Oregon Women’s Basketball (30-4) has made school history once again. This star-studded team has already won the most games in program history, won their first conference championship since the 1999-2000 season, won their first PAC-12 Tournament, and now they enter the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as a 2 seed, their highest seeding ever.
Last year the Ducks ended a 12-year NCAA Tournament drought and outperformed their 10-seed by beating Temple, Duke, and Maryland before falling to UConn. They reached the sweet 16 and elite eight for the first time in history and built momentum towards the unprecedented success they are currently experiencing.
Everything seems primed for Oregon to make another deep run. The Ducks have been placed in the Spokane Regional, which means that they could potentially stay on the west coast for their first four games and host their first two games at home should they continue their nine-game winning streak.
First up will be the Seattle Redhawks (18-14, 3rd in the WAC) in their first ever Division I NCAA Tournament game. Rob Mullens is attempting to fill Matthew Knight Arena to give the Ducks an extra edge over Seattle. The Oregon Women’s team is 16-1 at home this season and should they beat the Redhawks will face either Minnesota (23-8, 3rd in Big Ten) or Green Bay (29-3, 1st in Horizon) in Eugene for the second round.
Five other PAC-12 teams will play in the first round of the tournament: Cal vs UVA, UCLA vs America, ASU vs Nebraska, Stanford vs Gonzaga, and Oregon State vs WKU.
Should the bracket follow its seeding order (which we all know is unlikely) then Oregon could face Ohio State and then top-seeded Notre Dame, but for right now all their attention is focused on the Redhawks.
Oregon vs Seattle: Friday, ESPN 2, 4:30pm