NCAA: Pac-12

Connecticut selects Chiney Ogwumike first overall

After a blockbuster trade earlier today, the Connecticut Sun don't surprise anyone here.

Rumor: Kelly Graves has hired Mark Campbell as his assistant coach

Per multiple sources, it's rumored that Kelly Graves has made his first hire as Oregon head coach. Graves has hired Oregon State associate head coach Mark Campbell to be his assistant.

June Daugherty receives contract extention

"June, her staff and the entire team are to be commended for a truly fine season," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "Reaching the postseason for the first time in 23 years is a notable achievement. I’m looking forward to watching this program continue to improve in the years to come."

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Update: Kelly Graves contract is for five years, starting at $500K

Kelly Graves meets with Oregon women's basketball team

Per the Register-Guard, Gonzaga head coach met with Oregon women's basketball team earlier Sunday. As we reported earlier, Graves is likely the next coach at Oregon, one particular source said that it was "basically a done deal."

Rumor: Kelly Graves most likely to become the next Oregon coach

Per multiple sources, it is rumored that Kelly Graves will most likely be the next head coach of Oregon. One source said that it was "basically a done deal." Earlier last night, Lindsey Schnell reported that Graves would be interviewing with the Ducks sometime today. This would be a huge hire for Oregon if Graves is named its next head coach. Stay tuned.

Finding hope for Stanford against UConn

What does Stanford have to do to beat UConn in the Final Four? Shooting better than 27% from the three point line would be a good start.

Rumor: Cynthia Cooper hires Beth Burns and Taja Edwards as assistants

Per sources: It's rumored that USC head coach Cynthia Cooper has hired former San Diego State head coach Beth Burns as an assistant. Also, she has brought on Taja Edwards as an assistant coach as well.

Stanford Beats North Carolina, Back in Final Four

With Stanford hitting threes, UNC came out on the perimeter and left Chiney Ogwumike alone one-on-one in the paint. And what, Stanford fans, do C and R say when they leave Chiney alone one-on-one in the paint? Chin-nay all day.

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Stanford holds off North Carolina to advance to Final Four

North Carolina gave Stanford just about everything they could, coming out hot from three point range while containing Chiney Ogwumike in the first half, forcing the prospect #1 draft pick into an uncharacteristic five turnovers, and winning the offensive rebounding battle.

But in the second half, Ogwumike's refined post game proved too much for UNC's younger players, UNC's hot three point shooting touch went cold, and mental mistakes down the stretch killed UNC.

The Tar Heels had their chances, but ultimately Stanford's experience (and home court advantage?) overwhelmed UNC in the second half en route to a 74-65 win to advance to their sixth Final Four in seven seasons.

Mikaela Ruef was awarded Most Outstanding Player and appropriately so: for her entire career she's done things that don't necessarily show up in the box score, but tonight she read UNC's defense perfectly and figured out a way to exploit every gap in the D for herself or by setting up others.

Stanford's defense stifled PSU's Lucas in Sweet 16

Stanford played their best ball in a long, long time.

Stanford routs Penn State, advances to Elite Eight

ESPN's commentators mentioned that some people thought that Penn State had a chance at an upset in this one. I guess anything is possible, but even considering that prediction seems difficult unless you a) have never been to Maples or b) don't know anything about Chiney Ogwumike.

Ogwumike, whose dominance looks routine at this point, scored 29 & 15 in the game and really didn't face all that much resistance.

For Penn State, Maggie Lucas scored just six points and none in the second half as Lili Thompson's defense just did not give her any breathing room.

Interview with Oregon State's Weisner & Wiese

Swish Appeal interviews Oregon State stars Jamie Weisner and Sydney Wiese before their second round matchup with top-seeded South Carolina.

#2 Lady Bears Top #7 Cal - Sweet 16

Odyssey Sims scored 27 points for the Lady Bears, including 11 key points in the final eight minutes of the ball game to ice the Golden Bears and advance to Baylor's sixth consecutive Sweet 16.

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Stanford in Sweet Sixteen

Give credit to Florida State University. They had a definite game plan on defense that gave Stanford trouble. But credit Hall of Fame and Olympic coach Tara VanDerveer with a better defensive game...

Cardinal and 'Noles fight for Sweet 16

2007 de javu rematch: Florida State will try to repeat the same feat that led them to their first Sweet 16 back in 2007.

2nd Round Preview: #1 Notre Dame vs. Zona St.

Arizona State looks to try and do what no one else has been able to do this season, beat Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are 33-0 on the season.

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: #2 Baylor vs. #7 Cal

Baylor looks to head to the Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season. However, California, a team that went to the Final Four last year stands in the way. Teams will tip off at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Stanford Beats South Dakota, Advances

Well round one is done and in the books. The Stanford Women’s Basketball team with the #2 seed, beat #15 seed South Dakota 81-62 to advance to the round of 32 (which needs a cute nickname). One...

Dance Card: Cal, Pac-12 at-large

Making a Final Four raised expectations and Cal met them in conference play. But can they repeat their post-season success?

Dance Card: Arizona State, Pac-12 at-large

Charli Turner-Thorne works her magic again.

Dance Card, Oregon State at-large

Scott Rueck's rebuilding process has been quite remarkable.

Dance Card: Stanford, Pac-12 at-large

As though they needed more motivation while playing at home, Stanford enters the tournament as a #2 seed.

N-E-R-D-S

Future #1 WNBA pick Chiney Ogwumike takes it to the next level with her long-awaited follow up to "Nerd City Kids".

Niya Butts will be back for the 2014-15 season

There were a plethora of rumors regarding the job status of Niya Butts' future with Arizona for next year. Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne announced yesterday that she will be back for the 2014-15 season: "Recently, I’ve been receiving some emails and letters regarding the status of our women’s basketball program and head coach Niya Butts’ future. I know we are not where we want to be from a performance standpoint and Coach Butts and her staff are as disappointed as anyone. We are making needed infrastructure investments into our women’s basketball program with the upcoming Phase I renovation of McKale. I believe that will make a very positive impact for our program and the coaching staff moving forward. We also have a top 25 recruiting class coming in that wants to play for Coach Butts. Both of those things give me hope for the future, and because of that, Coach Butts and her staff will return next year."

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