This Week in Pac-10 Women's Basketball
March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 21 First Round
Monday, March 22 Second Round
Tuesday., March 23 Second Round
Thursday, March 18 First Round
2010 WBI TOURNAMENT
PAC-10 CONFERENCE NOTES
PAC-10 TEAMS HEADED TO POSTSEASON: Six teams receive postseason bids, highlighted by Stanford and UCLA earning trips to the NCAA Tournament to compete for the national championship. Successfully defending it's Pac-10 title for the fourth-straight year, the Cardinal are the top seed in the Sacramento Regional, its first No. 1 seed since 1998. The Bruins make a return trip to the Big Dance for the first time since 2006 and are the No. 8 seed in the Kansas City Regional. All games of the tournament can be watched on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, EPSN2, ESPNU and ESPN360). Additionally, Arizona State, California and Oregon continue their seasons in the WNIT each hosting games in the first round. Washington will also be participating in postseason action, playing in the new 16-team Women's Basketball Invitational, also hosting a first-round matchup.
ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO GOES THROUGH THE PAC-10: For teams looking to get to San Antonio for the NCAA Final Four, they may have to go through Pac-10 country. Four league schools were awarded first- and second-round sites for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. The sites include Maples Pavilion (Stanford), Haas Pavilion (California), Bank of America West Arena (Washington) and Wells Fargo Arena (Arizona State). Each site will play its opening round games on March 20 and 22, 2010. Should the Cardinal, Golden Bears, Huskies and Sun Devils earn an NCAA Tournament bid, each is guaranteed to play on its home court for the first and second rounds. Sacramento's ARCO arena is also a Regional site, with the NCAA Sweet Sixteen slated for March 27 and the NCAA Elite Eight taking place March 29.
The Final Four is slated to be held on April 4 and 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
WBCA REGIONAL HONORS ANNOUNCED: Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was named the WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year, while two of her Cardinal - Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike - were selected finalists for State Farm WBCA All-America honors. Also in the running for All-America honors is California's Alexis Gray-Lawson who was named a candidate from Region 8.
NAISMITH AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: After leading her Cardinal to a perfect record in Conference play (18-0) and over 30 wins overall, head coach Tara VanDerveer was named a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year finalists. California's Alexis Gray-Lawson, and Stanford's Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen were finalists for the Naismith All-America team and Naismith Trophy.
STANFORD, UCLA RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top 25 in the nation. With its only loss of the season to date coming to No. 1 Connecticut, the Cardinal is holding steady in the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. UCLA slid up to No. 22 this week in both rankings. California was ranked in the top 25 in both rankings the first five weeks of the season. Arizona State also appeared in the national rankings for the first nine weeks of the season. Arizona, Oregon and USC have received votes in one or both polls this season, while the Bruins got votes in the first AP poll of the year.
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