Here’s the postgame press conference with Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer, All-American senior F Chiney Ogwumike and junior F Mikaela Ruef after losing to Washington, 87-82, on Sunday. Rated the third-best team in the nation at the time, the loss is the Cardinal’s first against a Pac-12 opponent on the road in 62 games.
The league has three weeks remaining in the regular-season before the Pac-12 tournament tips at KeyArena from March 6-9. Despite the loss, No. 6 Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12) is the frontrunner for the No. 1 overall seed. Oregon State is the sleeper to shake up the rest of the pack, which is why I can’t believe Pac-12 Networks hasn’t announced a change to its broadcast schedule to air OSU’s home matchup against UCLA on Friday at 7pm.
While we’re suffering through the scheduled No. 22 Cal (16-7, 8-4) vs. last-placed Arizona (5-18, 1-11) on the network, OSU will attempt to flex its 10-1 overall record at Gill Coliseum this season. The Beavers (15-9, 7-5) are fifth in Pac-12 standings after sweeping the Rocky Mountain schools. The top four teams in conference standings get a first-round bye in the tournament.
Sigh, at least UW’s rematch at Colorado will air at 5:30pm on the network.