Pac-10 Tournament: Wrap-up

By Lara Boyko - March 06, 2007

The fat lady has sung her last note and after four days of calling courtside at the HP Pavilion my new home, there's no more women's basketball to be played within the Pac-10 conference this year.

Four teams, maybe five, will advance to the NCAA Tournament that starts in two weeks.

Stanford, who is hosting a first and second round site, may be untouchable when it comes down to it. They are athletic, play fundamentally sound basketball and even when Candice Wiggins is only playing at 85%, she is still unstoppable.

ASU may be the runner up, but they will give teams in the NCAA tournament a run for their money with a scrappy group of players who never quit.

Cal goes into the tournament with the leadership of the Pac-10 Player of the Year in Devanei Hampton and their other presence in the paint, Ashley Walker, who gives other teams a fit on the boards.

Lastly, Washington will use the frustration of getting knocked out of the Pac-10 tournament to hopefully knock out a few teams from the East.

The only question is when it comes to the fifth team from the Pac-10 - USC. Do they have a shot at making it? I think so. Their fate is now in the hands of the selection committee, but after their performance against Washington on Saturday, hopefully they will enjoy hosting a first and second round NCAA tournament site.

That's it from San Jose!

Posted by Lara Boyko at 12:39 AM on March 06, 2007

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