Amber Orrange scored 24 points and Lili Thompson added 19 as Stanford’s backcourt mates took the game over in the second half Monday to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinal to an 86-76 victory over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
For sophomore guard Bryce Alford and the UCLA Bruins, the ups have certainly outweighed the downs, as the team from Westwood heads to yet another Sweet 16 appearance this Friday evening versus Gonzaga.
Reshanda Gray spent the closing minutes pounding her chest in celebration and running up and down the bench high-fiving as California’s supporting cast closed out an impressive NCAA Tournament opener at home in Haas Pavilion.
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Known for its football prowess in recent years, Oregon (25-9) isn’t too shabby on the basketball hardwood either, much of which can be attributed to the play of Young.
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Both California and Stanford had huge opportunities on Thursday to make noise in the Pac-12 Tournament, while also catching the eyes of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee in some fashion. But the Golden Bears and the Cardinal both took it on the chin from ranked conference opponents, losing badly in the spotlight. Thus, the two Bay Area schools will now wait for bids to the National Invitation Tournament early next week.
It was a good day for the Bay Area in Las Vegas, as both the California and Stanford men’s basketball teams scored wins in the first round of their conference tournament. Cal beat Washington State, and Stanford beat Washington. Both teams will play again on Thursday in Sin City—this time against better competition.
The California men’s basketball team has a tough task ahead of it in the Pac-12 Tournament this week: Assuming the Golden Bears beat lowly Washington State in the first round of the tourney, they will get a shot at the best team in the conference. The Arizona Wildcats just beat the Bears by 39 points in Tucson, but stranger things have happened in the sports world than a big underdog getting revenge on the neighborhood bully.
The Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament begins Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.