. The outcome of that game does not have an affect on the final tournament seedings.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Lynne Roberts, UTAH (16-13) ends the second as the seventh seed overall after being picked to finish 11th in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches poll. The Utes will take on 10th-seeded CALIFORNIA (13-16) in the first round. The Golden Bears are led by six-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week pick Kristine Anigwe, the nation’s highest-scoring freshman.
Games tip off on Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. with four games on each of the days. The semifinal games on Saturday, March 5 are slated for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised on the Conference’s Pac-12 Network. Check local listings for broadcast schedules. The champion will be crowned during the final game on Sunday, March 6. That game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The city of Seattle and KeyArena is host to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year. KeyArena is home to two-time WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. A commuter-friendly city, fans have a convenient link between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center with the Seattle Center Monorail.
For the latest Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket, news, and more, visit Pac-12.com. For up-to-the- minute updates, follow on twitter at @pac12 and on Facebook (facebook.com/pac12conference). Fans can also follow on the Pac-12 Networks on twitter for exclusive content at @pac12networks.
2016 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.
|Thursday, March 3 • Pac-12 Network|
|Game 1: #7 Utah vs. #10 California, 11:30 a.m. PT|
|Game 2: #6 Oregon vs. #11 Arizona, 2 p.m. PT|
|Game 3: #8 USC vs. #9 Washington State, 6 p.m. PT|
|Game 4: #5 Washington vs. #12 Colorado, 8:30 p.m. PT|
|Friday, March 4 • Pac-12 Network|
|Game 5: #2 Arizona State vs. #7/10 Winner, 11:30 a.m. PT|
|Game 6: #3 UCLA vs. #6/11 Winner, 2 p.m. PT|
|Game 7: #1 Oregon State (25-4, 16-2) vs. #8/9 Winner, 6 p.m. PT|
|Game 8: #4 Stanford vs. #5/12 Winner, 8:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 5 • Pac-12 Network|
|Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6 p.m. PT|
|Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 8:30 p.m. PT|
|Sunday, March 6 • ESPN|
|Game 11: Championship game, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET|
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