Skip to main content

This week in Pac-12 Women's Basketball: Three in the Sweet 16 - March 26, 2021

Mar 26, 2021
Brielle Groen/

COMPLETE RELEASE (PDF) | NCAA Tournament Bracket (PDF)

  • Three Pac-12 teams (ARIZONA, OREGON, STANFORD) have advanced to the Sweet 16. It's the fifth consecutive Regional Semifinal round to feature at least three teams from the Conference of Champions.
    • The Pac-12 went 8-3 in this year's first two rounds and is 49-9 (.845) on the tournament's opening weekend since 2016.
  • At least two Pac-12 teams have advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the past four tournaments: 
    • 2019 - OREGON, STANFORD 
    • 2017 - OREGON, STANFORD
  • Seven players were named as region finalists for the 2021 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America, led by ARIZONA’s Aari McDonald, COLORADO’s Mya Hollingshed, OREGON STATE’s Aleah Goodman, STANFORD’s Kiana Williams, UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere and Charisma Osborne and WASHINGTON STATE’s Charlisse Leger-Walker. The selection committee will choose the 10-member Coaches’ All-America team from the pool of 52 finalists on Saturday, April 3. The Pac-12 has had multiple WBCA All-Americans the past two seasons and at least one WBCA All-American for 19 consecutive years. 
  • ARIZONA's Aari McDonald is one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.
  • ARIZONA is making the second Sweet 16 appearance in program history (1998). Head coach Adia Barnes was a senior forward for the Wildcats in 1998 and had a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double in that year's East Region Semifinal against UConn.
    • The Wildcats have allowed just 90 combined points this tournament, tied for the second-fewest among Sweet 16 participants (Indiana - 80; Missouri State - 90).
  • OREGON is one of six teams to reach the Sweet 16 in four consecutive tournaments along with Baylor, UConn, Louisville, Stanford and South Carolina.
    • The Ducks have allowed just 97 combined points through their first two tournament games, the fewest in program history.
  • This is STANFORD's 13th-consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. The Cardinal’s 91 Tournament wins are the third-most all-time behind Tennessee’s 126 and UConn’s 123.
    • STANFORD has posted a +54 scoring margin in the NCAA Tournament thus far, which is the Cardinal's best though its first two postseason games since 2010, when it was +61.


Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#2 Stanford 19-2 27-2
#11 Arizona 13-4 18-5
#9 UCLA 12-4 17-6
#23 Oregon 10-7 15-8
Oregon State 7-6 12-8
Colorado 8-8 12-11
Washington State 9-10 12-12
USC 8-10 11-12
Arizona State 6-9 12-12
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

Sweet 16 // Saturday, March 27    
No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 2 Texas A&M ESPN2 5 p.m. PT
Sweet 16 // Sunday, March 28    
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 5 Missouri State ABC 12 p.m. PT
No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 2 Louisville ESPN 4 p.m. PT


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