Pac-12 Networks/ESPN basketball analyst Bill Walton culminated his 3,500-mile bus trip around the conference by visiting Cal on Wednesday, an appopriate stop to serve as the pinnacle off his journey.
Walton is much more than basketball. His penchance or philosophy, critical thought, education and the Grateful Dead make him a perfect fit for Berkeley. And he didn't hide his enthusiasm for the campus during his 75-minute speech to about 150 Cal students before calling the Bears' game against Stanford on ESPN2 later that night.
SEATTLE – The Golden Bears downed the Trojans 78-59 Friday in the first quarterfinal contest of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena, giving Cal its 16th consecutive win to advance to its seventh semifinal in as many years.
In the first half of Oregon and Washington’s first-round game Thursday night at KeyArena, Oregon was unreal. Jazmine Davis, Washington and the raucous home crowd brought them back to reality in the second half, beating out the Ducks 69-62 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Thursday’s first-round game between Washington State and Arizona State was, without a doubt, a tale of two halves.
Washington State coach June Daugherty spent Thursday night at a local hospital with acute appendicitis while her Cougars faced Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
What's a regular-season sweep mean to Utah? Not much, apparently. The Utes topped Arizona 66-48 in the second game of the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday despite being swept by the Wildcats in their two previous meetings this year.
Stanford's status as a perennial power in women's basketball is almost entirely the work of one woman: Tara VanDerveer. In nearly three decades on The Farm, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee has won two NCAA national championships. VanDerveer became the first woman in Division I history to collect 400 victories in a single conference earlier this year.
How does she do it? VanDerveer's colleagues offer a unique perspective:
The 2013 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament is under way, and the highlights already are adding up. Here's a few so far from Pac-12 Networks' broadcasts of Arizona-Utah.
Not only did Oregon pitcher Jeff Gold hold Cal State Northridge to just one earned run with six strikeouts over seven innings this past Tuesday, he also turned in an impressive play off the mound. Fielding a comebacker, Gold reached back across his body to snag the ball, only to find the ball stuck in his glove. Displaying quick thinking he tossed both the ball and glove to first to complete the putout.
California was crowned the 2013 Pac-12 Champion for the first time since 1981 with 825 points, ending Stanford's 31-year streak of conference championships.