Roundup: Natty for Stanford women's tennis, Arizona women's golf next?
Stanford women’s tennis won its 19th NCAA title by defeating top-seeded Vanderbilt 4-3 Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There have only been 37 NCAA titles awarded, so Stanford has won more than half of them. It’s just incredible that the Cardinal does this year-in, year-out; almost always as the lower-seeded team.
Arizona women’s golf is playing in the national championship match against Alabama Wednesday afternoon in Stillwater, Oklahoma, after defeating UCLA in the quarterfinals and Stanford in the semis. Hath been quite the run for the Wildcats, who needed a minor miracle just to make it into a playoff for the final spot in the match-play quarterfinals. #WeWantBama
With the NCAA releasing APR data from the 2016-17 school year on Wednesday, Theo Lawson reports that all 15 Washington State teams are in good standing academically, with women’s golf rocking a perfect score of 1,000. All good in the APR 'hood, as the saying goes.
Former Ute Kyle Kuzma was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Other Pac-12ers making an All-Rookie team are Lauri Markkanen (first team) and Lonzo Ball (second team).
When Cal and Arizona State meet on the baseball diamond for a weekend series in Tempe to conclude the regular season, Cal’s Andrew Vaughn and ASU’s Spencer Torkelson will be battling for the NCAA home run title. Torkelson is first in the nation with 25 homers, while Vaughn is second with 23.
Ryan Thorburn gives us an Oregon-Kentucky softball Super Regional preview for The Register-Guard (and linked here by NCAA.com). This is the second straight year top-seeded Oregon will play Kentucky in a regional.
Jon Wilner explains why the Arizona schools won’t leave for the Big 12 in this article for The Mercury News. Articles in both the Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star mentioned the possibility of Arizona and Arizona State jetting to the Big 12, but Wilner thinks there is zero chance of that happening in the near future.
Pat Rooney recaps the NBA Combine for Colorado’s George King. He had decent scoring scrimmages but wasn’t as efficient as he was at the NABC All-Star Game and Portsmouth Invitational. Right now, it’s looking like the G League might be his best avenue to the NBA (it worked out for Spencer Dinwiddie after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls).
Check out this Bruin Blue Magazine feature on UCLA softball player Kylee Perez, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old (UCLABruins.com with the link). It obviously hasn’t affected her athletic career.
Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone gives us this story on Washington baseball’s Joe Wainhouse. The big lefty is hitting .311 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs, but also considers himself a pitcher even though he has only thrown 1.2 innings this year.
Jesse Sowa of the Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that Oregon State men’s basketball hired Marlon Stewart as its director of basketball operations. Stewart’s a good dude (this blogger knows him from his Washington State days when said blogger was a mere laundry boy for the Card); happy to see him return to the Pac-12.
USC baseball lost to Cal State Fullerton 4-3 Tuesday night in Los Angeles, and our Jim Watson and Wes Clements recap the action.