Three of World Financial Group sponsored Pac-10 teams entered the Women’s NCAA Basketball tournament.  And, after two rounds, all three teams are alive and well in the “sweet sixteen”.  And if you happen to be online this weekend, you can see all their games on ESPN360.com. 

To recap, second seeded Stanford in the Berkeley regional took on San Diego State.  And the Cardinals had a stellar night as they beat the Aztecs 77-49.  Stanford freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike had her best night ever as a Cardinal by scoring 27 points and had 13 rebounds.  Junior center Jayne Appel, with 12 points, senior forward Jillian Harmon (12) and sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen (11) also joined the double digit scoring club this game.  Stanford next faces Ohio State this Saturday. 

Fourth seed California in the Trenton regional faced Virginia in the second round.  And the Golden Bears really had their way with the Cavaliers.  Senior forward Ashley Walker scored 32 points in the 99-73 win.  This ties her previous single game scoring record.  Also scoring in double digit figures were senior center Devanei Hampton and junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson with 22 points each.  This marks California’s first trip to the “sweet sixteen” in their history.  The Golden Bears face top seed Connecticut this Sunday. 

And sixth seed Arizona State played Florida State in Duluth, GA.  And the Sun Devils left Georgia with a 63-58 victory over the Seminoles.  The hero of the game was junior guard Danielle Orsillo.  She made a three point shot with 32 seconds left in the game that gave ASU a lead it would not relinquish.  The victory also marked the 250th for Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne, now in her 13th year coaching.  Arizona State takes on second seed Texas A&M this Saturday. 

WFG fans are excited that, should California and Arizona State advance to the “elite eight”, they will face each other to move on to the “final four” – oh, who to root for?!  Also, Oregon State is still alive in the Women’s NIT.  Let’s give these great Pac-10 teams a high five!

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