Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Weekly Rundown – March 20, 2024


>>  The Pac-12 is sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament, tying the league record for the most teams headed to the Big Dance (set in both the 2016-17 and 2022-23 seasons). 
   >> No. 1 USC, No. 2 Stanford and No. 2 UCLA gives the league three teams seeded one or two, which is a Pac-12-era record. 
   >> At least half of the Pac-12 has earned berths in seven straight NCAA Tournaments, and the 2024 installment marks the 10th consecutive event to feature at least five Pac-12 programs. 
   >> California, Washington and Washington State are among the 32 teams selected to play in the inaugural WBIT, which tips off Thursday, March 21.

>>  Stanford’s Cameron Brink and USC’s JuJu Watkins were named to the Associated Press All-America First Team. Oregon State’s Raegan Beers and Utah’s Alissa Pili earned Third Team recognition, while Colorado’s Jaylyn Sherrod, Stanford’s Kiki Iriafen, and UCLA’s Lauren BettsCharisma Osborne & Kiki Rice were named Honorable Mention.

>>  The Pac-12 boasts three in the top six of the latest AP Top-25 poll: No. 3 USC, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 UCLA, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 17 Colorado and No. 21 Utah. 
   >> USC’s No. 3 ranking is its best since 1986. 
   >> The Pac-12 leads all conferences with six ranked teams.

>>  USC won its second Pac-12 Tournament title after defeating top-seeded Stanford, 74-61. The Trojans became the third team to win multiple Pac-12 Tournament crowns (also Oregon and Stanford). 
   >> Trojan McKenzie Forbes was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Oregon State’s Beers, Stanford’s Brink & Iriafen, UCLA’s Osborne and USC’s Watkins were named to the All-Tournament Team.

>>  Stanford’s Brink and USC’s Watkins are semifinalists for the 2024 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Women’s Player of the Year. Their head coaches, Tara VanDerveer and Lindsay Gottlieb, are among the 10 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Semifinalists. 
   >> Brink is also a finalist for the 2024 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year award.


Thursday, March 21NetworkTimeTalent
No. 11 Arizona vs. No. 11 Auburn*ESPN24 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MTPam Ward & Christy Winters-Scott
Lamar at No. 1 Washington State^ESPN+6 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. MTChris King & Stephen Madison
Hawaii at No. 2 California^ESPN+7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MTBen Ross & Theo Robertson
Georgetown at No. 2 Washington^ESPN+7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MTA.J. Kanell & Charli Turner Thorne
Friday, March 22
No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Drake*ESPN News4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MTBrenda VanLengen & Holly Warlick
No. 14 Eastern Washington at No. 3 Oregon State*ESPNU5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. MTJason Ross Jr. & Aja Ellison
No. 15 Norfolk State at No. 2 Stanford*ESPN27 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MTRoy Philpott & Brooke Weisbrod
Saturday, March 23
No. 11 Arizona or Auburn vs. No. 6 Syracuse*ESPN212:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. MTPam Ward & Christy Winters-Scott
No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at No. 1 USC*ESPN1:30 p.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. MTElise Woodward & Mary Murphy
No. 15 Cal Baptist at No. 2 UCLA*ESPN26:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. MTKevin Fitzgerald & Kim Adams
No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 South Dakota State*ESPNU7 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. MTAnn Schatz & Mike Thibault

NCAA Tournament – Second Round: March 24 & 25 
WBIT – Second Round: March 24 
* NCAA Tournament Game 
^ WBIT Game


TeamsPac-12 RecordOverall Record
No. 5 Stanford15-328-5
No. 3 USC13-526-5
No. 6 UCLA13-525-6
No. 12 Oregon State12-624-7
No. 17 Colorado11-722-9
No. 21 Utah11-722-10
Washington State7-1118-14
Arizona State3-1511-20

2023-24 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva

 Player of the WeekFreshman of the Week
Nov. 13Aaronette Vonleh, COLOJuJu Watkins, USC
Nov. 20Cameron Brink, STANJuJu Watkins, USC
Nov. 27Cameron Brink, STANJuJu Watkins, USC
Dec. 4JuJu Watkins, USCJuJu Watkins, USC
Dec. 11Alissa Pili, UTAHJuJu Watkins, USC
Dec. 18Kailyn Gilbert, ARIZJenna Villa, WSU
Dec. 26McKenzie Forbes, USCJuJu Watkins, USC
Jan. 2Jaylyn Sherrod, COLOJuJu Watkins, USC
Jan. 8Cameron Brink, STANJuJu Watkins, USC
Jan. 15Raegan Beers, OSUJuJu Watkins, USC
Jan. 22Kiki Iriafen, STANJuJu Watkins, USC
Jan. 29Cameron Brink, STANDonovyn Hunter, OSU
Feb. 5JuJu Watkins, USCJuJu Watkins, USC
Feb. 12Raegan Beers, OSUJuJu Watkins, USC
Feb. 19JuJu Watkins, USCJuJu Watkins, USC
Feb. 26Esmery Martinez, ARIZJada Williams, ARIZ
March 4Cameron Brink, STANJuJu Watkins, USC

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