Four Pac-12 Women's Basketball teams in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third-straight year
• For the third-consecutive year, at least four Pac-12 teams advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen as OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD and UCLA each go 2-0 to open the Big Dance. It ties for the most representation of any conference. Six Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids when the brackets were announced last week, marking the fifth-consecutive year at least five league teams garnered berths.
• The No. 2 seed in the Spokane Regional, the Ducks are making their second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and second all-time. The third-seeded Bruins head to Kansas City for their third-straight trip to the round of 16 looking to make its first Elite Eight appearance since 1999. The Beavs are also making their third-consecutive trip to the Sweet 16, heading to Lexington as the No. 6 seed while the fourth-seeded Cardinal’s trip to Lexington is its 11th-straight.
• The Pac-12 owns the most wins (38) and the best winning percentage (.731) in the NCAA Tournament over the last three years. That span includes three different NCAA Final Four teams, 13 Sweet 16 appearances (including the four this week) and five Elite Eight teams.
• Four Pac-12 teams appear in the final Associated Press poll, the fourth-straight year the Conference has at least four teams in the final ranking. The Ducks are No. 6, making its first appearance in the final poll since 2000. UCLA is No. 9, its second top-10 showing in three years. OSU is ranked 13th and Stanford is 15th. The Beavs’ top-15 ranking is their fourth-straight and the Cardinal are in the final writers’ ranking for the 17th-straight year.
• Three Pac-12 teams earned the right to host first- and second-round games, with Pac-12 Champion Oregon garnering the program’s best seed ever. The Bruins are a top-16 seed for the third-consecutive year and the Cardinal’s is making its 31st-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Oregon State and ARIZONA STATE (No. 7 seed Kansas City Regional, advancing to the second round) are making their fifth-consecutive tournament appearances, and CALIFORNIA (No. 7 seed Albany Regional) was in the tournament for the sixth time in seven years. UTAH also joined in the postseason, earning a WNIT bid, advancing to the second round.
• Oregon won its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament title, adding to its first regular-season crown since 2000. Ionescu was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE - SWEET SIXTEEN
|Friday, Mar. 23|
|#2 Baylor vs. #13 OREGON STATE||ESPN2||4 p.m. PT|
|#9 UCLA vs. #8 TEXAS||ESPN2||6:30 p.m. PT|
|#3 Louisville vs. #15 STANFORD||ESPN||6:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, Mar. 24|
|#11 Central Michigan vs. #2 OREGON||ESPN||3:30 p.m. PT|
PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
- Arizona Women's Basketball
- Arizona State Women's Basketball
- California Women's Basketball
- Colorado Women's Basketball
- Oregon Women's Basketball
- Oregon State Women's Basketball
- Stanford Women's Basketball
- UCLA Women's Basketball
- USC Women's Basketball
- Utah Women's Basketball
- Washington Women's Basketball
- Washington State Women's Basketball
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Washington State
- Women's Basketball