NCAAW Pac-12: Stanford Cardinal advance, Washington State surprises

The Pac-12 quarterfinals were filled with drama and intrigue as we went from 8 groups to 4 in Las Vegas attempting to win the competition. The semifinals will be occurring on Friday; the national championship will be on Sunday.

No. 5 seed UCLA Bruins over No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats, 73-59

It was all UCLA in the 4 vs. 5 match, as the Bruins travelled to triumph thanks to Emily Bessoir’s double-double and Charisma Osborne’s 18-point efficiency. They left to a 6-0 start and minus a short duration in the 2nd quarter when Arizona held a five-point lead, they managed the video game. The Bruins didn’t shoot well from the field (41.8 percent), however it didn’t affect them due to the fact that they controlled the boards 46-27. Arizona has a well balanced attack with 3 beginners in double-digits however required somebody to step up and produce in a huge method like Shaina Pellington did when the Wildcats bested the Bruins previously this season.

No. 1 seed Stanford Cardinal over No. 9 seed Oregon Ducks, 76-65

This is Stanford’s competition to lose as the front runner in the conference and the sixth-ranked group in the country. On Thursday, they took an action towards winning it by beating the Ducks with ease. They never ever routed and the lead swelled to as numerous as 16 in the closing minutes of the very first half. In short, the Cardinal are simply unfathomable and too helpful for Oregon to stay up to date with in a high-stakes video game.

It was enjoyable enjoying Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers attempt, however.

The Oregon guards placed on a program and produced at an amazing rate, with Paopao scoring 28 points and Rogers including 15. The future for this duo is intense, however today is Cameron Brink and Stanford. She controlled the glass with 11 boards and led the group in scoring with 22. The Ducks had nobody to take on her. Mix that in with Hannah Jump’s double-double and Haley Jones leading the group with 13 rebounds and you get an early exit for Oregon and a semifinal look for Stanford.

No. 7 seed Washington State Cougars over No. 3 seed Utah Utes, 66-58

In the upset of the night, Washington State beat Utah 66-58. A third-quarter outburst begun by Bella Murekatete assisted the Cougars outscore the Utes 27-11, get the lead, take control and never ever recall.

What’s unexpected is Utah didn’t play improperly. They got an excellent efficiency from Gianna Kneepkens, who had 18 indicate lead the group, however Alissa Pili played listed below her typical production, scoring simply 11 points and getting 2 boards. In reality, nobody for Utah rebounded well and there were lots of chances, considered that they shot 37.7 percent from the flooring. It’s a bad loss for Utah, an excellent win for Washington State and a pointer that you need to bring your absolute best each night in March if you desire your season to endure.

No. 3 seed Colorado Buffaloes over No. 11 seed Oregon State Beavers, 62-54

The Beavers’ luck went out in Vegas as they lost to the Buffaloes 62-54, thanks to Colorado taking control in the 2nd half when Aaron Vonleh started offensively. She ended the night with 15 points and 60 percent shooting. Despite the defeat, the underclassmen shined for Oregon State. Freshman guard Adlee Blacklock led all Beavers with 12 points and sophomore guard AJ Morette scored 10 points off the bench. Given their low seeding, Oregon State shined and overachieved, beating USC and staying up to date with Colorado throughout the very first half. Colorado advances to the semifinals, where it will deal with No. 7 seed Washington State.

All video games at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV

Semifinals — Friday, March 3

No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 1 Stanford, 6 p.m. PT (PAC 12 Network)

No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 3 Colorado, 8:30 p.m. PT (PAC 12 Network)

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