The bad news is that the regular women’s basketball season is over.  But the good news is that March Madness has officially begun.  World Financial Group (WFG) sports fans thank our Pac-10 athletes for an excellent season of women’s basketball, and here’s hoping the WFG-sponsored Pac-10 takes March Madness by storm.

 

Three teams find themselves in the AP Top 25.  Arizona State comes in at 16.  California is at home at number 12.  And Stanford finds itself at number two!  Over at the ESPN/USA Today poll, California is at number nine and Stanford also finds itself at number two.  Arizona State is looking in, having received 76 votes for 26th place.

 

Let’s recap the last two weeks of women’s hoops action by school:

  • The Arizona Wildcats won against Washington but lost to Washington State, Stanford and California.
  • The Arizona State Sun Devils won against Washington, Washington State and California but lost to Stanford.
  • The California Golden Bears took games from USC and Arizona but fell to UCLA.
  • The Oregon Ducks lost their last three games to Oregon State, UCLA and USC.
  • The Oregon State Beavers won their last three games against Oregon, USC and UCLA
  • The Stanford Cardinals swept UCLA, USC and the Arizona schools.
  • The UCLA Bruins lost to Stanford and Oregon State but easily beat California and Oregon.
  • The USC Trojans lost to California, Stanford and Oregon State but won their final game opposite Oregon.
  • The Washington Huskies lost to both Arizona schools but won their duel for Washington against Washington State.
  • And the Washington State Cougars won against Arizona State, but lost against Arizona and Washington.

Here are the WFG-sponsored Pac-10 seeds for the upcoming tournament:

  1. Stanford
  2. California
  3. Arizona State
  4. UCLA
  5. Oregon State
  6. USC
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington State
  9. Arizona
  10. Washington

The Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles will be the host of the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament.  The Pac-10 website will stream the first and quarterfinal rounds on their website (http://www.pac-10.org/) with the semifinals and championship game shown on Fox Sports Net.  All start times are local.

Games played on Thurs., March 12:

  • Oregon versus Washington at 6 p.m.  Oregon junior guard Micaela Cocks is the only Ducks player to start every game this season while Washington hopes to win its first tournament game since 2005.
  • Washington State faces Arizona at 8:15 p.m.  Washington State freshman guards April Cook and Jazmine Perkins led scoring among Pac-10 freshman and placed sixth and eighth all conference while Arizona sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe led the Pac-10 in rebounds, averaging 11.6 a game. 

Basketball fans from World Financial Group and across the country – or the world if they’re watching the web stream – will see the following tourney action on Fri., March 13:

  • Arizona State takes on USC at 11 a.m.  ASU senior guard Briann January has the second best three-point shooting percentage (46.9) in the NCAA, but the Women Trojans rank 19th in scoring across the NCAA, averaging 73.5 points per game.
  • California takes on the winner of the Oregon/Washington game at 1:15 p.m.  This is California coach Joanne Boyle’s third 20+ game win season in a row, a first for the university.
  • Top seeded Stanford will face the winner of the Washington State/Arizona game at 5 p.m., with the Cardinals hoping to extend their 13 game winning streak on Friday the 13th.
  • UCLA faces Oregon State at 7:15 p.m.  UCLA ranks eighth in the nation in rebounding margin, averaging a +9.0, while OSU senior guard Brittney Davis led her teammates with 14 double-doubles this season. 

The semifinals begin on Sat., March 14, with the first semifinal game at 6 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m.  And the championship game will be played at 6 p.m. on Sun., March 15.

WFG congratulates these Pac-10 Players of the Year:

  • Stanford junior center Jayne Appel as Player of the Year.
  • USC guard Briana Gilbreath as Freshman on the Year.
  • Arizona State senior guard Briann January as Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach of the year honors go to Stanford’s Tara Vanderveer.  She also won the award last year and has won it six times in the last eight years. Congratulations coach!

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  1. UCLA faces Oregon State at 7:15 p.m. UCLA ranks eighth in the nation in rebounding margin, averaging a +9.0, while OSU senior guard Brittney Davis led her teammates with 14 double-doubles this season.

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