Pac-12 Networks will re-air Washington’s 70-65 upset of No. 18 Cal on Monday at 12:30pm (PT) in Washington. Freshman G Kelsey Plum scored 22 points, including four key shots from the foul line in the waning minute, to seal the win. The Bears, however, played without floor-leader Brittany Boyd (knee).
The victory helped UW solidify the No. 6 seed at the Pac-12 tournament. Washington (17-12, 10-8 Pac-12) will face No. 11 seed Utah (11-18, 4-14) in the opening-round on Thursday at 8:30pm at KeyArena. The Huskies swept the Utes this season, not that it was easy. It took overtime to win at Alaska Airlines Arena in January and a free throw by Plum to win 67-66 on the road in February.
Placing sixth has its perks for UW — it isn’t in the Stanford bracket. One of the Huskies’ preseason goals was to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. Its best chance to build a case worth submitting for one of the 32 at-large bids is to advance to the Pac-12 championship game to compete for the conference’s automatic bid. To do that, UW has to sweep Utah on the season and overcome a combined 2-6 regular-season finish against the rest field in the non-Stanford bracket.
The team is determined to send the only active senior, G Mercedes Wetmore, out with a tournament berth. UW is in realistic position to make that happen.
Here’s the full tournament schedule: