Oregon’s 84-44 Pac-12 women’s basketball domination at Stanford on Sunday received plenty of high praise from some of the game’s most well-known analysts.
And rightfully so.
While the Ducks remained at No. 3, they received three first-place votes in The Associated Press poll on Monday morning.
Later Monday night, Oregon was one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA selection committee’s first reveal of the top 16 seeds after Sunday’s games.
The Ducks would be the top seed in the Portland Regional along with No. 2 N.C. State, No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Gonzaga.
Oregon State would be a No. 3 seed in the Albany Regional along with No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 2 Connecticut and No. 4 Miami.
Stanford is the No. 2 seed in the Chicago Regional with No. 1 Louisville, No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Iowa State.
The Greensboro Regional has No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Notre Dame, No.3 Maryland and No. 4 South Carolina.
Sunday was the Ducks' first win over the Cardinal on the road since 1987 and it was the worst loss ever for legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.
"I told everybody all week, 'this team has never lost to Stanford,'" Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "What they've done in the years before these kids were born ... who cares? We don't talk about it. We talk about the game. And we didn't even talk about this game until yesterday."
The Ducks have won 16 straight games heading into Friday’s first of back-to-back Civil Wars with Oregon State, including three by 40 points — Washington State 98-58, USC 93-53 and Stanford 84-44 — with two of those on the road.
“They’re playing outstanding basketball, they’re a veteran team, they’re as efficient as any team in the country offensively,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said in his postgame radio interview following Sunday’s 82-74 win at California.
“And now they’ve got defense to match. The defense is getting there and they’re switching things up. They can score from all five positions all game long and they’re playing exceptionally confident and that’s a great win for them and a great trip down here.
“It’s time to go to work on Civil War.”
The Ducks ended Oregon State recent stranglehold on the series with a 75-63 home win last season. The Beavers had won 14 straight, including a thrilling 85-79 overtime win two days before inside Gill Coliseum.
Destiny Slocum, Oregon State’s redshirt sophomore point guard who sat out last season while with the team, said the rivalry is fun. And it should be more fun with her on the court this time around.
While the Beavers are certainly the underdogs, Slocum said they aren’t putting any thought into that.
“It would be nice to go in there and just focus and play Beaver basketball,” she said in a radio interview on Sunday. “It’s nothing different than the game we played (Sunday). Just having to execute and make sure we’re all on the same page defensively and offensively and go have fun. What a fun rivalry. There’s going to be a lot of people at both games so it’s going to be fun.”
With six games left, the Ducks at 12-0 are all but assured of securing a top four spot and a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon State is in second at 10-2 but faces the Ducks in back-to-back games which could move them into a tie or drop them out of second depending on the outcomes.
Stanford is in third at 9-3 while UCLA is up to fourth at 8-4. Arizona State is fifth at 7-4. The Sun Devils had their game at Washington cancelled on Saturday which could potentially hurt their chances of a top four spot, considering they would have been a big favorite to win that game.
Utah has fallen to sixth at 7-5 while Arizona and Cal are in seventh at 5-7 and USC is in ninth at 4-8. Washington State is 10th at 3-10 and Washington and Colorado are in 11th at 1-11.
UCLA and Utah played a high-scoring affair on Sunday with the Bruins earning the 100-90 road win over the Utes.
For UCLA, it was a sixth straight victory, with four coming on the road. For Utah, it was a fourth straight loss after its big home upset of Stanford.
Colorado ended an 11-game losing streak — all in Pac-12 play — with Sunday’s 81-76 home win over USC.
Oregon remained at No. 3 in the AP poll Monday while Oregon State dropped two spots to No. 9. Despite their 61-44 loss at Stanford on Friday, the Beavers are one spot ahead of the Cardinal, who check in at No. 10.
Arizona State moved up a spot to No. 19 while Utah fell out of the poll and would be No. 26. UCLA received votes and would be No. 29.
Players of the week
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu had a sensational weekend in the Bay Area, averaging 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a sweep of Cal and Stanford. It’s the second honor for Ionescu this season and the eighth of her career.
Utah’s Dre’Una Edwards picked up her fifth freshman of the week honor. She averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Utes were swept at home.