This week in Pac-12 women's basketball

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• The Pac-12 has two teams left standing on the final weekend, making up half the NCAA Women’s Final Four field in Indianapolis. The Conference is capping its best-ever women’s basketball season by placing two teams in the final four for the first time ever. OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON pulled off upsets in the NCAA Elite 8 to earn their first trips to the NCAA Final Four.

• Conference recorded a Pac-12-record 14 wins so far this tournament, earning five bids for the third-consecutive year, going a perfect 5-0 in the first round. The four teams in the Sweet 16, three in the Elite 8 and now two in the Final Four are all firsts in the history of the Conference. 

• With UW and OSU advancing to the final four, it is the eighth time in nine years the Pac-12 has had a team in the national semifinal. Last year broke a string of seven-consecutive years with a Pac-12 team in the Final Four. Stanford made six-straight appearances from 2008-2013 and California going in 2014.

• In addition to the two NCAA Tournament teams still competing, OREGON is still in the hunt for the Postseason WNIT crown, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. With the Ducks advancing, the Pac-12’s postseason record improves to 20-4 (Utah went 2-1 in the WNIT before losing to the Ducks). A Pac-12 team has advanced to the WNIT finals in four of the last six years, winning in 2010 (CAL) and 2015 (UCLA).

• Five Pac-12 teams have earned NCAA Tournament bids for the third-consecutive year, a first for the history of the Conference which dates back to 1986-87, and four home sites for the first and second rounds. OSU and ARIZONA STATE each earned No. 2 seeds, the highest seeds for both those programs. UCLA was a No. 3 seed, making a return to the tournament after a two year absence, and STANFORD was a No. 4 seed making a 29th-consecutive appearance in the tournament and 30th overall. Seventh-seeded Washington is making back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 2006 and 2007.

• For the first time ever, the Pac-12 has four teams ranked in the final Associated Press’ top 15. It is also the second-straight year and only the fourth time ever the Conference has had four teams in the final polling. OSU earned its highest-ever final ranking at No. 6. UCLA is No. 10 in the poll, followed by No. 11 ASU and No. 13 Stanford.

• The Pac-12 had three players named AP All-America today: OSU’s Jamie Weisner - second team; Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne (Pac-12 all-time leading rebounder) and UW’s Kelsey Plum - third team. OSU’s Sydney Wiese and Ruth Hamblin were honorable mention, as was UCLA’s Jordin Canada. It is the second year in a row the Pac-12 had at least three AP All-Americans, placing four last year.

NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR • INDIANAPOLIS  
Sunday, April 3 • National Semifinals  
#1 Connecticut (36-0) vs. #2 Oregon State (32-4) 1 3 p.m PT/6 p.m. ET
#4 Syracuse (29-7) vs. #7 Washington (26-10) 2 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET
   
Tuesday, April 5 • National Championship Game  
National semifinal game winners1 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET
1 - games will be televised on ESPN. 2 - game will be televised on ESPN2.  

 

WNIT SEMIFINALS  
Wednesday, March 30  
Oregon at South Dakota 5 p.m. PT
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