Oregon claims regular-season Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Title and No. 1 Seed
SAN FRANCISCO - For the first time since 2000, OREGON has claimed the regular-season title and the top seed at the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life at KeyArena in Seattle, March 1-4. STANFORD, OREGON STATE and UCLA all claim a top-four seed and a first-round bye. Tickets for the Conference’s premiere women’s event are still available at Pac-12.com/tickets.
Seattle fans have helped set tournament attendance records in each of the five years it has been held at KeyArena, providing a dynamic atmosphere. Single-session tickets can be purchased at Pac-12.com/tickets and start at just $15 each (additional fees may apply). Flexible general admission tickets and special group rates are are also available. Full ticket offers and additional information about the tournament can be found at Pac-12.com/tickets or by calling 1-855-MYPAC12 during business hours.
The No. 8/7 Ducks (16-2) have had a remarkable season that includes clinching its first-ever No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. Picked to finish in a tie for second place by the league’s coaches in the preseason, it is only the second time in the tournament the Ducks have earned a top-four seed in the event, which started in 2002, earning the No. 2 seed in 2005.
The 12-team tournament tips off with eighth-seeded UTAH (8-10) facing ninth-seeded COLORADO (5-13) in the first round. Fifth-seeded CALIFORNIA (11-7) faces 12th-seeded WASHINGTON (1-17) in the second game of the day in a rematch of the final game of the regular season.
The evening session begins with seventh-seeded USC (9-9) taking on 10th-seeded WASHINGTON STATE (3-14). Under the direction of Mark Trakh who has come back for his second stint with the Trojans, USC is a NCAA Tournament team contender. The second game of the evening session pits traditional rivals sixth-seeded ARIZONA STATE (10-8), also a team looking to boost its postseason resume, and 11th-seeded ARIZONA (2-16).
The top-four seeds begin their postseason action on Friday, the Ducks facing the winner of the Utah-Colorado game, followed by fourth-seeded UCLA (14-4) taking on the winner of the Cal-UW game to close out the afternoon session. The evening session features second-seeded Stanford (14-3) versus the USC-WSU winner, and third-seeded Oregon State (14-4) closing out the day against ASU or Arizona. The Beavs faced both teams in the final weekend of the regular season.
Games tip off on Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. with four games on each of the days. The semifinal games on Saturday, March 4 are slated for 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The first 10 games of the tournament will be televised on the Conference’s Pac-12 Network. The champion will be crowned during the final game on Sunday, March 5 and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
The city of Seattle and KeyArena is host to the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year. KeyArena is home to two-time WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. A commuter-friendly city, fans have a convenient link between downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center with the Seattle Center Monorail.
For the latest Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket and news, and to follow the tournament throughout next week, visit Pac-12.com and Pac-12.com/womenstourney. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow on twitter at @pac12 and on Facebook (facebook.com/pac12conference). Fans can also follow on the Pac-12 Networks on twitter for exclusive content at @pac12networks.
2018 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.
Thursday, March 1 • Pac-12 Network
Game 1: #8 Utah vs. #9 Colorado, 11:30 a.m. PT
Game 2: #5 California vs. #12 Washington, 2 p.m. PT
Game 3: #7 USC vs. #10 Washington State, 6 p.m. PT
Game 4: #6 Arizona State vs. #11 Arizona, 8:30 p.m. PT
Friday, March 2 • Pac-12 Network
Game 5: #1 Oregon vs. #8/9 Winner, 11:30 a.m. PT
Game 6: #4 UCLA vs. #5/12 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 7: #2 Stanford vs. #7/10 Winner, 6 p.m. PT
Game 8: #3 Oregon State vs. #6/11 Winner, 8:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 3 • Pac-12 Network
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. PT
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 4 • ESPN2
Game 11: Championship game, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
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