The first round of the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament is completed. And all three of our World Financial Group-sponsored teams have second round games to play, while Oregon State advanced in the Women’s NIT.
The top seeded team from the Pac-10, Stanford, had little trouble against fifteenth seeded UC Santa Barbara. The Cardinals won 74-39 behind center Jayne Appel’s 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and 3 blocks. You could call it a “double-double with a pair of threes.” Also, freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike had a double-double with 13 points and eleven rebounds. The Cardinals will take on San Diego State Monday in San Diego.
In the Trenton regional, fourth seeded California took on Fresno State. California also cruised to a 70-47 victory on the strength of forward Ashley Walker. She led the Golden Bears overall with 21 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and three blocks. Also scoring in double digits were Alexis Gray-Lawson (14) and Lauren Greif (11). California next faces Virginia in Los Angeles Monday.
Also in the Trenton Regional, the sixth seeded Arizona State Sun Devils traveled to Duluth, GA (not very far from the WFG executive headquarters) to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. This was the closest game among the Pac-10, but Arizona State handed Georgia a 58-47 loss. The Sun Devil defense was too much for the Bulldogs, holding Georgia to only 20 points in the first half and taking 19 turnovers. ASU’s Becca Tobin led scoring with 12. Arizona State takes on Florida State Monday.
Finally, in the Women’s NIT, Oregon State defeated Portland State 59-47. OSU’s Brittney Davis led the scoring drive with 17 points. Also scoring in double digits were Mercedes Fox-Griffin (12) and Talisa Rhea (10). OSU’s next opponent will either be Nebraska (Saturday, time TBD) or New Mexico (Friday, time TBD).
Way to go, Pac-10, from your friends and fans at World Financial Group!