This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
April 2, 2008
PAC-10 POSTSEASON NOTES
THREE TEAMS SENT TO NCAAs
How the Pac-10 Got Here:
For the sixth straight season, at least three Pac-10 teams were sent 'dancing.'
Playing in the Spokane regional, STANFORD (34-3) earned the league's automatic berth with its win in the 2008 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament Mon., Mar. 10.
The Cardinal, a No. 2 seed, hosted the first and second rounds on the Stanford campus, in the comfortable confines of Maples Pavilion. Stanford defeated Cleveland State, 85-47, and UTEP, 88-54, in the first and second rounds, respectively.
CALIFORNIA (27-7) earned a No. 3 seed and also headed to The Farm for its first and second round games of the 2008 postseason. The Bears defeated San Diego, 77-60, in the first round, but fell one bucket short in the second round, falling to sixth-seeded George Washington, 55-53.
In the Oklahoma City regional, ARIZONA STATE (22-11) played its first and second round games in College Park, Md. The Sun Devils bested Temple, 61-54, to open 2008 tournament play, but fell to third-seeded Duke in the second round, 67-59.
The Pac-10 has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament six consecutive seasons, including 2006's history-making six-team tournament and 2005's five-team tournament.
PAC-10 IN NCAA TOURNAMENTS
The Pac-10 has had an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, sending at least one team to the Sweet 16 in 24 of 28 tournaments.
In addition, the Pac-10 has reached the Elite Eight in 19 of 28 NCAA Tournaments, including the last five straight seasons.
Stanford has earned its first Final Four berth since 1997 after advancing only as far as the Elite Eight in three of the past five seasons (2004, 2005, 2006).
PAC-10 IN THE NCAA FINAL FOUR
The Pac-10 has reached the Final Four 10 times, and Stanford's berth in 2008 marks the first time since 1997 that a Pac-10 team, or any team West of Austin, Texas has advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
Aside from Stanford, USC is the only other Pac-10 team to advance to the NCAA Final Four, winning two national championships in back-to-back years (1983 and 1984) and finishing as the runner-up in 1986, the first year that the Pac-10 recognized women's basketball as a Conference sport.
All-told, since 1986 the Pac-10 has amassed a 5-5 record in all NCAA Final Four games.
PAC-10 AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Two Pac-10 schools have earned women's basketball national championships, including USC in 1983 and 1984 and Stanford in 1990 and 1992.
Despite just four women's basketball national titles, the Pac-10 Conference has won more than 100 national championships in 13 different women's sports (109). No other conference can claim triple-digit women's national titles as the SEC is the next closest with 70.
Already in 2007-08, the Pac-10 has won eight national titles including: men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's water polo, men's and women's indoor track and men's and women's swimming and diving.STANFORD FINAL FOUR NOTES
No. 2 STANFORD (34-3)
How the Cardinal Got Here:
Defeated No. 15 Cleveland State, 85-47 (first round)
Defeated No. 7 UTEP, 88-54 (second round)
Defeated No. 6 Pitt, 72-53 (sweet 16)
Defeated No. 1 Maryland, 98-87 (elite eight)
vs. No. 1 UConn
Sun., April 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Tampa, Fla. (semifinals)
Stanford/UConn vs. No. 2 LSU/No. 1 Tennessee Tues., April 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Tampa, Fla. (finals)
Stanford Quick Hits:
Stanford's 34 wins ties the school and Pac-10 record for wins in a season (1996-97, 34-2).
Leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (75.6), scoring margin (+19.9), free throw percentage (72.5), field goal percentage (45.9), blocked shots (5.05), assists (17.46), turnover margin (+3.22), assist/turnover ratio (1.33), defensive rebounds (28.14) and three-point field goals made (5.84). The Cardinal, winners of 22 straight, are making their seventh trip to the Final Four.
Stanford NCAA Tournament Quick Hits:
Has averaged 85.75 points through four NCAA Tournament games, including a 98-point effort against No. 1 seed Maryland.
Stanford's 14 three-point field goals made against the Terrapins in Monday's regional final was a Pac-10 season-high.
SR G Candice Wiggins Quick Hits:
The 2007-08 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Wiggins is averaging a Pac-10-best 20.2 points per game. She also ranks second in the league in three-point field goals made (2.22) and steals (2.16).
Became the first player in NCAA history to record two 40-point games in tournament play. Wiggins dropped a career-high 44 points (third best in NCAA Tournament history) on UTEP in the second round and 41 points (fifth best in NCAA Tournament history) on Maryland in the elite eight. A four-time All-American, Wiggins is the only player in Pac-10 history to be named Player of the Year three times in her career.
SO C Jayne Appel Quick Hits:
Making nearly 60 percent of the shots she takes from the floor, Appel paces the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.593, 239-of-403).
Ranks second in the league in double-doubles (11), with two coming in NCAA Tournament play, including a 33-point, 12-rebound effort against Cleveland State in the opening round.
FR F Kayla Pedersen Quick Hits:
The 2007-08 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Pedersen is averaging 12.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, which rank her ninth and third respectively in the Conference.
Pedersen went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc against Maryland on Monday night. She has hit just 10-of-26 (.385) from long range this season.
Tara VanDerveer Quick Hits:
Was named the 2007-08 Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the ninth time in her career.
Has 723 career wins and boasts a winning percentage of .795 (723-187). Currently in her 22nd year at the helm of the Cardinal program, VanDerveer boasts two national championships and six NCAA Final Four berths.