"Like Tara says every time we practice and every practice, 'Be aggressive". The Beavers were a ideal 7-7 on free throw attempts. And Washington has the number one draft prospect in the NCAA.
"I can not fathom the Pac-12 not having seven teams in the NCAA tournament, with what an incredible top to bottom conference it is", Gottlieb said after a loss to Oregon State in the quarterfinals.
"I missed shots late". "They scheme people. They know exactly what we're trying to do". "They've been battling. I really give them credit for that". The Beavers shot 1 of 12 in the fourth quarter, and their 14 second-half points were a season low. But she wanted this win more. These teams aren't actually going to win the Pac-12 automatic bid, but they are all capable of putting a scare into the top half of the league.
Sabrina Ionescu from Miramonte High-Orinda and Maite Cazorla each had 14 points for sixth-seeded OR (20-13), which upset 11th-ranked Washington 70-69 on Friday in the semifinals.
"They are coached so well". "It was a packed house and they weren't cheering for us". The Beavers hopes of winning back to back tournament titles was halted by the grit of Stanford.
"Thank you, Pac-12, Seattle, everybody that did everything to pack that house tonight", Neighbors said. Guard Karlie Samuelson and forward Erica McCall, the tournament MVP, played the majority of the Cardinal's championship win. I thought they were already in the NCAA Tournament, but they played like a team that thought they needed to have another one.
Because Oregon State closed off the paint, junior forward Monique Billings was virtually invisible, finishing with just 6 points on 3-of-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. "We're just excited to keep playing, to be honest with you". "It was so much fun out there". Yes, she's been to the line in big games plenty of times in a young but decorated basketball career.
"I've been there before", Ionescu said. Freshman Aarion McDonald added 10 points. Ionescu answered with a three-pointer to trigger a 13-2 run that put OR up 15-10.
Key Arena was rocking as the teams were introduced, the primarily purple-clad fans streaming into the gym to see one of the most intriguing matchups of the bracket. Stanford had won 11 of 13 before Oregon State won last season. Oregon State (29-4) threatened to run away with the championship game, leading 16-3 early and 22-12 after one quarter.
Wiese finished with 19 points and Oregon State will play for its second straight conference tournament title on Sunday night against either Stanford or in-state rival Oregon.
Despite what some critics say, UCLA should be in the conversation for a #1 or #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Notes of the day: Friday night's attendance of 9,686 shattered the previous single-session tournament record of 6,543 from last year's semifinals - when, not coincidentally, the Washington Huskies were also playing. She needs 41 points to tie Odyssey Sims' (Baylor) 1,054 points for second. She has covered pro and college sports for espnW, the San Francisco Chronicle and AOL Fanhouse.