One of these decades, the Stanford women’s basketball program will come back down to earth. But for now, the Cardinal is once again residing atop the Pac-12, and it did so this year by losing just one game between December and March. That one loss was to Washington, which hopes to benefit from a hometown crowd at this week’s Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena. The Huskies are the No. 6 seed and face No. 11 seed Utah on Thursday.
After Washington’s win over then-No. 3 Stanford on Feb. 9, forward Aminah Williams said it was a game she would never forget. Thursday night’s rematch, however, was a game the Huskies will want to put behind them.
Mercedes Wetmore thought she would cry during last Sunday’s senior ceremonies for the Washington women’s basketball team. But despite the tears shed by her parents and fellow senior Kassia Fortier, Wetmore didn’t budge.
After last weekend’s results, it appears the Pac-12 will likely have four teams in the NCAA tournament. And Washington probably won’t be one of those teams because the UW ran into an Oregon State squad Sunday that head coach Mike Neighbors called “maybe the hottest team on the West Coast right now.” Unless the UW beats Stanford on Thursday for its second win over the Cardinal this season, the Huskies will not receive an at-large bid.
The Washington women’s basketball team scored a near-record 108 points Friday against Oregon to earn its fourth straight win. But two days later, the Huskies went cold in their matchup with a team they couldn’t afford to shoot poorly against.