Four Pac-12 Women's Basketball teams in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third-straight year

Oregon State Athletics

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• 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

  Player of the Week Freshman of the Week
Feb. 27 Marie Gulich, OSU Kianna Smith, CAL
Feb. 19 Marie Gulich, OSU Tori Williams, UTAH
Feb. 12 Ruthy Hebard, ORE Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
Feb. 5 Brittany McPhee, STAN Kiana Williams, STAN
Jan. 29 Jordin Canada, UCLA Satou Sabally, ORE
Jan. 22 Monique Billings, UCLA Tori Williams, UTAH
Jan. 15 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
Jan. 8 Borislava Hristova, WSU Kiana Williams, STAN
Jan. 1 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Satou Sabally, ORE
Dec. 26 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Kianna Smith, CAL
Dec. 18 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Annika Jank, COLO
Dec. 12 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Annika Jank, COLO
Dec. 4 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Satou Sabally, ORE
Nov. 27 Alanna Smith, STAN Kianna Smith, CAL
Nov. 20 Jordin Canada, UCLA Annika Jank, COLO
Nov. 13 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Satou Sabally, ORE
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