This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

March 30, 2009

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For the first time since 1994 two Pac-10 teams advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament as Stanford and Arizona State staked their claim in the field over the weekend. The second-seeded Cardinals are take on fourt-seeded Iowa State on Monday night in Berkeley, while the Sun Devils, who pulled off an upset over No. 2-seeded Texas A&M on Sunday, take on the overall No. 1 seed Connecticut on Tuesday in Trenton, N.J.

It is the fourth time in the history of Pac-10 women's basketball that two teams move on to the NCAA Elite Eight.

The Pac-10 has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven years, including this year's tournament. For the sixth-straight year, the Conference has had at least one team reach the NCAA Elite Eight with two teamd advancing that far for the first time since 1994 and the fourth time overall (1990 and 1992 were the other years).

At least one Conference squad has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen each year since 2004 with this year marking the first since 1992 three Pac-10 teams have advanced to the Sweet 16.

Pac-10 teams have combined for a 137-99 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament with at least one Conference team reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 25 of 30 tournaments. In addition, the Pac-10 has reached the Elite Eight in 19 of 28 years, including the last six seasons.

ASU's has matched its best tournament showing, also advancing to the regional final in 2007 in Greensboro, N.C. California made its first-ever Sweet 16 and Stanford was the national championship runner-up last year, winning the National Championship in 1990 and 1992.

• The Pac-10 advances two teams to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1994 and the fourth time in Conference history.
• The Pac-10 has placed at least one team in the Elite Eight for the sixth-straight year.
• The seven NCAA wins this season are the most for the Pac-10 since 2005 (8-5 that year).
• The Pac-10 is 9-2 in the postseason, so far (including a 1-1 for Oregon State in the WNIT), the most postseason tournament wins since going 12-3 in 20004 (3-3 in NCAA, 9-3 in WNIT)

First Round - March 21
#4 California def. #13 Fresno State, 70-47
#6 Arizona State def. #11 Georgia, 58-47

Second Round - March 23
#4 California def. #5 Virginia, 99-73
#6 Arizona State def. #3 Florida State, 63-58

Sweet Sixteen - March 29
Sovereign Bank Arena • Trenton, N.J.
Tickets: (800) 298-4200

#6 Arizona State def. #2 Texas A&M, 84-69

Elite Eight - March 31
#1 Connecticut vs. #6 Arizona St., 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

First Round - March 21

#2 Stanford def. #15 UC Santa Barbara, 74-39

Second Round - March 23
#2 Stanford def. #10 San Diego State, 77-49

Sweet Sixteen - March 28>/b>
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calf.
Tickets: (800) GO-BEARS

#2 Stanford def. #3 Ohio State, 84-66

Elite Eight • March 30
#2 Stanford v. #4 Iowa State, 6 p.m. PT

National Semifinals - April 5
St. Louis, Mo. • Scottrade Center
Semifinal Game 1 - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPNHD
Semifinal Game 2 - 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPNHD

National Championship - April 7
St. Louis, Mo. • Scottrade Center
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