Oregon wins second-straight Pac-12 regular-season women’s basketball title
SAN FRANCISCO - For the first time since 1999 and 2000, OREGON wins back-to-back Pac-12 women’s basketball regular-season titles and, for the second-straight year, claims the top seed at the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, March 7-10. STANFORD, OREGON STATE and UCLA claimed a top-four seed, as well, and a first-round bye. Tickets for the Conference’s premier women’s event are still available at www.pac-12.com/tickets.
The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament heads to Las Vegas for the first time after setting attendance records over a seven-year run in Seattle. Single-session tickets can be purchased at pac-12.com/tickets and range from $20-$40 (additional fee may apply). Flexible general admission tickets and special group rates are also available. Full ticket offers and additional information about the tournament can be found at pac-12.com or by calling 1-855-MYPAC12 during business hours.
The sixth-ranked Ducks went 13-0 before suffering its first loss of the season, ending the campaign with a league-best 16-2 mark, also tying a program record set last season for most league wins. It is only the third time UO has earned a top-four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, which began in 2002, earning the No. 2 seed in 2005 and last season’s first-ever top seeding.
The 12-team tournament tips off with fifth-seeded ARIZONA STATE (10-7) facing 12th-seeded COLORADO (2-16) in the first round. It marks the sixth-consecutive season ASU has finished in the top half of the Pac-12 standings. Eighth-seeded ARIZONA (7-11) takes on ninth-seeded USC (7-11) in the second game of the day. It is the Wildcats’ best seeding since 2010 and better than the 10th seed they were projected to claim in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll. The seven conference wins is also the most for UA since 2010-11. Trojans swept the final weekend, including an overtime victory over UTAH in the final game of the season.
In the third game of the day, CALIFORNIA is the No. 7 seed taking on 10th-seeded WASHINGTON STATE (4-14) in a rematch of the last game of the season. Winners of their last four, the Golden Bears end the campaign 9-9 tied for sixth but tie-breaker scenarios gives them the seventh seed. They won at least nine games for the second-straight year and for the sixth time in eight years. WSU is under the direction of first-year head coach Kamie Ethridge.
Closing out day one is sixth-seeded UTAH (9-9) versus 11th-seeded WASHINGTON (2-15), which finishes a spot better than 2017-18. The Utes were picked to finish eighth in the preseason by the league’s coaches and set a program record for most Pac-12 wins since joining the league in 2011-12.
The quarterfinals begins on Friday with the winner of the ASU/Colorado matchup up facing fourth-seeded UCLA, which compiled a 12-6 league mark after starting league play 2-4. The Bruins also bested their preseason projection of sixth place. The defending champion Ducks take on the winner of the UA/USC first-round matchup in the second game of day two.
The Cardinal are the No. 2 seed with a 15-3 Pac-12 record, earning a top-four seed every year of the event. Stanford takes on the winner of CAL/WSU. Third-seeded Oregon State (14-4) closes out day two against the winner of Utah/UW. The Beavers have not finished lower than third in the standings since 2013.
Games tip off on Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. PT with four games on each of the days. The semifinal games on Saturday, March 4 are slated for 6 p.m. PT and 8:30 p.m. PT 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 10 and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
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2019 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, March 7 • Pac-12 Network
Game 1: #5 Arizona State vs. #12 Colorado, 11:30 a.m. PT - Set your Pac-12 Now App reminder here
Game 2: #8 Arizona vs. #9 USC, 2 p.m. PT - Set your Pac-12 Now App reminder here
Game 3: #7 California vs. #10 Washington State, 6 p.m. PT - Set your Pac-12 Now App reminder here
Game 4: #6 Utah vs. #11 Washington, 8:30 p.m. PT - Set your Pac-12 Now App reminder here
Friday, March 8 • Pac-12 Network
Game 5: #4 UCLA vs. #5/12 Winner, 11:30 a.m. PT
Game 6: #1 Oregon vs. #8/9 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 9 • 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 10 • ESPN2
Game 11: Championship game, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET