March 02, 2018

Pac-12 Tournament: Quarterfinals


#1 Oregon 84, #9 Colorado 47

The Buffalo defense that strangled Utah yesterday rolled right off the Ducks’ backs today.

At the half Oregon led 45-18. They were then shooting 55% and had twice the rebounds, 23-11.

In the second half the Duck stampede continued; their field goal percentage reached 66% before they began subbing. Colorado made little headway even against the Oregon B-team as the Ducks rolled to an easy win.

Here are game reports:

The game highlights video

And the game statistics

#4 UCLA 77, #5 California 74

Cal was in sight of a win in this close, exciting game but couldn't close the door in the final minutes.

Down by eleven early in the third quarter, Cal came back to tie and reached a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

It was 65-all at 4 minutes, 67-all at three minutes, and 69-all at the two-minute mark.

But the Bears gave the Bruins extra possessions via a couple of unfortunate fouls and fell behind by three. The last minute seemed to take ten minutes to play out by the wall clock, but UCLA made their free throws to seal the outcome.

Here are game reports:

The game highlights video

And the game statistics

#2 Stanford 69, #7 USC 59

Stanford had an excellent first quarter, while USC had a spell of poor shooting. That first quarter ended with a nice 11-point lead for the Cardinal -- and the game could have been called right there with no change to the outcome.

For the remaining 30 minutes the two teams played about even, with the Trojans occasionally pulling to within eight or six, and the Cardinal finding timely responses to get back to a ten or eleven-point lead. This was more than a bit agonizing for fans, who have too often seen bad results from letting another team hang around instead of putting them away. But Stanford held on to close out the game on that initial lead.

Kiana led Stanford with 18 points, including two timely three-point shots and a late drive and layup, each of which helped to squelch a USC threat. She was 4-8 from beyond the arc and 6-12 overall.

Alanna, despite having her minutes limited by fouls, had 14 points. Marta had 10 points, and Brittany had seven.

DiJonai came off the bench to get 13 points, including a buzzer-beating half-court shot at the end of the first quarter.

Alyssa played only a few minutes, but had one key score. In the closing seconds of the third quarter, with USC holding for the last shot, DiJonai stole the ball and got it to Alyssa, who put up a buzzer-beating three of her own.

It's worth noting that the team hit 17 of 22 free-throw attempts, including hitting the first nine straight.

Here are game reports:

The game highlights video

A video interview of Kiana

The video press conference with Tara, Kiana and DiJonai

A gallery of photos by Eric Evans Photography

And the game statistics

#1 Oregon State 51, #6 Arizona State 57

The Beavers allowed the Sun Devils to carry out the tournament's second upset, losing a tight, defensive contest in the final minute.

Throughout the game, ASU was out-rebounding OSU, but not shooting as well. Through most of the third quarter the teams traded a one-point edge back and forth.

A crucial moment came when, with 45 seconds on the clock, the Beavers inbounded the ball and the Sun Devils managed a held-ball, which was effectively a steal as the possession arrow gave the ball to them.

The game had featured remarkably few fouls (in contrast to the preceding Stanford-USC game) and now the Beavers had four fouls to commit before getting the ball. They did get the ball once but couldn't capitalize, and ASU made their free throws as the game wound down.

Here are game reports:

The game highlights video

And the game statistics


The semifinals tomorrow are:

#1 Oregon vs #4 UCLA at 6:00 pm
#2 Stanford vs #6 Arizona State at 8:30 pm

Before the Stanford game, there will be a sendoff with the band at 6:15 pm at the team hotel (the Westin Seattle). Click here for a map.

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