The excitement of “Selection Monday” is over. ESPN unveiled the NCAA tournament field and Stanford supporters are hyped about the Cardinal (29-3) being a No. 2 seed. You can thank Washington for that. According to Carolayne Henry, the Division I women’s basketball committee chair, Stanford’s one loss against an opponent with a low RPI — ahem, UW at 89 — was worse than any of South Carolina’s losses.
So, South Carolina (27-4) is headed to Seattle to play No. 16 seed Cal State Northridge (18-14) on Sunday at 2:30pm at Alaska Airlines Arena in the NCAA tournament first-round. Oregon State (23-10) returns to the city as a No. 9 seed to play No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee State (29-4), which features Storm G Alysha Clark as an assistant coach. That game is set for 5pm on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
For more on the bracket from a Pac-12 view, flip to Pac-12 Networks at 7pm on Monday for the “Pac-12 Sports Report: Women’s Basketball Selection Special.” The show is mostly specific to the Pac-12, including interviews from coaches headed to the big dance, videos from the watch-parties, breakdowns of the matchups and the top-12 women’s basketball plays of the year, in addition to analysis on a national scope.
Following at 8pm is the debut of the 30-minute documentary “Tara VanDerveer: Life in a Season.”