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10 former Pac-12 women's basketball standouts on 2022 WNBA Playoffs rosters

Aug 17, 2022
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SAN FRANCISCO - With the 2022 WNBA Playoffs officially tipping off on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Pac-12 women's basketball will be represented by 10 former standouts from six Conference schools on six of the eight teams in the postseason.

When the 2022 regular season began in May, there were 20 Pac-12 alumnae across 10 of the WNBA's 12 franchises. 

Among Conference members, OREGON leads all programs with three players on Playoffs rosters, followed by UCLA and WASHINGTON with two, and ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA each with one.

In addition to the Pac-12's playoff players, Conference alumnae are head coaches of two of the league's postseason participants in Stanford's Vanessa Nygaard (Phoenix) and UCLA's Noelle Quinn (Seattle). The Bruins' Natalie Nakase is an assistant with the Aces and Nikki Blue assists Nygaard with the Mercury, USC's Ebony Hoffman is on the bench in Seattle, and Washington State's Shelley Patterson is an assistant with the Washington Mystics.

STUDENT-ATHLETES ON 2022 WNBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS BY CONFERENCE

  Conference Student-Athletes Avg. Per Membership Schools Represented
1. ACC 17 1.13 8
2. Big East 14 1.27 3
  SEC 14 1.00 8
4. Big Ten 12 0.86 7
5. Pac-12 10 0.83 6
6. Big 12 7 0.70 2

STUDENT-ATHLETES ON 2022 WNBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS BY PAC-12 TEAMS

  Team Student-Athletes
1. Oregon 3
2. UCLA 2
  Washington 2
4. Arizona 1
  Arizona State 1
  California 1

PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETES ON 2022 WNBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS

Team Student-Athletes
Chicago Sky (2) Ruthy Hebard - ORE
Rebekah Gardner - UCLA
Dallas Wings (1) Satou Sabally - ORE
Las Vegas Aces (1) Kelsey Plum - WASH
New York Liberty (3) Sabrina Ionescu - ORE
Michaela Onyenwere - UCLA
Sami Whitcomb - WASH
Phoenix Mercury (2) Reshanda Gray - CAL
Sam Thomas - ARIZ
Seattle Storm (1) Briann January - ASU