Ready to go from KeyArena for the PAC-12 Women's Basketball Tournament Championship game between Stanford and UCLA. Both teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament, and will each get a high seed. But who can get some momentum going into the Big Dance with a conference tournament victory tonight? We're about to find out.
ASU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
In Berkeley, they played zone, and lost narrowly. In Westwood, they played man, and lost convincingly. Tonight, they played what gave them the best chance to win, and won in dominating fashion. It hasn’t been easy for the 14th ranked UCLA Bruins against number five California this season, but tonight was a different story. The Golden Bears had won 16 consecutive games coming into this PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal at KeyArena in Seattle, and appeared primed for a Bay Area showdown for the title against Stanford. Problem was, UCLA had other ideas. In fact, this game was never close, as the Bruins used their zone defense to confuse California all night, en route to a 70-58 victory.
Semifinals: Day three of the PAC-12 Women's Basketball Tournament is underway and it should be a great pair of games featuring four teams ranked in the top 18 nationally. The first semifinal set to begin in less than 10 minutes features the 2nd seeded California Golden Bears, ranked 5th nationally, and the 3rd seeded UCLA Bruins, ranked 13th in the polls. Then, top seed and 4th ranked Stanford takes on the 4 seed, and 18th ranked, Colorado in the nightcap. We'll be here to provide you all the action.
Chiney Ogwumike recorded 23 points and 21 rebounds, and Sara James hit five three-pointers to lead 4th ranked Stanford past Washington State 79-60, and advance to the PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals. Ogwumike became the first player in conference tournament history to record 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game, and her 21 rebounds was a tournament record in that department. Even with all the accolades, Ogwumike was the first to say personal success is not at the forefront of her mind.
After leading by as many as 13 in the first half, the 14th ranked UCLA Bruins survived a furious second half rally from upset-minded Utah and advanced to the PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals with a 54-43 win. The Utes took a 37-36 lead midway through the second half, climbing all the way back from the early deficit, but the Bruins finished on a 18-6 run to close the door and avoid any possibility of an early exit from the tournament. Atonye Nyingifa fueled UCLA with 11 points and eight rebounds, one of three Bruins in double figures. Senior forward Jasmine Dixon also added 11 points to go with four rebounds.