The first day of action in the PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament has wrapped up, and we’re set for day 2. Here’s a brief run down of what happened, and who’s playing whom in round 2.
No. 9 Colorado 66, No. 8 Utah 56
The first game of the tournament was also the first upset, as ninth seed Colorado knocked off eighth seed Utah with a strong defensive game. Buffaloes forward Annika Jank finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Colorado will take on the tournament’s top seed Oregon at 11:30 today. In their meeting earlier this year, Oregon won 74-55.
No. 5 California 71, No. 12 Washington 68
Washington gave the Bears more of a battle than anyone expected, but Cal still managed to escape with a win. The Huskies’ Amber Melgoza put on a show for the home crowd, with 30 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds, but couldn’t find much back up from the rest of her team. Guard Asha Thomas was Cal’s leading scorer, with 22 points and 3 assists. California will play fourth seed UCLA at 2:00 today. UCLA took both games of the season series, 82-46 and 60-52.
No. 7 USC 47, No. 10 Washington State 44
The Trojans came out ahead in this low scoring game, though the Cougars did put up a fight. Both teams hit double digits in turnovers, and both had trouble finding their shots. WSU only managed to get one shooter in double digits; forward Nike McClure finished with 12. USC was led by Minyon Moore, who’s been one of their biggest threats all season. Moore finished with 16 points, and was 2 for 2 on three pointers. USC will face second seed Stanford at 6:00 pm. Stanford won both games against USC this season, 72-65 and 59-55.
No. 6 Arizona State 78, No. 11 Arizona
The only blow out of the first round, Arizona State dominated their in state rivals early, allowing only 2 points in the first quarter. The game got better for the Wildcats eventually, but they never got close to getting out of that early hole. The Sun Devils leading scorer was Kianna Iblis, with 13 points. They’ll take on the third seed Beavers at 8:30 pm. The Beavers swept the season series, 57-54 and 60-64.
Here’s the line up for today.
- 11:30: No. 9 Colorado vs. No. 1 Oregon
- 2:00: No. 5 California vs. No. 4 UCLA
- 6:00: No. 7 USC vs. No. 2 Stanford
- 8:30: No. 6 Arizona State vs. No. 3 Oregon State
It should be a great day for women’s basketball.