This Year in Pac-10 Women's Basketball

April 14, 2010

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    Saturday, March 20 • First Round
    #1 Stanford 79, #16 UC Riverside 47
    Sacramento Regional • Stanford, Calif.

    Sunday, March 21 • First Round
    #8 UCLA 74, #9 NC State 54
    Kansas City Regional • Minneapolis, Minn.

    Monday, March 22 • Second Round
    Stanford 96, #8 Iowa 67
    Sacramento Regional • Stanford, Calif.

    Tuesday., March 23 • Second Round
    #1 Nebraska 83, UCLA 70
    Kansas City Regional • Minneapolis, Minn.

    Saturday, March 27 • Sweet 16
    Stanford 73, #5 Georgia 36
    Sacramento Regional • Sacramento, Calif.

    Monday, March 29 • Elite 8
    Stanford 55, #3 Xavier 53
    Sacramento Regional • Sacramento, Calif.

    Sunday, April 4 • NCAA FINAL FOUR
    Stanford 73, #3 Oklahoma 66
    San Antonio, Texas

    Tuesday, April 6 • NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    #1 Connecticut 53, Stanford 57
    San Antonio, Texas

    Wednesday, March 17 • First Round
    California 74, UC Davis 69 (OT)
    Arizona State 84, New Mexico State 61

    Thursday, March 18 • First Round
    Oregon 95, Eastern Washington 66

    Tuesday, March 23 • Second Round
    BYU at Arizona State, 6:30 p.m. PT
    Utah at California, 7 p.m. PT
    New Mexico at Oregon, 7 p.m. PT

    Thursday, March 25 • Third Round
    California 71, Oregon 57

    Saturday, March 27 • Quarterfinal
    California 76, BYU 50

    Thursday, April 1 • Semifinals
    California 61, Illinois State 45

    Saturday, April 3
    California 73, Miami 61




    STANFORD ADVANCES TO THIRD-STRAIGHT FINAL FOUR; CAL WINS WNIT: The women's basketball season is officially in the books and Pac-10 teams fared well, highlighted by Stanford's run to the NCAA title game and California's first-ever WNIT crown. UCLA's return to the Big Dance saw the Bruins advance to the second round before falling to No. 1-seed Nebraska, while Arizona State and Oregon also earned WNIT bids. Washington also participated in the first-ever Women's Basketball Invitational, advancing to the second round.

    • A Pac-10 team has advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 27 of 29 tournaments.
    • A Pac-10 team has reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 20 of 29 tournaments, including two teams in 2009.
    • A Pac-10 team has reached the NCAA Final Four 12 times.
    • Eight of the 10 Pac-10 teams made a trip to the Big Dance from 2000-2010, while every team made an appearance in the 1990s.
    • The Pac-10 has claimed the WNIT crown six times since 1978-79

    ROAD TO INDIANAPOLIS GOES THROUGH THE PAC-10: It's not too early to think about the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Pac-10 venues will, once again, play a part in the Big Dance with Stanford's Maples Pavilion playing host to the first and second rounds March 19-22. The Spokane Regional will be hosted by Washington State, March 26-29. The 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four will be played at Conseco Fieldhouse, April 3 and 5.

    STANFORD, UCLA RANKED IN FINAL POLLS: With the conclusion of the 2009-10 season, Stanford and UCLA end the year ranked in both final national polls. Advancing to the national title game for the second time in three years, the Cardinal are ranked No. 2 in the both Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, claiming the spot since the 2009 preseason ranking. UCLA made its first appearance in the polls this season in early March and ends the year ranked 22nd by the writers and 23rd by the coaches.

    After claiming the WNIT crown, California received votes in the final coaches poll and was ranked in the top 25 in both rankings the first five weeks of the season. Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon and USC also appeared in the polls during various points of the season with ASU receiving top-25 status for the first nine weeks of the 2009-10 campaign. Arizona, Oregon and USC had received votes in one or both polls this season.

    APPEL, OGWUMIKE NaMED TO WBCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM: Stanford's SR C Jayne Appel and SO F Nnemkad Ogwumike were named to the State Farm/WBCA All-American team, which was announced in San Antonio during the NCAA Final Four weekend. It is the first time in the history of the WBCA All-America team (dating back to 1975) two Cardinal have been selected.

    APPEL, OGWUMIKE NAMED TO WOODEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM: Stanford's SR C Jayne Appel and SO F Nnemkadi Ogwumike were named to the five-member John R. Wooden All-America team, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced. They are joined by Connecticut's Tina Charles and Maya Moore, and Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin.

    AP ALL-AMERICA TEAMS ANNOUNCED: SR C Jayne Appel and SO F Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford were voted second team All-American by the Associated Press. California's SR G Alexis Gray-Lawson and fellow Cardinal JR F Kayla Pedersen were named honorable mention. Stanford makes its third-straight trip to the NCAA Final Four, while the Golden Bears are i nthe semifinals of the WNIT.

    APPEL NAMED FINALIST FOR NAISMITH AWARD: SR C Jayne Appel was selected one of four finalists for the prestigious Naismith Trophy, presented to the women's collegiate player of the year. She is joined on the list by Connecticut's Tina Charles and Maya Moore, and Nebraska's Kelsey Griffin.

    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.

    GRAY-LAWSON EARNS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR: California SR G Alexis Gray-Lawson was awarded the WBCA's Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented to the nation's top player standing 5-foot-8 and under. Gray-Lawson is the second Pac-10 player to ever earn the award and the first since Rhonda Windham of USC won it in 1987.

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