Six Pac-12 Women’s Basketball teams selected for 2021 NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO - Six Pac-12 women’s basketball teams are headed to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with ARIZONA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE set to represent the Conference of Champions. It marks the fourth consecutive occasion at least half of the Pac-12’s teams earned bids on Selection Monday and the seventh-straight time with five-or-more berths.
The entire tournament, which tips off on March 21, will be held in Texas in San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos, with the National Championship taking place on April 4 at the Alamodome.
Pac-12 teams boast plenty of NCAA Tournament success in recent years, winning the most NCAA Tournament games (55) of any conference and posting the best winning percentage (.696) of any Power 5 conference since 2016. Pac-12 teams have gone 23-1 in the first round during that span, and placed at least one team in the Final Four in three of the past four tournaments.
Regular-season and Tournament champion STANFORD (25-2) earned a No. 1 seed in the Alamo Region, marking the 10th time in program history the Cardinal will be a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. This is the 34th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Cardinal, which is the second-most of any team in the country, and Stanford will make its Tournament debut against No. 16 seed Utah Valley on Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN.
UCLA (16-5) returns for its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament and 17th all time as the No. 3 seed in the Hemisfair region. The Bruins, who are one of eight teams to reach the Sweet 16 in four-straight years, tip against No. 14 Wyoming on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN.
ARIZONA (16-5) returns to the postseason as a No. 3 seed and will compete in the Mercado Region against No. 14 Stony Brook on Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m. MT on ESPN2. It is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the Wildcats since 2005.
The six-seeded OREGON DUCKS (13-8) are in the Alamo Region in its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time. The Ducks, who have reached the Elite Eight in three-straight postseasons, will take on No. 11 South Dakota on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 in the opening round.
Eight-seeded OREGON STATE (11-7) will also battle it out in the Hemisfair Region. The Beavers will make their seventh-straight Tournament appearance and have advanced to the Sweet 16 in four-straight postseasons. Oregon State tips off its tournament against No. 9 Florida State on Sunday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
WASHINGTON STATE (12-11) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 as the No. 9 seed. The Cougars, who finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since 2014-15 and collected three wins against AP ranked teams this year, will compete in the Mercado Region and take on No. 8 South Florida on Sunday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2 in the first round.
ARIZONA STATE (11-10) and COLORADO (10-10) were both selected to play in the WNIT, which tips off this Friday, March 19.
2021 NCAA Tournament
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Utah Valley - Sunday, March 21 - 7 p.m. PT on ESPN
No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 11 South Dakota - Monday, March 22 - 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Wyoming - Monday, March 22 - 7 p.m. PT on ESPN
No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Florida State - Sunday, March 21 - 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2
No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 14 Stony Brook - Monday, March 22 - 11 a.m. MT on ESPN2
No. 9 Washington State vs. No. 8 South Florida - Sunday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2