Pac-12 Basketball Roundup, Cougars and Cardinal Rolling Along

Washington St.'s Abe Lodwick has filled in for injured Brock Motum twice in a row now for the Cougars, who are a win away from the 3rd CBI title for the Pac-12 in 4 years. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Washington St. won again in the CBI Tournament last night, beating the Pitt Panthers 67-66 in Pullman, WA, when the second of a pair of free throws rimmed off with 4 seconds left. And the Cougars did it without their leading scorer Brock Motum. Motum, who sprained his ankle early in Washington St.'s 72-55 win at Oregon St. last week, was unable to go, but Bend, OR, native Abe Lodwick again picked up more of the slack than anyone, as he did in leading the Cougars past the Beavers.

The CBI's best of 3 championship series now moves to Pittsburgh, with game 2 on Wednesday night, and it will stay there until either the Cougs or the Panthers have won 2 games.

Stanford's women's team is the only Pac-12 team left in NCAA tournament action, and the Cardinal rolled through the sweet 16 and elite 8 weekend with a pair of double digit wins. Stanford (35-1) took care of South Carolina Saturday, with a 76-60 win, and then disposed of Duke last night, winning 81-69.

The Cardinal's reward is a final 4 semi-final showdown next Sunday with unbeaten Baylor (38-0), and 6'8"+ Brittany Griner.)

Stanford is also in action on the men's side as well, and will play this late afternoon in the first NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden. The Cardinal (24-11) will meet Massachusetts (25-11) from the Atlantic 14/10ths at 4 PM PDT. Shortly thereafter, Washington (24-10) will meet Minnesota (22-14) from the Big 10 in the second game of the doubleheader. Both games will be on ESPN2.

Closing the books on the WNIT, as far as the Pac-12 goes, Colorado edged Villanova 48-47 last Thursday, but both the Buffs and the Huskies, who had ended Oregon St.'s season with a 55-49 win last Tuesday, bowed out in the elite 8 round Sunday.

Oklahoma St. ended Colorado's season with a 78-70 win, while San Diego beat Washington 58-47 on the Huskies' home court.

OK. St. and San Diego meet in the west semifinal, with Syracuse and James Madison the remaining teams in the east.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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