Washington State women make school history, claiming first basketball title of any kind in 82 years


In one of the most improbable weekends in college basketball history, Washington State won the women’s Pac-12 conference tournament championship Sunday in Las Vegas, edging No. 16 UCLA, 65-61, to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament later this month.

What made the Cougars’ championship so improbable?

  • It was the first-ever tournament championship for the Washington State women’s basketball program.
  • It was the first basketball championship for the school period in 82 years since the men’s team won the Pac-12 regular-season title in the 1940-41 season.
  • Washington State won the tournament with victories over three ranked teams: No. 4 Utah, No. 21 Colorado and No. 16 UCLA.
  • The Cougars were the first No. 7 seed to even advance to the women’s Pac-12 championship game.


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