All week we’ve been waiting to see who would play the Pac-10’s top two teams – Stanford and UCLA – in the conference tournament semifinals tomorrow. Quarterfinals were tonight and, well, the winners are not who you probably thought they would be.
California upset higher-ranked Arizona State, 48-43. As was the case last night, SoCal’s own Layshia Clarendon again led the Bears – this time with 22 points. Cal seems to have finally awoken, and just in time.
Arizona beat USC, 72-61. Though the Wildcats were the higher seed, it’s still somewhat of a surprise because the great season they’ve had has gone on quietly, without much fanfare. USC had been seeking an NCAA tournament bid this season, and those chances might be dimmed now.
Hopefully by tomorrow morning, all those ESPN folks will have corrected the fact that there is absolutely no Pac-10 tourney info on their women’s basketball page. ESPN: there’s more out there than the Big 12. If you can mention the Summit Confernce tournament winners, you can cover the Pac-10 a little bit.
Tomorrow Stanford will play Arizona at noon, and UCLA will face Cal at 2:30.