Roundup: Magnificent Monday for Pac-12 women's basketball
The women’s teams are certainly doing a splendid job of wiping away the disappointing weekend that was for men’s hoops – the Pac-12 has four teams in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, getting three teams in Monday night alone. First, it was Washington upsetting No. 2 Maryland 74-65 on the Terps’ home court behind Kelsey Plum’s 32 points, and Mechelle Voepel tells us how Washington stunned Maryland in this instant analysis piece. What a game from the likely future Pac-12 all-time leading scorer. This marks the Dawgs’ first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2001.
What a game in Maples Monday night – Stanford overcame an eight-point deficit with 3:30 to play to edge South Dakota State 66-65 thanks to a Lili Thompson three-point play in the final 10 seconds. Michelle Smith writes that Stanford’s grit was just enough to get it into the Sweet 16 (ESPN). Nine straight years in the Sweet 16 for Stanford now. Also, Former Stanford and Cal men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday morning. He was 393-167 in 18 years as Stanford’s head coach before moving on to Berkeley.
Jordin Canada scored 17 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter, and No. 3 UCLA defeated No. 6 South Florida 72-67 to move on to its first Sweet 16 since 1999. Canada was 1 of 11 in the first three quarters before going 6 of 7 in the fourth. Also, along with Montgomery, Bruin alum Jamaal Wilkes earned his Hall of Fame induction.
Sweet – soccer powerhouses Inter Milan and Paris St. Germain will play at Autzen Stadium on July 24, reports Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Arizona women’s gymnastics will compete in the Athens Regional in the NCAA Regional Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Arizona is one of seven Pac-12 schools heading to NCAA Regional competition.
Former Arizona State basketball coach Herb Sendek met with Santa Clara about the Broncos’ head coaching vacancy, Doug Haller notes (first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout).
Former Cal running back Jeffrey Coprich has transferred to East Carolina, he announced on Twitter Monday night (Connor Letourneau on the link). Having graduated from Cal, Coprich can play at ECU immediately and has two years of eligibility.
David Lombardi tells us that Utah football will start spring practice Tuesday, with the quarterback battle being chief among the concerns in Salt Lake City. The two to watch in the QB race are Brandon Cox and Troy Williams, Lombo says.
CougCenter examines the Washington State spring football roster. Britton Ransford goes in depth, yo.
Colorado women’s lacrosse dominated Marist 19-4 Monday night in Boulder. The Buffs are now 6-1 on the season and play national power Northwestern Thursday (Alissa Noe, BuffZone.com).
USC baseball defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-2 Monday thanks to an eighth-inning dinger from Corey Dempster.
After getting invited to the Big Dance for the first time since 1990, Oregon State men’s basketball is optimistic about its future because of the big contributions it got from its freshmen this year, writes Danny Moran.