After back-to-back losses this weekend at Oregon and Oregon State, the Arizona State women’s basketball team will be the fourth seed in the Pacific-12 Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday in Seattle, while Arizona is the 12th and final seed.
Now out of the national polls for the first time since Christmas, the Sun Devils (11-7, 22-8) received a bye into Friday’s quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of Thursday’s game between the Wildcats (1-17, 5-24) and USC (11-7, 18-12).
“There’s a lot of teams playing well,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said after a recent game. “Obviously, we’re concerned with everybody. We just want to focus on our own. For our team, it’s one game at a time, we’re getting better, we know if we play the way we can play, being efficient, taking things away, I think we can play with anybody.”
While Stanford is vying for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, California, ASU and OSU have propelled themselves to at-large locks for the Big Dance and are fighting for seeds. The other eight will have to win the conference tourney to continue their seasons. With that said, one only needs to look at Washington’s win over the Cardinal last month in Seattle. Anything can happen.
1.Stanford (17-1, 18-2, No. 4 in the nation): 13th-consecutive regular season title and seven-time defending tournament champions, senior Chiney Ogwumike (27 ppg, 12 rpg) named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, second-highest Ranked Percentage Index in NCAA, ahead of UConn –who is the other team to defeat Cardinal this year.
2.California (13-5, 21-8, No. 20 in the nation): Reshanda Gray (17.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg), 0-4 versus Stanford, UConn and Duke, Brittany Boyd led Pac-12 in assists (5.86) and steals (2.93), No. 21 RPI.
3.Oregon State (13-5, 21-9): Freshman Sydney Wiese of Phoenix led team with 13.6 ppg and led Pac-12 with 94 three pointers, Ruth Hamblin led Pac-12 with 3.83 blocks, won nine straight games, will make NCAA Tourney for first time since 1996, No. 34 in RPI.
4.Arizona State (11-7, 22-8): Deja Mann led the team with 11.1 ppg, nine wins by three or less points, plus three OT wins, No. 25 RPI.
5.Southern California (11-7, 18-12): Senior Cassie Harberts (16.2 ppg) and junior Ariya Crook (15.8 ppg), No. 51 in RPI.
6.Washington (10-8, 17-12): Upset Stanford 87-82 Feb. 9, guard Kelsey Plum (21 ppg) named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Jazmine Davis (19.2 ppg), Aminah Williams (10.2 rpg). No. 73 RPI.
7.Washington State (9-9, 15-15): Junior Tia Presley (18.9 ppg) and Lia Galdeira (17.7 ppg), has a win over Nebraska.
8.UCLA (7-11, 13-17): Senior Atonye Nyingifa(18.4 ppg and 8.7 rpg), Nirra Fields (17.4 ppg), wins over Oklahoma and Minnesota.
9.Colorado (6-12, 16-13): Arielle Roberson (12.4 ppg) and Jen Reese (12 ppg), were ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation on Dec. 16 after 9-0 start.
10.Oregon (6-12, 15-14): Leading the nation in scoring at 93.3 ppg, coach Paul Westhead’s contract will not be renewed, Jillian Alleyne (21.6 ppg, 15.7 rpg), freshman Chrishae Rowe (21.7 ppg).
11.Utah (4-14, 11-18): Senior center Michelle Plouffe (18.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg).
12.Arizona (1-17, 5-24): Junior Candice Warthen (11.2 ppg) and senior Kama Griffitts (9.5 ppg), only conference win was 68-49 over then-No. 11 ASU on Feb.9.
No. 8 UCLA vs No. 9 Colorado, 1 p.m. MT
No. 5 USC vs No. 12 Arizona, 3:30 p.m. MT
No. 7 Washington State vs No. 10 Oregon, 7 p.m. MT
No. 6 Washington vs No. 11 Utah, 9:30 p.m. MT
No. 1 Stanford vs 8-9 Qualifier, 1 p.m. MT
No. 4 Arizona State vs 5-12 Qualifier, 3:30 p.m. MT
No. 2 California vs 7-10 Qualifier, 7 p.m. MT
No. 3 Oregon State vs 6-11 Qualifier, 9:30 p.m. MT