Pac-12 Tournament headed to Las Vegas
• The Pac-12 women’s basketball regular season wrapped up with OREGON winning back-to-back titles for the first time since 1999 and 2000. With the regular season complete, the 12-team bracket is filled out as teams head to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the first time for the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
• The Ducks claim the top seed in the tournament for the second-consecutive year, earning a first-round bye in the tournament. STANFORD is the No. 2 seed, having earned a bye in all 18 tournament, while OREGON STATE is in the top-three for the sixth-consecutive year, claiming the No. 3 seed and UCLA is the No. 4 seed, finishing in the top four for the fourth-straight year.
• Five teams enter the postseason in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll and four are in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll. The No. 6/6 Ducks and No. 7/7 Cardinal lead the way, followed by No. 11/9 OSU, No. 20/20 ASU, and UCLA is No. 25 in the AP ranking and receiving votes in the coaches poll.
• Oregon junior Sabrina Ionescu was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second-straight year by the league’s coaches, becoming the first Duck to earn the honor multiple times. CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe was tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first Golden Bear to earn the accolade, also earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 team for the fourth time. The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honor went to UTAH’s Dre’Una Edwards, the first Ute to earn a year-end award since joining the league in 2011-12. OSU’s Aleah Goodman was voted the inaugural Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year, while UO’s Kelly Graves is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the first Duck mentor to win the honor 1999.
• After posting 32 points and Pac-12-record tying 30 rebounds in Cal’s final regular-season game, extending her streak of double-doubles to 30 in a row, Anigwe was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, and ESPNW and USBWA National Player of the Week. She is the first Division I women’s basketball player since 2002 to post a 30-30 game.
• Stanford’s Lexie Hull was voted Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, averaging 9.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg, while shooting .583 from the floor and .500 from three-point range in a pair of wins.
• The Pac-12 lead all conferences with three of the 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy. Anigwe, Ionescu and Stanford’s Alanna Smith were among those named for the national player of the year honor.
• In the NCAA’s final top-16 reveal, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford continued to be among the teams announced with UO and the Cardinal garnering a No. 2 seed, and OSU a No. 3 seed.
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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
CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)
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2018-19 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
USBWA National Player of the Week
Nov. 12 - Kristine Anigwe, California
Dec. 18 - Alanna Smith, Stanford
Dec. 26 - Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Mar. 3 - Kristine Anigwe, CAL
NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD WATCH LIST (PG)
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (pre/finalist)
Destiny Slocum, Oregon State (pre/finalist)
Kennedy Leonard, Colorado (preseason)
ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST
Aari McDonald, ARIZ (finalist)
Kennedy Burke, UCLA (preseason)
Aliyah Mazyck, USC (preseason)
Amber Melgoza, Washington (preseason)
Kiana Williams, Stanford (pre/finalist)
CHERYL MILLER AWARD WATCH LIST
Borislava Hristova, Washington State (pre/finalist)
Katie McWilliams, Oregon State (pre)
Satou Sabally, Oregon (pre/finalist)
KATRINA MCCLAIN AWARD WATCH LIST
Ruthy Hebard, Oregon (pre/finalist)
Megan Huff, Utah (pre/finalist)
Kianna Ibis, Arizona State (pre)
Alanna Smith, Stanford (pre/finalist)
LISA LESLIE AWARD WATCH LIST (Center)
Kristine Anigwe, California (pre/finalist)
ROAD TO TAMPA
Teams across the country will be focused on getting to Tampa this season, the site of the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 5 and 7. To get to Tampa, Fla., teams will have to go through regional sites in Albany, N.Y., Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Portland, Ore., where the Oregon State Beavers are hosts Regional play takes place from March 29-April 1, with specific dates to be announced. The first and second round of the tournament will take place on 16 campus sites with the top-16 seeds hosting, March 22-25, 2019. The top 64 teams will learn their fates in the broadcast of the annual selection show on Monday, March 18, 2019.