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This week in Pac-12 Women's Basketball - March 17, 2021

Mar 17, 2021
Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics

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• Six Pac-12 teams (ARIZONA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE) were selected to the NCAA Tournament, marking the seventh-consecutive time five-or-more Pac-12 teams have been selected to March Madness.

• The NCAA Tournament tips off this Sunday, March 21 with top-seeded STANFORD, No. 8 OREGON STATE and No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE hitting the hardwood for their first-round matchups. Third-seeded ARIZONA and UCLA and No. 6 OREGON make their tournament debuts on Monday, March 22, and every first-round contest will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

• ARIZONA's Aari McDonald earned Second Team All-American honors by the Associated Press while UCLA's Michaela Onyenwere and STANFORD's Kiana Williams were named to the Third Team. STANFORD's Haley Jones earned Honorable Mention accolades. 

• STANFORD enters the NCAA Tournament ranked #2 in the latest AP poll, followed by #9 UCLA, #11 ARIZONA and #23 OREGON, with OREGON STATE receiving votes. Four or more teams have been ranked in the AP top 25 in every week this season.

• STANFORD's Tara VanDerveer is one of four finalists for the Naismith Women's Coach of the Year award. The winningest coach in women's college basketball history is looking for her third Coach of the Year award, which would tie her with Muffet McGraw for second-most all-time behind Geno Auriemma (8) and Pat Summitt (4).

• ARIZONA STATE and COLORADO will continue their seasons on Friday, March 19 in the WNIT, with the Sun Devils taking on Rice and the Buffaloes battling Louisiana in the first round.

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#2 Stanford 19-2 25-2
#11 Arizona 13-4 16-5
#9 UCLA 12-4 16-5
#23 Oregon 10-7 13-8
Oregon State 7-6 11-7
Colorado 8-8 10-10
Washington State 9-10 12-11
USC 8-10 11-12
Arizona State 6-9 11-10
Utah 4-15 5-16
Washington 3-13 7-14
California 1-12 1-16

PAC-12 WEEKLY POSTSEASON SCHEDULE  (All games, tip times & TV broadcasts are subject to change)
For the most up-to-date schedules, visit Expanded Schedule

Friday, March 19    
WNIT: Arizona State vs. Rice Flo Hoops 9 a.m. MST
WNIT: Colorado vs. Louisiana Flo Hoops 1 p.m. MDT
Sunday, March 21    
NCAA Tournament: No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Florida State ESPN2 4:30 p.m. PT
NCAA Tournament: No. 9 Washington State vs. No. 8 South Florida ESPN2 6:30 p.m. PT
NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Stanford vs No. 16 Utah Valley ESPN 7 p.m. PT
Monday, March 22    
NCAA Tournament: No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 14 Stony Brook ESPN2 11 a.m. MST
NCAA Tournament: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Wyoming ESPN 7 p.m. PT
NCAA Tournament: No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 11 South Dakota ESPN2 7 p.m. PT

PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Player Freshman
Nov. 30 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Tameiya Sadler, WASH
Dec. 7 Haley Jones, STAN Sasha Goforth, OSU
Dec. 14 Brynna Maxwell, UTAH Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Dec. 21 Aari McDonald, ARIZ Sydney Parrish, ORE
Dec. 28 Jordan Sanders, USC Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 4 Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 11 Natalie Chou, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Jan. 18 Mya Hollingshed, COLO  Frida Formann, COLO
Jan. 25 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 1  Endyia Rogers, USC Sasha Goforth, OSU 
Feb. 8 Alissa Pili, USC Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 15 Cate Reese, ARIZ Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU
Feb. 22 Aleah Goodman, OSU Talia von Oelhoffen, OSU
March 1 Charisma Osborne, UCLA Jaddan Simmons, ASU