Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stanford Pac-12 News

So the Stanford Women’s Basketball team lost their final regular season game against Pac-12 opponent Oregon. You can read all about it here:

Actually, the loss didn’t hurt them in the Pac-12 sense. They are still seeded third in the Pac-12 tournament behind second seed ASU, which beat them twice, and first seed Oregon State, which they beat in their one meeting. Cal is seeded fourth. The third seed means they get a first round bye, and of course, if the win their quarterfinal match, they will play ASU, the team that beat them twice. Oh well, third time’s a charm.

Stanford Team
(photo courtesy of Courtesy: Stanford Athletics)
Where they did get hurt was falling to number 19 or 20 or so depending on what poll you are reading. They top 16 teams get to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, so Stanford lost home field advantage. And had they stayed at 16 or higher they would have ended up in a part of the bracket where they would have met #1in the country UConn at the Final Four. Now projections have them meeting UConn in the third round. However, they are the one team that gave UConn their only loss….my head hurts.

Pac-12 Honors:
Hats off to the four Stanford players who earned Pac-12 Honors.
  • Amber Orrange was named to both the All-Pac-12 squad and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. She is now among 13 Stanford greats to have appeared on that squad in at least three seasons for Stanford.
  • Lili Thompson was named to her first All-Pac-12 team.
  • Bonnie Samuelson was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, her first Pac-12 post season award
  • Kaylee Johnson earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. She averaged 10 rebounds a game, second in the Pac-12.
We would be remiss if we did not tell you Lili was selected to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team in early February, one of only five Division I underclassmen in the entire country to receive such recognition.

So cross your fingers for Seattle. Maybe they can win it and change their luck and position in the NCAA bracket. Did you know, for the Stanford site, that Stanford is 34-3 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament? It has won 10 of the 13 titles (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), is 12-0 all-time in the quarterfinals, 12-1 in the semifinals and 10-2 in the finals.

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