Oregon, Arizona Deep in Women’s Basketball Postseason; Ducks Headed to NCAA Final Four

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• A Pac-12 team is headed to the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the 10th time in 12 years as Pac-12 regular-season champion OREGON heads to Tampa, Fla., for its first-ever national semifinal appearance. The Ducks are the fifth different Pac-12 squad to play in the Final Four since 2013. No other conference has sent as many teams to the Final Four during that span.

• The Pac-12 continues to have a strong showing in the postseason, posting a nation’s best 14 wins in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and a .737 winning percentage, also the best among Power 5 leagues. Since 2016, the Pac-12 has won more NCAA Tournament games (55) than any other conference, while boasting the best winning percentage in the Big Dance of any Power 5 conference (.705).

• ARIZONA is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround, recording its first 20-win season in eight years, improving by 15 wins. Averaging over 7,000 in attendance in its last two games, UA has advanced to the WNIT semifinal. The Wildcats are looking for their second-ever WNIT crown and first since 2011.

• Pac-12 women’s basketball is having another historic season, going 11-1 in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the best record for a conference since 1997, going undefeated in the first round for the third time in four years. It placed five teams in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years and is the only league to have at least two teams in the Elite Eight the last four years. For the third-straight year, half of the Pac-12 received NCAA Tournament bids.

•  The Ducks (No. 2/Portland), OREGON STATE (No. 4/Albany) and STANFORD (No. 2/Chicago) each received top-16 seeding. They were joined by ARIZONA STATE (No. 5/Portland), CALIFORNIA (No. 8/Greensboro) and UCLA (No. 6/Albany). All six won their first-round matchup and five advanced to the Sweet 16, with UO and Stanford eventually moving on to the Elite Eight. The Pac-12 has had the most or tied for the most representation at every round except the opening round.

• Pac-12 regular-season champion Oregon equalled its best-ever seeding, and league tournament champion Stanford advanced to its 20th Elite Eight. OSU and UCLA made it to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row, and ASU made its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the round of 16. Cal won its tournament opener for the sixth time in eight years.

• A league-record eight Pac-12 teams have recorded 20-win campaigns, tied for 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 Pac-12 teams appeared in the Associated Press final poll, ranking the Cardinal and the Ducks at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, extending the Conference’s streak of two top-10 ranked teams in the poll to five-consecutive years. OSU is No. 11, UCLA ends at No. 20 and ASU is No. 22. Five teams also appear in the current USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll.


NCAA SCHEDULE 

NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR • TAMPA (Amalie Arena)
Friday, April 5 • National Semifinal • ESPN2
#2 OREGON (33-4/Portland) vs. #1 Baylor (35-1/Greensboro) 4:00 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
#2 Connecticut (35-2/Albany) vs. #1 Notre Dame (34-3/Chicago) 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 7 • National Championship Game • ESPN
National semifinal game winners 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET
All games also broadcast on Sirius/XM, College Sports Nation, Channel 84.


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

SWEET SIXTEEN (Regional)
#4 OREGON STATE vs. #1 Louisville (Albany) UL, 61-44
#6 UCLA vs. #2 Connecticut (Albany) CONN, 69-61
#2 STANFORD vs. #11 Missouri State (Chicago) STAN, 55-46
#2 OREGON vs. #6 South Dakota State (Portland) ORE,63-53
#5 Arizona State vs. #1 Mississippi (Portland) MSU, 76-53

ELITE EIGHT (Regional)
#2 STANFORD vs. #1 Notre Dame (Chicago) ND, 84-68
#2 OREGON vs. #1 Mississippi State (Portland) ORE, 88-84

WNIT SCHEDULE/RESULTS 
Idaho State at ARIZONA (First Round) ARIZ, 66-56
Pacific at ARIZONA (First Round) ARIZ, 64-48
Idaho at ARIZONA (Third Round) ARIZ, 68-60
Wyoming at ARIZONA (Quarterfinal) ARIZ, 67-45

Wed., April 3 • TCU at ARIZONA (Semfinal) 6:30 p.m. PT
Sat., April 6 • Championship Game 12:30 p.m. PT
        TCU/ARIZONA vs. Northwestern/James Madison


2018-19 AP WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
First Team

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Second Team
Kristine Anigwe, California
Alanna Smith, Stanford
Honorable Mention
Ruthy Hebard, Oregon
Aari McDonald, Arizona
Destiny Slocum, Oregon State


2018-19 USBWA WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
First Team

Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
Second Team
Kristine Anigwe, California
Third Team
Alanna Smith, Stanford


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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