League-record tying five Pac-12 women's basketball teams advance to NCAA Sweet 16

 

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• For the second time in three years, five Pac-12 teams advance to the NCAA Sweet 16, the most Sweet 16 teams of any conference in the 2019 tournament. It also marking the fourth-straight year at least four Pac-12 teams have advanced that far.

• Six Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids marking the sixth-consecutive year the Conference sent at least five to the Big Dance, and one more is participating in the WNIT. Since 2016, the Pac-12 boasts the most wins (52) and best winning percentage (.732) in the NCAA Tournament of any conference during that span.

• The Pac-12 is 11-1 in the tournament, the best record for a conference that has played at least 10 early-round games since 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and the second-best all-time. Pac-12 teams went a perfect 6-0 in the first round, the third time in four years the Conference was perfect in the first round. The Pac-12 is 23-1 since 2016 in the opening round.

•  OREGON (No. 2/Portland), OREGON STATE (No. 4/Albany) and STANFORD (No. 2/Chicago) each received a top-16 seed and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Joining the trio are ARIZONA STATE (No. 5/Portland) and UCLA (No. 6/Albany) who each pulled off upsets to get to the round of 16. All but ASU has advanced that far the last three seasons, while ASU is back for the first time since 2015. Stanford is making its 12th-consecutive trip to the Sweet 16, and OSU and UCLA are making their fourth-straight trips.

• Heading to the third round of the WNIT, ARIZONA is in the postseason for the first time since 2011. The Wildcats’ picked up their first postseason win since 2005.

• Pac-12 regular-season champion Oregon equalled its best-ever seeding, and league tournament champion Stanford is making its 32nd-consecutive appearance and 33rd all-time. OSU extended its NCAA Tournament appearance streak to a program-record six-consecutive years. ASU is also making a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and UCLA is in the tournament for the fourth year in a row. After advancing to the second round, CALIFORNIA advanced to the second round before being knocked out. It was their seventh tournament appearance in the last eight years for the Golden Bears.

• Eight Pac-12 teams have recorded 20-win campaigns, the most for any conference. The Pac-12 is also one of two conferences with two 30-win teams.

• For the first time ever, five teams appear in the Associated Press final poll. The writers’ ranked the Cardinal and the Ducks at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, extending the Conference’s streak with two top-10 ranked teams in the final poll to five-consecutive years. The Beavs are No. 11 for their fifth-straight top-15 final AP ranking and ASU appears in the final poll for the first time since 2016. UCLA was ranked for the first time this season on Feb. 26 and ends at No. 20, the fourth-straight year the Bruins are in the final top 25. Five teams also appear in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll.

• A league-record eight Pac-12 teams have posted 20-win campaigns this season, the most for any conference in the country. The last two seasons, seven teams have posted 20-win seasons, which had been the most until this point. Oregon and Stanford have each posted 30-win seasons, tied for the most of any league.


NCAA SCHEDULE 

ALBANY REGIONAL
Friday, March 29 • Sweet 16

#6 UCLA (22-12) vs. #2 Connecticut (33-2) ESPN 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
#4 OREGON STATE (26-7) vs. #1 Louisville (31-3) ESPN 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 31 • Elite Eight
First round game winners, TBA

PORTLAND REGIONAL
Friday, March 29 • Sweet 16

#5 ARIZONA STATE (22-10) vs. #1 Mississippi St. (32-2) ESPN2 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
#6 South Dakota State (28-6) vs. #2 OREGON (31-4) ESPN2 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 31 • Elite Eight
First round game winners, TBA

CHICAGO REGIONAL
Saturday, March 30 • Sweet 16

#4 Texas A&M (26-7) vs. #1 Notre Dame (32-3) ESPN2 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
#11 Missouri State (25-9) vs. #2 STANFORD (30-4) ESPN2 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 1 • Elite Eight
First round game winners, TBA


NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS 
FIRST ROUND (Regional)
#4 OREGON STATE vs. #13 Boise State (Albany) OSU, 80-75 (OT)
#6 UCLA vs. #11 Tennessee (Albany) UCLA, 89-77
#2 STANFORD vs. #15 UC Davis (Chicago) STAN, 79-54
#8 CALIFORNIA vs. #9 North Carolina (Greensboro) CAL, 92-72
#2 OREGON vs. #15 Portland State (Portland) ORE, 78-40
#5 Arizona State vs. #12 Central Florida (Albany) ASU, 60-45

SECOND ROUND (Regional)
#4 OREGON STATE vs. #5 Gonzaga (Albany) OSU, 76-70
#6 UCLA vs. #3 Maryland (Albany) UCLA, 85-80
#2 STANFORD vs. #7 BYU (Chicago) STAN, 72-63
#8 CALIFORNIA vs. #1 Baylor (Greensboro) BAY, 102-63
#2 OREGON vs. #10 Indiana (Portland) ORE, 91-68
#5 Arizona State vs. #4 Miami (Fla.) (Albany) ASU, 57-55

WNIT SCHEDULE/RESULTS 
Idaho State at ARIZONA (First Round) ARIZ, 66-56
Pacific at ARIZONA (First Round) ARIZ, 64-48

Thursday, March 28 • Third Round
Idaho at ARIZONA 6:30 p.m. PT/MST


2018-19 PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  Player of the Week Freshman of the Week
Nov. 12 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Dre’Una Edwards, UTAH
Nov. 19 Aari McDonald, ARIZ Dre’Una Edwards, UTAH
Nov. 26 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Cate Reese, ARIZ
Dec. 3 Aari McDonald, ARIZ Peanut Tuitele, COLO
Dec. 10 Megan Huff, UTAH Dru Gylten, UTAH
Dec. 17 Alanna Smith, STAN Dre’Una Edwards, UTAH
Dec. 24 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Lacie Hull, STAN
Dec. 31 Borislava Hristova, WSU Andrea Torres, UTAH
Jan. 7  Aari McDonald, ARIZ Dru Gylten, UTAH
Jan. 14 Alanna Smith, STAN Dre’Una Edwards, UTAH
Jan. 21 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Cate Reese, ARIZ
Jan. 28 Megan Huff, UTAH  Cate Reese, ARIZ
Feb. 4 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Shalexxus Aaron, USC
Feb. 11 Sabrina Ionescu, ORE Dre’Una Edwards, UTAH
Feb. 18  Alanna Smith, STAN Dre'Una Edwards, UTAH
Feb. 25 Recee Caldwell, CAL  McKenzie Forbes, CAL
March 4 Kristine Anigwe, CAL Lexie Hull, STAN

 


PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS (COACHES VOTE)

Pac-12 Player of the Year - SABRINA IONESCU, OREGON
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - DRE’UNA EDWARDS, UTAH
Pac-12 defensive player of the Year - KRISTINE ANIGWE, CALIFORNIA
PAC-12 SixthPlayer of the Year - ALEAH GOODMAN, OREGON STATE
John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year - KELLY GRAVES, OREGON


NATIONAL HONORS 
NAISMITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Finalist

Kristine Anigwe, California
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Alanna Smith, Stanford

NAISMITH WOMEN’S
COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR - Semifinalist

Kelly Graves, Oregon

NAISMITH WOMEN’S DEFENSIVE
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Semifinalist

Kristine Anigwe, California

JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
National Ballot

Kristine Anigwe, California
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Alanna Smith, Stanford

DAWN STALEY AWARD WATCH LIST
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD FINALIST (PG)
Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Destiny Slocum, Oregon State

ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD FINALLIST (Shooting Guard)
Kiana Williams, Stanford

CHERYL MILLER AWARD FINALIST (Small Forward)
Satou Sabally, Oregon

KATRINA MCCLAIN AWARD FINALIST (Power Forward)
Ruthy Hebard, Oregon
Alanna Smith, Stanford

LISA LESLIE AWARD FINALIST (Center)
Kristine Anigwe, California

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