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March 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Pac-12 Networks (Washington) to air a UW encore Monday before tourney opener

HuskiesLogoPac-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:

2014 PAC-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9
KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.
 
Thursday, March 6 • Pac-12 Networks
Game 1: #8 UCLA (13-17, 7-11) vs. #9 Colorado (16-13, 6-12), 12 p.m.
Game 2: #5 USC (18-12, 11-7) vs. #12 Arizona (5-24, 1-17), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: #7 Washington State (15-15, 9-9) vs. #10 Oregon (15-14, 6-12), 6 p.m.
Game 4: #6 Washington (17-12, 10-8) vs. #11 Utah (11-18, 4-14), 8:30 p.m.
 
Friday, March 7 • Pac-12 Networks
Game 5: #1 Stanford (28-2, 17-1) vs. #8/9 Seed, 12 p.m.
Game 6: #4 Arizona State (22-8, 11-7) vs. #5/12 Seed, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: #2 California (21-8, 13-5) vs. #7/10 Seed, 6 p.m.
Game 8: #3 Oregon State (21-9, 13-5) vs. #6/11 Seed, 8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, March 8 • Pac-12 Networks
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, March 9 • ESPN
Game 11: Championship game, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
 
All times Pacific unless noted and subject to change.

Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Pac-12, TV Alert, Washington | Topics: Cal, Kelsey Plum, mercedes wetmore

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